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Water.org
OVERVIEW
KEY FACTS
  • 780 million people lack access to clean water.
  • 3.4 million people die each year from water-related disease.
  • Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness.
  • Women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water.
  • More people have a mobile than a toilet.

Mission

To reach more people with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) faster and at a decreasing philanthropic cost per person.

Background

The water and sanitation problem in the developing world is far too big for charity alone. We are driving the water sector for new solutions, new financing models, greater transparency, and real partnerships to create lasting change. Our vision: Safe water and the dignity of a toilet for all in our lifetime.

Co-founded by Matt Damon and Gary White, Water.org is a nonprofit organization that has transformed hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation.

Water.org traces its roots to the founding of WaterPartners International in 1990. In July 2009, WaterPartners merged with H2O Africa, resulting in the launch of Water.org. Water.org works with local partners to deliver innovative solutions for long-term success. Its microfinance-based WaterCredit Initiative pioneers sustainable giving in the sector.

Program Philosophy

While drilling a well can be easy, delivering water and sanitation solutions that are sustainable in the long haul is not, and involves a number of important components. Water.org’s program philosophy has been refined based on field experience gained over the past twenty years.

The water and sanitation problem in the developing world is far too big for charity alone. At Water.org, we’re driving the water sector for new solutions, new financing models, greater transparency, and real partnerships to create lasting change.

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