Charity: Water

There are 663 million people on the planet who don’t have clean water. That’s twice the number of people who live in the United States, or 1 in every 10 people worldwide. Every day these people carry 80 pounds of water in fuel cans back to their homes and villages, or dig in the sand with their children for water, or they wait in line for eight hours at a well for their turn.

Time spent gathering water often keeps children out of school, and takes up time that parents could be using to earn money for their families. The water itself often carries diseases that can make everyone sick, resulting in more time lost. For these 663 million people, access to clean water means education, income, and health – especially for women and children.

Charity: Water is a nonprofit organization that brings clean, safe drinking water to people in 24 countries around the globe. They work with local experts and community members to find, and install, the best sustainable solution – whether it’s a well, a piped system, a BioSand Filter, or a system to harvest and purify rainwater.

Since 2006, they’ve funded over 23,000 water projects, and provided clean water to over 7 million people. Charity: Water also takes care of the systems they’ve already built, to ensure all the water projects continue to provide clean water to communities long after they are installed. Community members are trained to make minor repairs to their water project, but when complex repairs are needed, Pipeline mechanics are there to help.

Pipeline is a system of local leaders, innovative technology, and trained mechanics who work together to keep the water flowing. The Pipeline program trains and equips hundreds of local mechanics to respond to repair calls from surrounding villages, and provides them with a stable source of income. These mechanic teams will be responsible for 50-100 water projects in their area.