The numbers don’t lie. According to the United Nations, 780 million people don’t have access to clean drinking water—roughly the combined populations of the United States, Brazil, Russia, and Japan. More than two billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation. While many Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) experience firsthand the need for clean water and sanitation in their communities, they don't always have the resources or knowledge to undertake a project-based solution.
Through the NPCA’s new partnership with the nonprofit Water Charity, the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) community has take a stand. Water Charity allows PCVs and RPCVs to submit proposals for a water or sanitation project on behalf of their country and community of service. If the project is approved, funding is guaranteed.
Water Charity's model is low cost and high impact. Projects go from idea to groundbreaking in a matter of weeks, and to completion in a few months. Water Charity offers complete transparency, reporting on all aspects of work to donors, who appreciate seeing precisely what their money is accomplishing and the impact it is having on the lives of people in need.
Latrines, wells, sinks, and other water-based necessities have been built from Ethiopia to Peru with the technical and financial support of Water Charity. Since 2008, it has funded 1,600 projects in 63 countries, addressing water, sanitation, and public health needs around the world. The vast majority of these projects have been directed by currently serving PCVs and RPCVs.