Spotlight on Water Charities

As another expression of our core commitment to Improve Water and the World, WaterFilters.NET is lifting up the work of major water charities. We will be featuring them in our blog and elsewhere. Here are some of the ten non-profits to which we recently contributed.

Blue Planet Network logo - Water Filters for Charity Blue Planet Network was founded in 2002 with the initial goal of raising money for and awareness of the need for safe drinking water by organizing a round-the-world running relay. In June 2007, the Blue Planet Run began at the United Nations in New York City with twenty elite runners from thirteen different national backgrounds. Together with over 70 partner organizations, Blue Planet Network showcases $25+ million of water and sanitation projects, and they have directly funded nearly $1.5 million of projects. These impressive numbers demonstrate that Blue Planet Network is a group of passionate people, working with a global network of experienced water groups, to bring sustainable drinking water to people in rural communities around the world.

Blue Planet Network delivers 100% of the donations it receives from individual contributors to safe, clean drinking water projects around the world. Their goal is to implement accessible drinking water for 200,000,000 people in the next 20 years.

Check out Blue Planet Network's website here.

Clean Water Fund logo - Water Filters for Charity Clean Water Fund has been working since 1974 to help people campaign successfully for cleaner and safer water and air, as well as protection from toxins polluting our homes, neighborhoods and workplaces. Coalitions formed and assisted by Clean Water Fund have worked together to improve environmental conditions through pollution prevention and clean-up in hundreds of communities. The Fund has worked cooperatively to strengthen policies locally and nationally.

Based in Washington, D.C., Clean Water Fund operates in more than twenty states, through locally staffed environmental and health protection programs directly serving communities. Clean Water Fund's stated mission is to develop strong grassroots environmental leadership and to bring together diverse constituencies to work together for changes that improve their lives, focused on health, consumer, environmental and community problems.

Clean Water Fund consistently receives the highest ratings from the independent Charity Navigator rating service (3-4 stars).

Check out Clean Water Fund's website here.

Living Water International logo - Water Filters for Charity Living Water International is a faith-based organization helping communities gain access to desperately needed clean water, and to experience spiritual transformation through, as they call it, living water. In 1990, after a Houston-based church returned from a mission trip to east Africa, the fledgling organization LWI Kenya equipped and trained a team of Kenyan drillers, beginning operations the next year under the direction of a national board. That pattern continues today: equipping and training local people to implement solutions in their own countries.

Remembering the life-changing nature of that first trip in 1990, LWI also leads hundreds of volunteers on mission trips each year, working with local communities, under the leadership of nationals, to implement water projects. Its hard to know which lives are changed morethose serving or those being served. LWIs training programs in shallow well drilling, pump repair, and hygiene education have equipped thousands of volunteers and professionals in the basics of integrated water solutions since 1997.

Check out Living Water International's website here.

Project WET logo - Water Filters for Charity Project WET is dedicated to the mission of reaching children, parents, teachers and the global community with water education. Project WET achieves its mission of worldwide water education by: 1) publishing water resource materials in several languages, 2) providing training workshops on diverse topics, such as water quality and conservation, 3) organizing community water events, such as Make a Splash water festivals and the Global Water Education Village and 4) building a worldwide network of scientists, educators and water resource professionals.

Water education is more essential than ever in schools, homes and businesses. Through water education, individuals discover that water knows no bordersflowing through and connecting us all. Offering people a deeper understanding of complex environmental issues is crucial, as is equipping them with the necessary skills to undertake this centurys challenges. Sustainable water management contributes to socioeconomic stability, as well as a healthy environment. Among Project WET's core beliefs is the following: Water connects us all. It moves through living and nonliving systems and binds them together in a complex web of life..

Check out Project WET's website here.

Thirst Relief International logo - Water Filters for Charity Thirst Relief International is a water development organization striving to improve access to safe water in nine countries worldwide. Founded in 2005, Thirst Relief teams up with its implementing partners to initiate and maintain water projects in impoverished rural areas and urban slums. By resourcing their partners with financial and technical resources, they provide both training and infrastructure development to make a lasting and sustainable impact. Every year, thousands of people experience health through safe drinking water made possible by Thirst Relief International. Without Thirst Reliefs support, and the generosity of their donors, many of these water projects would never come into being.

Thirst Reliefs mission is to overcome death and disease resulting from the consumption of contaminated water by providing safe, clean drinking water to those in need around the world. Their vision is clear: to save lives and change the world.

Check out Thirst Relief's website here.
WaterAid logo - Water Filters for Charity WaterAid states that their mission is to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world's poorest communities. The statistics bear witness to that mission. Since 1981, they have reached almost 16 million people with safe water. Since 2004, they have reached over 11 million people with sanitation. Their work, however, does not end with those numbers. WaterAid's vision is of           a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation.

Together with local organizations, WaterAid uses practical, sustainable solutions to provide safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education to the poorest people in developing countries. It is this integrated combination of water, sanitation and hygiene education that provides maximum health benefits to individuals and communities. WaterAid works with individuals and their familiesgiving special attention to the most vulnerable peopleto help them set up, operate and maintain their own projects. In addition to involving local community organizations in every stage of development, WaterAid also works with government departments and some private contractors. WaterAid uses its research, experience and good practice to influence decision-makers on water and sanitation issues.       They emphasize low-cost technologies suited to local conditions, and diligently seek to minimize water depletion and contamination.

Check out the charity's website here.

Water For People logo - Water Filters for Charity Water For People is working toward a vision to build a world where all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and where no one suffers or dies from a water-related or sanitation-related disease. In the early 1980s, a team including leaders from the American Water Works Association came together with this vision of clean water, adequate sanitation, and basic health services for all who need it around the world. Their vision caught the attention of other leaders in AWWA. They got organized to transform their vision into concrete action, emphasizing social responsibility throughout the water industry. AWWA members provided the unprecedented excellence of engineering consultants, manufacturing companies and water utilities from across North America.

Water For People works with partners to develop innovative and long-lasting solutions to the water, sanitation, and hygiene problems in the developing world. They focus on continual improvement: to experiment with promising new ideas and to leverage resources to increase their impact.

Check out Water For People's website here.

Waterkeeper Alliance logo - Water Filters for Charity Waterkeeper Alliance is a global movement of on-the-water advocates who patrol and guard over 100,000 miles of streams, rivers and coastlines in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. The organization was founded in 1999 by environmental activist and attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and several veteran Waterkeepers.

Waterkeepers combine firsthand knowledge of their waterways with an unflinching commitment to the rights of their communities and to the rule of law. To follow through on that core commitment, they operate in a range of settings: on the waters searching out polluters, in the courts advocating for enforcement of environmental laws, in town squares rallying community support, and in classrooms educating children and youth. Waterkeepers defend their home communities from anyone who threatens their right to clean water. That includes both polluters who break existing laws and government agencies reluctant to enforce those laws. The Alliance provides member organizations with legal, scientific and communications support, coordinating their voices in a united front as they take on major global water issues together. Collectively, they speak out for the wise and equitable use of water resources. The vision of the Waterkeeper movement is for fishable, swimmable and drinkable waterways worldwide through grassroots advocacy.

Check out the charity's website here. logo - Water Filters for Charity is challenging the conventional approach to assisting people in developing nations. Their main goals are: 1) raising awareness of the worlds number one health problem, which is unsafe and inadequate water supplies; 2) raising funds to help overcome this major water crisis, one community at a time. The organization exists to generate a worldwide awareness of the water supply crisis, so that people can respond. has as its mission to inspire people to act. They do so through the development of quality, sustainable water projects. They are experts at fostering these kinds of projects at a local community level. In fact, they promote innovative solutions to enable local residents to take a leading role in solving their own water supply issues. sees multiple benefits to working locally. Locally-based partners have a better understanding of how to navigate social, political and economic issues in their area that may impact projects. Local partners have greater savvy at leveraging local financial resources for cost-sharing in projects. They also have expertise that can help implement projects. Utilizing their gifts is far more cost effective than bringing in outside experts and workers.

Check out the charity's website here.

The Water Project logo - Water Filters for Charity The Water Project, Inc. is a non-profit bringing relief to communities around the world who are needlessly suffering from a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation. Presently, the Water Project has assisted over 125,000 people to gain improved access to safer water and sanitation, through their work on over 250 projects.

The Water Project's current efforts focus on community-building: raising up volunteers and funds to collect rainwater, as well as to construct wells and filtration systems throughout Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Uganda. Previously projects included funding work in Cameroon, Haiti, and India. Their work began after receiving first-hand reports from friends in Kenya about the devastating effects of the lack of clean drinking water in communities where they were living and working.It began with a few inspired teens and adults in August 2006, and continues today with thousands of new volunteers and donors who have heard a compelling call to action. The growth of their movement is a testament to the impact a few voices can have.

Check out the charity's website here.