World Vision is a Christian organization committed to helping people of all races, genders, and religions.
Every Child Deserves Clean Water
We believe we can solve the global water crisis within our lifetimes, and we’re focused on providing clean water and sanitation to every man, woman, and child in every community we work in, including the most vulnerable populations in the hardest-to-reach places. World Vision is the leading NGO provider of clean drinking water.
World Vision scales access to water through right-sized equipment and use of appropriate water sources, manual drilling to reduce cost, and mechanized wells with solar pumps.
Our programs combine access to clean water with critical sanitation and hygiene interventions for the greatest impact. Installation of latrines, hand-washing stations, and training efforts are initiated and led by the community. We have more than 500 water, sanitation, and hygiene professionals who live and work in communities to co-create solutions that last.
World Vision also works to ensure access for those who need it the most. We focus on rural, ultra poor with the greatest disease burden and provide disability-adapted sanitation facilities and water points, as well as tools that aid in water access.
Water continues to flow from World Vision water points because of our integrated community engagement model. One of the premier academic groups in water research, the University of North Carolina Water Institute, conducted an independent study examining 1,470 water sources in 520 communities located in the Greater Afram Plains region of Ghana, where World Vision has been providing wells since 1985. Nearly 80 percent of World Vision wells studied continued to function at high levels even after 20 years, thanks largely to our community engagement model.
Consistent with this community approach to sustainability, research showed how an identifiable water committee and evidence of charging a fee for use of the water were the main reasons associated with the continued functionality of the water points. These best practices, including training local people as mechanics to repair pumps when they break down, are part of the reason why World Vision wells set the standard for sustainability.
The study found the odds of non-World Vision water sources being functional decreased by 2 percent each year, whereas the functionality of water sources installed by World Vision did not significantly decrease with age.
A Full Solution to the Puzzle of Poverty
We work in thousands of communities to help people address not only their water challenges, but a variety of needs including health, education, and economic opportunity, to provide a full solution capable of breaking the cycle of poverty.
“World Vision is one of the great treasures of NGOs.”
– Former U.S. President, Bill Clinton