Lifewater https://lifewater.org A Non-Profit Christian Water Development Organization Sat, 30 Jul 2016 00:48:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://lifewater.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-lifewater-favicon-1-32x32.png Lifewater https://lifewater.org 32 32 Lifewater Summer 2016 Newsletter https://lifewater.org/blog/lifewater-summer-2016-newsletter/ Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:43:31 +0000 http://staging.lifewater.org/?p=7007 Find out how your gifts create healthy homes. What you’ll find in this Issue: Five habits that can transform the future of a family. Program launches to serve 28,100 people.…

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Find out how your gifts create healthy homes.

What you’ll find in this Issue:

  • Five habits that can transform the future of a family.
  • Program launches to serve 28,100 people.
  • Cycling teams bring water, health, and hope to thousands.
  • We want to meet you! Find an event in your area.

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New Lifewater Field Office Opens in Cambodia https://lifewater.org/blog/new-lifewater-field-office-opens-cambodia/ Fri, 15 Jul 2016 21:39:52 +0000 http://staging.lifewater.org/?p=7004 Svay Leu Office launches program to reach thousands in remote, rural province. Lifewater International opened a new field office in Svay Leu, Cambodia, this month. The Cambodian field staff will…

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Svay Leu Office launches program to reach thousands in remote, rural province.

Lifewater International opened a new field office in Svay Leu, Cambodia, this month. The Cambodian field staff will operate from this office to engage several remote, rural communities in Siem Reap Province where vulnerable children and families lack access to safe water, improved sanitation, and hygiene education (WASH).

“The communities the new Svay Leu office will serve are among the most remote and underserved in the country,” says Carol Nowlin, Lifewater’s Southeast Asia Regional Director. “Our staff members are eager to continue the relationships they’ve formed visiting these communities, and they have found hardworking, welcoming families that are eager for change.”

In the northwest region of Cambodia, Svay Leu District is home to thousands of farming families. Many villages are remote and WASH coverage is very low. Seasonal rains are not enough to sustain the population, and changing climate patterns have brought drought. Unexploded landmines continue to pose a threat. While most children attend primary school, few continue to secondary school, and many girls drop out when they reach the age of menstruation because there are inadequate WASH facilities in schools.

Over the next few years, Lifewater will reach more than 28,000 vulnerable children and families with 26 village water projects and 6 school water projects. This new field office is responsible for implementing Lifewater’s Vision of a Healthy Village (VHV) strategy, which includes actions and goals for each household, community, and school that will improve sustainable WASH access and health. “I am excited to see how the VHV strategy enables breakthroughs in each household,” continues Nowlin. “We are introducing low-cost changes that everyone can implement. It’s not just a breakthrough for health; it’s a breakthrough in bringing hope where there is a lot of discouragement.”

The eight local employees currently working from the field office also coordinate with local government, which supports the work and participates in certifying healthy communities and schools. Lifewater’s program aligns with the Cambodian government’s national action plan to extend WASH access to all rural Cambodians. The Cambodian staff also works closely with local churches to strengthen their witness in communities, caring for their neighbors in tangible ways.

While the Svay Leu office serves people in Siem Reap Province, Lifewater is also investigating more opportunities to serve in neighboring regions. “The Southeast Asia region is strategically important for Lifewater to expand its reach,” remarks Lifewater’s President/CEO, Justin Narducci. “In the coming months and years, we will launch additional field teams in remote regions of Southeast Asia to serve the most vulnerable children and families. This field office in Svay Leu is just the beginning of what is to come.”

Lifewater International is a non-profit Christian water development organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty. With experience in more than 40 countries since 1977, Lifewater serves people of all faiths, focusing on contextually appropriate water sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) development. For more information, contact Christine Zurbach (czurbach@lifewater.org) or visit www.lifewater.org. Lifewater International is based in San Luis Obispo, CA.

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StreamKey Serves Communities Worldwide with Water https://lifewater.org/blog/streamkey-serves-communities-worldwide-water/ https://lifewater.org/blog/streamkey-serves-communities-worldwide-water/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 22:38:41 +0000 https://lifewater.org/?p=6278 Ohio-based water and wastewater systems specialists bring water and sanitation to communities in Africa. StreamKey, an integrated solutions provider for residential and commercial water and wastewater systems in the Midwest,…

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Ohio-based water and wastewater systems specialists bring water and sanitation to communities in Africa.

StreamKey, an integrated solutions provider for residential and commercial water and wastewater systems in the Midwest, is committed to helping vulnerable children and families in Africa get access to safe water and improved sanitation. After funding a safe water well in Uganda, the company continues to dedicate a portion of its profits to helping more communities.

StreamKey prides itself not only on its excellent technical and marketing support in the field of water and wastewater systems, but also on its service to the community. In 2014, StreamKey President Mike Felton and engineer Ron McAdams helped StreamKey donate a portion of its profits to water and sanitation projects in poor communities. That year, StreamKey funded a clean water well for a village in Uganda. After seeing the results, the company committed to helping another community in the next year.

“This company is really serving people well all around the world,” says Lifewater General Manager Shaun Russell. “They offer world-class service and expertise to their clients here in the US, but they also have a rare understanding of how deeply water and sanitation affects every part of life, so they know how profound their impact can be on people who have never had it.”

Worldwide, 663 million people do not have access to safe water and 2.4 billion do not have improved sanitation. Without access to water and sanitation, people suffer from preventable, water-borne diseases, which keep them out of school and work. They also spend hours each day gathering water or finding a safe place to go to the bathroom, which further marginalizes them from education and productive labor. In rural Uganda, where StreamKey provided its first well, one in ten people must collect water from contaminated streams and ponds, which they share with animals and often go dry for several months each year. Three in four people have no toilet or latrine.

“I have always been impressed with the approach that Lifewater takes to get local organizations involved in the whole WASH methodology,” said Ron McAdams of StreamKey. “There is community pride and ownership involved in the process of providing and maintaining the wells (versus simply installing a well and leaving the community) – as well as providing the education on sanitation and ways to prevent the spread of water-borne disease. Our company is looking for ways to ‘give back’ to the local and international community, so supporting Lifewater was a natural choice since we are in the water business as well!”

StreamKey plans to provide another village water source by raising $5,000 through a portion of its sales. You can help them by donating here.

 

Lifewater International is a non-profit Christian water development organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty. With experience in more than 40 countries since 1977, Lifewater serves all people focusing on contextually appropriate water sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) development. For more information, contact Christine Zurbach (czurbach@lifewater.org) or visit www.lifewater.org. Lifewater International is based in San Luis Obispo, CA

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Climb for Clean Water Summits https://lifewater.org/blog/climb-clean-water-reaches-summit/ https://lifewater.org/blog/climb-clean-water-reaches-summit/#respond Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:52:03 +0000 https://lifewater.org/?p=6254 Sixteen climbers summit Mt. Kilimanjaro today to raise awareness and funds for 2,500 people without safe water and sanitation. Last week, sixteen Climb for Clean Water 2016 team members from…

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Sixteen climbers summit Mt. Kilimanjaro today to raise awareness and funds for 2,500 people without safe water and sanitation.

Last week, sixteen Climb for Clean Water 2016 team members from around the country began their journey to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Team members spent the year training for the physical and mental challenges of mountaineering as well as bringing hundreds of others into their quest to raise awareness of the global water and sanitation crisis. Together the team reached their goal of raising enough money to bring over 2,500 people water and sanitation for life.

Climb for Clean Water team members include individuals who have committed to raising $6,000, enough to bring water, sanitation, and hygiene to a community. “What’s really cool about this is that $6,000 is the amount of money it costs to install a drinking water well, so we know this money has a specific purpose and that it will save lives,” says team member Jeff Crider, who is climbing with his son, Max.

In 2015 an estimated 663 million people globally did not have access to safe water. Nearly half of them live in Africa, and four out of five live in rural areas. There are also nearly 700 million people in Africa that do not have a toilet or latrine. Without safe water and improved sanitation, vulnerable children and families suffer from preventable diseases, missing out on education and productive labor. Households spend hours each day collecting safe water or finding a safe place to go to the bathroom, and families spend a large portion of their income on medical care for the sick. [Citation, pp 4-15]

Team members will face many challenges in their quest. At 19,341 feet, Mt. Kilimajaro, in Tanzania, is the tallest mountain in Africa and only 1,000 feet shorter than Denali (Mt. McKinley) in Alaska. The seven-day return trek to the summit covers various terrains, from rainforest to arctic zones, to “the rooftop of Africa.”

After the climb, Team Leader Daren Wendell along with the Crider’s and others, including fellow team member Doug Headrick, who is currently serving as President on Lifewater’s Board of Directors, will visit communities in the remote region of Ethiopia where Climb for Clean Water 2016’s impact will serve thousands.

Wendell, an endurance athlete and Lifewater’s Community & Outreach Manager, says, “It’s truly incredible to see the impact that 16 people can have in serving vulnerable kids and families through Lifewater. To date the team has raised over $100,000, serving 2,500 people with safe water and I couldn’t be more excited.”

To donate to the team or any member, click here.

If you are interested in joining the 2017 Climb for Clean Water team, get details and sign up here.

 

Lifewater International is a non-profit Christian water development organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty. With experience in more than 40 countries since 1977, Lifewater serves people of all faiths, focusing on contextually appropriate water sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) development. For more information, contact Christine Zurbach (czurbach@lifewater.org) or visit www.lifewater.org. Lifewater International is based in San Luis Obispo, CA

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A Father’s Gift https://lifewater.org/blog/a-fathers-gift/ https://lifewater.org/blog/a-fathers-gift/#respond Fri, 17 Jun 2016 19:23:08 +0000 https://lifewater.org/?p=6249 This dad in Ethiopia built a life-saving gift for his kids. Find out what he built for his kids that could save their lives!

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This dad in Ethiopia built a life-saving gift for his kids. Find out what he built for his kids that could save their lives!

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Kaliro Baseline Results https://lifewater.org/blog/kaliro-baseline-results/ https://lifewater.org/blog/kaliro-baseline-results/#respond Fri, 10 Jun 2016 23:28:35 +0000 https://lifewater.org/?p=6243  A clearer view of the challenges ahead in two Ugandan sub-counties. Earlier this year Lifewater began a multi-year program to help 30,000 people in the Kaliro district of eastern Uganda.…

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 A clearer view of the challenges ahead in two Ugandan sub-counties.

Earlier this year Lifewater began a multi-year program to help 30,000 people in the Kaliro district of eastern Uganda. In April, Lifewater staff in Uganda completed a baseline survey of hundreds of households, which gives a detailed account of what challenges communities face in accessing safe water, improved sanitation, and effective hygiene practices.

Lifewater will serve about 5,500 households in Nawaikoke and Bumanya sub-counties using its Vision of a Healthy Village strategy. Communities, homes, and primary schools will be served with improved WASH access and facilitate behavioral changes that improve health for families. In addition to the people-centered WASH work, Lifewater will complete 50 new or repaired wells, 13 rain tanks, and 26 new or repaired blocks of school latrines.

Baseline survey results are essential to directing efforts toward the behaviors and tools that will make the greatest difference as well as assessing the program’s long-term effectiveness in decreasing preventable, water-borne disease. Those living in Nawaikoke and Bumanya sub-counties will see a lot of changes over the next few years as WASH access improves, and it comes at a critical time, since many families are suffering.

“This baseline report tells us what makes this region unique – both the challenges they face and the assets they already have that we can leverage to serve more people, more effectively,” says Lindsay Lange, Lifewater’s Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist. “Our field staff enter data that allows us to track progress in real time, so we know when we succeed and where more work needs to be done.”

Field staff discovered during the survey that most people in Nawaikoke and Bumanya have access to an improved water source (a well or borehole), but the sources are often far away and the average time to collect water (including the time spent standing in line) during the dry season is 2.5 hours. This increases conflict between neighbors and even within households. Also, staff observed that very few households transported and stored the water safely, meaning the water they used was contaminated.

Fewer than 3% of households have an improved latrine “with dignity” (private, with walls and a roof), and only 12% have a handwashing device with soap and water. Only 1% of caregivers reported washing their hands after handling children’s feces or before feeding their children.

Families in these communities suffer from a lack of formal education. Almost a quarter of adults have no formal education. One quarter of adults finished primary school, including only 20% of women. Children generally have a higher rate of enrollment, but on average, families reported that their children missed more than two days of school in the past two weeks due to illness. Girls often stay home from school during menstruation.

Households in Nawaikoke and Bumanya report that diarrhea is a common illness in children, with more than one third of young children suffering from diarrhea within the past week. Stopping diarrhea is especially urgent in these communities because one in five residents of the area is under age five, a time when diarrhea can be deadly. Over 500,000 children under five die each year from diarrhea around the world.

The baseline survey found that WASH-related illness is not just a problem for the young, however. Adults reported losing nearly four and a half days of work in the past two weeks due to illness, either their own or those in their care. Coupled with the report that the average household spent $17 dollars last month on medical care, the effects of preventable illnesses are widespread. In an area where many households are barely at subsistence level, illness is devastating the potential for productive labor and economic engagement.

“Field staff will visit each household every month, working with them to establish the tools and practices that they can do on their own to make their compound clean and keep their family safe from disease,” says Dr. Pamela Crane-Hoover, Lifewater’s VP of Global Programs. “These require little or no outside investment, they are easily transferred, and they make a significant, immediate impact to improve health.”

 

Lifewater International is a non-profit Christian water development organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty. With experience in more than 40 countries since 1977, Lifewater serves people of all faiths, focusing on contextually appropriate water sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) development. For more information, contact Christine Zurbach (czurbach@lifewater.org) or visit www.lifewater.org. Lifewater International is based in San Luis Obispo, CA.

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A Birthday Celebration https://lifewater.org/blog/a-birthday-celebration/ https://lifewater.org/blog/a-birthday-celebration/#respond Fri, 03 Jun 2016 19:43:57 +0000 https://lifewater.org/?p=6185 A special message for our birthday fundraisers. Your birthday provided clean water and a new way of life for children and families living in the rural hills of West Arsi, Ethiopia.…

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A special message for our birthday fundraisers.

Your birthday provided clean water and a new way of life for children and families living in the rural hills of West Arsi, Ethiopia. Thank you!

By donating your birthday, you helped communities like Shasho who, up until now, had to walk long distances to fetch water from a pond filled with unsafe water. The photo below shows  the previous water source that families gathered water from. No one should have to drink from water shared with animals and filled with disease.

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What makes a home healthy? Five Habits. https://lifewater.org/blog/five-habits/ https://lifewater.org/blog/five-habits/#respond Fri, 27 May 2016 21:08:22 +0000 https://lifewater.org/?p=6179 Meet the Sadoo family. The Sadoo’s live in Nensebo, Ethiopia. Nensebo is a very remote area about four hours walking distance from the nearest road. Mr. and Mrs. Sadoo have…

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Meet the Sadoo family. The Sadoo’s live in Nensebo, Ethiopia. Nensebo is a very remote area about four hours walking distance from the nearest road. Mr. and Mrs. Sadoo have three young children that they love and care for.

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Wheels4Water Rides Again https://lifewater.org/blog/wheels-4-water-rides/ https://lifewater.org/blog/wheels-4-water-rides/#respond Fri, 13 May 2016 23:56:14 +0000 https://lifewater.org/?p=6153 Cycling teams ride all over the world for safe water in Kaliro, Uganda. Wheels4Water is back at work in 2016 to raise awareness and funds to combat the world’s water…

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Cycling teams ride all over the world for safe water in Kaliro, Uganda.

Wheels4Water is back at work in 2016 to raise awareness and funds to combat the world’s water and sanitation crisis. This year, several teams will ride to help vulnerable children and families in Kaliro, Uganda get access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene – access that will save lives and strengthen communities.

Justin Ahrens of Rule29 and Brian MacDonald of Wonderkind Studios, both avid cyclists and creative professionals, founded Wheels 4 Water in 2014. The effort over the past two years has brought together riders and those in the creative community to raise over $160,000 for children in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), helping thousands of families. Last year, Ahrens and MacDonald traveled with Lifewater to these communities to see the work.

“It was unbelievable to be in those communities and see just what we can do together as a community to make a huge difference,” said Ahrens. “Lifewater can help a person get clean water, sanitation, and hygiene for life for $40.” “In these communities, the change was unbelievable for people to have access to clean water and sanitation,” reported MacDonald.

This year the funds raised will help children and families in the remote Kaliro district of eastern Uganda, where women wait hours in line for water and children often collect contaminated water from ponds shared with animals. Very few homes and schools have dignified latrines and handwashing stations, which help stop the spread of deadly water-borne diseases.

“We wanted to create an opportunity for others to join us on rides and in this cause,” says Ahrens. Three teams will ride all over the world to help Wheels4Water reach its goal of helping 1000 people, or $40,000. Team Illinois will be riding 50 and 100 miles on July 9 from Geneva, IL. Team Arizona, led by Tony Narducci, CEO of O’Neil Printing, will ride 40 or 80 miles on October 8 from Chandler, AZ. Riders are asked to raise $480, the equivalent of providing water and sanitation to 12 people. Team Anywhere, led by Ryan Connary, invites others to create their own individual or community ride, and riders are signing up around the world.

Sign up to ride, watch the video, find our more about Kaliro, or buy W4W cycling gear and posters at wheels4water.org. Volunteers for the Illinois and Arizona rides are also welcome.

 

Lifewater International is a non-profit Christian water development organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty. With experience in more than 40 countries since 1977, Lifewater serves people of all faiths, focusing on contextually appropriate water sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) development. For more information, contact Christine Zurbach (czurbach@lifewater.org) or visit www.lifewater.org. Lifewater International is based in San Luis Obispo, CA

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99 People Bring Water to Thousands https://lifewater.org/blog/99-for-thousands/ https://lifewater.org/blog/99-for-thousands/#respond Fri, 06 May 2016 16:30:51 +0000 https://lifewater.org/?p=6122 Attendees at Lifewater’s Blue Tie Gala to help 36 communities in Ethiopia get safe water. Lifewater held its first Blue Tie Gala on March 12, 2016 bringing together individuals and…

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Attendees at Lifewater’s Blue Tie Gala to help 36 communities in Ethiopia get safe water.

Lifewater held its first Blue Tie Gala on March 12, 2016 bringing together individuals and families from all over the country to help communities in Ethiopia receive life-saving gifts of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene. Ninety-nine attendees gave over $218,000 to help 36 communities and tens of thousands of people in the central West Arsi region.

“The Blue Tie Gala brings together people who are committed to seeing the end of the world’s water and sanitation crisis in our lifetime,” explained Justin Narducci, Lifewater’s President/CEO. “They are personally investing their time, talents, and treasure in helping vulnerable children and families all over the world.”

Generous gifts from this year’s Gala benefit communities in several districts of the West Arsi region, where less than 1% of the population has access to a dignified latrine and almost half of children aged 5-12 are not in school. Women in this region spend hours each day traveling and waiting in line for safe water. Lifewater recently opened a field office in the region to better serve the communities. Ethiopian field staff members work with each household to ensure they have the knowledge and tools to build their own latrines and implement life-saving hygienic behaviors.

Attendees at the Blue Tie Gala, held at the scenic Greengate Ranch in San Luis Obispo, enjoyed acclaimed central coast food, music, and wine while engaging with Lifewater’s heart for serving and strategies for reaching remote, unreached, and underserved communities. Sculpterra Winery and Tablas Creek Vineyard generously provided award-winning wines while Water For Good donated spring water. Guests also enjoyed live music from The G2 Project and pianist/composer Dr. Jeff Bjorck.

At the event, Lifewater demonstrated its Vision of a Healthy Village through interactive stations showing the components of a Healthy Home, such as latrines, handwashing stations, and drying racks. Attendees saw how a community-managed water source, such as a well or capped spring, operates. The Vision of a Healthy Village strategy aims to involve the entire village – households, schools, churches, local government, and local leaders – in developing a sustainable source of safe water and teaching behaviors that stop water-borne disease.

 

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