Water Focused Non-Governmental Organizations
(see " Water and NGO's "e; Workshop)
- Action contre la Faim (ACF) written in French (France) or Action Against Hunger (USA). ACF responds to emergencies and assists rehabilitation efforts after crises. They work in four areas, including water and sanitation projects such as building or restoring water distribution systems, constructing wells, and developing sanitation programs.
- Africare works on various types of water projects in Africa, receiving funds from the African Well Fund which was founded by a group of U2 fans who were inspired by Bono's advocacy for Africa. Africare has carried out a variety of projects including building dams, capping springs and drilling wells.
- Aqua Para La Vida (Working in Nicaragua). Helps small, rural communities develop and maintain access to safe drinking water, primarily through gravity-feed water systems. Operates a work-study school (Escuela Tecnica Agua Potable) which has a three-year Water Project Director curriculum.
- American Water Relief (USA). Devoted to bringing clean, safe water system to poorer communities in Central and South America. Designs and constructs water systems consisting of both water supply and fecal waste disposal elements, with a focus on community participation and sustainability.
- Care Water Projects (USA). Works to reduce the health risks of water-related diseases in developing countries and save time spent gathering water. Provides assistance and training to rural communities and urban neighbourhoods to help them construct and manage low-cost water and sanitation systems. This web site includes evaluations of recent water and sanitation projects in developing countries.
- Children's Cup International Relief (USA). Provides chlorine generation equipment for water purification in southeast Asia and Africa.
- Christian Relief Services (USA). Administers water supply projects in the US and Africa, including well drilling and gravity flow distribution system construction.
- Clean Water for Haiti (Working in Haiti). A volunteer run, faith based missions and humanitarian aid organization. Focused mainly on providing clean water through manufacture and use of household slow sand biofilters. Work is supported by the Cup of Cold Water Project.
- Community Aid Abroad (Australia). Supports community-based self help projects in 30 countries around the world in seven different areas, including agriculture, health, environmental protection, and human rights.
- Doctors Without Borders (USA) OR MSF: Médecins Sans Frontières Int'l (Holland). Provides emergency health care and water supplies/sanitation assistance around the world.
- El Porvenir (Nicaragua). Works in the country of Nicaragua to support self-help community projects in sustainable infrastructure, including well and latrine construction and reforestation.
- Ghana West Africa Fund (Church of Christ USA). Dedicated to developing safe drinking water supplies in Ghana, where infestations of Guinea worm and other parasites are endemic and severely degrade the health of rural populations. The Fund supports drilling and construction of wells with handpumps.
- Global Aid Network (Working in China and Benin). GAiN is achieving concrete results that improve the lives of vulnerable people in Benin, in particular women and children.
- Global Water Inc. (USA). Describes US military-spec equipment used on water supply and purification projects around the world, including satellite and GIS equipment for locating wells and water purifiers such as portable Reverse Osmosis units and others that treat turbidity and microbial contamination. Emphasizes solar and other sustainable power alternatives.
- Healing Waters International Inc (Working in Dominican Republic). This Christian organization builds water purification systems at local churches in poor communities, trains the churches to operate them and manage the accounting, supervises the accounting of the project, and provides technical support.
- Lifewater International (USA) Lifewater Canada's sister site, which contains project updates, USAID technical notes on water supply development issues, and information on training relevant to rural water supply development.
- Living Water International (USA). Provides training and equipment to assist developing countries in producing clean, healthy drinking water. Current projects in Kenya, Ghana, and several Central American countries are described.
- Marion Medical Mission (Malawi). Since 1991 Marion Medical Mission has built over 3500 shallow wells providing over 800,000 people with safe drinking water. They work closely with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian and with the Embangweni Hospital.
- MCC: Mennonite Central Committee MCC is working to help families and communities gain access to water, a vital resource. The site includes descriptions of drinking water-related projects, including dam building efforts.
- Operation Blessing (Mainly working in India, Romania & the Philippines) This Christian organization founded by Pat Robertson drills wells and builds cisterns in developing countries. Health and Hygiene education follows-up new water supply construction.
- Ryan's Well Foundation This Canadian foundation raises awareness about the need for safe drinking water in developing countries and also raises money for wells in Africa.
- Servants in Faith & Technology (Southern Institute for Appropriate Technology). Site describes appropriate technologies for developing communities, including low-tech pump, construction, and agricultural technologies. Plus great international recipes!
- ThirstNoMore.org (Sudan). Drilling wells for humanitarian relief in Darfur.
- CUSO International: Voluntary Service Overseas (Canada). Site for persons who wish to volunteer on water, education, and other development projects in the Third World.
- WaterAid (UK). Site contains case studies of water development projects, anticipated sanitation crises in urban areas, and community participation. Site has a cool kid's educational game on water supply.
- WaterCan (Canada). Organization funds and manages small-scale clean water and sanitation projects with an emphasis on sustainability and community participation.
- Water for Children Africa (USA). Site describes safe drinking water and cottage industry development, as well as volunteer opportunities. One theme is development of cultural bridges between American and African communities.
- Water for Life (USA) and Water for Survival (New Zealand). Provides well construction references.
- Water For People (Canada and USA). An organization founded by AWWA in 1991 to fund water treatment, supply, and hygiene projects. Works in 35 countries around the world.
- Water For Sudan (Working in Sudan). Their mission is to create access to and monitor safe drinking water for communities in Sudan by drilling wells, installing pumping equipment and basic purification systems.
- Water Partners International (USA). Works in Central America to develop surface water supplies and gravity distribution systems. Emphasizes financing and O&M fund development, source protection, and health education.
- Water Wells for Africa (Working in Malawi). WWFA has been drilling wells since 1992. It costs $5,000 to install each well - this includes training the local people to maintain the equipment and manage the resources.
- Wells of Hope (Canada). Led by Ted Van der Zalm, this small non-profit group is working to drill 30 wells/year to provide rural Guatemalan communities with sustainable fresh water supplies. The cost of one well is approximately $10,000.
- Well Spring Africa (USA). Promotes water well drilling with a 3000-year old technology, the hand-powered percussion drill. Book and video are available at low cost.
- World Vision (Canada or USA ). Christian organization working in 90 countries in natural disaster relief response, child sponsorship, and other types of development and emergency projects.
Canadian Water Sites
- Groundwater Homepage (British Columbia Government)
- Knowledge in Action (Global Heroes Water Site). This site contains links to several international and Canadian-based water and infrastructure development sites.
- Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA). Canada's water management professional organization. The site covers water resource management issues with special attention to irrigation and education strategies. The water news section contains much of interest to developing countries, including recent articles on management issues in Egypt, Oman, Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia.
- Freshwater Web Site (Environment Canada). This site can also be reached from the Green Lane. It covers many topic areas, ranging from water policy to management issues such as floods, water quality, and economics. Information is available from provincial, national, and international sources.
- Well Drilling Training Program (Sir Stanford Fleming College). Site describes a two-year degree program for training well drilling professionals.
United States Water Sites
Other Interesting Water Sites
Environmental and Development Sites
Companies Supporting Overseas Water
Education Water Links
Emergency Preparedness & Sustainable Water Directories
Christian Sites Supporting Lifewater Canada
Other Pages Linking Back to Lifewater Canada