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.
The Water Project is an ideal non-profit. They do what they say they're going to do to benefit others and they do it with the utmost integrity, efficiency and care. My family learned about The Water Project through a good friend. We had long been interested in ways to improve access to clean, healthy water sources in Africa. After doing our research and learning about their various projects with local partners throughout Africa, we fell in love with The Water Project and their mission. The Water Project leadership is trustworthy, responsive and experienced. They deliver results and they make sure their local partners are equally accountable. So happy to be involved with The Water Project year after year.
The Water Project is a wonderful organization that I found 6 years ago when I had a class of 3rd graders who wanted to raise money to build a well. The Water Project scheduled a representative to have a video conference with my class so they could ask questions and educate my students on the work they do and the impact of that work. For three years, we raised money to donate to The Water Project and every year they had another dynamic speaker meet with my students so that they felt connected to the organization they were raising money for.
After moving to a new school to teach 6th grade, I told my students about my experience and we decided to raise money for The Water Project again. Once again, I got to watch as my students asked questions of one of their representatives. My class really enjoyed the updates on the projects they helped fund. I still hear from one of my 3rd grade students from 6 years ago about the impact it had on her to work with the organization. As an educator, I also really appreciate being able to look back on projects and to see the water is still flowing!
(Former Teacher, Current Elementary Principal)
Nine years ago The Water Project provided a wonderful platform for our 6-year-old son Liam to get his friends and family together to raise money for clean water. We have continued donating and fundraising ever since. Our projects have included water wells, rainwater harvesting, and protected springs. TWP provides lots of information, stories and photos from each project, and the projects are monitored long-term for functionality. I just looked at a project we funded 8 years ago. I can see that the local partners checked on it last week and that it is still functional! Tess and Peter and everyone I have communicated with are very caring and helpful, and they do a wonderful job of honoring the people they serve.
I have been involved with The Water Project for over 10 years, first as a donor, then as a board member. The experience at every level is far and away exceeds what I have seen at any other non-profits in terms of the combination of high ethics, excellence in the way everything is done and in transparency.
As a donor, the experience of giving and tracking my donations is straightforward and personal. As a board member, I have been impressed year after year by the consistency of the organization's shared vision among staff and partners in the U.S. and in Africa. Commitments ae consistently kept and accountability is always clear. I am fortunate to be associated with The Water Project
The Water Project has been an initiative that we decide to support as a company. We saw the need, and we moved on the opportunity. That was the easy part, the ability to expose the need and to clarify in detail the impact was the hard part that the team at The Water Project have done and continually do. There is transparency and visibility as well follow-up at the end of the project to measure success. The team works very hard and are always available with updates.
Thank you to the Team at the Water Project, I hope that others see your hard work towards this great initiative!
A close friend of mine told me about the Water Project about a year and a half ago, he was raising money to make a contribution to WP. It sounded like such a good way to help people that I went to their website and read about what WP does.
I never really understood what having no access to clean water to drink did to people. Without a close source of good drinking water, the people in a village have 2 alternatives, drink dirty, impure water if there is any around and risk sickness, OR walk for several miles to a clean water source to fill up a 5 gallon container and then carry the 5 gallon container back home. The walking back and forth can consume all of the time people have in their day, just to get enough to drink, bathe, clean dishes, bathe. So, a person in that situation does not have time to farm or get a job, go to school, or do anything else that will improve and enrich their life and their family's life.
The first time I received a large bonus from my business, I gave a tithe to The Water Project, going over all the various villages and schools that needed a well with clean water. I found a project for a community that was in very great need, was under a lot of hardship because of no water source, and had almost enough donations made for their project to start work on a well. I had enough to give so they could go forward with their project. I gave my support to their project, and The Water Project was able to pay for a well to be drilled down to the water table where the water was clean, and install a pump so anyone in the village could easily pump all the water they needed.
The village had a big celebration when the well was completed, and was open for public use. The Water Project sent me several pictures of the village residents having a special dinner for the occasion, the persons who were designated to keep the well pump in good shape, and other candid shots of people obviously VERY happy because they had access to good clean water.
Talk about feeling like I had made a difference in someone's life--this was so meaningful to me that since then, I have sent contributions to support 3 other projects and The Water Project has kept me informed all the way through those projects to completion. There are so many things we have in a first world country that we take for granted. The Water Project gave me the opportunity to help someone MUCH less fortunate than I am, and almost be there on a personal level to see their lives change very much for the better.
The water project does great work. I love that they send updates showing how people benefit.
Authentic and knowledgeable. They take the time to educate you and your students while making the information and process engaging and meaningful. They have lessons available for educators to use and the ability to get information on the project you helped fund for 5 years, which makes the fundraising experience a real partnership.
The Water Project provides access to safe and reliable water in Africa. My family has been having an annual party for the past four years to raise money to help their organization. I like how they assign the money that we help raise to a project and they send us updates with pictures so you know where your money is going to. They are making a difference and we will continue to support them.
This organization work is outstanding, there is no other out there to compare!!!
Tess is amazing and very informative. I have worked with them for a couple of years now and the results and stories I hear back are heart warming!
I worked with The Water Project to put a well in Sierra Leone in honor of my Mom and couldn't have been more pleased. First and most importantly I support their mission which is to get safe clean water to those who don't have it in a sustainable and cost effective manner. Second though they are just exceptionally responsive and easy to work with. I would strongly recommend them!
We’ve supported The Water Project for a number of years now - financially and through volunteer work. They are a group of dedicated people, full of enthusiasm, experience, integrity, expertise and commitment to ongoing relationships with their partners and the people of Africa. Their passion, financial transparency and practice of connecting each donor to a specific project and providing photos, messages and updates on those projects is exemplary. All these things convinced us that they are a great nonprofit!
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!
As a New Hampshire resident, I love the global focus of this non-profit right in my backyard! Their mission to bring clean water to Sub-Saharan Africa is inspiring. The Water Project is changing lives! I'm glad to have had the chance to get to know and donate to this non-profit.
I have loved being part of this water project. The dedication and love they show to the people that are involved is very apparent.
The organization keeps its donors very well informed with personalized messages and up to date progress.
It is the only organization that I have donated to that I really feel a part of.
Thank you Water Project, way to go!!
I have never worked with a more transparent and genuine group than The Water Project! Their willingness to share about projects and funding before, during and after a project is incredible. Even more incredible is the way they change lives in tangible ways, and how respect, honor and care are given to those who they serve every step of the way. They recognize that we are at our best when we work and learn together, and they are an organization that I am proud to have partnered with for the last 7 years.
The Water Project is an innovative and generous organization that is making a real difference in the world!
We have absolutely loved working with The Water Project! They really seem to care about the people they serve and the personal touches for their donors are second to none. We receive regular updates on the projects to which we’ve donated and the positive impact you see in the recipients eyes often brings tears to my eyes. These updates are often signed by a real, live person. I feel our money goes farther with The Water Project than with many other charities because they aren’t constantly flooding us with costly mail or phone call campaigns asking for donations. They make sure to keep me up to date on the projects we’ve donated towards which reminds me to send more! We look forward to a long relationship with them!
I had learned about The Water Project about one year ago and was immediately impressed by the amazing stories they share as well as their knowledge and communication. I had the chance to work with them recently as they were sending cards to each and every one of their donors. It is clear to me they are dedicated to their mission as well as their donors, keeping their donors abreast of projects, their collective impact and just showing appreciation and gratitude. They have built a true connection with everyone involved. I worked with Tess who was unbelievably approachable and understanding. It is clear she is passionate and dedicated to this work. And from what I can tell, it seems each member of this organization must be this way too. I loved being a part of what they do!
Love this organization. They keep you updated about about your donation has been spent, about the specific project it was applied to and the work on and completion of the project. I like knowing the impact funds have made and to whom. In the updates there is information not only about the project, but the community it will serve. Seeing photos of the area and the project grounds make you feel like you are part of what is being done, not just money that is being thrown at an unknown cause. We have recommended this organization to many of our fiends looking for an organization that has integrity and spends funds wisely.
When you learn about a non-profit that does heart warming work, you feel honored to know people who work there. Then you feel even more honored to realized that it's located in the town you live in! And as you become more connected with the organization you can't help but get involved. Not only is the work and methodology of what the Water Project does so on point, the organization and team itself has a heart beat that makes you want to get involved in more ways than one!
The Water Project is amazing. A great charity and I love the updates they send throughout the year. It's great to see where and what the donations are doing to change people's lives.
My coworker and I work for a business that funded a sand dam in Kithumba. Working with The Water Project and Tess has been a great experience, but visiting the dam itself and meeting the people in the communities was eye-opening. Having access to clean water initiates a small ripple effect that initiates everything from educational to economic opportunities. At the end of the day, The Water Project's dedication to maintenance & performance of their projects sets them worlds apart from similar charities.
I am a manager at Live Juice in Concord, New Hampshire. We are very fortunate to showcase information about providing clean water to countries without it. Their message is important to the clientele that comes into our restaurant. The Water Project has provided us coffee sleeves to accompany every purchase at our store. We are thrilled to provide information and awareness to an ongoing problem in the world. Thank you to everyone at The Water Project for helping us spread the word.
Hello Peter how are you happy to see the sand dam and the people over there if possible please mention my mom's name called as [MAHMOODHA] hope the rest will be helpful
When I saw the way clean water gave breath, to new life, for the people I was blessed enough to visit, I was changed forever! I have never in my life witnessed a charitable organization, deliver more per dollar than the water project does on a regular basis. You see what they solve, is the access to clean water problem but what they deliver is a solution to all sorts of disease, malnutrition, hygiene issues, violence and depravity brought upon the women and children, who are in harms way as the seek out clean water for their families. I will stay involved because to bring clean water to a community is to bring life, and life to the full! The water project has done so much, but there is much left to be done! Come help us stay vigilant until every person has access to the clean water they need!
As my father aged he no longer wanted his family to buy him gifts. Instead he came up with a great idea. He asked that family members donate money to The Water Project. He was thrilled when he was notified of the donations in his name. The Water Project sent him information on the project(s) he was supporting with great details and pictures. I felt good about donating to such an important non-profit organization, and he felt good knowing he was helping those with such a great need. The Water Project is a very well run non-profit organization with goals that are making a difference.
I have partnered with The Water Project for many years and can assure you they are an incredible organization. As a donor you don’t just give money to The Water Project. They partner with you and allow you to make a significant life changing impact on the most vulnerable people on our planet. You can see project updates, pictures, and stats on the projects you donate to and more importantly the communities you have helped impact. You know that you are making a difference. Their dedication to including their donors in the work they do is remarkable and the work they do is such a crucial first step in alleviating poverty. A few clicks on their website is all it takes to change the world for one community!
I’ve been involved with the Water Project for nearly two years as a donor. First, as a one time donation for a project and now as a regular repeating monthly donor. I am always amazed at the breadth of information I receive regarding how the money I donate is being used on specific projects and how I am always updated in a timely fashion with this information. Very few organizations I work with provide this level of timely and transparent information and I truly value it as a donor.
I love that The Water Project backs up its claims of being transparent by sending me reports on the project I donated to. I got to learn about the community and see the immediate impact of the project. They go the extra mile to produce reports that are human and factual, something I have not experienced in giving to other organizations.
We have collaborated with The Water Project (TWP) for several years. TWP has been a great source of inspiration for us and we have supported 12-15 projects. I have visited their headquarters and met some of the leaders of the organization. Very serious, goal-oriented people with a sincere heart to help people in need. We always get good feedback from TWP. The Water Promise shows that TWP does not just do a water project and then leaves a village to its own when problems arise. TWP undertakes to maintain a water point for at least five years. We will continue to support TWP. I really can recommend TWP. Lennart Pedersen, Chairman, and Co-founder of Scandinavians for life.
We have worked with The Water Project for the past 8 years. Tess Crick and Peter Chasse are passionate about what they do. We believe in them so much, we have had the pleasure of doubling the amount of water projects we support every year. Because we feel so strongly that children and education are of the utmost importance, we have been able to specifically choose projects that provide clean water to schools. Knowing that we can trust The Water Project to help hundreds of children in less fortunate places like Africa brings us the ultimate joy. TWP has projects lined up with a team of people that know exactly what they are doing and get it done in a timely fashion. In less than 12 months, we begin receiving pictures of what has been completed and most importantly we get to see the beautiful smiles of the people they serve. Thanks to TWP for all you do and allowing us to be part of this wonderful mission that you have chosen. We are eternally grateful. Gabe, Tony & The Aqua Party team.
I've been working with The Water Project for several years now and have donated (along with my family) to fund 3 projects. As a rule, I'm very particular about the organizations I donate to and have very strict financial accountability and transparency requirements. Not only does TWP meet these, they go above and beyond to share updates on the projects I've funded, including new app that I keep on my phone to stay in the loop on current and past projects. My coordinator, Tess, has been so good to work with in hearing my heart for education and children's safety and has helped to select the perfect projects that meet me where my passions lie. She also took some very personal attention in communicating with my nephew who chose to raise money for clean water in lieu of gifts for his 7th birthday. Tess and the rest of TWP's staff sent him a shirt which he wears and happily raises further awareness for this need and for this great organization.
I would recommend this org to anyone who will listen, but I especially recommend for someone looking for a long term partner in bringing clean water and life to the world in need.
Having served in the grantor capacity and having managed contracts with many non-profits to deliver anti poverty and wealth creation programs, I'm very selective in what organizations I personally support. The Water Project is by far one of the best I've ever seen. Their outcomes and data tracking is stellar, the team is accessible when I have questions, and they are humble in their approach.
My family traveled to Kenya to visit a sand dam project funded by our local church. We were able to meet Peter, founder, and our regional contact Stan; who toured 4 sand dam projects. The Water Project wisely trains regional teams who help raise awareness of hygiene, sanitation, and overall well/sand dam project scope and expertise.
After 3 days with them, I felt so blessed and assured that our offerings were being used to strengthen the communities of hard working Kenyans; their pride and craft were excellent and will endure for generations with careful monitoring from The Water Project
These folks truly “teach a person to fish”... then stay in the community to do the hard and unglamorous work of maintenance.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great organization, love how they show me where my money went
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.
Terrific giver experience. Unmatched in the care of givers and demonstrating ongoing impact of gifts, regardless of size.
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!!
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
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!
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.
Great cause. Good communication to show the work with projects on going and complete.
I purchased $150 of gift cards for family and friends to donate back to the water project. I have been giving them out over the year with reusable water bottles. It was brought to my attention that none of these cards have valid URLs on them. The organization pocketed $150 of funds.
We're truly sorry that you experienced a temporary glitch on our website. As soon as it was brought our attention it was resolved. We hope you'll try those cards again and are able to see the impact of your gift! If you have any questions at all please contact us at [email protected] so we can help you personally.
Last year, I was able to work as an intern at The Water Project through my school. I found the organization to be very well-run by a friendly staff who truly care about their cause (as well as an adorable office dog). Highly recommended!
We have donated to The Water Project for a number of years. They are good stewards of their resources. We are happy to share with others , not as fortunate as we are, with the resources we have been given so they too can have clean water.
These guys set aside everything else to partner with people in Africa, empowering the to build wells and water. We often ignore the depth of need. They jumped in both feet to help!
I worked as an unpaid intern for The Water Project and immediately noticed that everyone had an outstanding work ethic. This non-profit is one that does everything in it's power to stay true to its goal; to help people in need. The Water Project is certainly a diamond in the rough and I feel proud I could be a part of their team.
I'm so impressed with the organizational aspects of this firm. I feel like my donations are being used for their intended purpose, and the fact that they track progress is important to me. Thanks for all you do!
The transparency and quality of work upheld by The Water Project is top notch in the water sector. They put people first and pour themselves out to develop others toward their full potential in eradicating the water crisis and strengthening communities. Incredible reporting and donor communication!
Everyone at The Water Project is passionate and enthusiastic about their work. It is a fun and collaborative environment in which great work is done.
The Water Project has been an amazing partner for us. They are second to none when it comes to organizations that truly care for their cause and the cause of their partners. We intend on being a partner and doner for them for years to come.
Great ministry helping people in real, practical ways! Through The Water Projects multi-media sources online, my elementary-aged children were able to understand and empathize with the basic and dire need of people in other communities to have drinkable water. My son and daughter and their friends worked together to tell others and raising money for a specific water project in Africa.
I love that The Water Project links donors to a specific well or project in a specific community. Even though the results are on a real-life timetable and not instant, it is wonderful when you eventually see photographs and video of an actual community enjoying the completed project you directly helped fund.