Lifewater International | A Non-Profit Christian Water Development Organization http://lifewater.org Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:12:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Live Call: Transformation Happening Now in West Arsi, Ethiopia http://lifewater.org/live-call-west-arsi-ethiopia/ http://lifewater.org/live-call-west-arsi-ethiopia/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:59:35 +0000 http://lifewater.org/?p=5640 Lifewater International’s CEO, Justin Narducci calls in from West Arsi, Ethiopia where a new program has...

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Lifewater International’s CEO, Justin Narducci calls in from West Arsi, Ethiopia where a new program has just been launched. Over 42,000 individuals in West Arsi will be receiving life-saving water, sanitation, and hygiene training over the next few years, and we want you to hear about how this is already affecting communities. Listen to this recorded call to find out how you are making an impact in West Arsi.


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Tracking Change, Household by Household, in East Africa http://lifewater.org/tracking-change-household-by-household-in-east-africa/ Mon, 21 Dec 2015 14:50:59 +0000 http://lifewater.org/?p=5556 Lifewater picks AKVO to help families with water, sanitation, and hygiene in Ethiopia. Lifewater has deployed...

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Lifewater picks AKVO to help families with water, sanitation, and hygiene in Ethiopia.

Lifewater has deployed the cloud-based platform AKVO Flow to monitor and evaluate water, sanitation, and hygiene programs in East Africa by tracking healthy behaviors all the way down to the household level.

“This technology allows us to monitor the effectiveness of our community WASH promotion and education efforts in real time,” said Zerihun Hailu, Lifewater’s Ethiopia Country Director, who is overseeing the first rollout of AKVO’s FLOW software among Lifewater’s sanitation and hygiene promoters in the West Arsi region of Ethiopia. “When we are effective, we will know it, and we can work more efficiently by directing our efforts where we see more effort is needed.”

Lifewater is a California-based non-profit working to address the world’s water and sanitation crisis that leads to the death of over 1,600 children under age five each day. Since 1977, Lifewater has been working around the world to help vulnerable children and families lead healthier, longer lives through easier access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation, and effective hygiene behaviors. Last year alone Lifewater reached over 50,000 people in Africa and Asia with WASH.

AKVO’s Flow is a mobile software, which also functions offline, and allows those working with disadvantaged populations to track, report, and collaborate on infrastructure and services with current, accurate data. Lifewater is putting these tools in the hands of community WASH promoters who spend years working with households in their region to adapt healthy behaviors. WASH promoters can record and report on several indictors with their smart phones, including whether a family has adequate WASH access, whether they are demonstrating healthy WASH behaviors, and whether their health is stable.

With AKVO, Lifewater’s staff will be able to see whether their efforts are leading to long-term, sustainable changes in infrastructure and behavior. Photos and GPS coordinates also serve to authenticate data and offer more transparency in remote areas. “By putting these tools in the hands of our staff in the field, we are able to remove a lot of the human error that can occur between paper surveys and digital reporting,” says Dr. Pamela Crane-Hoover, Lifewater’s VP of Global Programs.

The real-time monitoring and evaluation tools also help program leaders adapt to the changing needs of the region, making investments more accurate and timely. Crane-Hoover reports, “We are able to engage in more critical thinking about our work with the data AKVO Flow allows us to collect. We can see what is working and why, and we can scale up our efforts and reach more households in greater depth.”

Lifewater’s President/CEO Justin Narducci claims, “AKVO’s platform is a really exciting development in the WASH sector, enabling real-time monitoring and evaluation tools to inform our strategies and help us serve more people, more effectively. We’re accelerating the pace of long-term change, and that is great news to those who still live without safe water or sanitation.”

Lifewater plans to expand its use of AKVO technology in Uganda and Cambodia during 2016.

 

 

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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Getting the Whole Gospel to the Whole World http://lifewater.org/getting-the-whole-gospel-to-the-whole-world/ Thu, 10 Dec 2015 12:43:11 +0000 http://lifewater.org/?p=5510 Lifewater and Cityteam International work together on pilot project in Ethiopia. (San Jose, California) – Two...

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Lifewater and Cityteam International work together on pilot project in Ethiopia.

(San Jose, California) – Two nonprofits forged an agreement to conduct a new pilot program in Ethiopia that pairs local water access, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) experts with local church planters to facilitate physical and spiritual well-being in remote, underserved communities. Cityteam International and Lifewater International will work together beginning in the Oromia region of Ethiopia to reach households with the tools for improved health and an opportunity to learn about and follow Jesus.

In the remote areas of central and southern Ethiopia, Lifewater’s WASH Promoters will coordinate with Cityteam International’s disciple making trainers and coaches to reach each household, allowing families to access the benefits of improved WASH and a journey toward Jesus. Families will continue to be served regardless of religion, and both organizations are committed to the proliferation of both practical and spiritual life-giving knowledge through personal, natural interactions.

Currently, over 600 million people do not have safe drinking water and over 2.4 billion lack improved sanitation – even a simple latrine. Significant overlap exists between these populations and those unreached with the Gospel, especially in the rural areas of Africa and Asia. Lifewater and Cityteam International’s partnership will primarily serve communities in these areas.

Lifewater is a non-denominational Christian development organization committed to ending the world’s water and sanitation crisis. Since 1977, Lifewater has served over 2.5 million people in over 40 countries with safe drinking water, improved sanitation, and hygiene behaviors that stop the spread of water-borne disease.

Cityteam International trains local leaders to launch and sustain Disciple Making Movements by forming small groups that focus on discovering God’s will in His Word, obeying what they learn, and helping others in their natural networks of friends and family to do the same. Cityteam International VP of International Ministries, Harry Brown, says, “Disciple Making Movements are a revolution in the making because they are Simple, they are Sustainable and they are Scalable.” Cityteam International has worked for the past ten years, using a low-cost, multiplication model to help start over 35,000 churches in more than 50 countries

“The ‘good news’ is something that should be felt as well as heard. This partnership is a perfect way to make that happen,” continued Harry Brown.

“We are excited to start this new partnership with Cityteam International because it allows us to be good stewards of our relationships with vulnerable families in unreached and underserved areas of the world while remaining within our core abilities of work,” said Justin Narducci, Lifewater’s President/CEO. “We are making the most of our current opportunities and creating more opportunities to reach people with the whole Gospel to the whole person. Working together, we leverage our respective strengths and provide a service that is all encompassing – something that would be otherwise unobtainable on our own efforts.”

Another pilot program partnering Lifewater and Cityteam International is scheduled to begin in 2016 in Uganda.

 

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.

For information about Cityteam International contact Robin Sihler (rsihler@cityteam.org) or visit www.cityteam.org/international. Cityteam International is based in San Jose, CA.

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Lifewater Gathering in Paso Robles http://lifewater.org/lifewatergatheringpaso/ Wed, 02 Dec 2015 18:46:17 +0000 http://lifewater.org/?p=5519 Come enjoy wine and great food with other passionate people! We can’t wait to share how...

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Come enjoy wine and great food with other passionate people!

We can’t wait to share how God is at work through Lifewater. So whether you’ve been supporting the ministry for many years, or are a relatively new partner in this work, this special event is for you.

Please feel free to invite a few people who share our passion for safe water or who may be interested in learning more about how to serve vulnerable children and families around the world.

Date & Time: January 30, 3-5 p.m.

Location: Derby Wine Estates

525 Riverside Avenue

Paso Robles, California 93446

Contact Shaun Russell with any questions at Shaun@Lifewater.org or call (805) 541-6634.

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LIVE CALL: Lifewater launches first field office in Ethiopia http://lifewater.org/first-field-office/ Mon, 23 Nov 2015 20:16:28 +0000 http://lifewater.org/?p=5483 Lifewater’s President/CEO, Justin Narducci, talks with Board Member Justin Ahrens about the vision for serving more people,...

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Lifewater’s President/CEO, Justin Narducci, talks with Board Member Justin Ahrens about the vision for serving more people, more effectively in Ethiopia. Listen to the recording below to hear about the monumental launch of Lifewater’s first field office, and the men and women who are going to make incredible things happen throughout Ethiopia.

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