charity: water

Brings clean, safe drinking water to people in Africa and the developing world. Partners with local groups to build and maintain wells. Works where the need is greatest and monitors results for sustainability. So far, brought 11 million+ people clean water.

charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Most of our work is concentrated on Sub Saharan Africa, serving rural communities, where the needs are the greatest.

charity-water-photo1There are 785 million people on the planet who don’t have access to clean water. That’s nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide. Or, twice the population of the United States. The majority live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family. Not only does walking for water keep kids out of school or take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but the water often carries diseases that can make everyone sick.

Access to clean water means education, income and health – especially for women and kids. We inspire giving and empower others to raise funds for sustainable water solutions. We use local partners on the ground to build and implement the projects. Then, we prove every project funded with GPS coordinates, photos, and stories from the field. In our first 14 years charity: water has funded more than 51,000 water projects for more than 11 million people.

Contact Information

charity: water
40 Worth Street, Suite 330
New York, NY 10013
T: (646) 688-2323
F: (888) 707-6466

Financial Information

Charity Water is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization. Click below to view our most recent independent audit and IRS Form 990.

Banner photo: In less than four years, charity: water has funded clean water for more than a million people.
Photo: A boy in rural Ethiopia smiles as he drinks clean water from a charity: water well.

Donate Now to charity: water


As little as $40 can provide clean water to one person for 20 years. Help now. 100 percent of your donation directly funds safe drinking water projects in the field.

Volunteer Opportunities

Some opportunities for volunteers in the New York City area.


To donate to this member charity by check, please print our designation form and mail it with your check to

Aid for Africa
P.O. Box 8734
Topeka, KS 66608

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