Access to safe and reliable water

is not a reality for many people.

Access to reliable, clean water doesn't just sustain life,

it is the key that opens the door to health, education, income, agriculture, empowerment, and dignity.

Having access to clean drinking water


80% of all disease in the Developing World is caused by a lack of access to clean drinking water. With no source of clean water available nearby, women and their children are forced to walk an average of 3 miles each way to get dirty water twice a day. The most common water sources are stagnant ponds or pooled water usually shared by livestock that defecate along the perimeter.


Having access to clean drinking water


Consuming this contaminated water, and being consumed by the burden, translates not only into disease, but deplorable attendance in schools because fetching water with their mother takes priority over school.


Furthermore, because there is no water source at the school and no place to clean, out of shame and embarrassment, girls do not go to school while they are menstruating.


The poorest and most deprived children in the rural areas (where we work) are more likely to die before their fifth birthday than in other parts of the country.


90% of these deaths are attributed to drinking unsafe water (from rivers, stagnant ponds and old abandoned traditional wells), as well as having inadequate sanitation (no toilets) and poor hygiene (most specifically, lack of hand washing with soap).

Having access to clean drinking water


On average, women dedicate 5-6 hours each day to fetching water. There are zero development productivity hours left for these women to pursue income generating projects as all of their time is devoted to obtaining the most basic of human necessities.


Poverty, and all trappings associated with it, stem from water issues.  Conversely, the ability to lift oneself out of poverty and towards development is fundamentally rooted in water access.

There is no question that the water crisis in the developing world is urgent - and many donors have pledged to solve this issue. 


Huge sums of money are invested in water-supply systems around the world. Yet many of these systems fail - especially in rural areas - because local communities are not involved in their planning, construction, and management.


In Mozambique, 40% of all funding in the water sector is used to rehabilitate broken or abandoned wells.


This water well should last for 20 years.


As you will see, via the establishment of Water Oversight Committees and training over 2 months with Water Underground, we emphasize sustainability, and encourage healthy development for the community - on their terms.


Monitoring & Evaluation on behalf of both Water Underground and the community is vital to the sustainability of the project. Learn more about that here.

If a global effort is to alleviate poverty and give people the tools necessary to climb themselves out of their vulnerable situation while instilling dignity and self-reliance,

then water is the most bottom rung of that development ladder.

Water Underground always places the new water well in the school-

but the excitement only begins there. 

We accompany the water well with a 27,000 sq ft garden, a Sanitation Center which includes menstrual hygiene rooms, and the establishment of a Water Oversight Committee that is trained over a month who become the guardians of the project.


The student attendance rates increase, girls' confidence is nurtured, ownership of a future is fostered, income generating projects are explored, disease and cost of caring for the sick dwindles, and the once fragile idea of a future now becomes something to tangibly pursue.

Leave your legacy,

so that others

can realize theirs.

Even a mother who doesn't have to worry and struggle with the lack of dignity about serving her child dirty water has a legacy to contribute. The effects of a person's legacy can quietly ripple across entire continents and oceans for many years to come.


Giving an entire rural population the opportunity to seize life and be a part of this global community is not just a gift to them, but it is a gift to each one of us.

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