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Lifewater International Announces Second Quarter 2018 Impact Report

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., July 25, 2018 — Lifewater International, a leading Christian water nonprofit focused on meeting the spiritual and physical needs of the world’s rural poor, today announced its impact report for the second quarter of 2018, ending June 30.

“We now have almost 150,000 children and individuals actively participating in our Vision of a Healthy Village (VHV) program. This is the high water mark in our history and I’m delighted that our stakeholders, who make this work possible, can now see the impact of their giving in real-time on our website,” said Lifewater’s President/Chief Executive Officer Justin Narducci. “Despite some delays this quarter, our outlook remains very positive as we scale up our operations to reach even more people, and do so more effectively – every day – for the glory of God and the good of all people.”

Second Quarter Impact Results

  • 148,836 participants in the VHV program, up 67% (60,000 people) from the same period last year.
  • A total of 11,143 healthy homes were achieved by program participants in the twelve months leading to the end of the second quarter, up 104% year/year.
  • 114 healthy villages were achieved in the twelve months leading to the end of the second quarter; 33,641 people now live in villages that have virtually eliminated waterborne disease, up 46% year/year.
  • Lifewater celebrated the completion of 143 school and village water projects during the 12-month period through June 2018, level year/year.
  • Through our ministry partnerships in program districts, 66 people have been baptized.
  • Donations and contributions in the second quarter reached $1.2M, with 2018 total contributions at $2.9M, up 13% year/year.
  • Expenses in the second quarter reached $1.2M, with 2018 total expenses at $2.6M, up 20% year/year.

Recent Organization Highlights

  • Real-time water and village data from the field has been made available on Lifewater’s website for all programs. This information provides increased transparency and progress information to stakeholders. Explore Interactive Maps here.
  • Extreme adventure fundraising campaigns Wheels4Water and Climb for Clean Water raised more than $300,000 for school and village water projects through their sacrificial efforts.
  • A new project phase began in the Borkeo region, designed to serve more than 24 villages in the northeast corner of Cambodia.
  • A grant of $60,000 was made to Lifewater to kickstart the Healthy Schools initiative. The program begins this year with the purpose of providing WASH training, restroom facilities, and adequate access to safe water for students. To aid in girls education particularly, the program equips schools to teach about menstruation, provide resources, reduce stigmatization, and support girls so that they continue to attend school following puberty. Read More >

Organizational Challenges

  • The organization experienced borehole completion problems in the Mayuge district of Uganda last quarter, leading to delays in the completion of more than 10 water projects. These water sources are now being completed by the end of the third quarter of 2018.
  • Heavy rains in Ethiopia have prevented the movement of Lifewater’s drilling rig. This was not unanticipated, so the drilling team is citing locations for the “dry rainy season” upcoming in the fall.
  • Lifewater mourned the sudden passing of its Mayuge Program Manager, the late Bosco Rwakitega.

Prayer Requests

  • In the third quarter of 2018, Lifewater is launching a new program in the Western Region of Uganda in a newly formed district called Kakumuro. This district has some of the lowest water access levels and highest poverty levels in the country. Please pray for the successful launch of this program and the staff who will serve the community.
  • The team in Cambodia is starting a second project in the Svay Leu district to serve 14,000 more children and families. At the same time, Cambodia is conducting elections. Please pray for peaceful elections that won’t disrupt our teams ability to organize community members.
  • There are a number of vehicle and drilling rig components that we are seeking duty-free Entrance for into Ethiopia and Uganda. Please join us in praying for expeditious delivery of these assets without delay.
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Organizational Outlook

For the full calendar year of 2018, Lifewater expects to:

  • Deploy an entirely new giving system on its website, changing the way that donors can receive program updates, in real time, from the village and school water projects they support.
  • Serve more than 165,000 people through in its VHV program, being served from eight program offices in Cambodia (2), Ethiopia (3), and Uganda (3), up 41% over the prior year.
  • Complete a total of more than 200 village and school water projects, up 26% year/year.
  • Raise total contributions and donations to reach $6.5M for the calendar year, an increase of 25%.

About Lifewater International

Lifewater is a Christian clean water organization. For more than 40 years, the organization has brought clean water, improved health, and the hope of the gopsel to families living in extreme poverty.

Backed by data, our Healthy Village model is field tested and proven to create lasting change. It involves everyone— from the mother in the village to the donors who make it all possible.