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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 that unlocks human potential by building and connecting global networks of local leaders, communities of generous supporters, and an informed public to provide sustainable water and sanitation programs to needlessly suffering communities in developing countries.

Results: Children are healthy. Women are free from the burden of long walks to collect dirty water. Schools are open with clean water and are investing in the future of their communities. Families are thriving. Every community and school has its own story of water – and every story is shared with you. There is nothing more powerful than your generosity and safe water. Since inception, your support has funded over 2,500 projects in nine countries. Our current, regional programs in Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Kenya are a partnership between you, local leaders, and communities and schools - all united around a core mission of solving the water crisis, forever. Our core commitment to sustainability means that your donation today means clean water today, and tomorrow. We prove that commitment by publishing real-time impact data on our website. Currently, The Water Project provides over 569,000 people with clean water every single day through water programs providing service and support at 1,500 current and past water points.

Target demographics: Developing communities in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Kenya.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 541,000+ people

Geographic areas served: Sub-Saharan Africa

Programs: Sustainable safe water, hygiene, and sanitation programs that include drilled and repaired wells, rainwater harvesting tanks, spring protection projects, and sub-surface dams, sanitation and handwashing facilities.

Community Stories

105 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

10 Paul192

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3 Carrie90

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

5 Humanbeingflag C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It came to me one day, about the deaths from not even having water and has put me on fire. I cannot believe man`s inhumanity to man. The world has enough of everything and we could end the needless deaths right now, if only. One person at a time if thats how it has to be. Many blessings. (Human Being Flag Dotcom)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Its amazing how many causes go right to the roof and have so much exposure and most get on the band wagon and then they get awareness, I support many of these causes. When it comes to the causes of humanbeings, their Dignity, Respect, Equality and their rights, like their right to live, eat, be safe, grow and develop and not be exploited or abused, we fall very short. It seems that if we are not subjected to these unfortunate situations, we pretend they do not happen. We can stand united to yell and protest about freedom of speech and yet we can let others die because they have no food or drinking water. We who have been blessed to not have been born in a third world country pretend that most have what we have. If we are destitute there is hope, we can go to a soup kitchen or a food bank or a government agency and receive some help. Other countries do not have these. How is it , that as humanbeings we can sleep at night knowing that others will die because they have nothing??????????? Talk about mans inhumanity to man. Please help others less fortunate. Please love. Please care. Please let your voice be heard. Please , please, stand up for those who do not have choices.

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Donor

Rating: 5

TheWaterProject.org displays information about people who live without the significant necessitie of water every single day. Not only do they let you know, but they let you help. You can create your very own fundraiser online and have a fundraising page for it. The Water Project inc. also teaches people about people with desperate need of food or water. It teaches us that of the 75% of water on this planet, only 3% of that water is freshwater, and only less than 1%of that freshwater is not glaciers or ice. This information gets a lot of people inspired and willing to help out, heck it got me wanting to help out.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What this program is doing is really amazing. I have just started really trying to participate and i have started to understand how great this program is. Its really amazing that we are able to help these people, that through the water project we are able to get them the water they need.

2 Cheryl C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this charity for over a year. I am a Christian and feel challenged to show the love of God to others. I know that this might sound simplistic to us in the west who don't spend much time wondering where we will get our next supply of clean water. I know I don't but imagine what that would be like. People are thirsting and dying because of no water or drinking dirty water. If enough people get involved we could end the absence of clean water to drink on this planet. This organization makes it so easy to get involved. Please check out their website and join those of us who are already involved. Let's do something extraordinary this year together!

1 Holly23

Donor

Rating: 5

The Water Project and Living Water International, what wonderful work they have done, and will continue to do, in the future.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The most wonderful organization ever established. Every cent goes to provide wells in areas of the world where fresh water is scarce. When you give - you support growth, happiness, freedom and friendship in a village filled with authentic appreciation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been working with The Water Project for quite a while now! Through that organization we have been able to learn a lot about what is happening, regarding water, in less developed countries. We wanted to make a difference! Through The Water Project we now have the means to sponsor a well in Sierra Leone, Africa!

1 janelleking218

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This year as president of Key Club, we raised $8,000 for the Water Project. We were really excited to see such a great non-profit organization working towards a issue that stems to many other health issues for children and adults in developing countries. I am VERY excited for the wells to be built in the next year.
Their website is very well organized with all the links necessary to run efficiently. They not only provide documents about water and health issues, but they also provide fundraising ideas and water challenge cutouts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello,
My name is Janelle and I am senior at a school in Florida. I am the President of my Key Club here, which is a community service based organization. We have vowed to raise $8,000 this year to build 2 drinking wells in Sudan. This non profit is a superb organization that is assisting the 1 billion people without access to clean drinking water.

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Volunteer

Rating: 2

This started as a great idea that I was very excited about. Unfortunately the forum has just become a posting board for every person's personal site, spam, and needless information. Little moderation is involved, and the "Point" system is just based on people logging in and adding each other as friends. I'm not interested in joining a prayer group online, I want to contribute to a fund that brings water to people who need it.

Comments ( 1 )

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info 05/19/2011

Jack, I'm sorry that the interaction you have personally experienced on myWaterProject didn't live up to your expectations. We're working on doing better at that. We have a very, very small staff and can't always be as active responding to comments on the forums as we'd like. That said, the forums are really only one small part of myWaterProject. The larger purpose of myWaterProject is to educate and inspire advocates. If you'll notice, the point system is actually setup to encourage folks to read through a good portion of our website and to invite others to do the same. This helps "tell the story" of the water crisis. myWaterProject also provides a "dashboard" for users to create personalized fundraising pages and then to track every water project they support - as it happens. While the "forums" may not be that active, the myWaterProject platform has helped us raise more than $700k in less than a year. That's a huge amount of growth representing over 100 water projects funded. So... people are most certainly "interacting" with their own networks of friends and family, primarily through those fundraising pages. I hope you'll reconsider rating us as an organization and not just by one of the tools we're trying to use to help others in need. Thanks for your thoughts. -- Peter Chasse President, The Water Project, Inc.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working to raie money for the Water Project for a few months now. And it is great! It is soo easy, and everyone is really nice. Going to be in the featured Fundriasers soon!

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Donor

Rating: 4

Water is the most abundant compound on Earth's surface, covering about 70%. It is essential for all living things. Without it, people would suffer needlessly. Nearly 1,000,000,000 people don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. This is why each citizen should do his/her part in providing clean and safe drinking water for those who don’t have it.

Could there be any way to help this cause?

Well, I know a certain organization that does. It is called “The Water Project, Inc.” It helps fund safe water projects around the globe. I have raised $350 which I am donating through The Water Project to a specific water project in Rwanda. It will fund the construction of wells and will take about 6-8 months to complete. This will help the people of Rwanda tremendously. That’s why I think that The Water Project, Inc is a very good organization. So please take some time to visit its website- thewaterproject.org.

Thanks,
Nikhil Dutt



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Donor

Rating: 4

My name is Elizabeth and I am twelve years old. I had to pick a world issue for english and I had to do something about it. I chose to raise money so that I could help people in india and africa get clean water. The project ended up being fun and taught me a lesson. The lesson: be thankful for what you have.

2 Kaylee K.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is awesome because it allows users to safely donate/raise money to support the huge water concerns in Africa. Not only do they build wells for communities in need, but also maintain them.

A really unique characteristic is that people can purchase products (water bottles, coffee mugs, etc.) and 100% of the money from those go towards the water projects.

Another great thing is that the person donating money can select how much money goes to the actual community vs the governing needs of the organization, so people can feel secure that the money they donate goes to good use!

Grayson G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The water project is an amazing oppurtunity to support and provide clean water to those in need.

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Donor

Rating: 4

My husband and I sponsor several children in Africa and understand the need for clean water in many places. As such, we have sponsored our first well in Kenya.

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info 03/23/2011

Thanks for the comments and encouragement! In case you missed it, our "See" section is packed with updates and up-to-the-minute reports from all our water projects. Every donor can find their own project by ID# or email address. Please do let us know if you're having trouble finding yours. We'd be glad to help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The water Project is a great orginisation. I found them in 2010 and have been working with them since. I started a campaign at Rockford High School and raised over a $1,000. Which inspired alot of people. I still recive donations in the mall from people I dont know. And emails for interviews. Giving such a simple thing as a few bucks can change a persons life, just by giving them clean water. I would highly recomend doing it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I do not have any specific experience with this organization, but the follow up story on The World mentions some issues.

http://www.theworld.org/2010/06/problem-with-the-playpump/

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info 03/23/2011

Thanks for posting a review, but I think you have the wrong organization. The Water Project does not install PlayPumps.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donated to build a well this christmas to give the gift of water and the results were unimaginable! I love the ease and assurity that comes with donating and spreading the word. It is however a little hard to track my wells progress and i have recieved no word from the ater project about it!

Ness M.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The Water Project is a great organization. For every $10 donated it will help a person in another place for 10 years. Every person deserves clean water. On the website, you can make your own fundraising site to help raise money to make a difference. There are many activities avaliable so you can spread awareness. The thing that I don't really like is that there are only a few activities. But overall, the site is great.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the third year I have been involved with the water project. Our church is very small but the program motivated us to raise over $2,000. The bracelettes provided by the water project are a wonderful visual aid and reminder for anyone involved to keep in mind their mission. We had old and young members of the church involved and donations were made by everyone. I used video clips provided by the website to inform and enspire our congregation. There is a lot of material to read and learn from in order to run an informational and effective campaign. Water is the basis for so many things; food, thirst, crops, livestock, and hygene. When a town gets a clean water source, they can improve all aspects of their lives. I believe this cherity is ideal to support because it solves so many problems that exist. Instead of the typical band-aid approach to mission work, this organization is providing a lasting solution. I would recommend the water project to any church or organization that wants to make a lasting difference in the lives of others.

Amber S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My teacher adopted a child from Africa and I learned how bad the conditions were there. I was so sad that so many children died because they didn't have clean water to drink. I wanted to do something to help them.

I have loved working with the Water Project. They provide so much support to make it easy to raise money to build a well. It is such a wonderful organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

most of us take water for granted. we shouldn't because people all over the world might not have water. this project helps build wells and give water to africa and india where clean water is most needed.

Ryan C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i joined the water project to make a difference and this site has enhanced my experiance in giving beyond comprhension. it has mae it easy and convieniet for me to donate and spread the word!
Thank You Water Project ! !
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Donor

Rating: 4

My name is Madison. I am 19 years old and I live in Canada.
I believe that when you have something in life, you should share it.
So why wouldnt you share your basic need of water?
I started a fundraiser page and I plan on raising enough money to build an entire well.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Water Project is so cool. I found this iste by trying to help Africa becasue my school inpired me too. This site has inspired me in bieng the Chnage!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Greetings.....

this charity really helps the developing countries to get safe and clean water for the people , because there are thousands of people die because of the dirty water per day........ in my opinion this charity is very useful for young people and teenagers to give alot of ideas and helping to save water ...... for me I felt really happy when I see this website and join in this wonderful project and experience .... I joined in this charity to learn more about the water proplem in some countries and I deeply hope that make a little difference but Iwill always give my best to help these people , who dream every night that tomorrow they will open the tap and the water will comes out ...THANKS "The water project" because you have learnt , shown and given me alot thank you !!

Pajama B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

Here is our clean H2O awareness radio station campaign link.

I am all for it. It is the most important issue since the "oil crisis".

http://www.indiegogo.com/CleanWatershedWorldwideRadioCampaign

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Donor

Rating: 5

There are really so many water-related organizations out there. You've got Charity:Water, Blood:Water, Water.org, and many many others. All of them, of course, do fantastic work. The reason I would recommend The Water Project specifically is this: The price of a well in India through The Water Project is only $1500 (more in Africa). The other water organizations I've mentioned above have wells that cost upwards of $5000. As co-chair of the student-run organization "Performers for Progress," I oversaw/directed a student benefit show that raised $5100 for The Water Project. Incredibly, this was enough for THREE wells (serving 2200 people in total). Whenever we called the organization with questions we had, it was always Peter Chasse, the president and founder, who answered our questions. I don't know for sure, but I imagine that with these larger organizations, getting in contact with an organization's founder is nearly impossible. The Water Project also posted photos on their site and gave us updates about the work being done. It is a truly incredible organization.