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663 million people – 1 in 10 – lack access to safe water; 2.4 billion people – 1 in 3 – lack access to a toilet. Water.org is dedicated to changing this. Through sustainable solutions and financing models such as WaterCredit, we can provide safe water and the dignity of a toilet for all.

Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org pioneers innovative, community-driven and market-based solutions to provide access to safe water and sanitation — giving women hope, children health and communities a future. To date, Water.org has positively transformed millions of lives around the world, ensuring a better life for generations ahead.

Bangladesh 

BANGLADESH
Capital city: Dhaka
Population of 166 million
27.9 million lack safe water
74.8 million do not have improved sanitation services
Infant mortality rate of 4.5%
31.5% live in poverty

In Bangladesh, Water.org offers both grant and WaterCredit programs, and is addressing safe water needs in urban areas. Water.org’s urban program focuses on the slums of the capital city, Dhaka.

Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA
Capital city: Addis Ababa
Population of 96.6 million
49 million lack safe water
76 million have no sanitation services
Infant mortality rate of 5.5%
40% live in poverty

Water.org’s projects in Ethiopia are located in the regions of Tigray and Amhara. The need for water and sanitation in Ethiopia is severe. Just under half of the population has access to an improved water supply, and only 21% of the population has access to adequate sanitation services.

Ghana

GHANA
Capital city: Accra
Population of 25.7 million
7 million rural lack water
2.5 million urban lack water
22.2 million have no sanitation services
5% infant mortality
28.5% live in poverty

Water.org is working in two rural areas in Ghana: Volta Region around Lake Volta and Upper East Region, which borders Burkina Faso and Togo. Both districts are remote and poor, with less than half of the population unable to access safe water and very few families with access to improved sanitation. The rural areas suffer from many waterborne diseases, including diarrhea. Water.org and partner organizations work with communities to construct wells, latrines and biosand filters in Ghana as well as to provide health and hygiene education.

Haiti

HAITI
Capital city: Port-au-Prince
Population of 9.9 million
3.59 million lack safe water
7.3 million have no sanitation services
Infant mortality rate of .35%
80% live in poverty

Forty percent of the people in Haiti lack access to clean water and only one in five have access to a sanitary toilet. At the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, Water.org announced its commitment to reach 50,000 Haitians with clean water and sanitation by June 2014. Water.org will bring a mix of different solutions to its work with Haiti.

Honduras

HONDURAS
Capital: Tegucigalpa
Population of 8.5 million
954 thousand lack safe water
1.6 million have no sanitation services
1.8% infant mortality
60% live in poverty

Water.org’s very first project was in Honduras, in 1990. Today, we have helped more than 40 Honduran communities build their own safe drinking water systems. We are proud to say that more than 11,000 people in rural Honduras now have adequate access to safe drinking water, thanks to the support of our donors, our Honduran partner organizations, and the hard work and dedication of community members.

Our program in Honduras focuses on the Departments of Lempira and Intibuca, in western Honduras. The once heavily forested Departments now suffer from deforestation. This has led to extreme depletion of the local water tables, forcing women and children to walk far distances to collect water for their families.

India

INDIA
Capital city: New Delhi
Population of 1.2 billion
103.8 million lack safe water
802 million have no sanitation services
Infant mortality rate of 4.3%
29.8% live in poverty

Water.org’s program in India provides safe drinking water and adequate sanitation facilities to the families living in rural and urban Indian communities in 11 states and one Union Territory (UT) – Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharsashtra, Rajashthan, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry (UT). Water.org offers both grant and WaterCredit programs in India.

Indonesia

 INDONESIA
Capital City: Jakarta
Population of 250 million
37 million lack safe water
102 million lack sanitation
Infant mortality rate of 2.5%
43% of population live on less than US$2 per day

Water.org began working in Indonesia in 2013 and has since partnered with four microfinance institutions to provide water and sanitation loans. Water.org sees great potential for expanding in Indonesia and plans on launching additional partnerships with microfinance institutions in 2015.

Kenya

KENYA
Capital city: Nairobi
Population of 45 million
17.5 million lack safe water
31.7 million have no sanitation services
Infant mortality rate of 4.1%
43.4% live in poverty

Currently Water.org supports a country-wide WaterCredit initiative with four microfinance institutions in both rural and urban areas. The programs provide a variety of water and sanitation products to fit the needs of households such as rainwater harvesting tanks, water connections, shallow wells, pumps, VIP latrines, septic tanks, and biogas toilets.

Historically Water.org has supported direct impact programs in Nyanza and Eastern Provinces. In rural communities in Nyanza Province Water.org implemented safe water and sanitation programs in schools, piloted WaterCredit models, and constructed water sources, such as boreholes. In rural, water-scarce Eastern Province Water.org supported community boreholes, school and community sanitation, and hygiene education.

Uganda

UGANDA
Capital city: Kampala
Population of 35.9 million
9 million lack safe water
23.3 million have no sanitation services
Infant mortality rate of .3%
24.5% live in poverty

Water.org’s current programs in Uganda operate in partnership with microfinance institutions, providing loans for water and sanitation through WaterCredit. These programs are in peri-urban communities around Kampala and will soon be scaled-up country-wide. More than 40% of people living in the greater Kampala area live in unplanned settlements. Of those residents, only 17% have access to piped water.

Many people use springs and other surface sources that are highly contaminated due to poor drainage and little regulation of waste disposal. High population growth (more than 5% annually) due to migration to informal settlements stresses water and sanitation resources that are currently available.

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