Mission: To unlock human potential by providing provable, reliable access to clean water and proper sanitation in communities in sub-Saharan Africa.
About the Organization: Founded in 2007, the provides training, expertise, and financial support to address the lack of access to clean water — which negatively affects community health, educational opportunities, and food production and contributes to a cycle of poverty — in sub-Saharan Africa. The organization's work is especially significant for women and girls, as typically they are the ones responsible for fetching water — a task that leaves little time for school. In addition, girls tend to drop out of school once they reach puberty if the school lacks proper toilets. As a result, the lack of clean water and proper sanitation across much of the region contributes to inequality in educational opportunities for girls and, in turn, fewer economic opportunities as they get older.
Current Programs: The organization works closely with local in-country teams and implementation to develop and provide training around clean water projects — including wells, sand dams, rainwater catchments, and spring protection. While many of the pumps installed by other (well-intentioned) groups often break down and are abandoned, the Water Project emphasizes the reliability and sustainability of its technology, as well as the agency of individual communities in choosing which type of project to implement and the end-to-end transparency of the process. The latter begins with and includes , , , and . The Water Project currently works in more than a half dozen countries, including Burkina Faso, Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and Uganda, and gives donors the option to help crowdfund , sponsor an entire project, or invest in a regional program.
Website: Visitors to the Water Project can explore many of its projects on an interactive ; watch about the organization's work; read ; or support the organization and its work by making a , becoming a , funding a , or holding a . They also can learn about (and browse related ), the importance of in breaking the cycle of poverty, and the links between water and , , and ; and/or browse about global water issues as well as the impact of the water crisis on specific countries. In addition, the site provides water-related for K-12 teachers, including free , field guides, reading lists, and activities for all grades.
Funding: The Water Project is funded by foundations and individuals.