It’s Time to End
By 2030, we will end water poverty for every man, woman, and child in one of the world’s most underdeveloped and forgotten countries, the Central African Republic (CAR).
Why focus on such a hard to reach place? We’re out to prove that generosity can make a lasting impact, even in the most challenging circumstances. If we succeed here, it is possible anywhere.
What is water poverty?
The average American uses 100 gallons of water per day, the highest rate in the world.
Meanwhile, the average person in Central Africa uses 5 gallons of water per day, and the water is often not safe to drink. This is among the lowest levels in the world.
An economic impact
Water poverty affects every aspect of life.
- Waterborne illness leads to extra spending on medication and lower school and work attendance.
- Without a safe and nearby water source, people must walk long distances (often miles) to get water. These wasted hours fetching water take away from education, work, and family life.
A health impact
Lack of clean water and proper sanitation kill more people than all forms of violence (including war).
This remains one of the greatest tragedies of our time, since we have the technologies and knowledge to solve this problem.
But there is hope
When Water for Good was founded in 2004, 1.1 billion people in the world lacked access to clean water.
Now, just 13 years later, that number has fallen below 663 million, a drop of 40%. Together we have played a small but significant role in one of the poorest countries in the world.
Working alongside local government and entrepreneurs, we can scale this work and make a lasting improvement in the lives of the poorest people on the planet.
Drilling Deep Wells
Water for Good has drilled over 650 new water wells in the Central African Republic.
Each well can provide safe, clean water for 500 people. The depth of the well depends on the regions and geology, but most are at least 90 feet deep, accessing the safe water from underground aquifers. We install protective cement slabs and handpumps at the surface. Cofund a new well.
Sustainability must be part of the long-term solution. We maintain over 1000 water wells across the country, keeping the clean water flowing for over ½ million people. Sponsor a village pump.
Water for Good has rehabilitated over 900 old and forgotten wells in this country.
Wells can last over a decade with regular maintenance, but eventually it will need a major overhaul. We have the expertise to install a new pump, repair the cement slab, or blow debris out of the bottom of the old well.
Track Our Progress
We want to see the wells we maintain working 100% of the time.
- 91% Working great!
- 9% Currently Broken
By 2030, we will achieve 100% country-wide water access.
- 30% Have Access
- 70% No Access
By 2020, we will achieve 100% water access in the Mambéré-Kadéï region.
- 60% With Water
- 40% Without Water
Time to Scale
With over a decade of experience, Water for Good is already the largest water provider in the Central African Republic (CAR). Now we are launching a plan to grow and reach every man, woman, and child by 2030. This country is geographically large, but with a small population of only 4.7 million people.
Reaching everyone in this country is possible.
And now is the time. In order to reach our goal by 2030, we need to increase the pace of change. This is also the United Nations timeline for achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals. We will partner with the UN and many other charitable, humanitarian organizations. We don’t have to go it alone.
Step 1: Reach Everyone in One Region by 2020
Step 2: Scale for Full-Country Coverage by 2030
We Have 2 Rules
#1 Work through local people.
We get things done through local people, mostly the private sector and entrepreneurs — Local Water Heroes.
#2 Build sustainability.
The status quo for water charities is not working. Across Sub-Saharan Africa, up to 60% of water projects in are broken at any given time. We supply and train local technicians to maintain over 1000 water wells in the Central African Republic, keeping wells working 90% of the time.