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.

Marima T - Petty Trader, discussing her newly donated water project in Sierra Leone
The old source was swamp water, when we fetched the water we would wait for 5 minutes for the particles to settle down before we drink. We are drinking it because there is no other source to get water. The hand pump is more safe and clean to drink, and it will save the life of the people of Kambees....
Marima T - Petty Trader
The Water Project: Lungi, Royema, New Kambees Well Rehabilitation
Isata B. - Local Trader, discussing her newly donated water project in Sierra Leone
“The new well is a blessing that we have been praying for. The running stream causes so many illnesses.”...
Isata B. - Local Trader
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Well Rehabilitation

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These communities are in need of immediate funding to complete.
Can you donate today and make one of them possible?

People living in Evihule Village are getting sick from dirty water. Protecting this spring will change that!

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Bartholomew Spring

Raising funds - $2,629 needed for a Spring Protection

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Water Project

Students at Simboyi school struggle with the burden of scarce, dirty water. A new large rainwater tank will help meet the needs of over 430 students.

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Simboyi Primary School

Raising funds - $3,754 needed for a Rainwater Catchment

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Simboyi Water Project

Kumina Waoni means “to finish thirst.” You can help this community install a well to provide clean water!

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Kumina Waoni Group

Raising funds - $7,316 needed for a Hand Pumped Well

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Kumina Waoni Water Project