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Canadian charity working with a team in Uganda to help build Gravity Flow Systems - accessing clean spring water uphill from the communities they serve through pipes and reservoirs, letting gravity do the rest of the work.
In the Ismaili Muslim tradition of international service, the Aga Khan Foundation works to improve living conditions and development for the poor, regardless of origin or religion. Their water and sanitation projects have benefitted over 200,000 people in Pakistan alone. Search "water".
ADB’s main goal is to reduce poverty in Asia and the Pacific regions by providing loans and technical assistance for a broad range of development activities. ADB’s water policy recognizes the need for increasingly careful water management and development in Asia and the Pacific regions to sustain equitable economic growth and reduce poverty, and advocates a participatory approach in meeting the challenges of water conservation and protection in the region.
Canadian charity that provides training and consulting to organizations that work directly with populations in 68 developing countries who lack access to clean water and basic sanitation. By focusing on sharing knowledge and skills to local people in developing countries, CAWST has reached 9.3 million people globally with better access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. The Canadian government matches $3 to every $1 donated to CAWST.
Superior website. Non-profit organization that inspires giving and empowers others to fundraise for sustainable water solutions. Charity: Water has brough clean water to seven million people already. The have funded over 24,000 water projects, including wells, rainwater catchments, water purification systems, biosand filters and more. Tracks each project and reports to donors. Consider pledging your birthday or donating to a water project this year.
Helping children, families, and communities develop the skills and resources to overcome poverty and pursue justice. Visitors to the site can share in building a well for a community, a clean water project or the building of a rain water harvesting tank.
Free the Children/Me to We Water Initiative works in partnership with communities to implement the five pillars of education, clean water and sanitation, health, alternative income and livelihood, and agriculture and food security. They provide fundraising kits for both children and adults if you'd like to raise money for one of their projects.
This NGO fights hunger, disease and poverty through its Global Outreach Water Supply Program. Working with local partners and other non-profit water providers, it focuses on well-drilling in Africa and spring catchment systems, hand dug wells and school water stations in Central/South America. Also provides disaster relief.
Christian group works to bring clean, safe drinking water to poor rural communities by helping train community members to drill wells and build hand pumps. Also works to educate development workers in simple water technology and update them on the latest developments.
Church organization's work world-wide reflects the biblical call to care for the hungry and thirsty. Type "water" in search engine to learn about MCC's projects, including digging wells and building dams, rainwater collection systems, sanitation and hygiene training, and giving local people the skills to construct water pumps. Families or communities generally provide labour and pay back materials costs (into a rotating fund) over two years.
Cirque de Soleil founder, Guy Laliberté set up One Drop to fight poverty by raising awareness and involvement in water issues through large-scale projects to bring safe water suppplies to communities in developing countries.
Focuses on treating blindness in developing nations, but is also collaborating with organizations such as Rotary International to help eliminate the causes. "In a village in Zambia, the incidence of trachoma has dropped from 90% two years ago to 3% today? What changed? A new well with clean water. Villagers learned to wash their hands and faces to combat trachoma."
The US non-profit Paper For Water was founded and is run by three young sisters who have raised millions of dollars to construct clean water wells by offering origami thank you tokens in exchange for donations. Read the sisters' origin story and learn how the organization is building a new generation of entrepreneurs and philanthropists.
For most communities in developing countries, reliable access to safe drinking water is a daily concern and one which will only worsen in the face of climate change . Seres works to help communities in Central America overcome these challenges. Seres brings together people, ideas and resources to find socially just and environmentally sustainable solutions - whether through simple household water filters, low-cost solar hot water, agricultural water-conservation techniques or information about local climatic changes - "helping create resilient, thriving communities that are engaged, empowered and aware."
SWS sells simple disinfection and storage system for people in 19 developing countries whose wells, vendor sources, surface water or piped water is contaminated. Used by non-profit organizations such as CARE, chiefly for short-term solutions. Website provides interesting reading about water improvement and long-term sustainability through behaviour change.
United Nations Children's Fund site carries information and stories from children in the world today, as well as UNICEF's contributions to their welfare through the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Programmes. Since 1990, the United Nations agency has worked in more than 100 countries giving the gift of fresh water.
Teams in U.S. cities partner with teams from African water agencies and local water committees to complete safe water projects in rural villages. A secondary objective is to promote cultural bridges between American and African youth.
North American water professionals, NGOs and individuals sponsor projects to provide safe drinking water as a catalyst for greater community development in Bolivia, Equador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Malawi, Nicaragua, Peru, Rwanda and Uganda. WFP coaches and facilitates, local partners implement "simple, yet life-saving" means such as hand-pumps, school hand-washing stations, educational programs.
An inspiring woman convinced the right person that women and girls in Gonok Village, Ethiopia must have a better future than carrying water for four hours a day. A non-profit called A Glimmer of Hope challenged the consensus that it was impossible to build a deep well and constructed the largest solar-powered water project in the region.
Matt Damon and Gary White are co-founders. Since 1990, Water.org has worked with local partners to bring clean water and sanitation to communities in developing countries, employing innovative and traditional technologies, and sometimes microfinancing. WaterCredit provides loans to communities which require access to credit to pay for their own water systems. Loan paybacks are used to fund new projects. Sponsors include individuals, foundations, and corporations.
A charity dedicated to helping people escape the stranglehold of poverty and disease caused by living without safe water and sanitation. WaterAid works in partnership with local organizations in 35 countries to help poor communities establish sustainable water supplies and latrines. A link to each country reveals its statistics and unique stories. WaterAid also works to influence governments’ water and sanitation policies to serve the interests of vulnerable people.
Canadian organization sponsored by CIDA, individual donors and non-profit groups, helps local partners build small-scale, sustainable water and sanitation systems in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
World Vision Canada's Gift Catalogue offers the opportunity to buy a filter for a family ($50), a latrine for a community ($125), or a deep well providing water for as many as 500 children and families ($15,000 or a $2,500 share).