Lifewater International is a Christian training organization with water development goals. They understand the basic need in our world for safe water, improved hygiene, and adequate sanitation. They believe that the solutions to these problems can be addressed through the development of local communities. Qualified Lifewater Volunteer Trainers (VTs) travel to developing countries to train nationals to improve local drinking water supplies and community health. National crews are able to continue working and training others after VTs return home. They share the gospel message of living water with communities as they help break the cycle of disease and poverty. Today, Lifewater has over 250 active VTs from many professional backgrounds, including teachers, small business owners, hydro-geologists, engineers, environmental scientists, and marketing specialists, to name a few. Their VTs have served on over 50 projects on five continents around the world. Since 1979, VTs and Lifewater-trained crews have installed 2,500 water systems and helped serve an estimated one million people with safe water.
I serve as a Board member for Lifewater International, a Christian non-profit development organization that trains, equips, and empowers persons in developing countries to access and maintain their own safe water for drinking. Lifewater emphasizes water access, hygiene, and sanitation. With 1.1 billion persons in the world lacking access to safe water, the World Health Organization places safe water and sanitation as the number 1 need in the world. Lifewater serves people of all faiths and its volunteers permit the work to be done for extremely small costs. The tsunami took the lives of 300,000 people. Water-related disease takes the lives of nearly 300,000 children every 50 days. A child dies every 15 seconds from a water related disease. There is a "story from the field" on Lifewater's home page that I wrote after travelling to Haiti a couple years ago. -- Jeff Bjorck