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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: 85,000 vulnerable children and families

Geographic areas served: Cambodia, Ethiopia, Uganda

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

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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.

1 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had many great experiences with Lifewater (LI), and 2 of them reveal the impact on the people we are serving. The first was part of a session to a village to practice giving training to the community. Not far from our training site 3 large bladders (like water mattress but much bigger) had been installed with water piped from a creek to be purified with chemicals (this was not installed by LI). One of the bladders had started leaking and the people did not have any means to repair it. Worse yet, drinking water was being taken from the creek in which livestock was actively contaminating. Obviously previous efforts were not working. In contrast, during a recent LI trip to check progress in another area of the country, we observed several homes that had been certified Safe Homes, as well as springs that had been piped to concrete tanks with fences around them to keep livestock out. The community turned out to greet us and demonstrate the progress they had made, and each family had committed to paying a monthly fee to maintain the water source. They were very proud of what they had accomplished with LI's help. Even better, they reported that their children were no longer getting sick, and they were able save the money they had spent on frequent doctor visits. They are truly grateful for what LI has helped THEM accomplish.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After I read the book 'When Helping Hurts" it was obvious to me that I wanted to contribute to the well being of people around the world by empowering people to help themselves, not doing things that they can do themselves. I discovered that Lifewater was just the place for me. Their entire emphasis is on transformative growth by giving people the tools and information to make a difference in their own lives, and giving the them the confidence to do it. It is the rare organization that has not strayed from its founders beliefs from 40 years ago "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." I have served with Lifewater in several countries and can say without a doubt that Lifewater is one of the finest support organizations that I have been involved with - and there have been many. Their success speaks for itself

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with Lifewater International for 10 years and have been blessed to see first hand the impact of their work in developing countries. Unlike many other organizations, Lifewater's mission isn't about digging wells, it's about transformation - of people, communities and nations. Real change isn't the result of improved technology, it's about changed hearts that result in changed behavior. Building a strong foundation of individual and community involvement at the outset of projects ensures that water sources are maintained and protected, that latrines are clean and safe, and that good hygiene including handwashing is practiced by all. Lifewater's real-time monitoring of projects provides compelling evidence of the rate and sustainability of change using their unique Vision of a Health Village model. And all of this is achieved in some of the most remote and poor areas of Africa and Southeast Asia. That's why I'm not just a volunteer, I'm also a donor. An investment in Lifewater is the most cost effective means I know to bring health and hope to some of the very hardest places.