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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Water

Mission: World water relief's mission is to significantly improve the health and clean water sources in undeveloped countries including dominican republic and haiti

Programs: Wash (water, sanitation, hygiene) provides services to schools in the dominican republic and haiti. During the year, twenty school water purification systems were either installed or maintained in the dominican republic and haiti. The organization also continues to provide youth hygiene education and monitoring of all water purification systems installed by the organization.

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

The model of working in each community works. Long term commitment, engaging the community and lots of communication are key to a successful organization. This is it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Clean, potable water is a luxury so many people can easily take for granted. Before visiting Haiti in 2012, I didn't think much about my daily routine - brushing my teeth, drinking water from the kitchen tap, taking a shower, etc. My experience in Haiti opened my eyes to the small luxuries in my everyday life that would be huge to others around the world. WWR works diligently to make sure people in Haiti can access clean, potable water, and for this they are doing a part to make the lives of these individuals better. I've enjoyed volunteering my time with an organization that is willing to pour their hearts into serving a community outside of their own.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that is doing great things. The work that is being done to help and educate those in need about clean water is astounding. It is well worth your time to read about this nonprofit and help out any way you can.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The impact that this organization has had, and continues to have, on the Dominican and Haiti has been nothing short of amazing. Virtually all donations go directly to supplying clean water and hygiene education to the children of depressed areas in both countries. Truly incredible work, and one that makes an immediate impact.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have followed World Water Relief since their inception in 2009. The program has matured since then. They began as "another clean water organization" and have grown to become an agent of education, empowerment and sustainability in the commmunties they serve. I was invited to join the board of directors in 2013 and in that capacity I have met and worked with the entire Dominican in-country team and see their dedication to their fellow community members through their work with WWR. While I have yet to meet any of our Haití staff, my correspondence with them and reports from the field reveal and equal level of dedication. I work for WWR because I whole-heartedly believe in their mission for sustainability and changing a mindset that will empower entire communities to break a cycle of poor hygiene that is common to these regions. Better hygiene leads to less illness. Less illness leads to less school missed and better education. Better education leads to stronger communities and a new cycle is born. A cycle of perpetuating strong, closely-knit communities.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

By chance, I was in the Dominican Republic in February 2009 with a medical mission group at the time World Water Relief was finishing the installation of their first water filtration system in a community named Batey 7. I met the men who started it all. From there, I have followed their progress. They began by solely installing water filtration systems. They reacted quickly during the acute phase of the 2010 Haiti earthquake recovery, providing water filtration systems to areas desperately needing it. From there, they transitioned into an organization with a long-term vision of providing sustainable clean water solutions for under-served areas of DR and Haiti. After years of support, I was honored when WWR asked me to join the Board of Directors

World Water Relief doesn't just provide clean water for people, they invest in each community served in several ways. They have a minimum 10 year commitment to each community served, providing the means for upkeep and maintenance to each system installed. They teach the prinicples of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) in the community schools, so that the next generation of community leaders will also be the guardians of clean water in the future. They engage the rest of the community to empower them and have them eventually take ownership of their clean water system.

I have returned every February to Batey 7 and I fill my water bottle from that original water system each time I am there. I am proud to have followed and now to serve World Water Relief.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

World Water Relief (WWR) has an excellent long-term business support model: Since the earthquake to cholera to the hurricanes in Haiti and the Dominican, WWR has been there. From installation to maintenance and community hygiene education the dedicated staff of WWR are amazing! Small and effective, this high impact organization is a model to follow.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am constantly amazed at the people affiliated with World Water Relief. From the Board of Directors, US based staff, in-country team and the people that they serve in Haiti and the Dominican Republic-this group is a family. They are invested in each other and in working together to provide safe drinking water and proper hygiene and sanitation education. Every system is properly and routinely maintained and functioning perfectly. The constant presence in both countries and the boots on the ground make all the difference in the world!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My sister works for WWR and I have had the pleasure of meeting a number of the board members. The dedication, devotion and heart that goes into the work they do in Haiti and the Dominican Republic has already changed so many lives. It is amazing how something as simple as clean water (that we take for granted every day) can do so much to improve the health and lives of those without access.

2 Jerry35

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I have traveled extensively throughout the Dominican Republic and Haiti, as well as , many other parts of the world where clean drinking water is a luxury. We are extremely impressed with the many water projects that we have seen in connection with World Water Relief. What is especially noteworthy is the educational and followup effort that this organization puts forth. Their dedicated and enthusiastic approach to this serious health problem is evident in the energy and excitement exuded by the clients of this valuable endeavor. Way to go World Water Relief!

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Donor

Rating: 5

What is unique about WWR, or rather exceptional I say- is that they do not outsource the work. In-country staff install and monitor each system. And through their hands-on approach, they teach local users of the water systems (including children) how to maintain the system.

The staff- again actual employees of WWR- also educate the students in their project schools on the importance of good hygiene. Those kids teach their peers, their families, their community. As I have heard them say many times: "Water is just the beginning!"

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have learned a great deal about WWR and their mission. This is a well run organization that really makes a difference. Living in the U.S. makes it easy to forget the basic needs that people have around the world. WWR helps to fill those basic needs for so many... they make me proud to be a donor.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our family has supported WWR for several years. It is truly a worthwhile organization, providing clean water apparatus, education, and support for sustainable fresh water in less developed parts of the globe. The leadership and volunteers are true heroes.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Changing generations through safe water and hygiene education, I am proud to be a part of this organization and especially this mission.

Donor

Rating: 5

My heart breaks to know that human beings don't have regular access to clean water. In Haiti and the DR, women will walk for miles just to retrieve small amounts of water for their families. Children and Adults have not been properly trained that the same water can not be used for all purposes. You can not use the same water for washing clothes, bathing, and going to the bathroom in. This is why I support World Water Relief and the programs they provide. Making access to clean water is a top priority however educating families about how to use proper hygiene is equally important. For these reasons, I have supported WWR for at least 5 years, maybe longer! And I will continue to do so.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been supporting World Water Relief for many years. We love their model for sustainability, where they train the local people to build and maintain the water filtration units and educate the people about clean water and proper hygiene. The way that they locate the clean water at schools, encourages students to get an education. We also appreciate that WWR is committed to supporting and maintaining sites for at least 10 years. I like that they give me the option of giving monthly so that I can support the maintenance of one of their water systems. Their frequent posts on facebook let me get a glimpse of the important work that they do and the impact that they are making.

Mick S.

Donor

Rating: 5

In a world where donors have so many worthy places to donate money, I am proud to be a sustaining contributor to WWR. The people who have so passionately dedicated their time, from Board members, to staff members, have never lost sight of their mission to simply bring clean water to those in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

WWR has an essential mission and is run by caring and competent people. What can be more important than providing clean drinking water to those living in areas without clean drinking water? WWR deserves your support.

Donor

Rating: 5

It's just great to see that all the money is spent on the Clean Water for life and education campaign, instead of Salaries and Office space like so many other Charities.

Board Member

Rating: 5

WWR is a well run organization with a very dedicated paid staff and a passionate voluntary support board, helping meet a need for clean water that is vital to the poorer inhabitants of Hispaniola. I'm proud to be a part of it.

1 Pam_85

Board Member

Rating: 5

World Water Relief is an organization with a big mission: to bring clean, safe drinking water along with hygiene education to children in underserved countries. Unsafe water is a leading cause of absenteeism from school due to gastrointestinal illnesses. In addition, the hauling of water - which can take hours each day - is often a task designated to women and children.

World Water Relief is unique in that it not only establishes water filtration systems in communities in need, but it also commits to maintaining the systems for up to ten years - during which time the organization teaches students and their community how to maintain the systems themselves. Having the knowledge and the tools to maintain water systems is a critical success factor for long-term clean water sustainability.

World Water Relief works through local schools and educational systems to directly reach children with its services.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife is on the Board of Directors and I have been impressed with the commitment and the honesty that permeates throughout the company. From the front line staff in country to the team in Atlanta, everyone is ALL about creating access to safe water and hygiene training for those in need in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Class organization.

Miles Ellis

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Many Americans are fortunate enough to enjoy clean, fresh water throughout their entire lives without ever having to think about it. For something so "free" to us in the United States, it is hard to imagine places where clean water is a luxury. World Water Relief is an extraordinary organization that ensures that children in the Dominican Republic and Haiti have access to such an essential to life. I have been following the amazing stories of the volunteers and children and am in awe of such brilliant work with such simple resources. I am truly proud to be able to volunteer with WWR and truly help to make the world a better place in the most simplest of ways.

Board Member

Rating: 5

World water relief is one of the organizations those are thinking about the life of the people of all over the world, because he wants to change the quality of the water that drinking by people.
and educate people how to use the water they drink and the hygiene to keep themself healthy and out of some bad kind of sickness like malaria, cholera and else.
working in the schools where they have systems in, world water relief trying to rebuild the hygiene education of Haiti and DR that's the most Important because water is life we need it in everything.

in the name of all the haitian people and DR Thank you so much and We loves you as much as we need you

SAMUEL

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

World Water Relief is an outstanding organization that creates large impact with every little resources. I was impressed to learn this organization's history, starting from their commitment to bringing clean and safe water to Haiti pre-earthquake. When the earthquake did hit in 2010, WWR was there alongside the larger organizations, still making an impact by delivering clean water to hospitals. Today they have a strong presence all over the island of Hispaniola and work on-the-ground alongside local students, children, plumbers, maintenance workers, school administrators, and local officials. Their ability to leverage resources is incredible and I look forward to hear how they will grow and expand their reach to others in need of clean water and sanitation services in years to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

World Water Relief has worked to provide clean water and sanitation hygiene to the places that need it most. WWR coordinates on the ground health and hygiene teams at schools to improve the overall health and well-being of students in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. WWR operates in coordination with schools, Non profits, and local governments to include various levels of community involvement from a variety of stakeholders. WWR is conducting unprecedented relief work to support communities, families, and students.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

World Water Relief is an organization devoted to water and hygiene sustainability in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. They do a great job working in coordination with schools and communities providing safe drinking water to populations in need. They have been an integral part of cholera prevention and other health effects safe drinking water can provide to people. World Water Relief provides opportunities for students to attend classes in lieu of spending time collecting water.

Board Member

Rating: 5

World Water Relief provides Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Educations primarily focused on Schools in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Our model is simple and focused. Specifically, Clean Water=Health=Attendance=Performance=Change for these children in schools. By concentrating our resources in Schools we strive to make a positive change for the future.

Board Member

Rating: 5

World Water Relief is nonprofit whose focus is to provide water, sanitation and hygeine education to underserved populations in the DR and Haiti. We've been operating since 2008 and have implemented 35-40 projects since that time. We pride ourselves on hard work, building relationships with local communities and providing sustainable solutions to the challenges around finding potable water for those in need. I can't say that we've always been successful, but I can tell you that we've learned a great deal and continue to get better. I am extremely proud to be a part of this team. I've never met a group of like minded people so dedicated to doing the right thing and work so hard for others. If you work with WWR you will not be disappointed.

Donor

Rating: 5

One only has to visit one school or Batey which has been fortunate enough to have been served by World Water Relief, to experience the strength of World Water Relief. I have visited several of the sites , and have been constantly amazed by the changes this organization can make providing clean drinking water with a relatively small scale operation. This organization has the tenacity to stick with a project through incredible obstacles, complete the project, and most important, to provide the education to maintain this project for the long term. The recipients of their work have received life changing benefits, from clean water, to learning proper hand sanitation. I have seen the work they have done, the people whose lives have been changed because of their dedication and hard work. I look forward to watching World Water Relief grow, and use their vision to change the lives of many more people.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Prior to being on the board of World Water Relief, I took for granted the privilege of drinking safe water whenever I wanted. Can you imagine not having access to water when you want it? And then if you did have it in hand, not knowing if it would make you severely sick- risking your life, the life of your children or unborn children for that matter? To me it’s a no-brainer to be passionate about clean water. But, not everyone understands the importance of this. What makes WWR unique is that we not only build sustainable projects (10+ years), but we become a true part of the community. We educate both children and parents- these are the factors that bring about real, meaningful and lasting change!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

World Water Relief is an exceptional organization. I have followed WWR for over four years now and am continually impressed by the dedication of their employees (in country and stateside) and board members. This is no 9 to 5 organization; the amount of time WWR puts in around the clock is something else. They really go above and beyond in order to ensure that the communities and schools they work in receive a safe, clean, sustainable source of water. At the same time, WWR does not give in to the growing trend that more is better. That is, unlike some other development organizations that push projects to pull in more money, regardless of their sustainability, WWR does not work beyond their means. Instead, the projects they develop are built to last, hand in hand with the communities they will benefit.... WWR has a bright future and I look forward to following it!

Board Member

Rating: 5

You won't find a more committed non-profit organization. I am a current board member of this organization and am astounded by what they are able to accomplish with such limited resources. This organization sets the bar extremely high with regards to operational efficiency....with less than 5% overhead at the moment! That means that practically all of your donations go directly to the field to help under-served children gain access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene education in schools...it is simply amazing what a small group of committed people like World Water Relief can do for the children of Hispaniola.

It has been an immense pleasure to be involved with this organization and I look forward to seeing this great nonprofit grow and succeed with time!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

World Water Relief is an amazing organization! This great nonprofit group is changing the lives of school children and their families by bringing in clean, safe drinking water to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, as well as educating them on proper hygiene, an absolute necessity to a healthy life. The staff, volunteers, contributors and everyone else involved with this organization is to be commended for providing exciting changes and a new way of life for these people. World Water Relief is making a difference in the world!

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Donor

Rating: 5

World Water Relief is a fine organization. The organization has a great cause .... Fresh , clean , water to areas that are in need of this most basic but vital resource. Contaminated drinking water and poor hygiene in washing is a common problem in many poor countries. By helping to provide clean water and to teach the population how to follow basic water related hygiene methods ..... great progress is made ..... not only to sustain basic daily water needs , but also to prevent disease and illness.

In addition to this very important mission of providing clean water and teaching water related Hygiene, the organization has very low Admin. Costs and the great majority of all money goes into the field and is used for it's mission . I support and admire what this organization does and the way they do it !


Paul Bruno -- President, A.M.I. - Pensacola , Fla .......... Owner / Broker - "BRUNO REALTY"

1 Rita Ellis

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am privileged to be on the Board of Directors of World Water Relief. Two years ago my company was looking for a non-profit that was providing REAL substantial change to those in need. As a water company, we knew we had found the perfect fit with World Water Relief. Water for water! Last year two of our founding members joined the Board because we believed in what World Water Relief was doing and we were excited about the significant and worthwhile work to come.

Our mission is to significantly improve the health and well being of people by providing access to clean, safe drinking water thereby preventing diarrheal disease. By targeting schools in Haiti and the Bateyes of the Dominican Republic our holistic approach, centered on the UNICEF WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) principles, gives us a dynamic and immediate platform to bring health, hygiene, and comfort to students and their families. Our program immediately provides the highest possible impact for the most children over an extended period of time. When children are the focus of community health programs such as WASH in Schools, they are empowered not only to improve their own lives, but also to become agents of change in their families and communities at-large.

In addition to our relief work during the Haiti earthquake disaster and our cholera prevention program in the central plateau region of Haiti this past fall, we have been able to concentrate our future on where it matters most - the future leaders of these embattled communities. As our mission continues to grow, side-by-side with the students we serve, clean water will become not just a privilege, but a right.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

World water relief have done so many wonderful things in my country Haiti, they are providing clean water to everyone that in need. The focus on educating and empowering the youth. Water is life and the are giving life to Haiti. And Dominican Republic

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am amazed at the impact this relatively small organization is having. Really passionate and dedicated people with minimal overhead helping deliver safe drinking water and education for better health in developing nations. I serve on the Techncial Committee and get to see the wonderful work these folks do on a daily basis. It changes people's lives.

1 Corey R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with World Water Relief for almost a year now and it has been a great experience. Watching the difference that World Water relief has made at schools in Mirebalais, Haiti, has been wonderful and I'm excited about all the work to come (both in Haiti and the Dominican Republic). There's so much more I am interested in learning about World Water Relief and only more time as a volunteer will help me do that, so here's to a lot more volunteering and more learning!