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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

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I stumbled across Lifewater International while doing a random Google search for charity Mt. Kilimanjaro hikes. Interested to learn more about their mission, I spoke over the phone with their donor relations coordinator, Tyson Baybayco. Once I learned about Lifewater's impact on the lives of other people, I knew that joining the Kilimanjaro campaign was something that I needed to do. From the day that I signed up to the day that I summited Kilimanjaro, Lifewater's staff was there for every step of the journey, figuratively and literally. They answered every question I had, supported me during the entire fundraising process, and selected top-notch team leaders for the hike. The entire experience was truly life-changing in a multitude of ways, from the team members, the mountain views, the physical and mental challenges, and the impact that was made on the lives of others. I could never thank Lifewater International enough for providing me with an opportunity like this.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i was one of 21 climbers that raised money to bring clean drinking water to impoverished communities by building wells through Lifewater and climbing Kilimanjaro . As i was taking off from Kilimanjaro airport you could see Uhuru peak. It made me happy! Happy to know we were up there and happy to know part of Steve will always be there. I lost my husband to a heart attack and we had planned to climb Kilimanjaro together. I spent an entire year preparing to reach this goal and summit. What I didn’t prepare for was all the amazing people I would meet along the way. The porters who tirelessly carried our gear, the guides who cheered us on, made sure they did everything possible so that everyone in our group could summit and most of all the 19 other people in our group who each had their own reasons for tackling Kilimanjaro. It’s been an amazing journey and one I come away from a stronger, more humble person. The destination and the summit were a goal that was accomplished, but it was the journey , and who we shared it with that will stay with me forever!!! To the 20 climbers in my group, thank you for your gift of friendship, encouragement and love!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with 20 other people associated with Lifewater as a fundraiser for clean water. The more I learned about this organization's mission and methods for implementation, the more impressed I was. Their commitment to community buy in, and follow up with the communities they work with makes them one of the most responsible charity organizations I'm familiar with. Their work bringing clean water and sanitation to people who would not have access to these amenities otherwise is incredibly important, and tangibly improves the lives of the people they help. I hope to continue working with Lifewater in the future, and highly recommend them to others!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've partnered with Lifewater for years now in many different ways. I'm proud to be associated with this organization because of the work they do, because of the difference they make, because of the efficiency in which they do it. All the while, they are spreading the Gospel to some of the most remote places on our planet. Matthew Chapter 28 is ALIVE at Lifewater.

Whatever, where ever, how ever they need me...I'm in. ...treasures in Heaven.

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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.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband & I were privileged to take a vision trip to Uganda with Lifewater in October 2018. It was a life changing experience. We were so impacted by the warm welcome from the people in the 6 villages and 2 schools that we visited in the Mayuge district. They continually expressed their deep gratitude to God and Lifewater as they proudly showed us their "healthy homes" and newly completed clean water points (wells). The exceptionally capable Lifewater field staff lovingly mentor, imparting dignity, as they continue to encourage these people toward sustainable life style changes. We highly recommend Lifewater as an effective faith based non-profit bringing lasting change to the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

I speak as both a volunteer in the SLO office and as a donor. Everything I have observed about Lifewater has convinced me that this is a ministry born from the heart of the Father. Lifewater does the work of Jesus to help the poor of the three target nations to help them to lead better, healthier lives. Instead of just coming into a village, putting in a few latrines and a spigot and then leaving, Lifewater employs local people to reach out to a targeted village by educating the people about sanitation, hygiene, safe water sources and the gospel message all with the idea of transmitting God's love in Christ. The work Lifewater does is wholistic and sustainable. Their priorities are first spiritual, demonstrated by helping the vulnerable to have access to clean water and sanitation. Lifewater uses donations most efficiently, just $50.00 provides safe water for one child for a lifetime. When my husband and I contribute to this organization I have complete confidence that our monetary gifts are being used for the stated purpose and that lives are being impacted and forever changed.

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!

1 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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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.