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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Health, International, International Development, Public Health, Religion

Mission: Lifewater International is a non-profit, Christian water development organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty.

Target demographics: rural, vulnerable children and families, poverty alleviation

Direct beneficiaries per year: 150,000 vulnerable children and families

Geographic areas served: Cambodia, Ethiopia, Uganda

Programs: community-based Water Access, Sanitation, and Hygiene

Community Stories

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

After several years of supporting Lifewater, I participated in a '"Visioning" trip to Ethiopia to see their work first hand. They not only offer a complete package of safe water and hygiene training linked to the Gospel, but they transform society in the process. Whole villages are cleaner, healthier, more determined to forge their own future, and optimistic about doing so. By working in schools, they are also aiming to reach an entire generation. Furthermore, they really go out of their way to reach those hardest to reach, the ones ignored by other groups. Their thinking and vision is long term, generational, not simply accomplishing a number of wells, water points, or WASH training events. If you want your investment to yield long lasting effect, this is the place. The picture shows a transformed house: latrine, tippytap, drying rack, and incredible pride.

Donor

Rating: 5

Shiloh Church in Oakland, California is honored to partner with Lifewater with their wells and latrines projects in Ethiopia. My husband and I were able to travel with Sean Martin and the team to see the projects firsthand and were amazed by all that they are doing to help people who do not have clean water. Not only do they construct clean water sources, they also train the people on proper hygiene and sanitation. This truly leaves a remarkable and lasting impact on the health and wellness of the villages, schools and communities. Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you!

Skylar L.

Donor

Rating: 5

WOW. LifeWater invited us to come to Ethiopia 2 weeks ago for a "vision" trip to see exactly where our donations are going. Our company donates as well as us personally.

I have never seen a non profit that is so sustainable and is making such a big impact. We visited many villages where these people now have clean water, sanitation, bathrooms, hand-washing stations, etc. The most amazing part of it was 95% of the work was done by the people in the villages with the support of Lifewater.

Lifewater facilities the whole process to convert a village into a "healthy village". Once they have done their part, life water will come and put in a well. Then they train the staff to manage the well. It is a wholistic approach to helping people and not just coming in and dropping off a well, then leaving.

I am very excited to continue our work with Lifewater!

PamelaAnnA

Donor

Rating: 5

I could not be more impressed with Lifewater International! I have joyfully supported Lifewater for many years, but spending a week in Uganda, seeing the community development first-hand, gave me a profound renewed enthusiasm for Lifewater and the transformation happening in the village homes and schools where this organization serves.
Lifewater has a very comprehensive, strategic approach of coming alongside the people in the villages (including staff hired from within the country), working WITH them to encourage changes that promote sustainable health, hygiene and sanitation. The men, women and children are proud of their villages and their schools! They welcomed me and the other visitors, happily showing us their accessible clean water, latrines, drying racks, hand washing stations and all they have accomplished with the support of Lifewater. They shared their relief that the women and children are now not spending all day filling and transporting water jugs (from a distant, contaminated water source!) They spoke of their hope for the future because of their improved health, sanitation, and hygiene, and consequently, the opportunity for improved school attendance for their children. Their gratitude and bright smiles were heartwarming! And the hug from a 91 year old woman that almost squeezed the life out of me spoke volumes!
Lifewater International is an amazing Christian, non-profit organization, making a vital difference in the lives of vulnerable people. Supporting Lifewater is truly rewarding!

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Lifewater 11/07/2018

Thank you Pam! You are such a blessing to so many and we're so thankful for you!

Bill M.5

Donor

Rating: 5

Recently participated in fundraising event for Life Water Int. As a part of the event we were able to take part in climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa. this was a remarkable time. Life water provided a guide service for or use that was top rate. Our group was able to provide a large amount of funds to Life water for their use in Ethiopia and Uganda Africa. This organization is the best when it comes to providing services and spreading the Good News of Christ.

1 Sue Tschiegg H.

Donor

Rating: 5

What an amazing experience to walk alongside with the Lifewater International staff as they visited engaged and prospective communities in Uganda. We were greeted by engaged communities with dancing, laughter, gifts and much appreciation for the life and hope that Lifewater has brought to their families. Many stories were shared about how their lives were changed for good when the Lifewater team arrived. Lifewater's approach to Clean Water and Sanitary/Hygiene education is taught by local community leaders, so has high credibility and engagement.

Conversely, we were greeted by prospective communities with pleas for help and I was overwhelmed to witness an open well that is currently used for drinking water. There is so much more that Lifewater could do with additional funding.

Lifewater shares real time results of donor investments and should be on your list to consider for a donation!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported Lifewater International since 1984. I came across a small ad in a water journal while completing my Masters Degree in Environmental Health. As a person who has a deep desire to see the world drink clean water i have been extremely impressed with their simple beginnings and their continued development over the years. Today they are a very well organized entity that has refined their focus and mission. The Healthy Homes project is just one example of how they continue to assess their effectiveness and implement changes to best serve the communities. Their real time data collection is just another example of how they are able to embrace various forms of media to track and evaluate their effectiveness and progress. As a donor it is very easy to see the impacts of my giving. The people who work and volunteer are super nice and friendly and provide excellent feedback and communication regarding projects and their developments. I also respect the balance that as they bring clean water to the thirsty body they bring living water to the soul.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lifewater International recruits college students who want to make a difference and gives them a chance to volunteer and serve through local outreaches, fundraiser, and task at their headquarters office. My experience volunteering with lifewater international has been inspiring to see the staff being passionate and driven to bring solutions to the world's biggest problems regarding access to safe and clean water . I have been educated on the sanitation and water crisis around the world and have seen first hand the impact and positive change Lifewater International brings to vulnerable children and women. As a Cal Poly student in San Luis Obispo and volunteering with Lifewater International , they have changed me the way I see the world and changed my perspective on how I live my life and that is to live a life of service and serve the most vulnerable people with the world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lifewater has exceeded all of my expectations! In the past, I have volunteered for Lifewater and I have been an attendee at an event. Each encounter I have with them, I am so inspired by their passions to serve and help better the world. It is apparent that each member of their team supports and pours their hearts into Lifewater's mission to end the water and sanitation crisis. Through education, accountability, and acknowledgment of each individuals role in the community, Lifewater has truly blessed the world with their approach.

In October, I attended a BBQ fundraiser for Lifewater. I appreciated every detail that went into this event, especially how they gave attendees an opportunity to use virtual reality goggles to have a look at the environment in which these people live. Throughout the event, I was so moved by everyone coming together and giving in order to provide safe bathrooms and clean water to Ethiopia!

My experience as a volunteer was also very meaningful. I was able to engage with the local community, young and old, to educate them about Lifewater's mission. At our booth, we had a jug in order to bring to life the struggle that exists for people in third world countries to get to a water source. The ability to provide such insight to them was very impactful. On top of that, working with people that want to serve and make a lasting imprint on the world for generations to come is amazing.

I feel honored to volunteer for Lifewater as well as be a guest at their events. They truly inspire and empower not only the people they serve, but the people that they bring together.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our small school group decided to give to LifeWater. The students wanted to taise money to help with the world water crisis. LifeWater was so Brasília in getting the students facts and a fun tour of their offices they have been incredibley helpful and inspiring.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about Lifewater several years ago in college, and always wanted to get involved somehow. For the last few months, I've been fundraising to build a well through Climb for Clean Water. It has been an awesome experience. All of the staff I have talked to have been so kind and helpful. The paperwork part was much easier than I expected; everything was very transparent. Its all so worth it because Lifewater's approach to helping others is so thoughtful and empowering. I got involved because having access to clean water is absolutely at the center of the cycle of poverty. Building a well creates infrastructure, and is an investment in the lives of everyone in the village. I'm excited to see more unfold!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Dave and Mary Edmonds

We have become more and more aware of people on our planet that spend much of their day just trying to find water or not having potable water for basic necessities. We have been looking for a way to try and make a difference and a friend introduced us to Lifewater, International .
Lifewater meets a number of criteria that we feel is important to solve this crisis.
It is a Christian based organization and brings eternal good news along with meeting daily needs.
It emphasizes hygiene and disease prevention along with providing water.
It requires community involvement and community financial input
before they will drill a well.
They have a high long term success rate because of the pre work they do before wells are dug. They do not abandon the projects that have been completed.
These qualities are why we have chosen to back Lifewater financially.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Lifewater for over a year and I am continually impressed by their work. Lifewater is dedicated to bringing sustainable whole life health to those who need it most. Through their healthy village model, Lifewater has been successful at providing clean water, healthy sanitation practices and hygiene education resulting in lasting change for the whole community. I have witnessed first hand the staff’s heart for those they serve and their dedication to financial transparency and careful stewardship. I highly recommend supporting Lifewater.

Jeff53

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I not only had an extraordinary opportunity to do a fundraising climb for Lifewater up Mount Kilimanjaro in 2016 with my son, Max, but I got to travel to Ethiopia to see first hand the work that Lifewater volunteers and Lifewater's African staff are achieving in remote Ethiopian villages. I got to speak with several Ethiopian residents of these remote communities who told me that the incidence of water-borne diseases in their communities has greatly declined as a result of Lifewater's efforts, which include hygiene education as it pertains to everything from proper hand washing to dish washing (and having the dishes air dry in direct sunlight) as well as the installation of safe water wells. Lifewater staff has also been working with these communities to raise awareness about the importance of proper sanitation, which evolves everything from the installation of latrines next to homes as well as the installation of corrals to better contain animal waste. I also got to see some of the school latrines, which Lifewater constructed, providing privacy and sanitation, which is important, particularly for young girls, who often stop going to school in their late adolescent or teen years if secure latrines are not available. I left Ethiopia with a great sense of pride in what Lifewater is achieving and the difference the organization and its volunteers are making in people's lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Lifewater for several years to support the organization's work. I have been so convinced about the value of Lifewater's work that I asked my 17-year-old son to join me on a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in 2016 as a fundraising effort for Lifewater's water, sanitation and hygiene education projects in Ethiopia. It was an incredible experience. There were a dozen other hikers from across the U.S. on our fundraising climb. Lifewater and its staff and volunteers are very committed to making a positive difference in the lives of some people in remote communities in Africa and Southeast Asia. I have been impressed with this organization and wholehearted support their efforts.

1 Jennifer R.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Lifewater makes a difference in the lives of others with authenticity and excellence. Providing clean, healthy water to people is valuable in itself. Lifewater's vision goes beyond that, providing a holistic model that meets the health and wellness needs of every person it serves. Every interaction with this organization is positive. I am continually impressed with the level of care and detail that goes into everything they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lifewater has far exceeded my expectations as a nonprofit that I feel good about supporting. I trust them as an organization and know that not only will they get the work done, but they will do it with sustainability and the community in mind. Their approach to a healthy village provides an opportunity to make change that is life-sustaining rather than simply providing a short-term band aid solution. Lifewater's financial transparency has helped me trust that they are stewarding finances well. I love their mission and believe in the work that they are doing around the world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Lifewater has an amazing vision, plan, and in-country staff to provide safe water and healthy practices education in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Cambodia. They intentionally share Christ's love in the process. I am so happy to be a part through giving and praying.

2 Amie H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lifewater is a fantastic charity if you are looking to empower families rather than just show them charity. They really work together with the community members, helping them realize their own abilities. Households carry out measures to improve their own health and achieve a healthy home status. The village receives a well after several layers of behavior change is in place and widely visible.

That's the kind of change that lasts!

1 cainsworth20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved as a volunteer with Lifewater International for ten years and I can easily say that I am continually inspired by their pursuit of ending the global water crisis.
Lifewater cares deeply about people around the world suffering from lack of clean water and healthy sanitation practices and I have seen first-hand the incredible impact that education and access to clean water in vulnerable communities. The holistic approach that LI has created doesn't only find clean water, they work alongside the communities to remove the barriers that prevent the people from life-changing practices. It's amazing to see the energy, excitement and commitment that entire villages exude to make generation long changes that will improve their quality of life, and generations to come after them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our church has supported Lifewater International for a number of years now and I am not only impressed with their professionalism, but equally blessed with their heart to bring clean water to the less fortunate of the world. We've partnered with Lifewater in building a water wells in Cambodia and Ethiopia. Lifewater's approach to ministry is practical, pragmatic and overly life changing. We are very proud to be a part of this wonderful nonprofit and look forward to many years of serving together.