Because Water is Life volunteers train & equip people in Africa & Haiti to drill wells and build washrooms. You help overseas villages that can't afford the full cost of critically-needed water & sanitation. Your sponsorship saves children’s lives and allows girls to go to school instead of hauling water all day.

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Where We Work
Sponsor water & sanitation projects in Northern Haiti, Liberia, Central Nigeria and in Nakuru District Kenya
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About Us
Learn about us, our partners & sponsors. Read annual & financial reports and see why overhead is just 6%! View events calendar.
Stories & Testimonials
Read notes from Villagers with new wells, insights from Drillers & post-trip Volunteer reflections
See the Projects
See photos & details for new wells, washrooms, hygiene workshops & handpump repairs!
See the impact your donations have had, listen to thought-provoking interviews, and read insightful articles about our work

Many people want to know "How much does it cost to build a well in Africa?" The short answer is, if you want to sponsor a well in Africa, the average cost is $5,000 CAD. The cost to build a well in Africa varies at each location depending on factors such as the nature of the soil or rock in the area, the type of rig needed to drill through that material, and the depth of the well.

For $2,000 you can help a community rebuild their abandoned, broken down drinking water well. Or for $1,500 you can help many communities repair their broken handpumps - a much better return on your investment than starting from scratch to build a well in an African or Haitian village!

We are also often asked "How long does a well in Africa last"? Every $1 you donate provides a child with safe drinking water for a year! This is based on a well lasting for 10 years before a major upgrade is required. Data coming back from our African projects indicates that wells are lasting 20 years or more before major rehabilitation work is required!

Below is a listing of the villages that can't afford the full cost of critically-needed water & hygiene services. Sponsor a safe drinking water well in one of these African or Haitian towns to bring health and hope to communities that feel like that world has passed them by. Communities of African people who feel like second class citizens in a global world. Thanks for empowering impoverished Haitian and African people by giving them a hand-up rather than a hand-out!

Featured Story and Events

Lifewater Combating Covid 19

COVID reminds us that we are truly living in a global village; our “neighbour” is no longer just the person living next door, but includes everyone, everywhere. Lifewater is focused on Drilling wells, repairing handpumps & Hygiene Education

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Every $1 you give provides a child with safe water for a year!

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