Water lockup


Water lockup


Every child deserves clean water.

Through the Every Last One campaign, our goal in 2016 was to provide 25 million people with access to clean water by 2022. By the power of God and the support of our donors and partners, we exceeded our goal — reaching more than 25.5 million people!

Join us now, as we continue our 2030 plan to reach 30 million people with access to clean water, including finishing the job of ensuring clean water for everyone, everywhere we work in Zambia and Honduras.*

*Requires $800 million from World Vision U.S. donors in addition to $1 billion outside World Vision U.S. as a part of the global WASH business plan.

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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 1,000 children under 5 die from diseases caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and unsafe hygiene practices.

There are 703 million people who lack basic drinking water access, with 115 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

World Vision and our partners are committed to helping end the global water crisis so that everyone, everywhere has access to clean water.

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 reached over 25 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

World Vision has reached over 25 million people with access to clean water since 2016, and is working to reach 30 million more people in 41 countries by 2030—unlocking opportunities for education, healthcare, and economic growth for some of the world's most vulnerable people.

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.


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


Reached 3 million people with clean water in 2022.


3.3 million people gained access to handwashing facilities in 2022.


Reached 780,000 people with clean water during emergencies in 2022.


Trained 11,820 faith leaders in promoting healthy water, sanitation, and hygiene behaviors in their communities.

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 and Health