Water Charities - A Comprehensive List
of people worldwide die each year from waterborne illness. In
many third-world countries, women walk barefoot on harsh terrain for
hours each day to collect water for their families.
disease-ridden water, that will most likely lead to illness or death,
is collected in gas cans weighing at least 40 pounds, which are then
strapped to their backs as they bear the weight of the water back
home. Because these women spend so much time collecting water
their families, they miss out on the opportunity to attend school or
care for the young children in their families. The cycle of
Fortunately, there are many water charities
who are working toward a goal of clean water for everyone on Earth by
the year 2015. Most of the following organizations have
begun to make a huge impact on the women and children of rural villages
in poor countries in Africa, Asia and South America. Several others are
also working to improve water sources in the United States.
water charities raise money by collecting individual and group
donations, most or all of which go toward helping those in need gain
access to clean water.
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Drop in the Bucket
seeks out innovative technological solutions to water and sanitation
problems. Started by a group of ordinary people in Los
this non-profit organization works to provide water wells and
sanitation systems to schools in Africa. A Drop in the Bucket
a water charity that encourages people to get involved by making
donations and by spreading awareness.
Para La Vida
is a small organization dedicated to providing clean water solutions to
the people of rural Nicaragua. Their goals include: improved
sanitation through the building of latrines by local families; health
education through school programs, adult programs and personal house
visits; watershed conservation through reforestation and a technical
work-study school that provides training in all aspects of drinking
water projects to Nicaraguan students. The local focus ensures
long-lasting success. Donations are accepted online or by
mail, and 100 percent
goes toward helping a Nicaraguan family build a clean water system.
was founded by the Grammy award-winning band, Jars of Clay.
water charity works to promote sustainable solutions to both the
HIV/Aids crisis and the water crisis in Africa. Through
empowerment, Blood: Water Mission has succeeded in creating and
maintaining several HIV/Aids clinics along with thousands of water
projects, including drilled wells, rain catchments and Biosand
filtration. Fundraising campaigns include walks for water and
sacrificial commitments to drink only water for two weeks or forty
days, donating the money that would normally be spent on other
beverages to Blood: Water Mission's efforts. The organization
also advocates creating your own campaign to raise funds.
main initiative, "Expedition: Blue Planet" takes a team of film,
photography and media experts on a journey across five continents to
areas where threatened water sources are of particular
India's Ganges River, the drought-stricken Palestinian West Bank, and
the U.S. Mississippi and Anacosta Rivers. This team uses
blogs and photos to chronicle the water issues specific to each area in
a larger effort to depict the interconnectivity of water issues on a
global scale. Blue Legacy focuses on the impact of water on
lives of the people in each location, using media as an educational
tool to build awareness by helping others experience this impact for
Planet Run Foundation
funds water projects through a collaborative effort known as the Peer
Water Exchange (PWX). This network partnership of donors,
implementers and observers is an online community that includes 59
agencies and non-governmental organizations like WaterAid, Water for
People and charity: water all working together to ensure the ongoing
success of water projects in 22 countries. Projects are
and monitored online by various members of the network on a continual
basis. There are many ways for people to participate: make a
donation online; start a fundraising event; shop at the e-store or
dedicate your next athletic event to the safe water cause.
supports clean water initiatives worldwide - including well digging
projects, water filtration and clean water education - using clean
water packaged in aluminum cans as its symbol and billboard for
spreading awareness. All of the funds are raised through
donations and sponsors. Anyone may donate online or by mail,
by drinking CannedWater4Kids glacial spring water, packaged in
recyclable aluminum cans.
began with a birthday party. In September 2008, founder,
Harrison, asked his friends to give $20 for his 31st birthday, instead
of gifts. 100% of the money raised went to the funding of six
wells in Uganda. Since then, charity: water has grown into a
large campaign to raise money for various water projects in Africa,
India, Honduras and Haiti. Through a separate website, mycharity:
the organization provides a way for people to create a page and ask
their friends to contribute funds. Once projects are
participants can see proof of contributions through videos, photos and
GPS coordinates on Google Maps accessible through the organization's
website. Patrons can also build awareness by purchasing
such as reusable water bottles, bracelets, t-shirts, and e-cards
through the online store. 100% of all proceeds also go toward
charity: water projects.
Clean Water for Haiti
is a faith-based missions and humanitarian aid organization.
Registered in Canada and the U.S., it is entirely volunteer-run,
providing clean water to Haitian families through the production,
transport and installation of Biosand filters in areas of
Clean Water for Haiti hosts technician training classes several times a
year for other organizations who would like to start their own Biosand
filter projects. Anyone can help by making donations or by
becoming a volunteer in Haiti, Canada or the U.S.
is based in Washington D.C. and serves in more than 20
Its mission is to create strong leadership to aid communities in
campaigning for cleaner water and healthier environmental
conditions. This non-profit organization takes a democratic
approach to issues like clean water sources, global warming and the
chemical contamination of our environment. Donations are
online or by mail and go toward research, education and action programs
dedicated to providing clean water, improving public health nationwide,
and protecting the ecosystem.
is a handful of people dedicated to the cause of funding clean water
projects in parts of Africa, Asia and South America on a
small-scale. Based in Los Angeles, this water charity
with local organizations in these areas to build wells, funding each
project with donations that can be obtained through fundraisers or made
directly through the website. Once a well is built,
Water distributes de-worming pills to beneficiaries in the community,
allowing them a fresh, healthy start. Donors then receive a
report documenting the success of the project through real-life stories
Just a Drop
is a UK-based, independent, non-campaigning, hands-on water charity
committed to water projects in 29 different countries.
the principle that just a little bit can make a huge difference, the
organization receives support from travel and tourism companies, as
well as other businesses, and provides an opportunity for both
companies and individuals to make donations online through their Just Giving page.
Supporters may also become a "friend" of Just a Drop and commit to
regular monthly giving.
is a holistic, charitable Christian ministry that focuses not just on
physical need - water - but also on the spiritual and emotional needs
of poor people around the world. Like many other water
Lifewater helps communities in third-world countries gain access to
safe water, sanitation and hygiene, along with the skills necessary to
maintain these solutions through future generations. There
many ways to get involved by donating money, raising awareness,
sponsoring a fundraiser, volunteering or simply committing to
is a faith-based non-profit organization whose mission is to
demonstrate the love of God by providing both clean water and "the
living water of Jesus" to the poor people of the world.
people of all faiths, Living Water takes a three-pronged approach,
training, equipping and consulting with communities to meet their needs
and foster long-term solutions. The organization hires local
people and uses local equipment to create jobs and empower communities
to help those around them also achieve sustainable results.
website offers several ways to get involved by volunteering locally or
internationally, making donations, or spreading the word through the Living Water
International Facebook cause.
was founded in 1984 and now works in all 50 states and in over 50
reach children, parents, educators and communities with water
education. To do so, this nonprofit organization publishes water
resource materials in several languages - including Hungarian and
Kiswahili. Project Wet also achieves its mission through training
workshops on various water topics and community water events. All
focus on education that leads to meaningful local, sustainable action.
In addition, they have partnered with organizations like USAID and UN
Habitat in international projects centered on water, sanitation and
was founded by three teachers living and working in Zimbabwe, who saw
the need for clean water and sanitation as many of their friends became
ill and died from unsafe drinking water. Working in Zimbabwe,
Malawi and Liberia, with hopes of expanding out to other parts of
Africa, the PumpAid team raises funds to build Elephant Pumps
and Elephant Toilets,
two innovative, simple but effective technologies that can be
maintained by poor, rural communities without additional
assistance. Building projects are funded through online
and fundraisers, and all construction projects are performed by the
members of each community, using local, easily obtainable
materials. Singer, Corinne Bailey Rae, has been a Goodwill
Ambassador for PumpAid since 2007.
OK Clean Water Project
began in 2003 when Sister Cathy Molloy in the Kumbo area of Cameroon,
invited a group in Ottowa, Canada to respond to the water needs of 11
families in her village. The people in Ottowa raised $3,000
response, and this Ottowa-Kumba partnership became The OK Clean Water
Project. Today, these two groups work together to provide
water to villages in Kumba and the nearby, outlying areas of
Cameroon. Anyone can help by donating funds, becoming a
or simply spreading the word through online social media.
for Water is an annual fundraising event that takes place in
Canada. All the money raised goes to Hope International
an organization that funds clean water projects in poor regions of
Africa, along with other charitable efforts. People may
participate in the event directly by running or raising funds, or
indirectly by making donations online.
Ryan's Well Foundation
came about because of one six-year-old boy's simple solution to the
problem of the world water crisis. After hearing from his first grade
teacher that people in different parts of the world were dying because
of dirty water, Ryan did extra chores around his house and started
speaking in public in efforts to raise money for a well in
Uganda. The well was built by the time Ryan turned seven, and
since then, his efforts have grown to create the Ryan's Well
Foundation, a Canadian-registered water charity, which has succeeded in
creating over 500 sustainable safe water, sanitation and hygiene
projects in 16 different countries. The foundation provides
several ways for people of all ages to get involved by making
donations, starting fundraisers, or becoming a Ryan's Well Ambassador
and using one's individual talents to contribute to the cause.
is a network of sustainable organizations across the U.S. Each
organization is the voice for its community, made up of people who
defend their local watershed by tracking down polluters, speaking out
in courtrooms, classrooms and town meetings for every person's right to
clean fishable, swimmable, drinkable water. The Alliance
local Waterkeepers connected and provides them with legal support and
the educational resources they will need to defend their local
waterways. The website provides an opportunity for anyone to
involved by making a donation or becoming a Waterkeeper.
our Gulf website to make a donation toward the Alliance's
effort to save the Gulf Coast from the recent BP oil
The Water Life Foundation
is a self-supported, non-profit water charity dedicated to the
provision of clean water sources for disadvantaged peoples.
Through cooperative community and commercial ventures and various
partnerships, WaterLife has funded smaller scale projects in Cameroon,
Haiti, Peru and the Dominican Republic, focusing on long-term
sustainability through education, sanitation and the creation of clean,
safe, affordable water sources.
is a Christian, non-profit organization that raises funds to provide
access to clean water in Kenya, Sudan, Sierra Leone, India and Zambia,
through the building of wells, weirs and rain catchment
One-hundred percent of all donations as well as all profits from the
online store go toward the building of these water projects.
Donors can participate in one-time or monthly offerings or sponsor an
entire well. The Water Project tracks every donation to a
specific project, and once completed, donors can see the results online
through stories, pictures and GPS
helps fund sustainable water initiatives in Bangladesh, Ethiopia,
Honduras and India, supporting local partner organizations for projects
that include hygiene promotion, water sanitation through the building
of toilets, and the increased involvement of women to promote gender
equality and the creation of a stronger community.
in Bangladesh and India pay for 40 to 100 percent of the capital costs
of their projects through a loan program, which ensures the maintenance
of efforts well beyond their starting point. Donations are
received through the organization's website. In addition,
may participate in fundraising efforts through the Water 1st Razoo page,
friends and family members to donate money.
is an international, non-governmental organization that partners with
local organizations in 26 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific
Region to implement safe water, sanitation and hygiene education in
both urban and rural areas. Using simple, low-cost
materials, WaterAid enables families and communities to maintain the
systems themselves, ensuring long-term success. The
organization's international website allows access to several local
websites, which provide opportunities for both adults and children
around the world to learn more and to get involved in various
is a Canadian water charity that funds projects to create sustainable
clean water sources, sanitation and hygiene education practices in four
East African countries - Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and
This water charity forms partnerships with indigenous organizations and
encourages the local participation of community members, equipping them
with the knowledge and tools necessary to ensure long-term maintenance
once projects are complete. There are multiple fundraising
efforts through this organization, including a Walk for Water
Canadian university chapters that work to promote this cause.
is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the implementation of practical
projects, small and large, short and long-term, to serve those in need
of safe water, sanitation and health education. A recent
Charity initiative, Appropriate Projects,
is designed to do small-scale water projects all over the world for
those who have immediate need. Each one is run by a Peace
volunteer, lasts a month, and costs no more than $500.
Water for Life
is based at University
of the Nations
in Kona, Hawaii. The organization has been involved in
water projects in Kiribati, Indonesia and Brazil, and is currently
implementing sustainable water initiatives in Kosovo and
Beyond simply providing clean water to various parts of the world,
Water for Life also seeks to educate and train communities to create
and sustain their own local water resources. The University
offers various training opportunities and seminars for those who would
like to participate in the organization's efforts. Donations
also accepted through the website.
currently works to develop long-lasting, innovative, safe water
solutions in 11 countries around the
world. Water for
People's most innovative solution runs through its partnership with PlayPumps
International and the Case
This partnership provides for the distribution of PlayPump merry-go
rounds to villages around the world. As children spin on the
PlayPump, water is pumped from underground into a water tank with a tap
from which clean water may be drawn. The organization offers
people the opportunity to get involved by spreading the word through
online media, shopping the online store, or by making donations.
has developed a drinking straw that filters disease-causing
microorganisms and particles from water in a three-stage
Each straw provides access to clean drinking water to one person for up
to a year. This organization saves lives immediately by
distributing the straws to villages in third-world countries.
After distribution, Water Is Life continues to research and implement a
long-term clean water solution in each village while providing hygiene
and sanitation assistance to village clinics.
is a publicly-funded, all-volunteer, non-profit organization based in
New Mexico that has provided funding and expertise for small-scale
water projects for over 200 communities in 12 countries.
are sponsored by churches and other organizations in the United States,
and Waterlines works one-on-one with the individual communities to
build a safe water supply system that is afterward continually
monitored to ensure success. The communities receiving the
commit their own labor to build and maintain the system.
costs range from $1,000 to $25,000.
began as a response to the devastation of Hurricane Mitch in Honduras
in 1998. George and Molly Greene, operators of an engineering
company at the time, created a mini-water treatment system that uses
both chemical disinfection and filtration to provide victims with
clean, safe drinking water. After witnessing the success of the mission
in Honduras, they sold their engineering company and founded Water
Missions International. To date, the organization has provided
assistance to communities in eight different countries. Each
mission involves not only the spread of clean water treatment systems,
but also the spread of the "living water" message of
is a faith-based non-profit organization founded by Triumphant Love
Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas after a Bible study of only 40 people
learned of the world water crisis and raised enough money to build 12
freshwater wells in Ethiopia. This water charity implements
types of water project solutions - hand-dug wells, spring protection,
and bore holes - to people in Ethiopia and Sierra Leone.
Churches, schools, clubs, organizations and individuals may get
involved by making donations or by sponsoring an entire
was founded by Matt Damon and Gary White. Believing that the
indigenous people within each community know best how to solve their
own problems, water.org partners with other, local organizations in
Africa, Asia and Latin America before carrying out any water
project. The partnership organizations are carefully screened
selected, and once approved, Water.org provides funding and assistance
in the form of hygiene and sanitation education in addition to the
building of safe community water wells and systems. Through
Water Credit Initiative, a small loan program, communities are able to
partially fund their own project, thus claiming ownership and
increasing the likelihood of long-term success. For
"digging is the easy part." What happens before and after the
system is in place is most important.
was founded by Doc Henley, a North Carolina bartender and nightclub
musician who wanted to find a creative way to provide clean water to
those in need. Based on Jesus' first miracle, this water
uses money raised from wine-related events and tastings for water
projects in Sudan, Uganda, India, Cambodia and Peru. Anyone
get involved by hosting a Wine to Water benefit or by making donations
directly online or by mail.
is a public water charity working to provide access to safe water in
seven countries in South America, Africa and India. The
organization primarily uses household Biosand filtration, supplemented
with shallow well digging and well hand pump repair to improve water
quality. Individuals may donate online or by
Is there a water charity that we forgot to include? Email
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