Water Scarcity & The Importance of Water

Learn about access to water and the global water shortage

Clean, safe drinking water is scarce. Today, nearly 1 billion people in the developing world don't have access to it. Yet, we take it for granted, we waste it, and we even pay too much to drink it from little plastic bottles.

Water is the foundation of life. And still today, all around the world, far too many people spend their entire day searching for it.

The Water Project provides access to clean, safe and reliable water across sub-Saharan Africa.

Your gift of $34 will change a life.


What is Water Scarcity?

More than just a lack of water...

Simply put, water scarcity is either the lack of enough water (quantity) or lack of access to safe water (quality).

It's hard for most of us to imagine that clean, safe water is not something that can be taken for granted. But, in the developing world, finding a reliable source of safe water is often time-consuming and expensive. This is known as economic scarcity. Water can be found...it simply requires more resources to do it.

In other areas, the lack of water is a more profound problem. There simply isn't enough. That is known as physical scarcity.

The problem of water scarcity is a growing one. As more people put ever-increasing demands on limited supplies, the cost and effort to build or even maintain access to water will increase. And water's importance to political and social stability will only grow with the crisis.

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When students are freed from gathering water, they return to class. With proper and safe latrines, girls stay in school through their teenage years.


Safe water, clean hands, healthy bodies. Time lost to sickness is reduced and people can get back to the work of lifting themselves out of poverty.


Access to water leads to food security. With less crop loss, hunger is reduced. Schools can feed students with gardens, reducing costs.


Access to water can break the cycle of poverty. The communities we serve are ready to grow. We can't wait to see how they choose to do it.


We train, equip and work alongside local teams who build and restore water points in Kenya, Uganda and Sierra Leone. Your gift funds local solutions to local problems, creating opportunity all along the way.

See how we're working to address the water crisis in Africa

In some places, it is simply dry. Water is hard to find. In others, this most critical need is literally only a few feet below ground waiting to sustain life.

The Water Project, Inc. is a non-profit organization working to provide access to clean water to people in developing nations who suffer needlessly without it.

With our team of supporters we're funding clean water projects like water wells and rain catchment systems.

Ronald Ngaira, discussing her newly donated water project in Kenya
"The new water source will save our lives from the spread of waterborne diseases. My wife passed away because typhoid, I am also taking typhoid drugs."...
Ronald Ngaira
The Water Project: Kuvasali Well Rehabilitation Project
Annet A. - Head Teacher, discussing her newly donated water project in Uganda
"I am grateful for this water source given to us as a school and the community, I don’t know how to thank an individual people who did these but all those who have participated in one way or another... Water is life and what we have got is life indeed, we do appreciate the all programs about the hygiene and sanitation, I pledge to improve on o...
Annet A. - Head Teacher
The Water Project: Kakagate Primary School Project

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These communities are in need of immediate funding to complete.
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Over 500 students will benefit from this water project. Your gift today will make it possible!

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Matende Primary School

Funded - Thank You for the Rain Catchment

The school administration has already begun work in anticipation of this project, but we're still not yet to our funding goal. You can help finish this project and provide clean water within weeks!

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Mwangaza Secondary School

Funded - Thank You for the Rainwater Catchment

Help meet the growing demand for clean, safe water at this boarding school. A new large rainwater tank will help meet the needs of over 1,000 girls.

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Moi Girls High School

Raising funds - $141 needed for a Rainwater Catchment

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Moi Schoool Water Project