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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I use water to save lives in the manner shown in my pic. Life water uses water to save lives with a much higher calling. I have been supporting Lifewater for several years now and have become very familiar with this organization. What impresses me is that they do what they say they do then back it up and follow through.
Lifewater lives out In the same way I do the command we have been given by Jesus. "To care for the poor". In 2018 it is hard to believe that there are still those that are unable to obtain fresh clean water. Life water not only provides the means for sustainable water supply, but continues with education for sanitation, hygiene, and maintenance of the water source to the communities they serve. This is, in my opinion, the proper way to provide life saving disease free access to water.
There are many other organizations that may provide water through the drilling of wells and affixing a well-head and pump. However many of these same organizations do not follow up and leave the communities high and dry with only temporary water sources. Lifewater does not do this they put in place the resources needed for the communities to maintain the wells through the communities own funding and education to re[pair the source as the needs arise. Lifewater also maintains contact through technology to get real time data and information directly from the communities to provide information that sustains the water source and the community.
Good stewards of their funds they receive and are always accountable for their spending by being transparent with their budget and spending.
But, most of all they share the love of God with the people so they will always have hope and love to sustain them spiritually.
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!
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.
08 Oct 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Victory Life Church
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