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Love that Moves IN THIS ISSUE: YOUR IMPACT: OVER 150,000 PEOPLE SERVED A COMMUNITY DIGS A ROAD FOR CLEAN WATER S HOWING CHRIST’S LOVE TO STUDENTS IN UGANDA

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters…” - Isaiah 55:1


L ET T ER FROM T H E CEO “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” - Matthew 25:40 Each year, I get to spend time in remote villages where we serve. What I see is this: communities working to improve

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the lives of their children, people—often for the first time—experiencing the fullness of Christ, and abundant, safe water serving thousands. What incredible change you are making possible. Love is on the move, transforming life for families in extreme poverty,

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Justin Narducci ceo@lifewater.org V IC E PR E S I DE N T OF PH I L A N T H ROP Y

and bringing change that will last for generations to come.

Christine Zurbach christine@lifewater.org

In fact, our latest results show a 98% decrease in instances

DI R E C T OR OF D ONOR R E L AT IONS

of diarrhea among families in Ethiopia. Diarrhea is an illness caused by unsafe water and the second leading cause of death in children worldwide. That is an

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astounding turnaround and new hope for the future.

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Love is literally moving in communities like Shote

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and Gisho, who hand-dug two miles of road from the mountainside so Lifewater could enter their villages

DONOR R EL ATIONS COOR DINATOR

with a truck of supplies. Love is moving in Lifewater

Tyson Babayco tyson@lifewater.org

supporters like our Board Chairman, Doug Headrick, who has dedicated much of his life to serving and loving those living in extreme poverty. I hope you’ll take a moment to read his story on page six. And of course, love is moving in your own homes, giving of yourself so that children and their families thirst no more. Glad to serve with you,

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Lasting Impact Your giving is making a difference in the lives of thousands of families and children in extreme poverty. Thank you!

151,471 People Served (+31%)

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Active Village Water Projects (+38%)

Certified Healthy Villages (+23%)

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million

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Hurts and applied them to create a relational, long-term, asset-based, Christian clean-water charity.” B R I A N F I KKE RT

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co-author of When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor… and Yourself

All financial and program information current as of 31 December 2018. Ministry partnership information is tracked internally and can only be shared discretely due to its sensitive nature. Data current at time of printing. Visit lifewater.org/projects for an up-to-date list of projects needing funding.


A V I L L AG E B U I L D S A R OA D F O R C L E A N WAT E R

DETERMINED TO RISE How a Community Dug its Way to Progress

Community members on the road they built


BY WORKING TOGETHER, TWO COMMUNITIES MADE CLEAN WATER A REALITY Kokosa, Ethiopia is a pastoral area,

and they also developed an ability to

surrounded by rolling green hills, grazing

work together and unify; it brought the

cows, and tended by the rough hands of

community together.”

those who work the land. When they had the opportunity to have abundant, clean water, families worked side by side every day until the road was complete.

When the road and piping were completed,

Getting to villages like Shote and Gisho in

Lifewater’s engineers customized a

Kokosa is a challenge. It’s one of the reasons

system to provide clean water from their

these communities were selected—they

previously unsafe spring and ensured the

are remote villages with significant need,

piping led to the tap stands in their village.

and they’ve received little to no help from other organizations or the government. When members of the community heard that Lifewater was having trouble accessing the village with the truck of construction supplies, they decided they’d build a road—with their own bare hands. Using pickaxes and shovels, men, women, and children chipped away at the

A community’s commitment to their own progress is what makes that progress last. “God came to us and changed our suffering through sending Lifewater to our community,” Buja Bedha said. “It tremendously changed our lives from darkness and hopelessness to a hopeful and bright one.”

rocks and into the hillsides. For two long

Today, village-elected water committee

months, they dug and lifted and dreamt

members collect monthly maintenance

of their new water source.

fees to be used when repairs are

Together, they dug nearly two miles of road. When the truck came, they carried large rocks, concrete, and sand to the places— like the steep uphill spring—where no road could be built. The materials amounted to 8 tons of sand, 32 tons of SA FE WATER Community members gather joyfully around their new safe water source.

KOKOSA , Ethiopia

stone and 108 bags of cement. Lifewater WASH Engineer Sarah Young said, “It made a huge difference [for us],

eventually needed. Collections are roughly 35 cents a month, an amount that’s much less than what they were paying for treatment of waterborne illnesses. Because the communities of Shote and Gisho worked together, the future is bright. YOU CAN HELP OTHER VILLAGES LIKE SHOTE AND GISHO GET SAFE WATER. LIFEWATER.ORG/ETHIOPIA

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CAMBODIA

W H E E L S 4 WAT E R R I D E R S C Y C L I N G F O R S A F E WAT E R

Ride for Water. Ride for Hope. DOUG HE A DR ICK Join Doug (center) in January 2020 on a ride for clean water through Cambodia

LIFEWATER BOARD CHAIRMAN LAUNCHES CYCLING ADVENTURE IN CAMBODIA

Doug Headrick is the General Manager

years of service later, Doug launched the

of a regional water agency in Southern

Climb for Clean Water up Mt. Kilimanjaro.

California and an engineer. He’s leading a

With him were 15 climbers inspired by

fundraising bike ride through Cambodia,

his vision to raise funds for safe water;

and he wants you to join him.

together, they served 16 villages.

“Being in a village when they celebrate their new water supply is something otherworldly. The singing and the dancing.... the joy that comes from knowing that children are no longer going to be sick because of unsafe water,” Doug said.

“It’s adventure with purpose.” – Doug Now, the longtime Lifewater supporter and Board Chairman has come up with his next adventure—the Ride for Clean Water in Cambodia—and he’d like to take 14 people with him. Each person will ride from Angkor Wat to the Gulf of Thailand

Fifteen years ago, Doug was searching

and will fund an entire village water

for a Christian nonprofit providing safe

project in Cambodia.

water in developing countries, something he was passionate about and eager to join. He researched and prayed and nothing seemed to present itself. “One day, I went to church and in the back was a big poster board for Lifewater,” he said. “[Lifewater’s] Chief Engineer was a

“You will know exactly the names and the faces of some of the people that your efforts are helping,” Doug said. Please consider joining Doug on this next life-changing trip and give lasting, safe water to many in Cambodia.

member of our church!” In just a couple of months, Doug was interviewing to be a volunteer. Six different countries and over a dozen Lifewater Spring 2019 Newsletter LI F E WAT E R .O R G

JOIN THE RIDE FOR CLEAN WATER JANUARY 2020 LIFEWATER.ORG/W4WCAMBODIA


M AY U G E , Uganda

EMM A W ITH THE CHILDR EN OF BUSA A L A PR IM A RY SCHOOL , UGA NDA

Love in Both Big and Small Things “Whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” M AT TH E W 1 8:4 -5

Service means showing the love of Jesus

Waechter, Lifewater’s Deputy Director of

in everything that we do, from large-

Programs, recalled this about Emma.

scale water projects to the small actions and relationships in between.

“He sat at an empty table and it didn’t take long for the table to fill with children

In the Mayuge district of Uganda,

who clearly knew and loved him,” Julie

generous donors funded safe bathrooms,

said. “Then, as other activities were going

a well, and two rainwater harvesting

on, he quietly took out nail clippers and

tanks for Busaala Primary School. It has

began clipping their fingernails, and they

transformed life for students.

were all so happy that they formed a line

Farouk, a student leader, said, “We can drink this water without worrying about falling sick...we are so grateful!” Before wells can be built, many small but significant things must happen. Staff

CHILDR EN IN UGA NDA Children are healthier now with clean water and hygiene.

HOW ONE STAFF MEMBER SERVES THE VULNERABLE

to make sure they weren’t missed.” At schools, clipping nails is advised for health because germs can be difficult for children to wash away from under their nails. But, many homes and schools don’t have nail clippers.

begin a months’ long process to build

Emma’s acts of kindness show Christ’s

relationships with teachers and students,

love to every student at Busaala Primary,

and to teach healthy habits that help

so each child knows they are loved by

prevent the spread of disease. It is a labor

God.

of love each day. Emmanuel “Emma” Kassajja is Lifewater’s Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator who oversees the progress at Busaala Primary. Upon a routine visit to the school, Julie

SEVEN VILLAGES IN UGANDA NEED YOUR SUPPORT TODAY. LEARN MORE: LIFEWATER.ORG/UGANDA

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