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55 Water NGOs You Should Know

Fresh, clean water is a limited resource around the world. Although most of the planet is covered in water, it is salt water that cannot be consumed easily. Therefore preserving water is extremely important. There are numerous NGO’s working on water crisis on a day to day basis. Crisis such as droughts limit access to clean and fresh water. This means that people need to reduce their water use. In some areas of the world, access to water is limited due to contamination. Therefore conservation of water is needed. Here is a list of great water NGOs that help people on a day to day basis to get acces to clean water.

This list of Water NGOs is not exhaustive. But it underlines how much help is needed all over the globe. We are putting a great emphasis on the fact that this list is incomplete. Please note that we recognize the important work done by any other organization that is not mentioned herein. Should you have in mind an organization that should be added to this list, please let us know via Twitter.  

NGOs from around the world committed to preserve water

Safe drinking water is a global concern, and NGOs are working tirelessly to help communities in developing nations establish water sources and/or purify water for parasites and dangerous waterborne illnesses. These illnesses threaten whole families, but those most in danger are children. They often have to walk miles every day to find and carry water in very heavy cans back to their villages. This task may take many hours and prevents children from going to school or from having energy to work on school homework. They also travel these long distances on dangerous roads.  NGOs are trying to help families keep their children safe and in school. The families need safe water for drinking, cooking and staying healthy, and NGOs strive to help with these essential life necessities. They are scattered among many organizations that participate in the WASH program, the collective term for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.

Acts

Acts’ mission is to help bring safe water to Ugandans. There are 84 million people in Uganda who do not have safe drinking water. 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. These children often miss school for long periods due to typhoid, cholera and diarrhea from waterborne pathogens. Healthy children are the hope and future of the Ugandan people.

Bloodwater

Bloodwater works is an NGO 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 access and use clean water.

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. These water NGO partnerships range from community-driven projects in the San Joaquin Valley in California that is threatened by ground water contamination to draught-plagued Mahandulwadi Village in India. They partner with The Samburu Project in the Samburu District in Kenya working to find ways to clean water, promote growth and education − to name just a few.

Care

As with many of the agencies working to improve water and life conditions, CARE partners with local governments to achieve its goals of clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Especially for girls and women. They spend less time caring for the sick due to poor WASH. Women have more time then to generate income − another of CARE’s goals − and girls have more time for school.  So political action can produce sustainable policies regarding CARE’s wider reach into nutrition, agriculture, food, security and education and to include women’s voices in these policies. Partnering with Lowlands WASH, funded by USAID, is a model project for countries where water and food insecurities are major challenges.

Circle of Blue

World Economic Forum, 2018: “The world’s capacity to respond to water securities risk is in doubt”. So Circle of Blue makes its reporting a trusted advocate for change in climate agreements, urban policy and citizen activity. They do this from Davos to Beijing, from Washington to the Vatican. The challenge of this century is water, and Circle of Blue supplies information and encourages collaboration to meet this challenge, e.g. reporting Tehuacán: Divining Destiny − water scarcity and human migration in Mexico (funded by Ford Foundation).

Clean Water for Tahiti

Clean Water for Tahiti is a another water NGO that provides biosand filters for the people of Tahiti, trains the Tahitian parents and their children to use only treated water. Tahitian politicians are trained as well to promote only treated water use. This improves community health and dignity as it gives parents time to support their families. In this way they can generate more income for food, schooling and daily expenses. Its mantra: Empowering. Improving. Sustaining.

Cleanwaterfund.org

Based in Washington, DC, the Clean Water Fund is a water NGO that helps more than 15 states in the U.S. with water issues by building programs in diverse communities with a common goal: to improve water, environmental conditions, and prevent or clean up health-threatening pollution. Working with people, for the people and by the people − its governing agents.

Charitywater.org

All of charity: water‘s funds of private donations go into the field. And they can prove it. One of their projects funded by Google was deploying sensors in the field to measure the flow of clean water in all of their locations throughout the world. See online map of these projects.

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 drinking water, safe sanitation and hygiene education. 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 ensures 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. They build wells and 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.

Generosity Water

This water NGO believes that people matter. And so with that fundamental value, they sell water to raise funds. One case provides two people with clean water for a year. So that’s two less people out of the 663 million people in the world who do not have access to drinking water.

Globalwater.org

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 with local NGOs, to provide funded technical help and equipment, and to follow up on implementation of the program. Well drilling in Africa and hand washing stations in a healthy schools program in Central America are among their many projects. One of its adjunct goals is to provide emergency crisis help with volunteers who have special training.

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.

Globalwaterchallenge.org

Global Water Challenge (GWC) connects organizations water NGO’s 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.

Globalwaterleaders.org

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

H2O for life

Kids in the US 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 safe water and 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 globally as they grow up.

Healing Waters

Through God’s love in at-risk communities, this organization empowers people not just to survive but also to thrive. Clean water solutions are how they minister to people in the world.

The Gender and Water Alliance

This is a global network promoting equal access for both men and women to manage and have control over water as a basic right for all. Poverty eradication and sustainability remain its umbrella goals. Read about their programs here.

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 of the leadership of the country’s director.

IRCWash

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 affect 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 ranging from Burkina Faso to Latin America.

The International Water Management Institute

“A water-secure world” is the mission of The International Water Management Institute (IWMI). They are based in Colombo, Sri Lanka with offices across Asia and Africa to work with many development agencies, individual farmers and private sector organizations and scientists. The organization brings new technological advances in satellite imaging, computer modeling and data analysis to deliver solutions to poverty alleviation, social inclusion and sustainable natural resource management. Among the many successes of the organization is the Hyderabad Declaration of Wastewater Use in Agriculture. This project presented research on wastewater irrigation in India and Pakistan.

International Office for Water

The International Office for Water (IOWater) is a nonprofit association based in Paris, France and focuses on innovation for better water management in France, Europe and the world. As with many of the water management professionals, they provide scientific data to monitor technical advances in sustainable water treatment, training for water professionals and help with legal, economic and institutional issues of water management in interested countries. One of their many projects was helping STEP improve the efficiency of oil separators upstream of water arrival control, flow management and potential investment in the project.

Just a Drop

Grassroots support of global communities who wish to improve safe water solutions is Just a Drop’s mission. They assist in construction of hand-dug and drilled wells and dams, rainwater harvesting systems and 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.

Life From Water

Founded in Egypt in 2011, Life From Water has provided poor people with clean sustainable water solutions focusing on regional needs − digging wells and installing water purifying and plumbing systems. They now have an office in Germany that focuses on innovation, fundraising and control of their operations across Africa. In accordance with the UN vision of providing everyone in the world with drinking water by 2030, they are working hard to accomplish this people-empowering goal.

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 in communities of indigenous people in Uganda and Ethiopia using volunteer professionals and local staff helping “one family at a time”. Read about “Women and Water: Tibka’s Story” on the website. Installation of hand pumps for safe water in her village allowed her to have time to attend school, and to make a living by creating native baskets to sell to pay for her college studies in veterinary medicine.

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.

Millenium Water Alliance

Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) was formed in 2003 in response to goals that then Secretary of State, Colin Powell. He announced as a U.S. goal to reduce by half 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.

The Nature Conservancy

As stated in its mission statement, their goal is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. They partner with local staff, 600 scientists, individuals and governments, nonprofits and corporations to achieve this monumental goal in 72 countries. One of its critical projects is to rally people to be a part of the solution to the challenges of a climate change.

OK Clean Water Project

The villages of Kumbo, Cameroon benefit from the OK Clean Water Project. The villagers need clean water to reduce waterborne diseases and improve living conditions. As just one example, clean water helped the mother of the Moto family support her six children after her husband died. She makes and sells corn beer. Clean water is essential for her livelihood.

Project Water for Life

Fledging volunteers at Florida State University started in 2017 to offer their skills as future engineers and physicians to provide clean water for impoverished regions throughout the world. A big challenge? Yes, but they have a big vision and will partner with a conglomerate of elected locals to provide wells ad local training in security and disbursement of the water. We wish them luck!

Pump Aid Beyond Water

“Turn on a tap, open a bottle, flush a toilet.” Sound simple? Not so simple to provide sustainable water solutions 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.

Pure Water for The World

Safe water changes everything 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 and hygiene to school children − the joy, the hope, the future. Read their “Water-Blogged” to find out more.

Ryan’s Well Foundation

Hurrah for Mrs. Priest who told her first-grade class about how kids in Africa had to walk miles for water and sometimes even died drinking dirty water. Without her, Ryan wouldn’t have become obsessed with earning enough money to build a well in Uganda. Well, his folks let him do chores to earn $70 and then his friends and family chipped in to cover the cost of the well, which was $2,000. Ryan still advocates for clean water as an adult who has studied international development and speaks all over the world and through his foundation.

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.

The Stockholm International Water Institute

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is a water institute that strengthens water governance and its decision-makers globally. Its Stockholm Water Symposium that began under the patronage of H.M.King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is the world’s leading annual water event and continues to offer a prestigious water award and another prize to juniors to foster future generations of water conservationists. It also hosts many flagship programs to garner world attention and support for clean water.

Voss Foundation

Well-digging − creation or rehabilitation − pumping and piping are among the projects that the Voss Foundation funds and then attends to the local requests for a range of needs like bringing clean water to schools and infirmaries, agriculture and irrigation, micro-finance and education. Its hope is that the success of these projects will be lasting and passed on to generations of people in sub-Saharan Africa.

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 education in schools and sends teams to handle emergencies like the Mualevu District School that lost its school library when category 5 cyclone Winston hit Fiji in 2016.

The Last Well

To eliminate water scarcity in Liberia is The Last Well’s goal, all done in Jesus’ name. They and their followers are determined to be agents of change for those underserved and impoverished people as well as the entire nation of Liberia − to be accomplished by the year 2020.

The Water Project.org

“Real Problems. Real People. Real Impact.” That’s what The Water Project is all about. This water NOG and their partners (“one partner at a time”) serve sub-Saharan Africa’s children, families and especially the women and children who fetch water daily wasting time that could be devoted to studies and/or small businesses. Breaking the cycle of poverty in this region is a constant overriding goal for this organization − keeping the water flowing with real-time monitoring. These African people need wells, sand dams, and medical clinics − all circling around the need for water.

The World Resources Institute

Six critical goals of this institute to secure a sustainable future are: climate change awareness, affordable energy systems, reduction of eco-friendly food production to feed 9.6 billion people by 2050, reducing forest loss, achieve a water-secure future by monitoring global water risks, and to maximize urban transport solutions to minimize their impact on cities. Read their weekly WRI Digest for progress on these goals.

The Water Trust

Three safe-water access executives founded this trust that is now an independent NGO. Their field teams build latrines, drill wells, harvest rainwater, protect springs, teach hand washing, and help parents understand the need for children to have clean water. These empower people to take better care of themselves, e.g. the Karungi-Kyababyara project that will provide subsistence farmers the water and sanitation they need to survive.

Water.org

Water credit: 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, water 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. Dit you know this water NGO was co-founded by movie-star Matt Damon?

Water Access Now

Nine million people in Ghana lack clean and sustainable water. Water Access Now is committed to breaking the cycle of waterborne illness and time spent fetching often unclean water, especially women and children. To validate the success of its program, they bring volunteers to participate in the ribbon cutting and joyous celebration of villagers as the first water spills out of its first bore hole. Hope abounds as the villagers and guests dance, rejoice and share in the bounty of water.

Water Sanitation Program

Twenty-five countries are served at local and national levels through regional offices in Africa, East and South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and in, Washington D.C. Water and Sanitation Program is part of the World Bank’s multi-donor water program to promote safe water and sanitation to the world’s poor. 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 sustained good service.

Wateraid

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 newest members of this coalition to bring water to everyone.

Water for People

“Everyone Forever” is the name of this water NGO’s impact model.  What they do differently is ask and enlist the help of local people, NGOs and governments, partially fund water projects, monitor and gather nearby communities to adopt this strategy of clean water for all. One of its successful monitoring projects is Field Level Operations Watch (FLOW) that can be used to track water points but could also be used to track local infrastructure.

Water is Basic

Water is Basic call themselves “water warriors” and invite you to become one too, whether it’s on the board, as a fundraiser or a pipe loader. This water NGO is a Sudanese borehole drilling organization formed when religious leaders gathered in 2006 to bring peace and then water to all of its citizens. They now have brought clean water solutions to 10% of the South Sudan population and continue to grow and work with organizations working in other parts of Africa. Watch their award-winning video documentary Ru: Water is Life on the website. Or run their Carry the Jerry road race to raise awareness of the reality of carrying a full jerry can long distances.

Water is Life

Bringing safe water to 1 billion people by 2020 is monumental goal of Water is Life. The New Age Beverage Co. and other partners are joining this effort for all of these 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”.

Water to Thrive

Faith-based in Austin, TX and compassionately committed to bringing clean, safe water to rural Africa, this water NGO now serves Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda, gathering funds to partner with those in Africa who are in the field. More than 250,000 village people have been brought clean, safe water and there are more yet to be served in East Africa.

Well Constructed

The Upper East Region of Ghana benefits from clean water provided by the efforts of Well Constructed. In partnership with local communities and contractors, it builds and maintains wells. This is a fledgling organization that has funded construction of twenty wells that provide 15,000 villagers access to clean water (started in 2015). And its goal is to continue this good work with the help of Amazon that will donate 0.5 % of the purchase price of items you buy.

Wells of Life

Nick Jordan grew up in Wexford, Ireland without access to clean water. He and his mother had to walk to a well to get water. So Nick became instrumental in starting Wells of Life to bring clean water to villagers in Uganda. As a faith based Irish charity, it raises funds to partner with Fields of Life, an NGO with a 20-year track record of building and monitoring wells in the area.

Wells Bring Hope

An all-volunteer water NGO except for its Director of Operations, Wells Bring Hope has financed 497 wells and given hope with clean water to 500,481 lives. Started in 2008 by Barbara Goldberg as a community group for personal and cultural enrichment. They listened to a talk by Gil Garetti (still making those talks) about the need for clean water in Niger and decided to take action and partnered with World Vision who drills and monitors wells and educates villagers in such sustainable practices as drip farming and using “gray water” for growing and selling vegetables. Partnering with World Vision makes each dollar raised equal to $5!

World Vision

World Vision has a 60-year history of partnering with donors in the United States and around the world to drill and monitor wells and 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. Obviously, a worthy and lasting endeavor. More about World Vision and their great work in this article.

World Water Council

The World Water Council focuses on the geopolitical aspects of critical water issues, such as increasing awareness of water needs in high-level decision makers. It is a unique platform with a goal of helping authorities manage water resources and encourage efficient water use globally. One of its tenets is an annual World Water Forum that brings together global decision makers. They can collaborate and make long-term progress in global water challenges. Institutions, private sectors, academia, and civil society come together to validate approaches to this challenge, as well as innovation to new water challenges.

World Wildlife Fund

“Fresh water species are declining at an alarming rate of 76%, ” says the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). So protecting fresh water from climate change, population growth and consumption needs is its mission. Although this is not a water NGO World Wildlife fund partners with governments, businesses, and international financial institutions to carry out this goal. In this way they make sure that all life that needs fresh water, the world’s most precious resource, will have access to it.

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