What guides our work

We are Christians committed to ending the global water and sanitation crisis, one village at a time.

Safe water for every child

A healthy home for every family

The love of Christ for all

Core Values

Lifewater seeks to be the hands and feet of Jesus among the world’s most marginalized communities. Our values are our compass. They help us remember the who, why, and how of our work.


Christ Centered

We are compelled by the great commission (Matthew 28) to serve with great compassion (Matthew 25) in pursuit of the least, the last, and the lost. We practice integral mission through the demonstration of the gospel in our program planning, communication, strategic partnerships, and community relationships.

Impact Oriented

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

Child Focused

We affirm the original calling given to our Founder, William A. Ashe, who believed that every underserved family should have the opportunity to drink safe water and live free of waterborne diseases, and that anything less is a grave injustice.

Long Viewed

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.


Seeking to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us, we look for creative, collaborative, and efficient ways to undertake our work. We invest staff time, talent, and money with the expectation of a multiplied return.

Servant Leaders

We work together to build a lean and nimble organization that operates in humility with mutual respect for our colleagues, stakeholders, and the communities we serve. We shall be known by our love, not our position or status.

Why Lifewater?

Faith in Action

We believe in serving the vulnerable in word and deed. That’s why, alongside our water access, sanitation, and hygiene work, we partner with local ministries to start bible studies, plant churches, distribute bibles, and more. Lifewater serves all people regardless of religion, listening first and walking alongside community members as neighbors.

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Remote Locations

We serve in hard-to-reach places where families are most vulnerable to waterborne illnesses. We pursue the least and the last.

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When combined, safe water access, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) practices can nearly eliminate waterborne diseases and water-related deaths. Lifewater staff walking alongside community members to help them adopt these habits.

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Real change happens when communities actively participate. We work on local and regional levels to create change that lasts.

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Impact Assessment

We measure, analyze, and report results each week to ensure our activities are making a transformative impact. With constant assessment, we can pivot quickly when needed.

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Appropriate Safe Water Technology

We construct long-lasting safe water solutions that utilize local ingenuity, safe water needs, and supplies that community leaders can access.

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