Got $20? Provide Clean Water to an African Village for 20 Years.

Posted by on July 13, 2009 in Featured, Health, Videos

How can a simple $20 donation in the US, supply a village in Africa with clean water for 20 years? I was intrigued by this possibility. Only 20 dollars? For 20 years? To us in the west, clean, safe water is a mostly under-appreciated, over abundant resource, but for 1 out of 6 people around the world, it is an impossible dream. Charity: water is a non-profit organization that uses every penny of a 20 dollar donation, to build wells that pump clean, safe, life saving water to the 1.1 billion people who desperately need it.


The lack of clean water causes 80% of all illnesses and diseases in developing countries. And of the 42,000 deaths due to unsafe water every week, 90% of them are children under 5 years old. Many people, mostly women and children, will spend more than 3 hours per day collecting and carrying water that will eventually make them sick.


Local African companies partner with charity: water to drill the wells, and local community members also assist with the construction. This helps strengthen the community and guarantees stewardship after the project is complete. A water committee is then created to maintain the well.


Since its creation in 2006, charity: water has installed more than 1,247 wells bringing this essential element to 650,000 people. By a small 20 dollar gift we can improve the health of over a million people. To me (and thousands of Africans) that is money well spent.

charity: water


  • charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. 100% of public donations directly fund water projects.
  • Organization Type: Non-Profit
  • Website:
  • Founder(s): Scott Harrison
  • Founded: 2006
  • Location: New York, NY USA
  • See complete company list here



Justine is passionate about curing social injustice and global environmental issues. She has traveled extensively in Central America and the Caribbean, and is especially interested in the emergence of the Ecotourism industry.

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