Top 50 Water Non-Profit Blogs
Our top 50 water non-profit blogs feature organizations that are doing incredible work to help improve water conditions around the world and conserve the most valuable resource we have.
Wine to Water Blog
Wine to Water tells the story of Jesus turning water into wine. Through this Christian vantage point, Wine to Water seeks to provide water to those in need, believing water is a fortune in today’s society. The founder, Doc Hendley, began raising money for water systems in Sudan in 2004. He was so touched by his work in Sudan, he began working to help other areas. Through Wine to Water’s blog, visitors learn about the organization’s recent work with Samaritan’s Purse UK, which helped Wine to Water place two resource centers in Uganda. Visitors can also keep up with Wine to Water’s many other projects, including its work in Darfur, New Delhi, and Ethiopia. Through photos and stories, Wine to Water shows workers in these countries, as well as the people whose lives are touched by Wine to Water’s projects.
Water 1st Blog
By making community members a part of the solution, Water 1st boasts a high success rate for its installation of low-cost water systems and toilets. In addition to striving to provide clean water to each household, Water 1st instructs community members on hygiene in an effort to eradicate disease. Their blog gives first-person accounts from its volunteers in the field. These stories give readers a true picture of the impact their work has on entire villages. In addition to stories from the field, they also provide information for those interested in becoming involved with its projects. This section also acknowledges the generous donations that allow projects to proceed, which also includes news and photos of fundraising events, many of which are innovative and unique.
The Water Environment Foundation (WEF) has a vast network of engineers, scientists, academics, and more working together to find the best solution to water shortages worldwide. WEF not only on works to alleviate water shortages, but also helps educate the general public about small things they can do to protect one of the world’s most valuable assets: Water. WEF also hosts WEFCOM, an online community that acts as a virtual workspace for experts to collaborate on ideas, as well as an annual conference, WEFTEC, held in late September. WEFTEC brings together water and environmentalist experts from throughout the country. WEFTEC is open to anyone who would like to join in the conversation and learn new strategies in the battle to improve water accessibility worldwide. Their blog is written by its own staff and committee members, who share information gathered from various conferences. These writings emphasize the importance of doing little things to make a big difference.
International Water Management Institute
For twenty-five years, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has worked hard to improve land and water resource management to preserve food and livelihoods, in addition to the environment. With a staff of 350 and offices in ten countries around the world, IWMI’s priority is research, utilizing its own staff and partnerships with policy makers, and private sector organizations to improve environmental conditions. IWMI’s blog includes news about its most recent awards, as well as environmental news that impacts the work IWMI does every day. As a respected research center, IWMI’s blog provides information accessible to global members of the Consultive Group on International Agricultural Research, which supports IWMI along with only 14 other global research organizations. These partnerships allow IWMI’s blog to include interviews and information from some of the most respected experts in the industry.
The Clean Water Blog
For more than forty years, Clean Water Action has fought for cleaner water for our planet’s future. Boasting more than a million members, the organization fights to lower pollution, providing clean water, creating jobs in environmental work, and creating grassroots campaigns that help resolve environmental issues. Through its work with governments, Clean Water Action has been instrumental in creating policies that help clean up land, water, and air. This includes climate change legislation, changes in protection for wetlands, and protection of drinking water sources. Clean Water Action’s blog is written by its workers across the world, detailing changes in environmental policies, as well as information about action individuals can take to help make a difference. By working together, local environmentalists can create a strong, worldwide network that gets through to legislators and Clean Water Action’s blog helps keep those local environmentalists informed.
The National Clean Water Network
Founded in 1992, The National Clean Water Network (CWN) focuses on keeping America’s waterways clean. The organization acts as a liaison between public interest groups, bringing those groups together through its network of members, and works to shape policies that protect our environment. Originally a project of the Natural Resources Defense Council, CWN also hosts events and connects members with policymakers in order to further communication. Programs include the State Assistant Fund, which allows CWN to support members on a local level. CWN’s blog focuses on the latest legislation that might affect members, as well as news about CWN’s work with policymakers. By following news posted on CWN’s blog, members can be the first to learn about information that could impact water quality worldwide, allowing them to act before it’s too late. CWN also provides regular legislative updates and excerpts from policies, both Federal and State.
River Network Blogs
River Network’s focus is on the nation’s rivers and other waterways. With the help of thousands of member organizations across the country, the River Network not only empowers its members, it educates them by providing technical training and continuous access to its resources and services. The River Network strives to protect waterways and the wildlife housed in them, ensure clean drinking water by reducing pollution, and shield waterways from the effects of climate change. River Network’s blog is a collection of writings by its staff and members. This provides a participatory blog that collects news and information from a wide variety of sources. The staff acts as field reporters in some instances, interviewing relevant leaders in the industry and covering local issues that members might not otherwise know about. Blogs from Todd Ambs, River Network’s president, are grouped in one area of the site.
The River Blog
For nearly forty years, American Rivers has fought to preserve and protect America’s rivers and streams, seeing the more than 150,000 miles of waterways it has preserved as a connection to future generations. Each year, American Rivers releases its list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers, billing its report as a call to action to Americans to step forward and do something before it’s too late. Staff members contribute to American Rivers’ blog, detailing legislation that impacts America’s rivers, as well as efforts to clean up polluted waterways. American Rivers also brings up issues that may impact waterways in the near future, including climate changes, sewage dumping, and the effect of weather events on rivers. One unique feature of American Rivers’ blog is the ability to filter articles by issue or region, so if someone is interested in learning about issues happening in their region of the U.S., they can pull up all blogs about that particular region.
Beautiful Charleston, South Carolina is known for its beautiful homes near Battery Park, located on the Charleston Peninsula, which is bordered by the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. The area is rich in history, with Battery Park being used to store artillery during the Civil War. Today, Charleston Waterkeeper is determined to keep Charleston’s waterways clean and safe. A member organization of the national Waterkeeper Alliance, Charleston Waterkeeper protects the Charleston Harbor, as well as the Ashley, Cooper, Wando, and Stono Rivers. Charleston Waterkeeper’s blog announces its fundraising activities, as well as documenting the organization’s efforts to patrol the area waterways, testing water and conducting visual inspections. The blog also helps out by educating Charleston residents and visitors on the rules of waterways and coastlines in the area, including reminding readers about proper waste disposal and responsible care for waterways while boating. The blog uses photos and videos to better illustrate its message.
Georgia has two beautiful waterways protected by the Ogeechee Riverkeeper—the Ogeechee and the Canoochee rivers. Over the years, however, these two beautiful waterways have fallen in danger of contamination due to population growth, water withdrawals, waste discharges, and more. The Ogeechee Riverkeeper was founded to reverse this trend toward endangerment, with the goal of putting a voice to citizens’ concerns and working with policymakers to make positive changes. Ogeechee Riverkeeper’s blog includes information on environmental factors that might affect the area waterways, such as new industrial growth, as well as updates on legislation that impacts the area. The Ogeechee Riverkeeper also has an e-newsletter available to anyone who signs up to receive it, which can help interested parties stay abreast of the latest happenings without having to remember to check the site often or sign up for an RSS Feed.
Located in Edgewater, Maryland, the South River spans ten miles of the Chesapeake Bay. At one time, the South River was a major port, with an area called London Town overlooking the river in the 1600s. Both the Historic London Town and Gardens and the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse are located on the South River. The South River Federation seeks to preserve the South River’s water quality by reducing pollutants and controlling bacteria levels. South River Federation’s blog keeps readers informed of the latest bacteria levels of each area of the river. This not only informs those interested in using the waterway for family activities, but it keeps the community informed on the work the federation is doing to keep bacteria at a safe level. The federation also outlines its efforts and community events on its blog, complete with pictures and video from the field.
Huron River Watershed Council
In 1956, a water shortage in Detroit caused the city to form a council to study water resources and demands in the metropolitan area. Over the next nine years, several advisory committees and planning organizations studied the Huron River, eventually leading to the initiation of the Local River Management Act. In 1965, the Huron River Watershed Council was formed. Today, the Watershed Council provides details of its research to the community and works with area officials to stress the importance of legislation that protects and preserves Detroit’s waterways. The Huron River Watershed Council features personal stories from volunteers highlighting the beauty of the Huron River, including personal outings on the waterway. The blog also features details of Huron River fundraising events, including the annual Brew for the River, featuring beers made specifically for the event. Lastly, details of environmental efforts and legislation are included on the Hudson River Watershed Council blog.
The River Rat
The River Rat is the blog of the River Alliance of Wisconsin, an advocacy group that strives to enhance and restore the rivers of Wisconsin. Projects include the Aquatic Invasive Species Project, dedicated to identifying and resolving species in Wisconsin’s waterways that may be putting resident wildlife in jeopardy, and the Urban Riverfront Conservation Project, in which the alliance works with others in the community on a project to restore the waterfront area. The River Rat details special events like the River Rally, an annual event that brings together water preservationists for sharing ideas, learning, and celebrating victories. Many blogs center around exploring Wisconsin’s many rivers, discovering new areas for Wisconsin residents to traverse. The blog is rife with history and culture, making it obvious members of the River Alliance are focusing not only on where Wisconsin is going, but also the long, winding path that led them to where they are today.
Idaho River Reflections
Since its founding in 1990, Idaho Rivers United has labored to protect Idaho’s waterways and wildlife, especially the endangered wild steelhead and salmon. Over the years, the introduction of dams into Idaho’s rivers has had a negative impact on the wildlife in those ponds. Juvenile salmon are particularly impact by these dams, with dams impeding the current that normally carries these fish downstream. These disoriented salmon then become easy prey for other wildlife, especially birds and predatory fish. Idaho River Reflections is the blog of Idaho Rivers United, featuring stories about environmental efforts and Idaho Rivers United fundraisers and special events. As the blog points out, salmon and steelhead once vastly populated the rivers of Idaho and, in fact, the town named Salmon, Idaho perfectly illustrates how populous salmon were in the area. Community residents often participate in events to preserve the waterways and wildlife and their participation is spotlighted in photos on the blog.
Imagine H2O goes to great lengths to involve people in water conservation efforts, including hosting three annual competitions. Cash prizes are offered for ideas, with scholarships provided to help people turn those ideas into action. The emphasis of Imagine H2O is to empower communities to use their imagination to find resolutions to today’s water quality issues. The organization believes that we are a world of entrepreneurs and the key to repairing one of the biggest issues facing society today is to motivate those entrepreneurs to craft great ideas and share them. On the Imagine H2O blog, readers can learn about new programs in which they can participate, including the current competition accepting entries. For enterprising innovators interested in turning their ideas into cash, keeping an eye on Imagine H2O’s blog is the best way to get the information they need to enter the competition.
Ecocentric is the blog of the GRACE Communications Foundation, an organization dedicated to educate and inform communities about the state of food, water, and energy, which it believes are interconnecting forces in our society. Several months ago, GRACE combined its various blogs into one super-blog, which became Ecocentric. Ecocentric covers crises related to outdated energy production methods and informs citizens on the importance of healthy eating both to local economies and reducing energy consumption. Ecocentric also includes a water conservation calculator, which is a great way to learn just how much energy goes into producing the foods we eat every day. GRACE doesn’t limit its information to its blog, though. The organization’s writings have been featured on The Huffington Post and Alternet, which has in turn led citizens to visit Ecocentric to learn more about the organization and its efforts.
Maintained by the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS), Conservation Blogger is a forum for the latest news and research in the field of natural resource management. SWCS publishes the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, a publication that focuses on sustainability of natural resources with features on strategies for holistic options to farming, management of wetlands, and more. SWCS, founded in 1943, focuses on scientific-based policy advocacy, with chapters across the country. Through its blog, SWCS allows readers to watch video from conferences and read details of policies that impact conservation nationwide. Conservation Blogger also highlights local events, including special events and holidays dedicated to soil and water stewardship. Interested members can even join SWCS through a link on the blog, which gives them discounted access to the annual SWCS conference, additional publications, and more.
Drinktap is the blog of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), an organization with more than 50,000 members that dates back to 1881. The focus of AWWA is on worldwide safe water advocacy, using the power of its membership to educate communities and work to enact legislation. Drinktap features writings by staff members Greg Kail and Dierdre Mueller, both of whom inform readers about legislation and current events impacting the AWWA. The blog includes fun videos put together by staff members and news about water conservation and preservation efforts across the globe. AWWA also links from fun features like its History of Water Distribution timeline, which details a detailed look at water distribution going all the way back to 3100 B.C. As AWWA points out in its timeline, 90 percent of our country is served by community water systems, leading to AWWA’s goal of increasing water distribution throughout the world.
The Water Project
“When water comes, everything changes” is the motto of The Water Project’s blog. The Water Project acknowledges that more than one billion people worldwide suffer because of water shortages. Through connecting donors with project partners who are currently drilling wells in remote areas, The Water Project is able to make a difference in these communities. The Water Project works in five different countries, believing that creating change isn’t only about changing lives, but bringing back stories to those who give to these projects. Through its blog, The Water Project highlights activities of workers, including detailed stories of their journeys. In this manner, donors are able to feel connected to the communities they help. The Water Project also details their efforts to hire workers in both sanitation and hygiene to ensure communities not only have access to safe water, but also have the resources they need to continue safe operations well into the future.
Drop in the Bucket
Los Angeles-based Drop in the Bucket has offices in Uganda and South Sudan, giving it a firsthand view of the issues that impact these communities. Local field officers get involved with members of these communities, giving Drop in the Bucket and insider’s view that helps them better serve these communities. Drop in the Bucket specializes in both building wells and sanitation systems for schools to help children have safe access while obtaining an education. Drop in the Bucket’s blog highlights individual members of the communities touched by the organization’s work, making readers feel personally connected to the people impacted by inadequate water. Additionally, Drop in the Bucket connects readers with American schools, where children are becoming involved in solving the world’s water crisis through collecting change and hosting fundraisers. Visitors can also access the blog of founder Stacey Travis, who shares stories of her own personal efforts in the field.
Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) strives to bring water information to the educational community. The organization does this through publications, workshops, community events, and maintaining a worldwide network of educators, water experts, and scientists. Since the goal is to help make children a part of the solution, Project WET’s blog showcases its efforts in areas like Bolivia and El Salvador. On its blog, Project WET offers suggestions for teachers on activities that can be brought into the classroom. Teachers can also read about things each American can do to make a difference in areas on the other side of the world. Using fun graphics and videos, the blog holds to the classroom theme, making the blog engaging not only for teachers, but for students, as well. Photos from Project WET operations often incorporate children, which helps them feel more connected to the children so in need of water.
This creatively named blog belongs to Pure Water for the World (PWW), an organization that focuses on cost effective projects to help underserved regions. Founded in 1994 by a dentist and his local Rotary Club, PWW has turned its effort toward sand filters, which can be given to each home affordably, allowing those families to obtain pure drinking water on an ongoing basis. Other economical plans PWW has implemented include solar pasteurization and rainwater harvesting. PWW currently has projects ongoing in both Honduras and Haiti. Pure Water for the World was working hard in Haiti prior to the 2010 earthquake that devastated the area, but following the disaster, PWW stepped up efforts, delivering more than 80,000 truckloads of water per day. Water Blogged provides news about PWW’s awards, student travels to help with PWW’s activities, and photos from the field.
World Rivers Blog
International Rivers works to sustain rivers throughout the world, with staff located on five continents. The bulk of International Rivers’ focus is in three areas: Latin America, Asia, and Africa. International Rivers has been instrumental in the effort to protect worldwide rivers and work with local communities on dam reform. Additionally, International Rivers seeks to educate the public through informative presentations and outreach. The overall mission of International Rivers is to alleviate poverty and protect the planet. International Rivers’ blog invites guest bloggers to participate, but many of its blogs are written by staff members. Blog topics include news about dam development, renewable energy, and International Rivers’ efforts to help those in need. International Rivers’ World Rivers Blog provides river supporters a way to keep up with International Rivers’ latest work.
Water Blogged (H2O for Life)
H2O for Life focuses on connecting schools with schools in need in other parts of the world. This one-on-one connection shows students more powerful results, as students are able to feel as though they are personally connected to students on the other side of the world. Once connected with a school in the developing world H2O for Life provides the resources the American school needs to fund a project for that school. American students will receive photos from that school to show how their hard work made a difference. H2O for Life’s blog is written by the president and co-founder of H2O for Life, Patty Hall. Hall has been recognized by Reader’s Digest and CNN and is regularly asked to speak at events in Washington D.C. Hall’s blog features stories on partner schools here and in developing areas, as well as penning general stories about the global water crisis and what individuals can do to help.
Global Water Challenge
Global Water Challenge’s (GWC) mission is threefold: learning, connecting, and investing. By utilizing all three, GWC is able to bring the world together to create a powerful force that helps enact change. GWC programs have helped schools around the world, including students in Kenya, Guatemala, and Mexico. GWC seeks not only to implement these programs, but to provide easily duplicated projects. This encourages local communities and area governments to put these plans into action. GWC also focuses on projects that are sustainable, requiring that any project have a success rate far beyond the usual five-year failure point that many water projects have. GWC’s blog focuses on its achievements and projects, as well as news about upcoming webinars and informational opportunities. GWC also has information on its blog about local fundraising efforts, including campaigns in schools. Through video and photos, GWC engages visitors through its blog, disseminating information as far as possible.
Water for People
Water for People focuses on providing systems that last, honing in on the problem of broken pumps and sanitation systems. Through providing safe sanitation facilities and hygiene education, Water for People targets ten countries, including Ecuador, Rwanda, and India. Water for People’s World Water Corps deploys volunteers to these areas to determine need, bringing this information back to those who can make a difference. Water for People’s blog is a collection of news stories about efforts to improve conditions worldwide. Water for People also reports on fundraising events, including Climb for Water, an annual event where climbers take on some of the country’s most challenging climbs to help raise money for Water for People. Workers also post stories from the field, relaying details of what they’ve seen as they surveyed the situation across the globe, complete with photographs and personal accounts.
The Watering Hole Blog
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. co-founded this organization in 1999, which seeks to protect and preserve more than 100,000 miles of rivers, streams, and coastlines throughout the world. The Waterkeeper Alliance is made up of more than 190 local Waterkeeper organizations, each of which are dedicated to patrolling the waterways in order to detect and prevent pollution, working with legislators to create environmental laws, and provide information to the public. Through its blog, The Watering Hole, the Waterkeeper Alliance relays news that impacts water-based environmental efforts, details clean-up efforts, and legislative action that relates to global waterways. The Watering Hole also provides information on unique water-based adventures that can send water proponents on an adventure that helps them appreciate the world’s many beautiful waterways. The Watering Hole also helps link people to various social networks that can help them keep up with the latest happenings at waterways throughout the world.
World Water Relief
In recent years, World Water Relief (WWR) has focused its efforts in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. In fact, after the 2010 earthquake, World Water Relief distributed portable solar water systems to the area, with WWR’s president and program manager making numerous trips to the area to help those in need. Today, WWR’s efforts in Haiti focus on a combination of water purification systems and hygiene education for those impacted by water shortages. During the earthquake, World Water Relief’s blog was dedicated to their trips to Haiti, with real-time stories from the area. Later that blog was encapsulated in a “Rebuilding Hope: After the Haiti Earthquake” online photo book. Today, WWR’s blog features stories from members of the board of directors, with stories and observations from the field. These stories give readers an idea of the work WWR is doing in countries around the world.
The Freshwater Society was created by three men who were disturbed at the sight of pollution in local waterways. They were startled to find that no research was being done to uncover the cause or develop a remedy for it. They worked to raise money to build a lab, which eventually became part of the Freshwater Society, an organization that dedicates itself to identifying problems and finding solution through forums and partnerships with other groups. Through its blog, the Freshwater Society gets the word out about new research, legislation, other important information that impacts water preservation.
AWRA Water Blog
Refugee Sandor Csallany came up with the idea for the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) in 1957, while working in hydrology for the Illinois State Water Survey. The AWRA’s mission is to bring together water professionals from a variety of disciplines within the industry, including regulators, educators, engineers, biologists, and more. The AWRA works to promote a laid-back environment that facilitates communication and the sharing of ideas. Through doing this, the AWRA hopes to be able to more quickly find solutions to the issues plaguing the industry today. Each Friday, the AWRA summarizes the water news for the week on its blog, helping keep the water preservation community aware of the latest happenings in the field. AWRA also posts news from its gatherings and presentations, as well as providing information to help form a national vision for the organization and its members.
For more than 40 years, Water Charity has been one of the country’s premier water charities. Current projects include a “52 Pumps in 52 Weeks” program in Senegal, which is in partnership with the Peace Corps, and the Naranjo Dry Bathroom Project in Peru, which seeks to construct a sanitation infrastructure in the area. Water Charity’s projects are vast, encompassing several continents and a wide variety of projects. On its blog, Water Charity tracks the progress of its many projects, complete with helpful project descriptions for each. Additionally, readers can click on links within each blog to get an overall description of the project and its progress.
Agua Para La Vida
Spanish for Water for Life, Agua Para La Vida (APLV) focuses its efforts in Nicaragua, an area with a large population suffering from water deprivation. APLV helps by setting up gravity flow water systems to alleviate the problem for generations. APLV’s gravity flow water systems utilize existing springs that are carefully tested and involve the community in the work to make them feel part of the solution. On APLV’s blog, the organization provides its latest news, information on its projects, and news about its water technician school. APLV instructs Nicaraguan residents on the maintenance of gravity flow water systems, helping these communities become self-sustaining well after the work on installing systems is complete. The blog often provides features on graduates of its technician school, following their progress as they work in their own communities, as well as installing water systems in other areas. This “pay-it-forward” approach makes APLV stand out.
Blood: Water Mission
Jars of Clay founded this water charity, which began as an effort to alleviate the AIDS/HIV crisis in Africa. As the organization began working with an AIDS hospice in the area, the volunteers realized that for the long-term health of AIDS patients, clean water was crucial. In 2005, Blood Water Mission launched its first water-based project, the 1000 Wells Project. That initial project reached its completion in 2010 thanks to a dedicated effort by numerous Americans. Today, Blood Water Mission continues its efforts in Africa, both in ensuring clean water for residents and working to help ease the AIDS/HIV crisis in that area. Blood Water Mission’s blog provides a fun, easy-to-read chronicle of the activities of volunteers and communities that are aided by the efforts of the organization. Posts from young volunteers help inspire and motivate the next generation of workers, some of whom were involved in Blood Water Mission fundraisers through their schools.
Blue Planet Network
The foundation of Blue Planet Network is collaboration, with water organizations throughout the world bonding together to provide waters to areas in need. Using its Peer Water Exchange system, members of the Blue Planet Network share information and submit projects for approval. The Exchange not only approves projects but provides guidance at each phase of the process, following all the way beyond project implementation to ensure long-term success. Criteria for a project’s acceptance include the proper utilization of innovative technology, involvement by the local community, and the project’s suitability to the area in which it will be implemented. Blue Planet Network’s blog includes news of fundraising efforts and projects by members. By community demand, Blue Planet Network now has a feature called “Every Picture Tells a Story,” which details the work the network does in communities across the world, as well as work of members.
CannedWater4Kids distributes canned water to the more than a billion people who lack access to clean drinking water. Not only are these cans recyclable, they allow for clean drinking water to be stored safely for longer periods of time. In addition to providing cans to communities that need water, CannedWater4Kids seeks to have its water sold on the shelves in Wal-Mart to benefit its efforts overseas. Visitors to CannedWater4Kids’ blog can vote for this to become a reality. Other interesting blog posts include details of local fundraising efforts. This includes CannedWater4Kids’ president’s recent efforts to learn what so many go through each day by carrying 40 pounds three miles. He was only able to carry 40 pounds 1.5 miles, but when he took it down to 20 pounds, he could walk the full three miles. By doing this, he was able to get a firsthand view of what people go through each day.
Charity: Water believes in “the 100% model,” in which it pledges that 100% of all funds raised will be put toward the organization’s projects. This is a bold promise in a world where many charitable organizations set aside a certain percentage of donations for administrative costs. But Charity: Water takes it a step further by reimbursing credit card fees when donors give online. How does the organization do it? Administrative costs are funded by private donors and sponsors. Using this money, Charity: Water provides water through freshwater wells, rainwater catchments, and sand filters. Through its blog, Charity: Water profiles staff members and volunteers and includes stories from the field. The organization includes photos and stories from its events, where it often encourages individuals to walk carrying water in yellow fuel cans, as many of its recipients must do. These stories help connect readers with the activities of the organization.
One of the most unique things about Generosity Water is its Dollars to Water program, which shows donors where each dollar they donate goes. At the end of the project, Generosity Water gives donors a detailed report of its success, including GPS coordinates, photos, and stories from the field. Each donor gets a My Projects page that breaks down each funded project in detail. Generosity Water uses its blog to give details of special events, like the annual Night of Generosity, where the organization sets out to bring water to a set number of people using monies raised during that evening’s festivities. The blog also gives stories of fundraising efforts and personal stories of those who have contributed to Generosity Water’s efforts. The site also has a video section with stories from the field. Listen to stories from those who benefit from water donations and hear stories from workers in the field.
Just a Drop
It only takes a small donation to make a big difference in the lives of those who need it. This is the inspiration behind the name of Just a Drop, which acts as a liaison between funders and projects. Just a Drop works to connect those wishing to donate with those initiating projects, also overseeing the training and efficiency of each operation. Currently, Just a Drop is managing projects in Latin America, North Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Locally, Just a Drop also helps connect volunteers with local events to help raise money for water projects, including runs and challenges. On its blog, Just a Drop features stories about donors and partners, and profiles of staff members and workers. The Just a Drop blog also includes its newsletter, which takes an in-depth look at projects in the field, fundraising efforts, and much more.
Lifewater International focuses on water shortages, hygiene, and sanitation worldwide. The organization believes education is the foundation to its work, with water-related diseases and deaths providing a serious danger to these areas. Lifewater has a WASH in Schools Program, which helps instruct young schoolchildren on proper hygiene. The organization also assists areas in developing adequate sanitation to help keep schoolchildren safe. Domestically, Lifewater International hosts fundraising challenges for churches, businesses, civic groups, families, schools, and athletes. Lifewater International’s blog provides information for those interested in the organization’s projects, as well as the worldwide water crisis in general. Resources include official reports on the water situation worldwide. Additionally, the organization’s website is a fountain of research material and statistics on the water crisis, which can serve as a benefit to anyone looking for information the subject. The hygiene and sanitation information can prove valuable to even those living with plenty of water, with alarming statistics about hand-washing inadequacies.
Living Water is a Christian organization that began in 1990 after a trip to Kenya opened a group’s eyes to the need for water in the area. Living Water educates volunteers in shallow well drilling, pump repair, and hygiene education, equipping them to put these solutions in action. The organization’s projects include more than 115 total completed projects in Angola, pump repair and open well sealing in Burkina Faso, and more than 325 completed projects in El Salvador. Living Water’s blog reflects its Christian views, with stories about staff and volunteers and how their work has impacted their faith. Field notes are also incorporated into the blog. Each blog is complete with touching photos and personal testimonies from the field. Another way Living Water personalizes its blog is by including stories from American students who have been impacted by the work Living Water does, either through fundraisers or personal involvement in the work.
Home to the “Elephant Pump,” Pump Aid raises money and installs pumps in Africa. The Elephant Pump is named for its shape, with the pump that removes waste resembling an elephant trunk and the platforms next to the pump looking like elephant ears. Pump Aid modifies existing pumps when able, cleaning them, expanding them, and strengthening them using bricks. Since it was founded, Pump Aid has installed more than 7,600 Elephant Pumps in Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Liberia—areas that were suffering from lack of water access previously. On its blog, Pump Aid details its efforts in these areas, along with fundraising work in the U.S. The organization keeps readers updated on its Operation AfriQUA project, which is in partnership with Water & Wastewater International. The two organizations are working together on a project to bring water to Malawi. The blog also links to information on Pump Aid’s many projects.
Water for Life
Based out of Hawaii, Water for Life focuses on projects implemented by its parent institute, University of the Nations, as well as its own projects. Water for Life’s efforts incorporate both water installations and education, with its staff heading out into the field to get firsthand experience. Not only does Water for Life create water projects, the organization works to train community members on installations and maintenance. In order to help communities maintain its solutions, Water for Life implements small-scale systems that can be easily maintained and repaired. Water for Life’s blog details the organization’s 2010 fundraiser Walk4Water, as well as other events that were going on at that time. More current information on Walk4Water’s efforts can be found on the Projects section of its blog, where photos and stories illustrate the work the organization is doing in Cambodia, Uganda, Kosovo, and Rwanda.
Water is Life
Water is Life distributes straw filters to areas in need, with a solution that helps entire villages. These water filtration straws can be distributed less expensively, allowing for more lives to be touched. In addition to its unique filters, Water is Life also provides hygiene and sanitation education to schools and to villages through community centers in their area. The sanitation efforts of Water is Life are focused on schools in the area, with a goal of ensuring schoolchildren have access to sanitary plumbing and water. On its blog, Water is Life provides information on how individuals can help with its projects, along with specifics about the area that will be touched. Water is Life also details its efforts to distribute bucket filtration systems throughout affected areas. Events covered on Water is Life’s blog include its Dirty 30 Race. On its main site, Water is Life has an interesting countdown clock, letting visitors know where and when the next filtration distribution project will begin.
Water to Thrive
Beginning as a fundraising effort by a Texas Christian group, Water to Thrive brings together churches, offices, schools, and private citizens to further its cause to alleviate the worldwide water crisis. Money raised by Water to Thrive goes to fund wells in Africa, where clean drinking water can be provided for years to come. Water to Thrive has partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Africa to help form a better understanding of the need in various areas. Since 2007, Water to Thrive has brought water to communities in Ethiopia and Sierra Leone through more than 230 projects. Water to Thrive provides information about some of these ongoing projects on its blog , with stories from those who are participating in the projects. A recent trip to Ethiopia is recalled from several different perspectives. The organization also participates in local fundraising events, details of which are included in its blog posts.
Water.org was founded by actor Matt Damon and Gary White in order to help create solutions to a worldwide issue. The organization lets donors know that for only $25, one person can be provided access to clean water for life. This small amount of money that makes a big difference helps empower donors to give, knowing even a small amount can greatly help Water.org’s efforts. In addition to traditional donations, Water.org offers CamelBak water bottles for $25-$35 with $10 from each bottle purchased going toward its efforts. On its blog, Water.org features stories and photos from its work. A video showcases Damon and White’s recent trip to Haiti in order to follow through on the organization’s commitment to help bring safe water to 50,000 individuals. The video includes a touching celebration of the completion of a well in the Central Plateau.
Nika provides premium Carbon-free bottled water in recyclable bottles. Additionally, Nika has created a program with schools where students are paid for each bottle it returns for recycling. Nika stands out from other bottled water companies I that it donates all proceeds to water projects in areas that need it. Currently, Nika is raising money for projects in Kenya, Nicaragua, Uganda, and Sri Lanka. Projects include providing a water well to a newly created orphanage and providing 500-liter water tanks to 213 families in Sri Lanka. Nika lists its upcoming projects on its blog, as well as letters to the Nika family from co-founder Jeff Church. Video coverage from Nika’s participation in Earth Day is also posted on the company’s blog. Nika also includes photos and information on star-studded events in support of its cause, like the 2009 finale of Dancing with the Stars, where celebrities posed in support of the company.
My Cause Water
My Cause Water has been voted the best-tasting bottled non-carbonated (still) water in the world, with a careful balance of minerals. With a fun, unique square bottle design, My Cause’s water is in recyclable packaging, with five cents from every bottle sold going to a cause of the buyer’s choice. The cause can be chosen on the organization’s website, simply by entering the barcode from the water. Charity: Water is among the water-based charities water consumers’ money can be directed toward. Consumers can learn where to buy My Cause Water on the organization’s blog, with almost all locations being in Maryland. The blog also details the organization’s efforts to spread its water to even more retailers, with trade show attendance and new certifications detailed. The blog also includes profiles of individuals who are working to help spread the word about My Cause Water.
Oceana works to protect the world’s oceans through its network of “Wavemakers.” The main mission of Oceana is to stop ocean pollution, promote responsible fishing, protect marine wildlife, and more. Part of the way Oceana does this is through education, with many informative articles posted on the organization’s website. Oceana also specializes in fighting to improve policies to protect global waterways. On its blog, titled The Beacon, Oceana includes excerpts from its quarterly magazine, Oceana magazine, and news and interesting features about the ocean and ocean life. The blog also features legislative policies that might have an impact on the oceans Oceana fights to protect and preserve. Oceana sometimes publishes interviews with celebrities and video clips from documentaries to add even more interest to its blog.
Give Clean Water
Give Clean Water (GCW) specializes in installing water filters in homes, giving families access to clean drinking water no matter what water is entering the home. GCW starts by determining need and assembling teams to install the filters. The teams not only install the filters but educate the recipient family on how to maintain the filter. While the team is on site, they also educate the family on the importance of hygiene and proper sanitation in keeping their family safe, including stressing to the family the importance of cooking only with water that has run through the newly installed filter. On its blog, GCW details its recent trip to Fiji, where high school students traveled to install water filters at both schools and in homes within villages.
By building wells, rain harvesting facilities, and spring boxes, Global H2O is changing entire villages. The organization recently completed a well drilling project in Uganda, the pictures and a detailed report on which is available in the Projects section of Global H2O’s site. An annual art competition encourages artists to submit works that center on the theme of water and the water crisis, with an auction that partly benefits its cause. Global H2O uses its blog to celebrate various water-related events and stress the importance of its efforts. Statistical information and details about its projects are also included in Global H2O’s blog. With numerous pictures from the field, Global H2O helps donors feel as though they’re a part of the organization’s activities. For those thinking about volunteering, Global H2O also has a section of its website dedicated to giving advice to potential volunteers.
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