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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Development

Mission: H2O for Life educates, engages and inspires youth to learn, take action and become global citizens. We provide students with unique learning experience through service-learning opportunities focused on the global water crisis and local water issues.

Target demographics: Youth

Geographic areas served: Africa, Asia and Latin America

Programs: In 2016 H2O for Life Schools provided $324,471 for implementation of WASH in Schools projects for partner schools around the world. Our funds are matched by our implementing partner, for a global impact of $648,942.175 U.S. schools participated in our program, reaching more than 87,500 students during 2015-16 with projects implemented in 75 schools providing water and sanitation for 22,500 students. Our local water conservation program piloted in 2 school districts engaged an additional 8,800 youth to learn about local water, and received the Environmental Initiative Award for Best Environmental Education Program in the state of Minnesota.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Heidi R.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have been partnering with H20 for Life on a project to provide water and sanitation to schools in Malawi, Africa. They have been great to work with and have been so supportive in connecting us with partner schools here in the US who commit to raise funds for our efforts. What a wonderful organization! Heidi Rickels, Freshwater Project International

Donor

Rating: 5

I have literally seen H2O For Life change the lives of White Bear Lake students. I have met NGO partners who are in awe of how the organization supports their constituents. And, as a donor, I am pleased with how much of dollars donated go to actual projects, not overhead.

Charlie R.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with H2o for Life for four years and watched how they have created an innovative model to involve young people in the global water crisis. Their methods establish long term relationships between Americans and people around the globe who need better access to clean water.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kenya Rainwater Association has been in partnership with H2o for Life (U.S.A) for more than a decade now and the partnership has seen more than 50 Kenyan rural primary schools get new gender segregated latrines and Masonry water tanks .

Children are the most important resource in a society and their well-being especially while in school affects their day to day life in terms of good performance and emotional growth. Creating a conducive learning environment is therefore an essential factor to consider in achieving this goal. For this reason, Kenya Rainwater Association in partnership with H2o for Life (USA) has made it a priority to provide access to clean and safe water and proper sanitation facilities in primary schools, which in most Kenyan rural settings still remains a huge challenge and a contributing factor to school drop outs and poor performance. The intervention views children as agents of change in the promotion and adoption of best practices in the community and society at large. It focuses on the following core principles:

 Increase sustainable water availability for drinking through construction of rainwater harvesting systems (roof catchment water storage tank)
 Improve sanitation and good hygiene practices in school through construction of gender-sensitive improved latrines three blocks VIP for boys , girls and teachers; and
 Build the capacity and increase knowledge of local communities on rainwater harvesting, improved sanitation, health & hygiene (WASH).

The above would have not have been possible without the help of of H2o for life , their staff are also very friendly, available and reliable.

We at Kenya Rainwater Association and all the pupils served say a BIG THANK YOU to H2o for Life (U.S.A)

Andrew W

Client Served

Rating: 5

H2O For life has been helping our nonprofit bring potable water, hygiene facilities and proper hygiene training to schools throughout rural Guatemala. We are especially fond of the idea that throughout the process, children in the US are being educated on the situation in developing countries and are connected to the solutions they help to provide. Over the years, h2O for life has helped us improve the hygiene of several thousand schoolchildren. They provide an excited way to connect US schools to schools across the world.

Bob M.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

H2O For Life partners US schools who raise funds to help third world schools in Africa obtain clean drinking water through cachement systems or wells, and hygiene through creation of flush toilets, bathrooms and sustaining them. They partner with Proctor and Gamble and Rotary Clubs across the nation to multiply the funds, as well as other partner organizations. These efforts are saving lives in the third world and saving girls from well documented sexual predation because they have to wander in the bush to meet their needs! This non-profit is saving lives, building community, and training our youth to fundraise for a cause bigger than themselves. It is truly a great, great organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We in India have been engaged with H2O for life for about 5 years now. They are a well organized and very committed nonprofit. It has been a great experience for us working with them and we wish them all the best moving forward.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

H20 For Life has inspired me to motivate and teach over 1000 kids over the past 10 years about the local and global water crisis and raise over $50,000 to help people in 3rd world countries get access to clean water.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

H2O For Life provides meaningful lessons and action opportunities for students in the United States. In partnership with this organization as a teacher, I have witnessed amazing student learning and increased engagement by students who sometimes find school to be a struggle. They have learned about the global water crisis and have planned action projects to raise funds for partner schools in places such as Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Bolivia, and Nicaragua over the past 10 years. Students are clearly excited and interested in knowing more and using creative ways to make a difference. I am proud to have worked with this organization and I plan to continue my partnership with H2O For Life for years to come.

Client Served

Rating: 5

H2O for Life is a great non-profit, if you'll permit that redundancy. We have worked closely with H20 for many years now and we have appreciated their support with our school projects here in Nicaragua. Also, it is important how H2O makes the connection from the US schools to the international schools and helps the kids see that there are different situations and perspectives in the world beyond their home town - I wish there had been a H2O for Life when I was a kid!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

H2O For Life is an amazing organization! Their relatively small but highly effective staff does an incredible job of showing donors exactly where their money is going and exactly who they are helping. The non-profit organization I work with has collaborated with H2O For Life for more than a decade and I have had nothing but great experiences with them.

The people running the organization are smart, kind, focussed and hard working. Exactly the kind of people you want running a non-profit organization. I have spent time with them in Uganda, in their offices and even in their homes and I continue to remain impressed by their dedication, integrity and work ethic. We are proud to call them friends and are looking forward to working together for many years to come.

Board Member

Rating: 4

I have been a board member of H2O For Life for several years. The concept of having a positive impact in improving the lives of children in developing countries through the volunteer efforts of students in this country is amazing. The service learning experience not only raises funds for clean water projects , it also raises awareness about the critical role water plays for all of us.
I've heard many stories from enthusiastic students who have participated in efforts to help fund water projects in developing countries. It is interesting to hear how theses efforts have impacted their lives. I've read accounts of how these projects in developing countries are improving the lives of children and allowing them to go to school.
The continued focus of H2O For Life is on its ability to engage more students in more schools to become involved in funding water projects as well as reaching out to individuals and organizations for their support in our effort.
My participation with this organization has been rewording.

Client Served

Rating: 5

H2O for Life has been a fantastic partner for Water for South Sudan, helping to raise over $250,000 to drill wells in South Sudan since 2010. Their passion for clean water, and motivating young people to help change the world is an inspiration. We are honored to work with them!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Over the past 6 years I have had the privilege to partner with H2O for Life. I am an elementary teacher and our school has raised over $18,000 in partnership with H2O for Life for schools in developing countries to gain access to clean water. Uganda, South Sudan, India, and Guatemala and the countries our school has had an impact. Not only does H2O for Life make a difference in the lives of young people in developing countries, the students in the USA also gain so many life lessons through the service learning and gain such a valuable global perspective. Check out this link of two of my students who presented at the "Water Ball" a year ago.

Lifewater

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

H2O For Life has been partnering with Lifewater International to bring clean water, health and hope to vulnerable school children since 2012. They have been such a joy to partner with! Because of H2O for Life, thousands of school children who otherwise would not have the opportunity to go to school with a clean water source and toilets have now been served. We love that they engage schools and students living here in the U.S. to help serve other schools and students suffering because of the water crisis.

The change that they are making possible is amazing. In these photos you can see the new water well that they made possible for the students at Shasho Primary School in Ethiopia. Before that all 332 student gathered water from the puddle you can see in the photo. Without H2O For Life this wouldn't be possible!

Bill F.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Beyond being a director, I am also a parent of 3 children who have been positively impacted by H2O for Life. H2O for Life has inspired my children to learn about global water issues and to take action locally to make a difference globally.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There are several organizations out there fighting the global water crisis. H2O for Life approaches the problem from a different angle; they empower school children to take action and make a difference. With the H2O for Life model, our children not only learn about the global water crisis, but also cultivate empathy for others and gain skills in civic action and leadership in the process. H2O for Life is creating immediate relief and investing in a long-term solution all at the same time.

George M.1

Donor

Rating: 5

H2O for life does amazing work, harnessing the creativity, interest and uniquer passion of young people and using that as a driving force for change in Africa. I love the way they unite kids from totally different places toward a common cause.

Steve Hall.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love working for H2O for Life! We provide a connection between US and global students focusing on safe water and sanitation. If your school is looking for an impactful service learning project, check out H2O for Life!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with H2O for Life for many years. I am so impressed with their commitment to bringing clean water and sanitation to schools in Africa. This partnership means that African students have clean water and latrines. This is especially important to ensure that girls go to school and stay in school. and learn about hygiene. And to do this their approach of involving schools in the U.S. as partners. It's a win, win! Terrific organization!