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
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.
The seeds for my relationship with Lifewater International (LI) began about 7 years ago when I became aware of the water and hygiene crisis in developing countries. After some research I contacted LI and began training as a volunteer field trainer. I have been blessed to be part of several different teams working in Southeast Asia and Africa and each trip has been a unique experience. Lifewater does an excellent job of preparing team members before departure and insuring their safety during the trip.
One of the keys to success is the selecting of in-country partners we will be training to teach safe hygiene, sanitation and water points in the remote villages. The partners Lifewater selects have always been passionate about their work and well prepared. LI has been diligent in evaluating their work and taking stock of what works and want needs changing. They are always ready to adapt and try new methods that will result in a sustainable change for the community members. I wholeheartedly recommend Lifewater International as an organization to support either financially or as a volunteer.
The work that this organization does in over 40 countries abroad helping, not giving, locals the ability to find water source and to learn cleanlyness and healthy sanitation, is admirable. I do not know how much of the money donated goes for administration. Well woth a donation.