How We Work

At The Water Project we believe people, not water, can change everything.
When you sponsor a water project through us, you'll unlock the potential of an entire community.
 

Real people. Real problems. Real impact.

The Water Project invests in local solutions to the local water crisis in sub-Saharan Africa.

Providing access to clean, safe water helps capable and determined people realize the hope they have for their own futures.

The Water Project works closely with local in-country teams and partners to develop clean water programs alongside these heroes. We carefully select implementing partners who have long term relationships and commitments to the people they serve.

We're passionate about unlocking potential. After all, water doesn't change anything; the people we serve do.

Invested in leadership.

We equip, train and fund local NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) with an established in-country presence who can help provide reliable access to clean water and ensure its maintenance over time.

Smaller, more nimble, and locally-based implementation partners are incredibly effective and efficient at providing sustainable clean water solutions.

Training

We come alongside every partner and help them develop programs that meet the needs of their neighbors. We listen first, and offer what we know with humility.

Equipping

Tools and technology allow our small teams to do far more then they could otherwise. But, these tools never get in the way of relationship and respect.

Connecting

With partners and teams around the world, we're able to spread learning and best practices quickly. All of us can then work together toward lasting solutions.



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Serving others is our goal. We listen first and act carefully.

We work hard to make sure that a community's needs are always considered first. Local partners in the field help ensure that happens. With your support, we are able to provide funds to various project types, so that the partners we trust are free to make the best possible decisions. Sometimes, that can mean changing a project's type (e.g. from well to rainwater catchement) midstream to accomadate newly found information or challenges.

We listen for our partner's lead in choosing the type of water project to fund in a particular village. We've simply heard of too many stories of a "default" technology, like a well, being installed because of a donor's preference, only to see that same project rejected or abandon by a community who were never involved in the process. We're here to lend a hand, not lead the way.

We hope you'll join us in working to put other's needs first.


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At The Water Project, people - not hardware - are at the center of everything we do. Our solutions meet tangible needs, create jobs, and respect those we serve.

And we can't do any of it without you.

Integrity and Transparency

Counting the true cost of a water project

We believe deeply in end-to-end transparency and accountability. That means not only showing every outcome, but also being honest about every cost.

Anyone can dig a hole. Anyone can attach a pump. But making sure a water project is successful and reliable takes time, expertise and a commitment to honest evaluation. The Water Project funds full life-cycle project costs, from here to the field and into the future. We demand our partners disclose the true costs of installing and maintaining a water point, as best they can.

We know that claims of "low cost" wells or "life-time" access to water for $20 a person are just that... claims. Everyone knows the costs are higher and the outcomes less certain. Claims to the contrary cheapen the work and ultimately disrespect the communities being served.

In addition to revealing true project costs, we also provide realistic assessments of the number of people a given water project can truthfully benefit. Quoting a general population count, instead of more realistic usage figures, inflates perceived impact and may actually discourage further necessary investments. Our goal is to see water available and reliable in an entire area.

Transparency and accountability are about making a commitment to serving others first, with excellence. Done right, our supporters always benefit as well.

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