A CHANGE THAT ENDURES, A COMMUNITY THAT ADVANCES
99.5% Actively Functioning Water Sources
Rural communities are taking initiative to thrive and create lasting, healthy change
Real, lasting change happens when communities actively contribute to the program.
We invest in relationships, listen, and activate resources that are already within the community. The result is empowered people, thriving villages, and sustainable change.
Impact in Real Time
Creating Sustainable Change
Source Local Technology
We source construction materials from local supply chains so communities have access to materials should anything break on their water source.
Train Local Influencers
We identify trendsetters to spearhead a movement from within the community. Trained in Water Access, Sanitation and Hygiene practices (WASH), local influencers travel to each home, teaching their neighbors how to live healthier lives.
Respected people in the community are invited to become part of a Water Committee. The committee ensures the community’s investment lasts for generations by monitoring use, collecting user fees, and managing repairs.
Communities provide 10-15% of the cost of the water source through labor, materials, or funds. Afterwards, the committee oversees monthly household payments to deposit in a savings account to pay for future well maintenance and repair.
After the intensive phase of the program ends, water sources are tracked for five years to make sure that the wheels continue to turn after we leave the villages.
How Local Water Committees
“Being part of the committee is being part of the solution
to our problems,” Ayantu, a young mother in Ethiopia, said.
“And that makes me happy.”
Read Ayantu’s Story
Sustainability Beyond the Village
Lifewater works with governing agencies to advance systemic change.
Actively working with national governments for productive partnerships, including Cost Share agreements
Upholding international water and sanitation standards like those implemented by the World Health Organization
Forthcoming about finances, challenges, and the obstacles that often occur in international development work