Our Story

From one man's call to millions served

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This is our story. There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of international water organizations, but none like Lifewater. It started over 50 years ago, with one Christian businessman and his family feeling called to help orphans in Mexico get safe water. Today, we continue with our founders vision – helping vulnerable children and families to thrive.

This is a story of God’s faithfulness. As we stay connected to our roots and trust in God’s provision, we learn, grow, and get the opportunity to serve more people, more effectively, every day.

1962

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A Journey Begins

Lifewater Founder and water pump business owner, Bill Ashe, visits Mexico, where he fixes windmill hand pumps at an orphanage.

1968

A Mission Grows

Bill began ministry with his family and friends in Baja California, Mexico, working obediently and humbly to alleviate suffering in poor communities.

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1977

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A Movement is Named

“Lifewater” is born and the groundwork laid for many more to join Bill in bringing water to those who needed it most.

1983

A Global Need

Bill attends Billy Graham conference in Amsterdam and receives over 2,000 requests from pastors and evangelists for safe water from over 100 countries.

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1984

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An Organized Response

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

1988

The Movement Grows

Lifewater holds its first conference inviting volunteer professionals to become a part of the team. Lifewater continues to build an exceptional team of field trainers.

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1999

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Adding Essential Services

Field trainers teach hygiene and hand pump repair programs. These new areas of expertise helped Lifewater train indigenous partners and increase impact and sustainability in communities.

2002

Adapting Strategy

Lifewater adopts water access, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) strategy focusing on community development and building the capacity of indigenous partners.

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2003

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Improving WASH Collaboration

Lifewater helps found the Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) to share knowledge and work with other WASH organizations to advocate for the poor.

2006

Multiplying Impact

Lifewater develops a WASH curriculum that sets the standard for Christian WASH practioners in the field.

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2009

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Maximizing Impact Regionally

Using momentum and local knowledge to maximize impact, Lifewater adopts a regional program strategy aimed to serve tens of thousands of people with safe water, sanitation, and hygiene.

2015

Vision of a Healthy Village

Lifewater launches its first field offices in Ethiopia and Uganda, using local staff with real-time data monitoring to help implement the Vision of a Healthy Village strategy.

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2016

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Bearing Fruit

Lifewater celebrates the first “Healthy Home” (in Ethiopia), the building blocks of long-term regional transformation that begins one family at a time.

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