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Shinyanga region, Tanzania

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Your gift will help provide safe water, sanitation and hygiene training and infrastructure, and hope to families like Pili’s living in Shinyanga.

Pili’s Life in Shinyanga

November 2022

In rural Shinyanga, access to safe water and sanitation remains a major issue. Widespread change is halted due to people not having the understanding and resources they need to make changes. 

However, there are places where change is beginning to take place. In Jimondoli village specifically, Lifewater has begun implementing its Vision of a Healthy Village (VHV) model and community members are beginning to benefit from these positive changes. 

Pili is a 33-year-old mother who, like the majority of people in her village, practiced open defecation. This resulted in sickness and contaminated water for her family and neighbors. However, when she was visited by a water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) facilitator in her community, Pili began to understand the dangers of open defecation. She has since become educated on proper sanitation and hygiene, and it has changed her life. 

Pili has been educated on the importance of using an improved latrine, having water in a tippy tap for washing hands, having a drying rack, and cleaning her compound every day. At first, these changes were overwhelming to Pili because they involved significant changes and investments of time and money from her and her family. 

But thanks to the continued help from community members, Pili is now proud to have made her house into a Healthy Home. “Now, I can’t use the toilet without water and I must wash my hands after using the toilet. Thank you very much for the education!” Pili said. 

Since adopting WASH practices and facilities for her and her family, Pili has noticed positive outcomes in her home and her work. 

Her family depends on agriculture to provide for their needs. They raise and sell animals and crops. Besides just the changes in their health, she has also noticed changes in her business. “After deciding to change and start living a healthy life, even customers have increased in my business because of hygiene,” Pili exclaimed. 

By the end of the program in Shinyanga, Pili’s village will have more than 90% of the homes registered as healthy homes. These transformations are beginning to take place and are transforming the lives of community members. 

As Lifewater continues its work, more lives will continue to be changed with water, sanitation, and hygiene. Your gifts accelerate and multiply this change for mothers like Pili and help bring life transformation for many in Shinyanga!

 

 

About the Region

Shinyanga, Tanzania

In the northern part of Tanzania lies the region of Shinyanga, home to 390,000 people. In Shinyanga, 66 percent of the population drinks unsafe water. 

In Shinyanga, 96 percent of the population relies largely on agriculture and crop cultivation for their income. Nearly one in five people in the area where Lifewater serves have never been to school. 

Gathering water in Shinyanga takes around 90 minutes, with many families relying on unprotected wells or ponds for water. 

Concerningly, 30 percent of children under five years old had diarrhea during the seven days prior to the most recent 2021 survey. Diarrhea is a global leading cause of death in children under the age of five years old, and it’s primarily caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.

The good news is, this is entirely preventable. Lifewater’s work shows that waterborne illness can be nearly eliminated with basic access to things like safe drinking water, proper sanitation, and washing hands with soap.

Children and families in Shinyanga need your help. Give to Shinyanga today.

Am I sponsoring a specific village?

No. Your gift will help provide safe drinking water and improved sanitation and hygiene for the Shinyanga region rather than one specific village, making it possible for Lifewater to reach families like this as well as their neighbors.

Will I receive updates?

Yes! You can expect regular updates on progress in the Shinyanga region. 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 45 years’ experience, Lifewater is the longest-running Christian clean water charity in North America. Over those 45 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 45 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.

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Your gift will help provide safe water, sanitation and hygiene training and infrastructure, and hope to families like Pili’s living in Shinyanga.

Pili’s Life in Shinyanga

November 2022

In rural Shinyanga, access to safe water and sanitation remains a major issue. Widespread change is halted due to people not having the understanding and resources they need to make changes. 

However, there are places where change is beginning to take place. In Jimondoli village specifically, Lifewater has begun implementing its Vision of a Healthy Village (VHV) model and community members are beginning to benefit from these positive changes. 

Pili is a 33-year-old mother who, like the majority of people in her village, practiced open defecation. This resulted in sickness and contaminated water for her family and neighbors. However, when she was visited by a water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) facilitator in her community, Pili began to understand the dangers of open defecation. She has since become educated on proper sanitation and hygiene, and it has changed her life. 

Pili has been educated on the importance of using an improved latrine, having water in a tippy tap for washing hands, having a drying rack, and cleaning her compound every day. At first, these changes were overwhelming to Pili because they involved significant changes and investments of time and money from her and her family. 

But thanks to the continued help from community members, Pili is now proud to have made her house into a Healthy Home. “Now, I can’t use the toilet without water and I must wash my hands after using the toilet. Thank you very much for the education!” Pili said. 

Since adopting WASH practices and facilities for her and her family, Pili has noticed positive outcomes in her home and her work. 

Her family depends on agriculture to provide for their needs. They raise and sell animals and crops. Besides just the changes in their health, she has also noticed changes in her business. “After deciding to change and start living a healthy life, even customers have increased in my business because of hygiene,” Pili exclaimed. 

By the end of the program in Shinyanga, Pili’s village will have more than 90% of the homes registered as healthy homes. These transformations are beginning to take place and are transforming the lives of community members. 

As Lifewater continues its work, more lives will continue to be changed with water, sanitation, and hygiene. Your gifts accelerate and multiply this change for mothers like Pili and help bring life transformation for many in Shinyanga!

 

Shinyanga, Tanzania

 

About the Region

Shinyanga, Tanzania

In the northern part of Tanzania lies the region of Shinyanga, home to 390,000 people. In Shinyanga, 66 percent of the population drinks unsafe water. 

In Shinyanga, 96 percent of the population relies largely on agriculture and crop cultivation for their income. Nearly one in five people in the area where Lifewater serves have never been to school. 

Gathering water in Shinyanga takes around 90 minutes, with many families relying on unprotected wells or ponds for water. 

Concerningly, 30 percent of children under five years old had diarrhea during the seven days prior to the most recent 2021 survey. Diarrhea is a global leading cause of death in children under the age of five years old, and it’s primarily caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.

The good news is, this is entirely preventable. Lifewater’s work shows that waterborne illness can be nearly eliminated with basic access to things like safe drinking water, proper sanitation, and washing hands with soap.

Children and families in Shinyanga need your help. Give to Shinyanga today.

FAQ's

Am I sponsoring a specific village?

No. Your gift will help provide safe drinking water and improved sanitation and hygiene for the Shinyanga region rather than one specific village, making it possible for Lifewater to reach families like this as well as their neighbors.

Will I receive updates?

Yes! You can expect regular updates on progress in the Shinyanga region. 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 45 years’ experience, Lifewater is the longest-running Christian clean water charity in North America. Over those 45 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 45 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 gift reflects your trust in Lifewater International. We commit to honor your generosity by using your gift to help further the mission and vision of Lifewater International. Your donation is used by Lifewater International according to the project objectives to provide safe drinking water and improved sanitation and hygiene within the specified program area. Lifewater International is a charitable organization as described in 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, registered in the United States. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Donations are non-refundable. Lifewater International will honor a donor’s request for any pre-approved program or project whenever possible. In rare occasions where this is not possible, gifts will be used where needed, in accordance with the organization’s charitable purpose. In accordance with this policy, donor’s explicitly release Lifewater International from further restriction on such funds.