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Your gift provides a clean water source, health training, and hope to women like Adanech living in East Africa and Cambodia.

 

Life for Adanech

April 2021

 

In Bensa, Ethiopia, families walk up and down mountains, through forests, and along steep hillsides to find water. And when the rains cease, those walks can triple.

This is the case for Adanech, a mother of six living in Bode Kalala village. Four times a day, she walks to a spring 20 minutes away. The spring is surrounded by mud, and Adanech said it’s easy to slip and fall. When the spring dries up every year, Adanech walks over an hour to fill her containers with water.

Like so many families in Bensa, Adanech’s family gets sick from the water.

“I am always asking God to give us clean water as I have seen in other villages,” she said. “I wish this could become real with the support of Lifewater.”

When the children are sick, they can’t go to school. And when they need medication, Adanech and her husband, Tamene, have to spend their hard-earned income, income that could be used for school books, food, and other basic necessities.

Most recently, the children were sick with typhoid, a waterborne illness that can be fatal if left untreated.

“I have a lot of children, and I am growing them to become good people,” she said.

Adanech is proud of her kids and confident that they will do amazing things when they are older.

“I don’t have any hesitation that they will be succeeding in their futures.”

With safe water just steps from their homes, Adanech’s children will have the health and time to focus on school and to just be kids. Adanech will no longer spend her days walking and carrying heavy containers of water.

When you give, you’ll bring safe water to families just like Adanech’s in Bensa, Ethiopia. Your gifts will reach mothers walking long distances for water and children missing school due to illness. You’ll make a lasting difference in their lives.

 

Give Gospel Hope

 

Lifewater serves every person regardless of religion or background, partnering with local communities to share the love of Jesus and build the local church.

A crisis of safe water access affects 10% of the globe’s population. It often goes hand in hand with poverty, illiteracy, and a struggle to survive.

But God’s children in these communities are full of life, eager for a reason to hope. They are “the least of these” whom Jesus tells us to care for.

In the Bible, Jesus heals people physically and spiritually. Following His example, our staff share life-saving health practices and bring safe water to meet physical needs; our ministry partners share about God’s love, distribute Bibles, and plant churches—meeting a spiritual need.

Between the gospel, safe water, and sanitation training, the communities we serve experience the kind of transformation that only Jesus can bring.

Communities worldwide need safe water and gospel hope. Give today.

Am I sponsoring a specific village?

No, your gift will help provide safe drinking water and improved sanitation and hygiene to women and children iving in East Africa and Cambodia.

Will I receive updates?

Yes! You can expect regular updates on the progress of your gift. And, when the communities in the region are transformed with safe water, you’ll receive a story and photos from a family whose life is changed because of your gift.

Can I visit programs and/or my sponsored water project?

Lifewater has local staff that live and serve among the communities and schools where Lifewater works. Our staff know the language and the culture and are best equipped to serve communities. Because we seek to ensure sustainable water projects and community buy in, we do not allow donors to visit the projects they sponsor. However, we do commit to sending real-time updates, photos, and stories from the projects themselves.

Where does Lifewater work?

With more than 40 years’ experience, LIfewater is the longest-running Christian clean water charity in North America. Over those 40 years, Lifewater has worked in more than 45 different countries. Currently, our work is focused in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania) and Southeast Asia (Cambodia).

Why these countries and regions?

Lifewater identifies countries and regions that are unreached and underserved with basic water access and sanitation, which means we focus on areas where other organizations are not serving.

Although great strides have been made in the past 20 years to solve the global water crisis, remote and rural populations still remain unreached with adequate water and sanitation. These distant regions are difficult and often costly for governments and NGOs to serve well. Many of these communities feel as though they have been forgotten.

Can I request a water project in a specific country?

Currently, Lifewater has programs in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, and Cambodia. You can go to lifewater.org/projects to select a specific water project to help. Because our programs are regionalized and made in partnership with the local governments, we are not able to take requests for specific water projects outside of our existing programs.

What percent of funds go towards programs?

Lifewater budgets 80% of expenditures for programs. The remaining 20% is split between administrative/management and fundraising expenses. This ratio is best in class for nonprofits and is why Lifewater has received the highest rating from Charity Navigator.

Administrative/management expenses are used to ensure that we are effective in managing the funds entrusted to us and include the following types of expenses: accounting personnel, leadership time, professional development of staff, external auditors, legal counsel, government registration expenses in every U.S. state, credit card fees for processing donations, bank fees, database maintenance, and office expenses.

Fundraising expenses generate the income needed to do the work that we set out to do. These include the cost of direct mail appeals and communication, marketing projects, donor relations personnel, and email communication systems. Last year, every dollar invested into Lifewater fundraising efforts resulted in $10 of donation for the organization.

Is Lifewater approved/vetted by 3rd party organizations?

Over our 40 year history, Lifewater has received the highest accreditations from the most respected rating organization in the industry. Lifewater is recognized as one of the top-rated charities in the United States by independent reporting organizations, including:

Charity Navigator (four stars)
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
Guidestar (Platinum)
Great Nonprofits (five star)
Excellence in Giving
Learn more at https://lifewater.org/top-rated-charity.

How does Lifewater integrate faith into its work?

Lifewater’s work is founded on the belief that every person is made in the image of God. It is with this conviction that we seek out the globe’s most unreached, marginalized people groups in need of safe water.

Both nationally and internationally, 100 percent of our staff are Christians. These Christian staff help facilitate Lifewater’s Healthy Church strategy in communities. And, where there are no churches, we work with church planting partners to start new churches.

To create Healthy Churches, Lifewater first trains church leaders in foundational theology. These leaders are equipped with the basic story of the Christian faith and the biblical mandate to love others. Leaders learn that stopping the spread of disease and caring for the vulnerable aligns with our responsibility as Christians to love our neighbor.

Second, Lifewater ensures churches have safe bathrooms on their premises, handwashing stations, clean water nearby, and the education to promote health within their congregations. It’s imperative that churches are early adopters of healthy hygiene practices.

Third, Lifewater encourages churches to help vulnerable households become Healthy Homes. Church leaders undergo a training to become WASH (water access, sanitation, and hygiene) advocates in their communities. These advocates are encouraged to identify widows, child-headed households, the elderly, and the disabled to help them meet the health standards of Lifewater’s programs.

What is Lifewater’s process? What does the organization do, and how does it do it?

Lifewater’s Vision of a Healthy Village strategy is a relationship-first method. This model transforms entire regions house by house, village by village, and school by school. It is among the most intensive household-level work happening in the entire developing world and is closely tracked for progress, sustainability, and overall impact.

We construct custom-engineered safe water sources and teach life-saving health and sanitation practices in local villages and schools in need.

Story

Your gift provides a clean water source, health training, and hope to women like Adanech living in East Africa and Cambodia.

 

Life for Adanech

April 2021

 

In Bensa, Ethiopia, families walk up and down mountains, through forests, and along steep hillsides to find water. And when the rains cease, those walks can triple.

This is the case for Adanech, a mother of six living in Bode Kalala village. Four times a day, she walks to a spring 20 minutes away. The spring is surrounded by mud, and Adanech said it’s easy to slip and fall. When the spring dries up every year, Adanech walks over an hour to fill her containers with water.

Like so many families in Bensa, Adanech’s family gets sick from the water.

“I am always asking God to give us clean water as I have seen in other villages,” she said. “I wish this could become real with the support of Lifewater.”

When the children are sick, they can’t go to school. And when they need medication, Adanech and her husband, Tamene, have to spend their hard-earned income, income that could be used for school books, food, and other basic necessities.

Most recently, the children were sick with typhoid, a waterborne illness that can be fatal if left untreated.

“I have a lot of children, and I am growing them to become good people,” she said.

Adanech is proud of her kids and confident that they will do amazing things when they are older.

“I don’t have any hesitation that they will be succeeding in their futures.”

With safe water just steps from their homes, Adanech’s children will have the health and time to focus on school and to just be kids. Adanech will no longer spend her days walking and carrying heavy containers of water.

When you give, you’ll bring safe water to families just like Adanech’s in Bensa, Ethiopia. Your gifts will reach mothers walking long distances for water and children missing school due to illness. You’ll make a lasting difference in their lives.

Give Gospel Hope

 

Give Gospel Hope

 

Lifewater serves every person regardless of religion or background, partnering with local communities to share the love of Jesus and build the local church.

A crisis of safe water access affects 10% of the globe’s population. It often goes hand in hand with poverty, illiteracy, and a struggle to survive.

But God’s children in these communities are full of life, eager for a reason to hope. They are “the least of these” whom Jesus tells us to care for.

In the Bible, Jesus heals people physically and spiritually. Following His example, our staff share life-saving health practices and bring safe water to meet physical needs; our ministry partners share about God’s love, distribute Bibles, and plant churches—meeting a spiritual need.

Between the gospel, safe water, and sanitation training, the communities we serve experience the kind of transformation that only Jesus can bring.

Communities worldwide need safe water and gospel hope. Give today.

FAQ's

Am I sponsoring a specific village?

No, your gift will help provide safe drinking water and improved sanitation and hygiene to women and children iving in East Africa and Cambodia.

Will I receive updates?

Yes! You can expect regular updates on the progress of your gift. And, when the communities in the region are transformed with safe water, you’ll receive a story and photos from a family whose life is changed because of your gift.

Can I visit programs and/or my sponsored water project?

Lifewater has local staff that live and serve among the communities and schools where Lifewater works. Our staff know the language and the culture and are best equipped to serve communities. Because we seek to ensure sustainable water projects and community buy in, we do not allow donors to visit the projects they sponsor. However, we do commit to sending real-time updates, photos, and stories from the projects themselves.

Where does Lifewater work?

With more than 40 years’ experience, LIfewater is the longest-running Christian clean water charity in North America. Over those 40 years, Lifewater has worked in more than 45 different countries. Currently, our work is focused in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania) and Southeast Asia (Cambodia).

Why these countries and regions?

Lifewater identifies countries and regions that are unreached and underserved with basic water access and sanitation, which means we focus on areas where other organizations are not serving.

Although great strides have been made in the past 20 years to solve the global water crisis, remote and rural populations still remain unreached with adequate water and sanitation. These distant regions are difficult and often costly for governments and NGOs to serve well. Many of these communities feel as though they have been forgotten.

Can I request a water project in a specific country?

Currently, Lifewater has programs in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, and Cambodia. You can go to lifewater.org/projects to select a specific water project to help. Because our programs are regionalized and made in partnership with the local governments, we are not able to take requests for specific water projects outside of our existing programs.

What percent of funds go towards programs?

Lifewater budgets 80% of expenditures for programs. The remaining 20% is split between administrative/management and fundraising expenses. This ratio is best in class for nonprofits and is why Lifewater has received the highest rating from Charity Navigator.

Administrative/management expenses are used to ensure that we are effective in managing the funds entrusted to us and include the following types of expenses: accounting personnel, leadership time, professional development of staff, external auditors, legal counsel, government registration expenses in every U.S. state, credit card fees for processing donations, bank fees, database maintenance, and office expenses.

Fundraising expenses generate the income needed to do the work that we set out to do. These include the cost of direct mail appeals and communication, marketing projects, donor relations personnel, and email communication systems. Last year, every dollar invested into Lifewater fundraising efforts resulted in $10 of donation for the organization.

Is Lifewater approved/vetted by 3rd party organizations?

Over our 40 year history, Lifewater has received the highest accreditations from the most respected rating organization in the industry. Lifewater is recognized as one of the top-rated charities in the United States by independent reporting organizations, including:

Charity Navigator (four stars)
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
Guidestar (Platinum)
Great Nonprofits (five star)
Excellence in Giving
Learn more at https://lifewater.org/top-rated-charity.

How does Lifewater integrate faith into its work?

Lifewater’s work is founded on the belief that every person is made in the image of God. It is with this conviction that we seek out the globe’s most unreached, marginalized people groups in need of safe water.

Both nationally and internationally, 100 percent of our staff are Christians. These Christian staff help facilitate Lifewater’s Healthy Church strategy in communities. And, where there are no churches, we work with church planting partners to start new churches.

To create Healthy Churches, Lifewater first trains church leaders in foundational theology. These leaders are equipped with the basic story of the Christian faith and the biblical mandate to love others. Leaders learn that stopping the spread of disease and caring for the vulnerable aligns with our responsibility as Christians to love our neighbor.

Second, Lifewater ensures churches have safe bathrooms on their premises, handwashing stations, clean water nearby, and the education to promote health within their congregations. It’s imperative that churches are early adopters of healthy hygiene practices.

Third, Lifewater encourages churches to help vulnerable households become Healthy Homes. Church leaders undergo a training to become WASH (water access, sanitation, and hygiene) advocates in their communities. These advocates are encouraged to identify widows, child-headed households, the elderly, and the disabled to help them meet the health standards of Lifewater’s programs.

What is Lifewater’s process? What does the organization do, and how does it do it?

Lifewater’s Vision of a Healthy Village strategy is a relationship-first method. This model transforms entire regions house by house, village by village, and school by school. It is among the most intensive household-level work happening in the entire developing world and is closely tracked for progress, sustainability, and overall impact.

We construct custom-engineered safe water sources and teach life-saving health and sanitation practices in local villages and schools in need.

Your donation is restricted for use within the program region for which the water project is located. Project cost estimates are established from program averages across all Lifewater programs. Community contributions are included in the program costs but not in the program funding goals. Real-time results are provided from the actual project sponsored. Occasionally Lifewater will receive more contributions for a given project than can be wisely applied to that project. When that happens, we use these funds to meet a similar pressing need in the same program region.

All donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Contributions are solicited with the understanding that Lifewater has complete control over the use of all donated funds. Board-approved policy establishes that all gifts restricted for a specific project be applied to the restricted program, with up to ten percent used for administrative and fundraising purposes.