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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

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

8 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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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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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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.

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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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 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.

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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!

Grayson G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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.

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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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 !!