WATER SIGNATURE INITIATIVE

WATER SIGNATURE INITIATIVE

Every child deserves clean water.

Together, we will provide 25 million people with access to clean water - halfway toward our 2030 goal of reaching everyone everywhere we work.*

*Requires $500 million from World Vision U.S. donors in addition to revenue from outside World Vision U.S. as a part of the global WASH business plan.

People reached so far:
2016
2021
2023
20.7 MILLION
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The need

Ending the global water crisis is essential if we are to save lives and end extreme poverty. These are problems that can be solved in our lifetime.

Every day, more than 800 children under 5 die from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and unsafe hygiene practices.

One in 10 people on the planet still have no access to clean water. That’s 785 million people who lack basic drinking water access, with 144 million people still using surface water as their source.

The global water crisis disproportionately impacts women and girls who spend an estimated 200 million hours hauling water every day.

Water: The Need
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Our response

Together with our donors and partners, we have an extremely ambitious but achievable plan to reach everyone, everywhere we work with clean water by 2030 — around 50 million people.

World Vision is the leading nongovernmental provider of clean water in the developing world, but we do so much more. We address a full range of human needs, including education, health, and economic development. And it all starts with water.

The ability to deliver at scale is enabled by locally led efforts, guided by national priorities, and backed by a strategic global operation. We have 1,200 water, sanitation, and hygiene professionals working in 41 countries.

We’re on track with our commitment, having already empowered 20 million people with lasting access to clean water. We focus on reaching communities, schools, and healthcare facilities with access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Our impact

An independent study funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and conducted by the University of North Carolina Water Institute in Ghana showed that nearly 80% of wells installed by World Vision were still functioning at high levels after nearly two decades. In contrast, previous studies have shown that 30% to 50% of non–World Vision-installed wells are not repaired when they inevitably break down.

$50

We reach one new person with lasting access to clean water for just $50

500K

Reached 500,000 children in schools with clean water, hygiene, and sanitation in 2020

3.4M

Reached 3.4 million people with clean water in 2020

1.8M

Reached 1.8 million with water during emergencies in 2020

1M

During COVID-19, 1 million households gained access to handwashing facilities in 2020

Our partners

We are blessed to partner with hundreds of Christian philanthropists and couldn’t do this work without them. And we’re able to reach more people because of our highly collaborative local and global partnerships within private and public sectors.

Bruce Gordon

“We are grateful that World Vision is driving towards 100% community coverage to improve health impacts. Our cooperation agreement points to a rich future in areas such as work in healthcare facilities and water quality by leveraging World Vision’s on-the-ground implementation and WHO’s supporting linkages with governments.”

Dr. Aaron Salzberg

“World Vision stands apart in their commitment to self-evaluation and reflection and to progressively improving service delivery to those that are hardest to reach.”

Our team of experts

Dr. Greg Allgood Dr. Greg Allgood
Vice President for Water