Water is Life.

World Vision brings clean water to communities around the planet, helping create fullness of life for children in need.

The Need
In Africa they say, “Water is Life.” About 884 million people in the world lack access to safe drinking water. Children and women often walk five to ten miles a day to gather water that isn’t even safe to drink; water that can make them sick. More children die from diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation than almost any other cause - more than AIDS and malaria combined.

The Hope
More than half of under five (years old) child deaths in the developing world are related to illnesses caused by unsafe water and poor hygiene—but we know how to fix it.      

How World Vision Does Water

Our Approach

World Vision is the largest non-government provider of clean water in the developing world—reaching one new person with clean water every 30 seconds.

Our water projects are comprehensive, sustainable, and complex. World Vision’s projects engage the local community, local church and local government. Staff and engineers choose from different types of water points depending on the geography and the needs of a community. Innovative projects like wells, solar-powered pumps, pipelines, dams, and rain catchments are implemented for human consumption, farm irrigation, livestock nourishment, and more.

Beyond water sources, World Vision’s water projects also focus on improved sanitation and hygiene solutions; this includes building latrines (toilets) and organizing communities to implement good habits like hand washing or repairing wells.

A Quick Look | How it Works


Drill Rigs

These trucks traverse great distance to help drill up to hundreds of feet underground to tap into water aquifers.



Borehole Wells

Hand pumps in the middle of a community allow water to be generated without electricity.


Roof Catchments

Roofs and other catchments collect rainwater into storage tanks for treatment and distribution.




Solar Pumps

These panels generate energy from the sun to pull water from pumps, up into storage tanks, then allow gravity to feed water to far places.



Pipelines transport water from access points and allow for water distribution across hundreds of miles.



Water Kiosks

From catching rainwater, to receiving water from pumps or pipelines, community members come and fill up jugs for a small cost.


Repair Mechanics

Technicians in each community are trained to repair hand pumps, and we create a supply chain for repair parts.





Natural water sources are harnessed to generate energy and increase distribution of water to distant places for irrigation and consumption.

      And much more  




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