Lifewater International partners with the poor to bring safe water, health, and wholeness.
WE ARE NEEDED.
Clean and safe water is the lifeblood of all human beings. Without it, individuals and communities experience suffering, including illness and death, stunted growth and intellect, lack of education, physical and emotional harm, poverty, conflict, and wounded human dignity.
Water is life, health, and wholeness. Helping communities gain safe water is the beginning of real transformation that brings health, cognitive development, learning, economic productivity, dignity and wholeness.
OUR WORK IS VITAL.
Lifewater partners with nationals to equip them to work toward long-lasting safe water, health, and wholeness. By training in-country partner organizations in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), Lifewater helps communities gain resources that enable them to maintain their own water points and keep themselves healthy.
Working alongside our in-country partners, last year Lifewater was able to bring clean water to 121,302 individuals, help 80,867 gain adequate sanitation, and train 141,385 in lifesaving hygiene skills (FY2010-2011).
OUR STRATEGIES ARE EFFECTIVE.
Lifewater’s mission is accomplished through a partnership model that engages donor partners, staff, alliance partners, field trainers, in-country partners, and local communities. The model is highly cost effective and allows many people to get involved in the solution to the water crisis. It also leads to well-contextualized responses that employ appropriate technologies and take into account the environmental, ethical, sociocultural, and economical aspects of the community for which they are intended.
An important component of Lifewater’s strategy is developing quality teaching materials. In order to share its expertise with as many people as possible, Lifewater has developed and is constantly improving training courses and manuals on well drilling, hand pump repair, WASH promotion, latrine design and construction, and community development. These courses and materials equip our alliance and in-country partners to engage in sustainable WASH development.
LIVES ARE TRANSFORMED.
With a reliable supply of accessible, safe water, children are able to go to school instead of staying behind due to water-related illness and chores. Women and children avoid physical and emotional harm that can result from traveling great distances to collect water. Fewer children suffer malnutrition, stunted growth, and impeded intellectual development. Illness and death are prevented with a safe source of water. Economic productivity in the community is increased. Conflicts over water sources are avoided. Human dignity is restored.
TESTIMONIAL FROM A COMMUNITY IN NORTHERN UGANDA:
Jusphine, 36 years old, is a member of the newly formed Water Source and Sanitation Committee (WSSC) in a village in northern Uganda. The community’s new well drilled in August 2010, provides safe water for more than 800 people.
It was late in the evening and about to rain when Patrick, a Water Field Officer for Lifewater’s in-country partner organization, met Jusphine and a few children fetching from their new source. Jusphine spoke to Patrick about the impact of the new water source in their community.
“Patrick, I remember you came here and saw our former water source,” Jusphine said. “That water source is abandoned now. It had a funny taste that would make us drink it with a lot of unease. But we are happy to see such clean water coming out of this well. We very much enjoy the taste of this water. We don’t see any filthiness coming out of this water. We are safe now because we have had no cases of typhoid or diarrhea.
“The WSSC training we had here is also helping us at home. We keep our containers clean, our food is being covered properly, and our houses and children look smart. Our environment looks fresh. The training has enabled us to understand certain things that we didn’t before. We now see that women have a major role to play not only at home but at the water source also. The men who attended the training agreed to fence the well, and we shall be there to help them. After the training, I was happy to see my husband for the first time collecting water for home use. It’s joyful to stay in a home where wife and husband share responsibilities.”