Christian Organizations – Water


Solutions to Extreme Poverty:
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

Christian organizations known for effective work in this sector labor to bring safe, clean water to communities that lack it. This sector is an excellent example of how addressing a single issue can transform community life – clean, safe water often has direct impacts the health, safety, education, and economic opportunity for everyone in the village. Best practices in providing clean water include preparing for long-term maintenance needs as well as assisting the community with culturally appropriate training and infrastructure for sanitation and hygiene.

LifeWater International …   This sharply focused organization specializes in providing appropriate technology, training, and support to indigenous partner organizations working to bring water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs to poor communities in rural areas.  More >

Rather than operating as a direct provider of WASH programs, Lifewater Int’l leverages its effect by operating as a training organization.  Lifewater Int’l employs a long-term capacity building model to equip the local NGO’s it works with to enable them to bring holistic WASH solutions to poor, rural communities.  To do this, Lifewater’s staff thoroughly equips volunteer field trainers in one or more phases of WASH problems and solutions, culturally appropriate technology, obtaining materials, services, and resources, and best practices for community development.  In their turn, these volunteer field trainers travel overseas to train local or national partner organizations in designing and delivering culturally appropriate, long-term solutions to village WASH problems.  The goal is fully capable, independent, indigenous WASH organizations that will continue to meet regional WASH needs long after Lifewater’s staff and volunteer trainers have left.

In addition to the leverage inherent in the idea of equipping the equippers, there is one other thing that sets Lifewater’s programs apart.  That is, “sustainability” is given high priority at the community level as well.  Careful attention is paid to engaging communities in the process from start to finish – in addition to educating villagers about WASH issues, community members become the decision makers, implementers, and evaluators.  In this way, dependency-creating temporary solutions are avoided, in favor of long-term, sustainable solutions.  An exciting side benefit of this approach is that these communities then become ambassadors, sharing their successes with neighboring communities.

Lifewater International is uncommonly effective because of the far reaching ripple effects they generate – in the partner organizations they empower, and in the communities and regions they transform.  Supporting this organization is a great way to stretch your donation dollar.

Primary Sector:  Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

Organization Size:  Small — programs are supported by cash contributions totaling
$1,000,000 to $3,000,000 annually

Key Webpages: water issues
the work/approach
specific training programs

Annual Report / Financial Statements:

Contact Information:  visit , contact   


More information (program and financial) about Lifewater Int’l
is available from the following organizations:
X   Charity Navigator      Charity Watch / AIP  (fee)
X   Guidestar *      BBB / Wise Giving Alliance
     Ministry Watch X   ACCORD Network member
     Intelligent Philanthropy  (fee) X   ECFA
* see information under “programs” tab


Living Water International …   This rapidly growing organization seeks to empower local people with local resources to create holistic, sustainable community solutions in access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene while winning a hearing for the Gospel.  More >

Living Water International’s program expenditures have doubled in the last five years; in 2012, 955 new water points were created, 575 water point rehabilitations (systems installed by others) performed, 1250 service visits made, and 206 major repairs undertaken.  From these figures, Living Water’s dedication to ongoing support for the communities they serve is quite apparent.

Living Water views its work in providing clean, safe water as important in its own right, but also as a chance to win a hearing for the Gospel in areas where such efforts would be otherwise unwelcome.  To this end, this organization supports and builds on the efforts of the local church wherever it can, often partnering with the indigenous church in bringing the Water of Life alongside clean drinking water.  Ongoing strategic partnerships are nurtured with churches and pastors in 15 countries; last year, nearly 3000 locals were trained as disciple-makers.  In addition to focusing on working with indigenous organizations to implement water, sanitation, and hygiene projects, Living Water shares its expertise freely with a host of partner NGO’s to help extend their reach and effectiveness in serving the poor.  These collaborations also serve to create more opportunities for the Gospel; a partial list of these partner organizations can be seen at

Living Water Int’l also offers an extensive menu of options for involvement, ranging from special events and programs to raise awareness and support for water issues, to field experiences, training for church-based water projects, and project sponsorship…. see for some of the options.

Living Water Int’l estimates that it costs less than $1 to provide clean, safe water to one person for one year; access to clean, safe water is fundamental to helping the least and last break free of grinding poverty because it directly affects health, education, and economic opportunity.  Supporting efforts to bring clean, safe water to desperately poor communities has a powerful, highly leveraged effect on their hopes and work for a better tomorrow.

Primary Sector:  Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (with significant emphasis on Spiritual Development)

Organization Size:  Medium — programs are supported by cash contributions totaling
$3,000,000 to $20,000,000 annually

Key Webpages:  why water
our approach

Annual Report / Financial Statements:

Awards and Articles of Note:  Ministry Watch Shining Light Award 2008, 2009

Contact Information:  visit, contact     


More information (program and financial) about Living Water Int’l
is available from the following organizations:
X   Charity Navigator      Charity Watch / AIP  (fee)
X   Guidestar X   BBB / Wise Giving Alliance
X   Ministry Watch * X   ACCORD Network member
X   Intelligent Philanthropy  (fee) X   ECFA
* Shining Light Award 2008, 2009


Water Missions International …   This organization specializes in treatment systems designed to provide safe, clean water to communities whose water sources are dangerously contaminated.  More >

Many poor communities have abundant water; the problem lies in the fact that it is dangerously unsafe to drink. With permanent field offices in nine countries, Water Missions Int’l works to provide technologically and culturally appropriate water treatment, storage, and distribution programs in these communities.  WMI’s treatment solutions are also frequently used in crisis response efforts, such as the Haiti earthquake, where rapid solutions to water problems are needed to avoid catastrophic loss of life.  WMI’s water treatment solutions (filtration and disinfection) are designed with durability, ease of operation, and simple maintenance in mind.

A strong commitment to best practices for transformational development sets WMI apart; Intelligent Philanthropy reports that management considers the community development models presented in “When Helping Hurts” and “Walking with the Poor” to be foundational to their strategies and efforts.  Plans for each community WMI serves are both comprehensive and customized, and include strategies for implementing sanitation and hygiene programs, micro-enterprise development, and Christian ministry, as well as post-implementation monitoring and evaluation .  Perhaps most importantly, the participatory development process WMI uses has a significant carryover effect, enabling community leaders to successfully address other community issues via similar processes.

Water Ministries International is intentional about becoming a leader in the global water movement, sharing its resources and knowledge base with others in the field to the benefit of the desperately poor.  Their unique mix of technological solutions and sound community development ethics will position them well for this leadership role.

Primary Sector:  Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

Organization Size:  Medium — programs are supported by cash contributions totaling
$3,000,000 to $20,000,000 annually

Key Webpages:  water crisis
transformational approach

Annual Report / Financial Statements:

Awards and Articles of Note:  formerly listed on Charity Navigators “Top Ten Charities Expanding in a Hurry” and “Top Ten Charities Relying on Private Contributions” 

Contact Information:  visit , contact   


More information (program and financial) about Water Missions International
is available from the following organizations:
X   Charity Navigator *      Charity Watch / AIP  (fee)
X   Guidestar      BBB / Wise Giving Alliance
X   Ministry Watch X   ACCORD Network member
X   Intelligent Philanthropy  (fee) X   ECFA
* four star rating every year since 2005

see also…  Many organizations listed under Comprehensive Community Development do effective, significant work in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene sector.


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2 Responses to Christian Organizations – Water

  1. I represent an NGO by the name of Uganda Association for Social Economic Progress, whose mission is to improve the living conditions of the poor people of Uganda. We wish to link up with organizations that can help us access water and effective sanitation to public schools here in Uganda. Please kindly help us link with Life Water International, Living Water International, and Water Missions International.
    Thank you so very much,
    Peter Kiwumulo Kabala

    • Moderator says:

      Peter, I will forward the appropriate contact information for these organizations to you via email — may God bless your efforts!

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