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30 NGOs providing sanitation in developing countries

Safe drinking water is a global concern. Numerous NGOs are working tirelessly to help communities in developing nations establish water sources. NGOs help to purify water for parasites and dangerous waterborne illnesses. Along with this is an effort to provide sanitation facilities for villages. This involves digging latrines, building toilets or designating places to defecate rather than indiscriminate use of land for this purpose. NGOs help families learn about proper sanitation. The families not only need safe water for drinking, cooking and staying healthy, but they also need instruction and help in sanitation. Many organizations participate in the WASH program, the collective term for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.

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30 NGOs providing sanitation in developing countries

Please note that this alphabetical list of NGOs providing sanitation facilities is not exhaustive. It underlines how much help is needed all over the world. We are putting a great emphasis on the fact that this list is incomplete. We do recognize the important work done by any other organization not mentioned herein. Should you know an organization that should be added to this list, please let us know via Twitter.  


Acts’ mission is to help bring sanitation to Ugandans. The World Health Association estimates that 3.6% of the diseases worldwide could be prevented by improvement in water supply, sanitation, and hygiene. Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness. A source of clean water also helps mothers keep their children − especially young girls − in school. Healthy children are the hope and future of the Ugandan people.


Bloodwater works throughout Africa to help support technical, organization, and financial efforts ongoing in these communities. From the most humble projects like thrones (toilets) to the epidemic of HIV/AIDS crises, NGOs have helped over one million people in Africa to learn about proper sanitation.

Blue Planet Network

As part of the Thrive Networks, Blue Planet Network focuses on connecting organizations that fund clean water, sanitation, and hygiene projects through the developed and developing world. Its milestones include 110 organizations working on water and sanitation access in 27 countries, and they track 1,950 member projects on water and sanitation. These partnerships range from the Apac District in Uganda to The Samburu Project in the Samburu District in Kenya. These NGOs are working to find ways to clean water, promote growth and education in areas of hygiene and sanitation − to name just a few.

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As with many of the agencies working to improve water and life conditions in developing countries, CARE partners with local governments to achieve its goals of sanitation through the WASH program especially for girls and women. The CARE Water + Team Partnering with Lowlands WASH, funded by USAID, is a model project for countries where sanitation is a significant challenge.

Clean Water for Haiti

Clean Water for Haiti not only provides biosand filters for the people of Haiti, and trains the Haitian parents and their children to use just treated water. They provide education in sanitation with follow-up visits to local Haitians. This improves community health and dignity as it gives parents time to support their families and to generate more income for food, schooling, and daily expenses. Its mantra: Empowering. Improving. Sustaining.

All of Charity: waters funds of private donations go into the field. And they can prove it. One of their projects is building latrines to improve sanitation. See the online map of these projects.

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Dig Deep

Ndanai, a city in the Bomet County of Kenya is the base of Dig Deep’s Africa programs of WASH in schools. This work includes safe sanitation. Its success is, in part, due to its partnership with the Maa Trust whose mission is to ensure the long-term conservation of the Maasai Mara ecosystem. Partnering with the Bomet County Government also provides the success of Dig Deep’s mission.

Drop In The Bucket

“Life. Just Add Water” is the slogan used by Drop in The Bucket. Its mission is to improve child health, increase education attendance and promote gender equality through safe water programs. In addition to building wells, they provide access to sanitation systems at schools throughout sub-Saharan Africa. This all started when TV producer Stacey Travis asked how she could help the doctors who traveled to Uganda to help sick kids. They said, “It’s the water . . .” And so it began.


The program at Global Water is designed to enable the rural poor to help themselves. So Global Water developed a model called Rural Outreach Water Supply Program (ROWS) to help organize clean water projects and build sanitation facilities, such as latrines to create safe waste disposal while providing dignity to rural villagers.

Global Water Foundation

The ultimate goal of the Global Water Foundation is providing safe, healthy, drinking water and adequate sanitation in areas where it is not available or where accessibility and supply have been compromised. They do this with a charitable trust. See a video of their successful projects.

Global Water Challenge (GWC) connects organizations to tackle the world’s most pressing challenge of access to clean water. Among their many connections are Sustainable WASH that has been successful in reversing the inevitable failure of 30% of the WASH projects. Read more about these connections and successes.

This group of dedicated leaders brings together CEOs of water utilities and agencies to help solve the world’s water challenges. They were given the mandate to come up with solutions to the waste of inadequate water and sanitation. The report can be found here.

H2O for life

Kids in the US are reaching kids in a partner school in the developing world! This innovative idea has raised over 3.2 million dollars matched by partners to provide not only safe water but also for sanitation for over 295,000 students in the developing world. Its fundamental approach teaches students that they can make a difference in people’s lives. By giving a little time, a lot of thought, and some TLC, kids will make a lasting effect on how they will connect as they grow up.

Initiative EAU

The EAU Initiative targets developing urban regions with their programs of drinking water safety and quality, along with sanitation. Donald Brooks and Christina Long decided to start this initiative by organizing its first annual Peace, Water, and Wisdom Race in Bangor, ME to support its premier water project in Burkina Faso. And it has expanded to six global areas with its latest in Nigeria under the leadership of the country’s director. Since 2013 the EAU Initiative has become a partner of the Global Water Partnership.

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Universal global access to clean water by 2030 is the mission of IRCWash. This organization partners with WaterAid and Water for People in promoting change necessary to reach this goal. “Leaving no one behind” is the Dutch sector professionals’ symposium on how to reach and prioritize the most vulnerable. IRCWash is celebrating its 50th anniversary in December of 2018 of successful advocacy and support for global WASH programs that include sanitation ranging from Burkina Faso to Latin America.

Just a Drop

Grassroots support of global communities who wish to improve safe water solutions is Just a Drop’s mission. They assist in not only construction of hand-dug and drilled wells and dams, rainwater harvesting systems but in latrines, hygiene, and sanitation and monitor these systems for a minimum of seven years after completion. Their current work is focused in Cambodia, India, Kenya, Nicaragua, Uganda, and Zambia. Since 1998, over 1.4 million people in 32 countries have received their expert help.

Lifewater international

One Christian man’s vision 50 years ago of providing safe drinking water to orphans in Mexico has blossomed into a thriving organization that helps vulnerable children and families. It has now adopted WASH with the component of sanitation in communities of indigenous people in Uganda and Ethiopia using volunteer professionals and local staff helping “one family at a time.” Read their latest story on clean water and safe latrines here.


Living Water International

Training programs for Kenyans in shallow well drilling, pump repair, and hygiene education has been the focus of this group of dedicated Christian people since Living Water International’s inception in 1990. A group from Houston, Texas had traveled to Kenya and had seen firsthand the Kenyan’s desperate plight of waterborne illness and poverty caused by lack of unclean water. Their focus on sanitation has helped more than 2 billion people gain access to a sanitation facility. However, their work is not done because they estimate that another 2.4 billion people still lack access to sanitation facilities such as flush toilets, piped sewers, or even a ventilated pit latrine.

Millenium Water Alliance

Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) was formed in 2003 in response to goals set by the Secretary of State, Colin Powell. He announced as a U.S. goal the reduction by half for the people without access to clean water and sanitation by 2015. Two years ahead of schedule, this organization has continued to offer sustainable solutions through “advocacy, shared knowledge and collaborative programming” in Ethiopia, Kenya and five countries in Central America. Kenya’s 5-year partnership with MWA is only one example of a program to increase access to water and sanitation for people, water for livestock, and a healthy rangeland ecosystem.

Pump Aid Beyond Water

“Turn on a tap, open a bottle, flush a toilet.” Sound simple? Not so simple to provide sustainable water solutions, including sanitation to over 9,500 rural sub-Saharan people, but that’s what this organization has accomplished in its twenty years of work around the world. Funded by the UK Dept. for International Development, UNICEF and other donors, including Thirsty Planet, Pump Aid Beyond Water has received success in their goal to provide clean, safe and protected water points and water pumps. They have even won prestigious awards acknowledging this success.

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Pure Water for The World

Clean water practices and proper sanitation are essential to thriving communities says Pure Water for the World. They serve rural and underserved communities with high incidences of waterborne diseases and limited resources. WASH in the schools is one of their focal points. They have revived BioSand filters in these communities and provided education about water safety, hygiene and proper sanitation to school children − the joy, the hope, the future. Read their “Water-Blogged” to find out more.

Thirst Relief

Thirst Relief is all about water and states its mission as changing lives through clean water solutions. These include clean water and also the knowledge of and access to proper sanitation that will be passed down from children to their children and grandchildren in eight countries. For example, life expectancy in Cameroon is 54, and to change that, Thirst Relief provided access to clean water and education about proper hygiene and sanitation.

Voss Foundation

Well-digging − creation or rehabilitation − pumping and piping are among the projects that the Voss Foundation funds. Take, for example, Ethiopia, one of the poorest and most populated countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Joint monitoring with the Voss Foundation estimates that 63% of Ethiopians use an unimproved water source and unimproved sanitation facility. Its programs attend to the local requests for a range of needs like bringing clean water to schools and infirmaries, agriculture and irrigation, micro-finance and education. It hopes that the success of these projects will be lasting and passed on to generations of Ethiopians.

Unicef WASH

Adopted by Unicef, this program has been touted worldwide as the gold standard of providing access to clean water, education about separating human waste from contact with its people, and basic hygiene like simple washing with soap. It provides sanitation education in schools and sends teams to handle emergencies like the Mualevu District School that lost its school library when category five cyclone Winston hit Fiji in 2016.

The Water

“Real Problems. Real People. Real Impact.” That’s what The Water Project is all about. They and their partners (“one partner at a time”) serve sub-Saharan Africa’s children and families. One of their sanitation projects was the protection of The Chemase Spring that led to a clean compound, and the people now wash their hands after visiting latrines.

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A small impact is an innovative approach to providing clean water to people who need it. Water equity is distributed as a small loan that is to be repaid. To fund these loans, New Ventures collaborates with them to provide not only resources but also funds to research develop and explore new approaches to solving the water crisis. Water’s other aim is to engage world leaders, corporations, NGOs, thought leaders, governments and the people living in the water crisis to create lasting change. The list of partners is extensive, and one example of a successful model of microfinancing for sanitation in households is the model India has developed through its Clean India campaign.

Sanitation Program

This World Bank’s multi-donor water program promotes safe water and sanitation to the world’s poor. Twenty-five countries are served at local and national levels. One of its primary missions is to produce an end-of-year report with lessons learned to how to balance political economy payoffs in favor of continued good service. Read more on the World Bank’s Water Blog.


Begun as a charity in the 1980s because no other such organization existed, WaterAid now reaches 24.9 million people (and counting) with decent toilets and 16.7 million with good hygiene. These statistics make its 2015 goal to reach everyone a reality. Watch for new countries to partner with WaterAid on the website. WaterAid Japan and WaterAid India are the latest members of this coalition to bring water, sanitation, and good hygiene to everyone.

Water is Life

Bringing safe water to 1 billion people by 2020 is the great goal of Water is Life. Other partners are joining the Water is Life effort for people to have access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene programs. Ken made his first trip to Northern Kenya and South Sudan in 2006. He was disheartened by the misery he saw and decided to do something about it. His first project was a well in Kisumu, Kenya at an orphanage. He says, “Since then, WATERisLIFE has become expert in water filtration, turning back-packer knowledge into a water filter straw for children, amongst other feats.”

World Vision

World Vision has a 60-year history of partnering with donors in the United States. Around the world World Vision drills and monitors wells. The also educate villagers in such sustainable practices as drip farming and using “gray water” for growing and selling vegetables. Its ultimate goal is child well being − good health, education, love of God, and participation in their own care by sanitation and hygiene behaviors. A worthy and lasting endeavor. More about World Vision and their excellent work in this article.

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