Elizabeth Chung
4 min

5 Nonprofits That Make Clean Water a Global Reality

On March 22, people around the world observe World Water Day. Water revolutionizes the health and future of entire societies, and for that very reason, many nonprofits have committed to bringing clean water solutions to global communities.

To celebrate World Water Day, we highlight a few organizations that have taken up the worthy cause as their own. Here are five nonprofits that are moving the needle on the issue, and whose campaigns are shedding light on the need for clean water around the world.

1. Generosity.org

Mission: Generosity.org is an organization committed to ending the clean water crisis in developing countries.

Generosity.org Water Organization

2017 Campaign: This World Water Day, the organization hosted “A Night of Generosity,” a spectacular event to celebrate 10 years of providing clean water to vulnerable people all around the world. Over the course of a decade, Generosity.org has completed 778 water projects, and they have their eyes set on 1,000 projects as their next milestone.

Learn more about the event, which takes place in Los Angeles.

2. Pure Water for the World

Mission: Focusing on communities in Central America and the Caribbean, Pure Water for the World provides children and families with the tools and education to develop sustainable water, hygiene, and sanitation solutions.

Pure Water 2017 World Water Day Campaign

2017 Campaign: This World Water Day, the organization aimed to give 100 families in Haiti and Honduras access to clean water.

Aside from suggested donation amounts, we love how their campaign page suggests additional ways that people can take action—such as trading their beverages for water or hosting their own third-party event.

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Visit the campaign site for more information.

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3. Blood:Water

Mission: Blood:Water is a nonprofit that partners with African grassroots organizations to bring clean water and HIV/AIDS support to one million people in 11 countries.

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2017 Campaign: To mobilize their supporters, Blood:Water launched a 20-day challenge leading up to World Water Day. Participants pledged to give up their coffee and sodas and drink only water, and they created personal fundraising pages where their friends and family could donate and root them on.

Check out the campaign to learn more about how individuals, teams, and even gyms could take on the challenge.

4. Water for Good

Mission: Water for Good works with communities in central Africa to establish sanitation best practices, improve agriculture, and empower people to create sustainable clean water access.

Water for Good World Water Day 2017

2017 Campaign: Water for Good is raising awareness about their efforts in the Central African Republic to empower underserved communities with clean water access.

Apart from attracting donations, they also drew attention to their for-profit partners who donated a portion of their sales on World Water Day to the efforts in the Central African Republic.

Change lives with Water for Good and check out their donation page.

5. Hope of Life International

Mission: Hope of Life International is a faith-based organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children and families in Guatemala.

Hope of Life World Water Day 2017

2017 Campaign: To celebrate World Water Day, the organization launched a campaign to build five wells in five different villages this April.

Using storytelling best practices, they created a beautiful campaign page that outlines how their efforts and the support of their community can prevent deaths due to diseases like typhoid and cholera.

Check out the campaign to learn more.


If you need ideas on how to celebrate World Water Day, this is a good place to start. These organizations and their campaigns are pushing the envelope to bring safe water to communities everywhere. Join in the global celebration today.

This post was originally published in March 2015 and has been updated with recent examples.

  • Natalie Freitas

    Great! Thank you for sharing! My personal favorite is: http://waterislife.com/media/in-the-news

    • Elizabeth Chung

      Thanks for reading, Natalie! And thanks for sharing, this organization looks great!

  • Jeremy

    Thanks Elizabeth! Great recommendations! I’m currently researching organizations that are building wells in remote areas and need solar-powered pumps to drop down them. We are a young team of passionate solar and water enthusiasts at http://www.rpssolarpumps.com trying to find people in this world that we can benefit from our easy-to-install solar well kits. Any advice on where else to look for nonprofits would be really helpful. Thanks again for the great post Elizabeth!

  • Thank you for sharing this list of non-profits. It’s good to know which organizations we can support to fight for clean drinking water.

    • Elizabeth Chung

      Glad you enjoyed, Katy! Thanks for reading.

  • Chris Wainwright

    Hello, I am trying to start a non profit organization that actually sets up water purification sites in the Bahamas, Haiti and anywhere surround the Miami are within 1,200 miles. I need to know what type of organizational things I need to get started. Also, some things I will be paying retail for, like the flights, others I am hoping to get donated, IE: the purfication system itself, and pipes needed to provide the water from streams and coast line.

  • Tammy Corbett

    Christian Children’s Fund of Canada is another Non-Profit making a difference. The partnership of CCFC donors and People’s Action for Development (PAD) have impacted the lives of residents in the village of Surangudi in the Tamil Nadu region of southern India by installing water tanks, each holding 3,000 litres in 5 areas providing safe drinking water for 200 families. Full article: https://www.ccfcanada.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=665&Itemid=222

  • Dave Parker

    Hi Liz- I found your blog while Googling “water for Africa organization”. I’ve always had a desire to provide water for Africa and recently raised money for World Vision’s LA Marathon. I was wondering how where you would rank WV in terms of the percentage that actually goes toward building wells compared to the others you mentioned? I want to continue my efforts in helping areas where water is needed but want to make sure that every dollar is making a direct impact.

    • Elizabeth Chung

      Hi Dave, thanks so much for reading and for your comment! It’s so awesome to hear how you have already been making an impact on the cause. As far as the specific impact for each separate organization in comparison to World Vision, I would highly suggest that you visit the websites of those you’re interested in, and check out their individual breakdowns of how donations are used. It really is on each organization to provide that level of transparency for their donors.

      • Colette Botha

        Hello Elizabeth.
        I am eager to find out how to get clean water to a small school and orphanage just outside Kampala, Uganda. The school is: His Grace Junior Ministries. Like many, they get their water from a river that, as you know, also waters livestock etc. And the water is filthy. Several children, including the director on site have fallen ill due to the water situation. They are needing a way to source clean water. Can you advise me on how to better serve these children to a water source charity than can help them? Thank you in advance for your help.

  • Tom WaterPure

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  • Jansen Balobalo

    Hi I am JANSEN FRANK BALOBALO, I want to know how to avail this kind of water system. We have a poor water system and sanitation in our community, So I decided to join for this discussion. Hoping to find a good sponsor that can donate a water system in our community. Looking forward for any reply. thank you and God speed. please email me @ my email jansenfrankbalobalo@hotmail.com

  • Prince Dr Mike A. Adewoye

    Hi, I am Prince Mike A. Adewoye. Need assistance from any organization that can provide clean portable water for my small town in south west, Nigeria. The people presently drink, bath, wash and excrete inside the only river that pass through the town. Your assistance is highly solicited for. Thanks.

    • Adam Gottlieb

      I’m a student member of Engineers Without Borders – USA. EWB-USA has completed several international projects that provide clean water to communities. I would highly recommend clicking on this link: https://www.ewb-usa.org/programs/request-engineering-services/
      I hope you find the EWB website informative and the organization to be helpful.


  • William Mendenhall

    Hi Liz, you may want to consider adding Living Waters for the World to your list. http://www.livingwatersfortheworld.org . LWW is a faith-based organization that currently has installed more than 500 water treatment systems in 19 countries. The standard LWW system uses ozone and/or UV treatment for bacteria, combined with a multiple stage filtration system.

    -Bill Mendenhall
    Shreveport, Louisiana

  • kweenviktoria

    Check out WHOlives.org “To save and improve millions of lives by providing easy access to clean WATER, better HEALTH, and economic OPPORTUNITY, through the use of the Village Drill.”

  • Justin Bergmann

    Thanks for the post Liz. Can I add another organization? http://cleanwaterrelief.org. We donate manual and solar water sanitation systems all over the world.

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