842,000 people die every year from diarrhoeal diseases.




People educated about sanitation


Total people impacted


Water points constructed

In many developing countries, the inability to access clean water is a profound problem affecting billions of people. In addition to lack of clean water, 2.3 billion people still do not have basic sanitation facilities such as toilets or latrines.  All of these issues can cause water­borne illness, and even death. Together, we can help people get access to improved water and sanitation through wells, filtration systems, latrines, and sanitation education.


Why Water?

Water is life, and clean water is at the core of sustainable development. Water and sanitation projects are deeply interwoven with other sustainable development goals. Improving access to clean water increases a child’s ability to stay in school instead of walking miles to collect water every day. Improving sanitation also improves health and reduces the risk of waterborne or diarrheal diseases. Building new wells and water collection systems provide jobs within communities. And finally, increased access to water can help provide economic and agricultural sustainability.

Water-related facts

4.5 billion people lack safely managed sanitation services.

2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services.

By 2025, 1.8 billion people are expected to be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity

340,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases.

About three quarters of households in sub-Saharan Africa fetch water from a source away from their home and 50% to 85% of the time, women are responsible for this task.

Reducing the time it takes to fetch water from 30 to 15 minutes increased girls’ school attendance by 12% according to a study in Tanzania.


What is ODW Doing?

As of January 2018, we have funded 33 water projects around the world, giving access to clean water and improved sanitation facilities. Our partners work with local leaders and experts to ensure ownership and sustainability. Join us and make a real impact!

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