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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

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

Donor

Rating: 5

I think that this charity is amazing in everyway. They are willing to help you to get donations in anyway you want,through media, schools and even churches and neighborhoods. I have trusted this charity to give all my school donations to, and they were woth the trust. Also i got all the details about my project as soon as the money arrived( photos, video and locations). If you want a charity to help, i recommend The Water Project so much

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does an incredible amount of good in this world. They have great communication about their projects so that we all know where our money is helping people. And they have great customer service if you have any questions or problems.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great cause. Good communication to show the work with projects on going and complete.

Donor

Rating: 1

I purchased $150 of gift cards for family and friends to donate back to the water project. I have been giving them out over the year with reusable water bottles. It was brought to my attention that none of these cards have valid URLs on them. The organization pocketed $150 of funds.

Comments ( 1 )

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info 09/07/2017

We're truly sorry that you experienced a temporary glitch on our website. As soon as it was brought our attention it was resolved. We hope you'll try those cards again and are able to see the impact of your gift! If you have any questions at all please contact us at info@thewaterproject.org so we can help you personally.

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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.

2 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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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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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.

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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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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!

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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!

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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.

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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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!

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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.

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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.