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John Green & Bill Gates Give Water

In July, author and videoblogger John Green joined Bill Gates on a trip to Ethiopia where together they observed the country‚Äôs progress in sustainable healthcare. They also observed the need for access to safe water and sanitation persists which is why they are looking to change this. Learn more ... More »

Empowered to do more

Around the world 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation, and 1 billion still defecate in the open. Some of the biggest obstacles for women with children in developing countries can be the struggle to keep safe water in the home and ensure the whole family has a place ... More »

Hello From the Classroom

Recently the Water.org team visited these students in Bangalore, India. The kids here have time to go to school because their mothers and sisters came together to get safe water connections to twenty households in their community. Access to safe water means better opportunities for children, thank you for making ... More »

Water Gives Hope

As a widowed mother of four, Jayamma's path has not been easy, but she has never ceased to do all she can to make her life better and her family happy.

Today, Jayamma welcomed us into her home and told us about what life was like before she had ... More »

Completed Projects

As these ladies pose in front of a new toilet block, their vessels full of safe water from the newly installed pump in Aminbazar, Dhaka, Bangladesh, we are reminded that access to water has the power to change someone's life. Now, rather than spending hours per day walking and waiting ... More »

Something to Smile About

For the 802 million people who lack adequate sanitation facilities in India, a toilet at home could change their lives. They would no longer have to walk long distances to find a safe place to defecate, nor would they have to suffer the unhealthy consequences from not having a clean ... More »

A better place to 'go'

Boys pose in front of two recently constructed toilet blocks in Tetuljhara, an outskirt of Savar in Bangladesh. These toilets were built as part of a community-based water and sanitation project. During meeting sessions, neighbors decided that having hygienic toilets was their community's most urgent need. With Water.org and local ... More »

Water means business in Uganda

A WaterCredit loan covered the costs of materials and installation of a large rainwater collection tank for this girl's family. They use the water for household chores, and sell the excess to neighbors and local businesses for a small profit.

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Chicken Combo

Toilets + safe drinking water are the ultimate combo when it comes to improving health and home. This mom in Kenya took a WaterCredit loan to install pit toilets at her home. Because her water connection is piped in, there is no danger of contamination from the new toilets. Easy ... More »

Pride In Ownership

These men are members of the water committee in Habeshemba, Ethiopia. Here they check the repair toolkit for their community well. The very small monthly fees that users pay covered the cost of these tools, which are a kind of insurance against the well breaking down. Committee members are able ... More »

Reaping the benefits of a composting toilet

Composting toilets are a win in rural India. Improved sanitation means better health for the owners and their neighbors. After the pit has been used for about a year and is getting full, they seal the pit for 6-9 months to allow heat and decomposition to kill off harmful bacteria. ... More »

Celebrating Water Day

In many countries, women are responsible for finding and collecting water for their families. They walk miles, carry heavy containers, wait for hours and pay exorbitant prices. The work is back-breaking and all-consuming. Often the water is contaminated, even deadly.

In honor of Water Day 2014 Water.org celebrates what ... More »

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