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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: 85,000 vulnerable children and families

Geographic areas served: Cambodia, Ethiopia, Uganda

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

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Steve Hall.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I highly recommend supporting Lifewater International. They believe that every underserved child and family should have the opportunity to drink safe water and to live free of water-borne diseases, and that anything less is a grave injustice. By supporting the work of Lifewater you can provide more water to vulnerable children and families than you ever thought possible.

As a long time employee of a non profit that has collaborated with them on dozens of water and sanitation projects in Ethiopia and Cambodia, I can attest to the dedication and impact of their work. Lifewater International continues to be a valuable partner to us and we hope to continue including them in our program for many years to come!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

In February 2017 I had the amazing opportunity to visit Uganda to observe firsthand Lifewater in-country staff serving their rural schools and communities. I was overwhelmed and deeply blessed witnessing their godly commitment and love to minister to all in Jesus' name.

James, the half-brother of Jesus, wrote "If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself,' you are doing well.' (James 2:8) Lifewater is indeed doing well.

To a person they seek to be a humble and effective relational conduit for sharing in practical ways God's redemptive waters in the Messiah with their countrymen. They labor from sun up to sun down to educate, train and provide through partnerships life's basic necessities for hygiene and clean water. Lifewater is making a true difference.

I visited elementary grade schools in the Kaliro District, some with 1,000 students, having no electricity or clean running water. Lifewater partners with the school administrators, students, and their parents to provision and maintain new latrines separated for girls and boys. And to promote hygienic use of these facilities, the roofs of the latrines collect rain water into large, secure storage tanks from which the student-body can readily wash their hands after each use. The sense of gratitude and ownership expressed by the teachers, students and parents was profoundly evident in their songs, speeches, and skits.

I also visited communities where Lifewater is inserting deep water wells to eliminate the need to draw water for drinking and washing from open, generational sources contaminated daily by animals and livestock. The provision of the deep water wells brings fundamental improvement to the general welfare of the community.

House-by-house the Lifewater teams labors to ensure each resident is trained and certified in the simple but effective use of clean water, sanitary latrines, and practical hygiene for life's daily needs. And they are seeing and documenting a profound change for the better. Through regular follow-ups, they meticulously track reductions in disease and illness for publishing to the World Health Organization. And apparently, the WHO is duly impressed by their results in comparison with other NGO hygiene programs.

So in conclusion, please prayerfully consider partnering with Lifewater. Lifewater welcomes your questions, and will even provide opportunity for your to become personally involved in bringing clean water and hygiene to some of the world's most at-risk communities.

Greg Poirier
08 Oct 2017

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Why am I such a vocal and financial supporter of Lifewater? Real and sustainable change is the key for me with the right motives, vision, and leadership.

There are many charities that give funds or build wells, but that’s not how I see Lifewater (or how I just see them). It is an empowering organization, an organization that supports those in need, an organization that works alongside the local communities, and an organization that starts with ‘why’. The approach of sanitation, hygiene, and clean water is incredibly sound and proven effective in helping many vulnerable peoples. It's an organization of action.

An organization to meet its vision needs the right leadership. I’ve not only met the leadership team of Lifewater, I’ve spent real time with them whether on a mountainside, in the slums, or riding hours in a van on an African dirt road. In that time I’ve gotten to challenge, to listen, to learn, and to really see into the hearts of these people. I’ve never seen so much passion, God-centered thinking, and desire to make a change with the brains and grit to engage and bring along others on this journey. I’m a different person than I was because of them; I’m honored to call them my friends now. Lifewater is also amazingly efficient in that nearly all the monies that come in go directly to impacting those that in need. It’s not about them but about doing what Christ has asked us to do to help those in need. “Less of me, more of You” is a prayer I heard many times and everyone there lives those words.

Last year, I had the opportunity to climb Kilimanjaro through Lifewater with a group to raise funds for the organization to work into new communities. It was an incredible experience: to check off a bucket list item with a team of like-minded people, to see the culture and natural beauty, but most of all to be a small part of something bigger. Our team was able to raise over $100k, and through that our supporters also gained an awareness of the needs and what this organization does to help. If you have ever considered doing this climb, I would highly recommend you watch for their future trips – they helped take care of all the logistics so I could focus on raising funds and the hike is better with such a supportive team around you.

I can’t speak highly enough of Lifewater. Read up yourself on what they do and how they do it, meet the leadership and other team members, see their actions and listen to their passion - you’ll quickly know what I mean.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about the people at Lifewater International and the work they do in caring for others in need around the world. When I think of the Lifewater team, I am reminded of Isaiah 58:6-7, where the Lord reminds His people that caring those in need, not religious rule-keeping, is what He delights in:

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?" ESV

My name is Luke, a civil engineer and construction project manager working in the water industry in California, and I have had the privilege of taking part in an adventure-filled fundraiser for Lifewater in 2016. I and a group of other Lifewater supporters and staff climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa to raise money and support for current Lifewater projects around the world. It was an especially touching experience for myself and all who were involved to get to be a part of such a worthy cause.

Though I have not personally been involved as boots-on-the-ground on any of Lifewater's projects, I can speak directly to the character of their staff and dedicated volunteers - that they are genuine and wholeheartedly committed to serving those in need by providing the basic necessities of clean drinking water and sanitation. Their work is built on a deep faith in Christ and motivated by the knowledge that He has made them and sustains them for this purpose.

Please consider supporting Lifewater International today.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

These guys are pros. Water development has been a passion of mine for years and I supported various organizations before being introduced to Lifewater. Compared with any other water-focused NGO with which I'm familiar, Lifewater's vision, heart, programs, processes and follow-up are superior, and the results speak volumes. The team is passionate and talented, and the impacts are significant and sustained. I'm blessed to engage with them in such meaningful and impactful work.

1 Jeff53

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.

2 Tracy Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an advocate for Lifewater for about a year and a half and it is one of my most favorite roles to have. Lifewater is unlike a lot of non-profits I have dealt with in the past. They go deeper than just providing clean water; they are providing a sanitary lifestyle. Lifewater will travel deeper in to places no one will ever see in their lifetime to give those even harder to reach a fighting chance to live with simple necessities, such as clean water and a restroom. I will forever be an advocate for this non-profit and each month when I donate to it, I know that I am actually helping someone who may have never had a sip of clean water. What a life changing experience for us all.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with this amazing nonprofit and raise money to end the global water crisis. My sister and I were connected with Lifewater less than a year before the climb and loved spending a week in Tanzania on the mountain with them. The hiking days could get long, but our team had high spirits which made the time go by fast. I look back on Kili and miss it for all the beauty and passion that I experienced there. This is a great way to attract people who are ardent to aid in the global water crisis, while building a community of those people on the mountainside.

2 Thomas J C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with a group from Lifewater since 2011. Daren and Amie were part of a great non-profit called Active:Water and I ran a few marathons to raise awareness and funds. In the past years, Active:Water was integrated into Lifewater and at first I was worried, because going from working with a small group to a much larger one can sometimes lose the personal feeling of working with like-minded individuals. The transition was anything but worrisome, in hindsight. Daren and Amie moved into new roles within Lifewater and they joined into a group of others who care just as much as they do. Everyone within the organization has been helpful, beyond measure, when it comes to putting together successful fundraising. Working with Lifewater has been a treat and I look forward to continuing my partnership to help save lives through clean water and the love of Jesus Christ.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

The best nonprofit I've ever worked with. They are so passionate about helping others. This organization is diligent and disciplined and dedicated to creating better lives for those in some of the most remote places on the planet. I'm grateful to be a part of everything they do. I've enjoyed my time working with them. Doing it and doing it well...Lifewater.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and supporter of Lifewater since 1998 and began traveling as a volunteer in 1999. I have worked as a water professional in industry for 36 years with a variety of roles and a Church board member, so I can aptly compare Lifewater as an organization. Lifewater has trained field trainers with excellent written material and hands-on” programs that have prepared field trainers to effectively train the trainees in developing countries with a need for access to safe drinking water. The support from Lifewater staff members and their dedication in unsurpassed.

The financial practices on trips (as a team leader myself) were carefully passed on during team leadership training, including careful stewardship of funds used during training trips. Complete and accurate expense reports were expected from Lifewater team leaders.

At the core of Lifewater is the caring of those we are working with and training in developing regions of the world. In my experiences, this caring has had a lasting impact on those being trained. This has been true across the cultures I have worked with as a Lifewater volunteer.

As a Christian, the teamwork with fellow Lifewater volunteers, the international partner organizations and those being trained has been fortified by the common thread of Jesus and the Bible. The caring and commitment to those without a specific faith offers a good example of what it means to be a Christian. I recently completed my doctorate degree in environmental sustainability and worked with my contacts in Uganda to gather much of the data for my research and my dissertation. This is one example of the lasting relationships formed as Lifewater volunteer.

I can honestly say that my Lifewater experiences (in the U.S. conferences, training sessions and international trips to developing nations) has changed my life outlook and direction and will continue to do so for years to come.

Dr. Greg Bachman

4 Julie W.1

Donor

Rating: 5

My name is Julie and I love water – it’s my absolute favorite drink. I love it so much I used to joke with my friends that I’ve been “peeing clear since my birth year.” Needless to say, I drink a lot of water.
Traveling to Ethiopia with the Lifewater team to visit project sites broadened my understanding of what clean and safe water can do.
Trekking through the green hillsides from an unsafe water point to a newly installed Lifewater spring cap, the team and I are bombarded by families pouring out of their homes, inviting us over to proudly show off their safe latrine, their tippy tap hand washing station, and their drying rack. The pride these families have for safe water practices is unlike anything I’ve seen or experienced before. It’s pure, joy-filled pride. It’s the result of implementing clean and safe water practices in these villages through education and instruction. It’s people like Biftu – an in country Lifewater employee – living with and understanding the village in order to connect with them and ensure they know the importance of clean and safe water practices.
Back stateside from Ethiopia, my appreciation for water has recently grown. I understand what clean water truly means and can do. I see hope and possibility in water. I see women being elevated in villages as equal members of the water committee. I see girls confident to go to school knowing they have a private bathroom. I see life in water. 
I still pee clear, but I don’t joke about it as much. I know the power and effectiveness of safe and clean water and I do not want anything to undermine that - even if it is true.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lifewater. The word speaks literally to life giving water that the folks that Lifewater serves in Africa and Cambodia. But I believe in an even more important "deeper" sense, Lifewater is the thirst quenching water of life from our savior Jesus Christ. Not only does this company provide physical life sustaining water, but also spiritual water by the Churches they plant in each community they serve. My wife and I were fortunate enough to find Lifewater after searching and searching online and through other avenues for an international Christian Based water project. We did a detailed evaluation of the service that is provided and instantly contacted them for more details. Theyre willingness to travel to us and present was amazing.

I could write for hours about them, the service and impact they provide, but just looking at the annual reports and financials, its very evident that they get projects completed and spread the word of Jesus over the world. We have engaged our church to support lifewater and we personally support them as well. Lifewaters' mission of providing clean water and healthy communities is evident in their work. We love supporting them and look forward to many years of partnership with them .

Chris and Sarah McCabe

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Lifewater is an amazing organization we have partnered with to be our hands and feet in bringing clean water to thousands. Specifically, they have showed us how we can promote healthy, active lifestyles to meet personal goals but at the same time, raising funds and awareness for the cause of getting clean water to those who don't have it available.

They have a great ministry model, have the highest integrity, and allow for many others to get involved. I encourage anyone to partner with Lifewater.

Matt Slocum
Victory Life Church

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I love knowing that the work that we support is actually making a difference in the lives of the people Lifewater serve. Lifewater's approach to addressing the water crisis is unmatched. This combined with their gold standard in donor care results in a organization that my wife and I are incredibly proud to partner with. See for yourself at Lifewater.org

4

Donor

Rating: 5

While researching a Christian water non-profit to partner with, Lifewater exceeded my expectations! Their mission and methods of bringing clean water, sanitation and hygiene practices to rural villages is unique and life changing. Recently, my daughters traveled to Ethiopia with Lifewater and witnessed the positive impact they are having. It's a privilege to support the work of Lifewater as they meet people at their most basic need; clean water.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Lifewater International since 1998. I have always been impressed with how Lifewater involves the entire communities where they work to get ownership of the wells, latrines, etc.. So the communities themselves create the committees, resources and skills to maintain these facilities to assure they will last well into the future. Lifewater works with the local community leaders and local volunteers to make this their well, and not Lifewater's well.

In recent years, Lifewater has adapted the "WASH" concept, where they are not only providing wells for clean water, but addressing the entire concept around healthy living to include education for personal hygiene and proper sanitation. So latrines are often provided along with wells. Most recently the "Healthy Village" program has been initiated to allow entire communities to work towards implementing the WASH concepts and become certified as a Healthy Village.

I am very proud to be a supporter of Lifewater International and would highly recommend their organization to someone interested in supporting a non-profit that specializes in providing clean water and sanitation to poor, rural areas of Africa and Southeast Asia.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lifewater International is a faith based non-profit that works to provide water, sanitation and hygiene programs in Africa and Asia. I emphasize faith based because faith is the motivation, enthusiasm and work ethic that drives their mission and ultimately leads to successful completion of goals. Lifewater does not "fix" things.They facilitate change through education and participation. Changed attitudes lead to changed lifestyle which improves health and welfare. I have volunteered for Lifewater for several years and witnessed this sustainable transformation of individuals and communities. Visit their website and learn more about "Vision of a Healthy Community" I think you will agree they are a worthwhile organization to support. I know I will continue to support them!

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We learned of LifeWater Ministry approximately two years ago and we were so excited with what we witnessed. The dollar goes to the people in need. We partnered with them in 2016 and are committed to partnering with them again this year. We brought them in to the church to share how their ministry works. They move into a village, dig a well, teach and train the native people to care for the well and for themselves through healthy living. We witnessed in a short time the impact this has on a whole village. Health increases, mortality rates decrease and the children have an opportunity to have hope for a longer ife. We highligted them at our annual Missions conference becasue we wanted our whole fellowship to understand the quality of this ministry. They are trustworthy of their word and many are touched because of their faithfulness. This opens doors for them to minister to spiritual needs as well. A great program touching many lives.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Lifewater is a nonprofit I trust and love. Everything from their communication with donors to their work on the field is top notch. I feel confident that every dollar I've donated has had an effective and well-managed impact that brings real change!