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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

90 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

9 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.

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.

2

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.

Comments ( 1 )

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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!

1

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.