There are many organisations seeking to improve access to clean water, understanding that it is a basic human right as a necessity for life. Whilst the common goal of organisations is proved clean water, each has a particular focus regarding the issue. Each of these organisations work to support community leaders choose the resources that best fit their community, ensuring maintenance and sustainability of the project over time.
Blood:Water works on the African continent with a focus on ending the HIV/AIDS and water crises. Providing toilets and hand washing stations, Blood:Water also provides services that prevents mother-to-child HIV/AIDS transmission. The community leaders that take on responsibility for the project in their area also activate and educate local people through meetings, local support groups, and training sessions. Launched in 2004, Blood:Water has brought clean water to one million people in 11 different countries.
Currently working to bring safe water to Haiti, Ghana, Uganda, and India, generosity.org also works with local partners to find the best type of wells, rain-water harvesting systems, and spring protection systems for the area. A local water committee oversees the entire project from start to finish and is responsible for future maintenance. To date, the organisation has started 813 projects in 20 countries, which have helped more than 470,000 people.
We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. Thomas Fuller
Splash works in disadvantaged cities in collaboration with local governments and businesses who remain involved long after Splash have left to ensure a long-lasting, sustainable solution. In addition to providing filtration systems, Splash educates children about effective hygiene practices and trains local organisations and businesses to properly maintain toilets. Splash is so successful because it piggybacks on the technology and supply chains already in use by major food and hotel chains. This allows them to set bold goals of 100 per cent coverage of a platform, instead of simply a pilot project, including every orphanage in China; every public school in Kathmandu and every child-serving institution in Kolkata, India.
Raising money through cycle rides, Ride4Water raises awareness of the global water crisis, and have installed filtration systems in homes for communities in Oaxaca, Fiji, and El Salvador which trap harmful bacteria and microorganisms found in water. Their 2020 Desal Project in Palmercito, El Salvador is a beta test for a globally scalable solution which is looking to turn the ocean into a viable source of drinking water through a Decentralised Desalination Device that will use sunlight, clay, and aluminum to enable those living on the coast to gain access to an unlimited water supply.
There many other organizations that aim to help water crisis. Some of them are Lifewater International, Planet Water Foundation, Water 1st International and Safe Water Network. Lifewater International is a Christian water development organisation that has spent the last four decades working in remote and rural areas of East Africa and Southeast Asia, currently Uganda, Ethiopia and Cambodia. Planet Water Foundation are able to install water filtration systems and launch health education programs to increase the numbers of people with access to clean water. Water 1st International has empowered vulnerable communities in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Honduras, and India to build and sustain solutions that provide clean water access and toilets. Safe Water Network aims to build affordable, locally-owned water systems for communities in Ghana and India which later come under the ownership of community members trained in the technical and operational skills necessary to sustain a small water enterprise.