There are currently 663 million people worldwide who do not have access to clean water. Furthermore, there are 2.4 billion people who do not have access to basic sanitation. The need is clearly tremendous. There are hundreds of organizations worldwide that provide clean, safe water for communities around the world. These four, however, truly stand out.
1) Charity: Water
Charity:Water has private donors who cover all of their operating costs. So, that means that all of the public’s donations go directly to providing clean, drinkable water to millions around the world. That’s a startling fact, but an awesome way to allow people to be involved. They even allow you to track your dollars donated with GPS. They provide all of their financial statements to you right on their homepage so that people can keep them accountable. So, instead of people around the world having to walk five miles to a murky pond for their water every day or waiting in line for eight hours at a water source to get their family’s fill, people can now stay in their villages to get their water, participate in education, and give to their communities.
Founders Gary White and Matt Damon have been working on Water.org since its beginning as WaterPartners International in 1990. Over the past twenty-five plus years, the organization has provided clean water and sanitation to men, women, and children in impoverished communities around the world. Although the need is great for clean water and sanitation worldwide, Water.org is not afraid to jump in and get their hands dirty.
3) Water Mission
Water Mission provides clean water and sanitation to the communities it serves. They provide “The Healthy Latrine,” which gives communities a modern toilet bowl that uses one liter of water to flush toilets. It separates the waste from the individual using the toilet, which provides a way for people to safely use the toilet without fear of disease. They also provide fresh and clean water sources to communities either through springs, rivers, or wells that they drill. They then “test, treat, store and protect the water.” Finally, they provide a way for people to access the water and use solar panels to power the entire operation.
WATERisLIFE (WiL) provides “safe water, proper sanitation and hygiene programs [to] households, schools, orphanages and medical facilities.” Providing water to a community, combined with teaching people proper hygiene, the amount of illnesses in a community will drop by over 33%. This fact is huge. Millions of people could be kept from certain death because of this. They also provide straws that filter water for short-term needs, while they come in to rescue a community with clean water.
With the water crisis being so truly terrible, the world is in dire straights. However, there is hope with organizations like these that provide such essential items and programs to people in poverty.