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World Water Relief

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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.