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The Water Project Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Development, International Relief, Philanthropy

Mission: The Water Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization bringing relief to communities around the world who suffer needlessly from a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation.

Results: In nine years, we have funded over 1,000 projects in nine countries. Access to clean, safe water is changing lives. We're actively monitoring 90+% of these projects to ensure long term success and to constantly test and learn.

Target demographics: Developing communities in South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda

Direct beneficiaries per year: 350,000+ people

Geographic areas served: Sub-Saharan Africa

Programs: safe water and sanitation, hygiene training, wells, sand dams, rain catchment, and spring protection.

Community Stories

62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked in the sector for 17 years as everything from well driller to operations director to communications director. I got to personally see The Water Project's work in Kenya and it was the most transformative work I've ever seen. It was everything everyone in the water sector says they are in terms of improving economy, agriculture, hygiene, environment, livestock, etc. few water projects really do impact all these areas but this TWP work was.

Allen Kent B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Water is precious and such a vital part of one's life.
Most of us take it for granted. Not The Water Project!
Helping communities in Africa secure clean water along with important education...will save countless lives.


This charity is in my top 3 each year!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been donating to The Water Project from its inception. We have received feed back on the many water projects our contributions have completed. Unlike most other non profits, we have received information, pictures and information about the people we have served through The Water Project. What we particularly like is the abiliy of the Water Project to monitor each project so as to maintain the well, or other water sources they have created to insure safe, clean water while also aiding the community acheive higher sanitation and prevention of water borne diseases. We feel like we are actively participating in the lives of the people the Water Project touches. The Water Project is not a 'one and done' operation like so many other similar and maybe glitzier charities. The Water Project is a community of people like my wife and I, the kids in schools from kindergarten through college, and yes even corporations who do fund raisers so that the The Water Project can stay in a life enhancing relationship with the communities that receive The Water Project's assistance to live life with clean water. The Water Project is the real deal!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Water Project is an exceptional organization focused on truly helping communities in Africa obtain clean drinking water. The way they work, manage projects, engage the community and college students is just exceptional. They partner so well with so many other organizations to make things happen and while they run very lean, they achieve amazing results with a very dedicated and passionate staff.

Debbie B.4

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a part of this ministry for many years and look forward to many more. I love to see the physical results of my giving through pictures of the projects I have supported and I'm so excited to hear testimonies of the people who are benefiting from clean water.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our Brownie Troop chose the Water Project as their fundraising activity last year, and we are blown away by this group. We used their fundraising ideas and products - the girls appreciated being able to save their own money to donate (choosing water instead of juice/soda, and donating the money saved). It is a unique and interesting way to collect funds, and the updates from the beneficiaires has created a link, causing the Brownies to want to do more.
Thank you, The Water Project. We are enjoying our experience with you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We found The Water Project online and realized that they are right in "our backyard" here in New Hampshire. So, we drove north and met them all in person! Passionate about clean water for Africa, focused on sustainable projects that include sanitation and hygiene training, committed to investing in the lives of those in their partner organizations in Africa, this org is a model of transparency, accountability and integrity. As donors and volunteer, we wholeheartedly support them because of WHAT they do and HOW they do it. We get to see results in the villages and schools to which we donated and are confident that The Water Project isn't in it for the numbers. They're all about hope and life transformation - for men, women and children in Africa and those of us who join them in their work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've always wondered what I can do to help people in a third world country who don't have basic everyday needs that I take for granted here in the States. It's nice to know I can play a part in bringing clean water to those who have no running water. Thanks to The Water Project, I was able to help a village in Africa build a well with fresh, clean water. I also like the fact The Water Project teaches them basic hygiene like washing hands with soap and water so they can stay healthy and have a better way of life. Money well spent!

4 mjcre8ive

Donor

Rating: 5

Making my way back home from Western Kenya. Every school and community I visited said the same thing about TWP: "They did what they said they would do." That alone is worth five stars. Add to that, the people aren't just waiting for help. They are working with the org, investing in each project, going through training and maintaining relationships with the leaders on the ground. This is what a non-profit should be.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the last few days, I have been observing the work this organization does. I love their focus on the relationships they build and that the water projects last.

1 Joshua Ryan B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to visit their work in Western Kenya and was blown away by the quality and excellence of their work. They monitor their work for ongoing uptime, so rather than "We drilled a well a year ago and we don't know if it's working anymore" (SO common with water orgs), they actively monitor and report on all their projects so their is ongoing reliability in the communities they work in. Also they have phenomenal Kenyan leaders on the ground who I have the highest confidence in and am so inspired by being able to help support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just spent 5 days on the ground in western Kenya and witnessed some of the amazing work that TWP and their partners have completed...amazing long-term commitment to this community and the surrounding schools.

3 Donna Bowyer B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We partnered with The Water Project (TWP) after starting our non-profit organization, Erick's Hope, in honor and memory of our beloved son. We found TWP through Focus on the Family magazine, rated as one of the top five non-profit organizations to work with. We paired up with Tess,our consultant, a true blessing. Tess understands the sensitivity of our foundation (In memory of our son), our goals, and our budget. Gives us tools to raise awareness for fundraising; an instrument of great importance. We have been partnering with TWP since 2012, and have completed several water projects. So thankful for their dedication to helping us achieve our goals.

1 Laura E. M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization, love how they show me where my money went

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Water Project is one of the most innovative charities I know. With a commitment to their donors to track the success of the water and sanitation projects, their ability to keep their overhead low, and their passion for long-term sustainability, gives me as a donor the confidence that my contributions are making a significant difference in the lives of those who need clean water.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Terrific giver experience. Unmatched in the care of givers and demonstrating ongoing impact of gifts, regardless of size.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to spend a semester interning at The Water Project in the Spring of 2017. It was a great experience that allowed me to work closely with passionate individuals who work tirelessly every day to change lives. I experienced first-hand the dedication and commitment The Water Project shows to all the communities it works with. The employees are very friendly, inviting, and will answer any questions about the work they do!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I think that this charity is amazing in everyway. They are willing to help you to get donations in anyway you want,through media, schools and even churches and neighborhoods. I have trusted this charity to give all my school donations to, and they were woth the trust. Also i got all the details about my project as soon as the money arrived( photos, video and locations). If you want a charity to help, i recommend The Water Project so much

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer I have never met more kind and passionate people who sincerely love their job! It's an amazing cause and a fantastic environment to be a part of!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does an incredible amount of good in this world. They have great communication about their projects so that we all know where our money is helping people. And they have great customer service if you have any questions or problems.

1 Min L.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Great cause. Good communication to show the work with projects on going and complete.