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

 

Life for Obore

June 2021

 

In rural Nensebo, Ethiopia water is scarce. Of Ethiopia’s population, nearly one in four people do not have access to safe water or toilets. Children in particular are exposed to preventable diseases that clean water and sanitation could eliminate.

Two years ago, the Ethiopian government installed a well in a village near Obore’s home of Bariso. But the village is a long walk away and the lines for the clean water are long.

“Once I get there I have to wait in line for at least three hours to fill a single container with water,” said Obore. 

Obore has been a single mother ever since her husband died seven years ago. She has ten children who she loves dearly, but caring for them does not leave her time to go fetch clean water.

Instead, Obore walks down to the nearby river to gather water for her family. Its water is contaminated and brings waterborne diseases to her children, and Obore often has to dip into her savings to pay for medical fees.

There was a time when Obore felt hopeless about her life. “I had no hope that I could carry the weight of these burdens,” said Obore.

But she is a strong woman. Obore and her children work well together, and they have survived by farming false banana plants and tending a small garden.

“I don’t worry as much as I used to since most of my children have grown up enough to give me help,” said Obore. “Working together, I hope we can generate enough income to improve our lives.”

Still, Obore knows that without safe, accessible water there is only so much she and her children can do. She dreams of the day when her family can live healthy and focus on building better lives.

When you give safe water, you give to mothers just like Obore in Nensebo, Ethiopia

You’ll lift the hearts of weary mothers by giving health and opportunities to their children, extending the hope of the gospel to women in Ethiopia.

 

Give Women Water

 

Every day, women around the world spend a collective 200 million hours gathering water, and another 266 million searching for a place to use the bathroom.

The worldwide water crisis is a woman’s crisis. Women bear the responsibility to collect water, often making long and dangerous walks to get it. Without a safe source of water, a woman’s ability to attend school, have healthy pregnancies, keep herself clean during menstruation, raise healthy children, and participate in the labor force is seriously compromised. 

Without safe water and sanitation, infants and mothers are at high risk for infection and death. Girls attending school have to miss class when they are menstruating, slowing their progress and often causing them to drop out entirely. 

When women can spend their days working or take care of their families, they are empowered; research shows that female empowerment reduces a country’s poverty and increases its productivity.

The good news is, this is entirely preventable. Lifewater’s work shows that basic access to things like clean drinking water, proper sanitation, and washing hands with soap enables women to become entrepreneurs and leaders in their communities.

Women around the world need your help. Give safe water to women 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 living 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 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.

Story

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

 

Life for Obore

June 2021

 

In rural Nensebo, Ethiopia water is scarce. Of Ethiopia’s population, nearly one in four people do not have access to safe water or toilets. Children in particular are exposed to preventable diseases that clean water and sanitation could eliminate.

Two years ago, the Ethiopian government installed a well in a village near Obore’s home of Bariso. But the village is a long walk away and the lines for the clean water are long.

“Once I get there I have to wait in line for at least three hours to fill a single container with water,” said Obore. 

Obore has been a single mother ever since her husband died seven years ago. She has ten children who she loves dearly, but caring for them does not leave her time to go fetch clean water.

Instead, Obore walks down to the nearby river to gather water for her family. Its water is contaminated and brings waterborne diseases to her children, and Obore often has to dip into her savings to pay for medical fees.

There was a time when Obore felt hopeless about her life. “I had no hope that I could carry the weight of these burdens,” said Obore.

But she is a strong woman. Obore and her children work well together, and they have survived by farming false banana plants and tending a small garden.

“I don’t worry as much as I used to since most of my children have grown up enough to give me help,” said Obore. “Working together, I hope we can generate enough income to improve our lives.”

Still, Obore knows that without safe, accessible water there is only so much she and her children can do. She dreams of the day when her family can live healthy and focus on building better lives.

When you give safe water, you give to mothers just like Obore in Nensebo, Ethiopia

You’ll lift the hearts of weary mothers by giving health and opportunities to their children, extending the hope of the gospel to women in Ethiopia.

Give Women Water

 

Give Women Water

 

Every day, women around the world spend a collective 200 million hours gathering water, and another 266 million searching for a place to use the bathroom.

The worldwide water crisis is a woman’s crisis. Women bear the responsibility to collect water, often making long and dangerous walks to get it. Without a safe source of water, a woman’s ability to attend school, have healthy pregnancies, keep herself clean during menstruation, raise healthy children, and participate in the labor force is seriously compromised. 

Without safe water and sanitation, infants and mothers are at high risk for infection and death. Girls attending school have to miss class when they are menstruating, slowing their progress and often causing them to drop out entirely. 

When women can spend their days working or take care of their families, they are empowered; research shows that female empowerment reduces a country’s poverty and increases its productivity.

The good news is, this is entirely preventable. Lifewater’s work shows that basic access to things like clean drinking water, proper sanitation, and washing hands with soap enables women to become entrepreneurs and leaders in their communities.

Women around the world need your help. Give safe water to women 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 living 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 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. 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.