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WHAT’S THE MISSION?

We are dedicated to improving public health by providing families with clean water and sanitary environments. Through sustainable, community-owned projects, our team works with locals to empower progress and transform rural communities for the better. We allow volunteers to travel with us to lend a hand in the construction of these projects in order to educate them about global inequality and inspire them to become the change-makers of the future.


 CREATING INNOVATIONS FOR:

 
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CLEAN WATER

SANITATION

CONSERVATION

HYGIENE

 

A GLOBAL CRISIS

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663 MILLION PEOPLE LACK ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER

  • More people die a year from drinking dirty water than all forms of violence combined.

  • Access to clean water helps to break the poverty trap many rural families face.

  • Girls are more likely to be responsible for collecting water for their families, causing them to miss school.

  • Unsafe drinking water, inadequate availability of water for hygiene, and lack of access to sanitation together contribute to about 88% of deaths from diarrheal diseases

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2.4 BILLION PEOPLE LACK ACCESS TO PROPER SANITATION

  • Poor sanitation is linked to transmission of diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid and polio and exacerbates stunting.

  • Poor sanitation reduces human well-being, social and economic development due to impacts such as anxiety, risk of sexual assault, and lost educational opportunities.

  • Open defecation perpetuates a vicious cycle of disease and poverty. The countries where open defection is most widespread have the highest number of deaths of children aged under 5 years.


OUR SOLUTIONS

WATER

Water is the basic foundation of a community and without it, families struggle to meet their most basic needs. Many walk hours to collect it and often times the water they find is not safe to drink. By building gravity-driven aqueducts in rural communities we are taking a huge step in breaking the poverty trap while bringing empowerment, health, and opportunity to locals.

OUR AQUEDUCTS

To construct a gravity-driven aqueduct, our engineers first identify a clean water source at a higher elevation than the community that can support the population's water consumption needs even during the dry season. From there, gravity pushed clean water down a pipe system to every home in the community.

SUSTAINABILITY

Our projects aren't ours - they belong to the benefitting community, and are ultimately their lasting responsibility. To ensure that water is flowing long after construction of the project is complete, we invest in forming strong Water Committees in each community we work in. These local leaders are equipped with the skills to prepare for community-led construction of the projects, and maintain healthy water systems.

OUR IMPACT:

22,000 people with clean water.

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SANITATION

Each sanitation project involves the construction of VIP latrines for 16 - 20 families in need of improved sanitation. Bathrooms that are safe, private, and sanitary improve the public health and standard of living for families living in rural poverty, while protecting their local water sources.

VIP LATRINES

We build ventilated-improved pit (VIP) latrines to provide families with a bathroom that is safe, private and sanitary. The homes that benefit from new VIP latrines either don't have bathrooms at all and rely on neighbors/practice open-defection, or they have make-shift structures that are unsafe. VIP latrines prevent the contamination of local water sources and the spread of disease, but they also provide families with safety from collapsable structures and the dignity they deserve.

OUR IMPAct:

5,000 People Connected with Sanitary Bathrooms


 
 

GLOBAL CITIZENS

We are in the business of changing the world by inspiring world-changers. Through allowing volunteers to participate in the construction of our projects, they learn about global inequality and discover their power to make an impact. Our volunteers return home from their BLUE service trips motivated to do more, and understanding their responsibility to building a better, more equitable world.


STORIES FROM THE FIELD