Living Water International exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water, and to experience “living water”—the gospel of Jesus Christ—which alone satisfies the deepest thirst.
In 1990, Living Water set out to help churches in North America be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving the poorest of the poor. More than a billion people in the world live on less than a dollar a day. At least 785 million people lack access to safe drinking water. For all practical purposes, these statistics refer to the same people; around the world, communities are trapped in debilitating poverty because they constantly suffer from water-related diseases and parasites, and/or because they spend long stretches of their time carrying water over long distances.
In response to this need, Living Water implements participatory, community-based water solutions in developing countries. Since starting, they have completed nearly 23,000 water projects (and counting!).
It all began in 1990, when a group from Houston, Texas, traveled to Kenya and saw the desperate need for clean drinking water. They returned to Houston and founded a 501(c)3 non-profit. The fledgling organization equipped and trained a team of Kenyan drillers, and Living Water International-Kenya began operations the next year under the direction of a national board.
That pattern continues today; Living Water trains, consults, and equips local people to implement solutions in their own communities in the countries where we work. Their training programs in shallow well drilling, pump repair, and hygiene education have equipped thousands of volunteers and professionals in the basics of integrated water solutions since 1997.
After witnessing the critical need for clean water in underdeveloped countries, Highpoint became devoted to this cause. By sponsoring the irrigation pump systems, we believe we can create transformative change in the schools and villages.
We believe that all followers of Christ have the responsibility and privilege to proclaim the gospel by actively sharing their faith in Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8) and demonstrate the gospel by compassionately caring for the “least of these” (Matthew 25:40).