Water Charity Spotlight: The Water Project

by wfnblog on December 28, 2011

WaterFiltersNET Water Charity Spotlight: The Water Project LogoAs another expression of our core commitment to Improve Water and the World, WaterFilters.NET is lifting up the work of major water charities. Here is one of ten non-profits to which we recently contributed.

The Water Project, Inc. is a non-profit bringing relief to communities around the world who are needlessly suffering from a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation. Presently, the Water Project has assisted over 125,000 people to gain improved access to safer water and sanitation, through their work on over 250 projects.

The Water Project’s current efforts focus on community-building: raising up volunteers and funds to collect rainwater, as well as to construct wells and filtration systems throughout Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Uganda. Previously projects included funding work in Cameroon, Haiti, and India. Their work began after receiving first-hand reports from friends in Kenya about the devastating effects of the lack of clean drinking water in communities where they were living and working. It began with “a few inspired teens and adults” in August 2006, and continues today with thousands of new volunteers and donors who have heard “a compelling call to action.” The growth of their movement is a testament to the impact a few voices can have.

The Water Project leadership team is committed to telling stories: “the story of water, the story of change, and the story of hope.” These stories motivate individuals to give the money needed to support water projects at schools, medical centers, churches and other public places in developing countries. Getting people involved is the first step. From there, the Water Project connects donors and volunteers directly to the projects and the people doing the work. They model transparency with their funds, showing where every dollar is spent, as well as the outcome. Even when a project doesn’t work out, they report the outcome. As they say: “After all, this work isn’t easy.”

The Water Project’s partners around the world identify, implement, and report on every work project. With monies raised, partners in the field get to work digging and doing the needed construction to provide clean, safe water efficiently and sustainably. In order to ensure long-term success of their work, these same partners follow up by organizing and training with local community members.

As a Christian faith-based organization, the Water Project responds to the call to “provide a cup of cold water” to those who are thirsty. They note, however, that they work “with everyone, for everyone”  because “belief motivates our action [and] doesn’t limit our reach.” The organization is committed to integrity grounded in “the assurance that lives can be truly changed.”

Check out the charity’s website here.

Learn more about our Water Filters for Charity program here.

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