Our Mission

We are Christians committed to ending the global water and sanitation crisis.

Our Vision

Thousands equipped, millions served, and a movement of transformed people serving together to end the global water and sanitation crisis.

Lifewater International is a non-profit Christian Water development organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children and families with safe water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Our Founder and CEO


Lifewater History

1962

Lifewater Founder, Bill Ashe, visited Mexico…

where he began his journey of water development by fixing windmill hand pumps at an orphanage.

Bill began ministry with his family in
Baja California, Mexico...

believing that faithfulness, obedience, and humility could be used to alleviate suffering, sickness, and hurt in poor communities.

1968

Lifewater was born...

and the groundwork laid for many more to join Bill in bringing water to those who needed it most.

1977
1983

Bill attended Billy Graham conference in Amsterdam...

and received over 2,000 requests for safe water from over 100 countries.

Bill formally creates
Lifewater Inc...

in response to the flurry of requests received in Amsterdam, Bill formally registered Lifewater Inc (DBA Lifewater International) as a California Non-Profit Corporation.

1984
1988

Bill launched first Lifewater
conference...

inviting professional volunteers to become a part of the team. Ongoing Lifewater conferences have been the tool used to recruit and train our exceptional team of field trainers.

Hygiene and hand pump repair programs...

began to be taught by our volunteer field trainers. These introduced two new areas of expertise for Lifewater to train indigenous partners and furthered the impact. 

1999

Lifewater adopts
WASH strategy...

that focuses on community development and capacity building through in-country partners to create lasting change.

2002
2003

Lifewater was a founding member of MWA...

whose mission is to offer "sustainable solutions through advocacy, shared knowledge,
and collaborative programming."

Developed WASH
curriculum...

that set the standard for Christian WASH practitioners and expanded Lifewater's influence.

2006
2009

Adopted regional
program strategy ...

that seeks to serve tens of thousands
of beneficiaries with safe water, hygiene,
and sanitation.

Completed first 3-year
regional program ...

that transformed the water, sanitation, and hygiene situation for 100,000 people in Northern Uganda.

2012