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Lifewater International

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Health, International, International Development, Public Health, Religion

Mission: Lifewater International is a nonprofit, Christian clean water and community health organization committed to ending the global water and sanitation crisis, one village at a time. Learn more about our mission here: https://lifewater.org/mission

Results: For over 40 years and in 45+ countries, Lifewater has been the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need.

Target demographics: rural children and families vulnerable to waterborne illnesses

Direct beneficiaries per year: 174,596 people

Geographic areas served: Cambodia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania

Programs: community-based water access, sanitation and hygiene training

Community Stories

80 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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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.

5

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!

5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 4

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.