We believe in water
Water.org is a global nonprofit organization working to bring water and sanitation to the world. We want to make it safe, accessible, and cost-effective.
We help people get access to safe water and sanitation through affordable financing, such as small loans. We give our everything every day to empower people in need with these life-changing resources – giving women hope, children health and families a bright future.
Access to water turns poverty into possibility
Today 771 million people — 1 in 10 — lack access to safe water at home. And 1.7 billion — 1 in 4 people — don't have access to a toilet. The water crisis negatively impacts the health and livelihood of more than one-third of our global population. We exist to change this.
For millions of women, children, and communities, access to safe water can turn problems into potential — unlocking education, economic opportunity and improved health.
Founded on passion and experience
For 30 years, we've made it our mission to bring water and sanitation to the world. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, we pioneer market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis.
Our approach is proven and powerful
Expanding upon the success of WaterCredit, Water.org offers a portfolio of smart solutions that break down the financial barriers between people living in poverty and access to safe water and sanitation. We work with and through partners to increase access to financing for those who need it most. This will help achieve safe water and sanitation for all.
As we face the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever access to safe water is critical to the health of families around the world. We play an important role in helping to meet this urgent need.
Scaling impact around the world
We’ve empowered more than 43 million people in 17 countries with access to safe water, sanitation, and the hope, health and opportunities they bring. And we are expanding our work and reaching more people in need, faster.
A humble beginning
Gary creates WaterPartners International, a forerunner to Water.org, to help Latin American communities impacted by the water crisis.
A new solution
The WaterCredit Initiative® is created, making loans for water and sanitation more accessible to families living in developing countries around the world.
Scaling our impact
Our smart solutions are working and scaling at an unprecedented rate. We've now reached more than 43 million people, more than 9 million in the past year alone.
Committed to financial transparency
As experts in finance, we are dedicated to doing the most good with your donations. We have a 4-star Charity Navigator rating and publish an annual report that details how and where your donations are making a difference.
Share our vision
We envision a day when everyone, everywhere has access to safe water and sanitation. We seek to do more, faster, and in partnership with others to unlock the flow of financing for water and sanitation.
News, press and perspectives
As leaders in the water and sanitation sector, Water.org works around the world to educate, influence, and empower. Go here for timely information on topics related to our work.
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