We raise awareness about the 800 million people living without life’s most basic need and invite others to join our mission. Then, we use 100% of public donations to fund clean water solutions in areas of greatest need.
We believe everyone has the right to clean, safe drinking water. Since 2006, charity: water has funded water projects around the world to help more than 4.1 million people get access to water, hygiene education and improved sanitation.
Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause more deaths each year than all forms of violence, including war. Diarrheal disease is the most common illness on the planet and most cases are a direct result of contaminated drinking water or poor sanitation. Kids are especially vulnerable; their bodies can’t handle the intense dehydration and loss of nutrients. About every 19 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness.
Water projects built near a community can restore hours to a person’s day. Instead of walking for water, adults can use this time to work and children can use it to get an education. Families with enough clean water to drink, bathe and grow their own food can become self-sufficient households, less affected by external conflict, famine or inadequate government services. Clean water can change everything.