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.

Core Values

Christ-Centered

We delight in the grace, mercy, and saving sacrifice of Jesus Christ “in whom we live, move, and have our being” (Acts 17:8). We seek to follow him by entering into his redemption story that is already at work in the places and among the people that we are privileged to serve.

Child-Focused

We affirm the original calling given to our Founder, William A. Ashe, who believed 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.

Impact-Oriented

We approach large, global problems with locally appropriate solutions in leadership, ownership, and technology to produce a lasting impact. We appreciate data and continuously analyze it to improve our activities.

Entrepreneurial Servant Leaders

We work together to build a lean and nimble organization that operates in humility, with mutual respect for our colleagues and stakeholders. Seeking to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us, we look for creative, collaborative, and cost-efficient ways to undertake our work.

Taking a Long View

We recognize that lasting and transformational change takes time and often requires a reframing of one’s worldview. We are patient yet persistent in our expectations, actions, and strategies, understanding that the most significant changes in a community come from within. 

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

Transformation Personified


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