Water for Africa has been saving lives since 2013. In just a few short years, we have saved tens of thousands of lives, thanks to you and people like you.
Back in late 2012, we discovered the LifeStraw personal water filter made by Franzen Vestergaard, which makes it possible for a person to get clean, fresh water for up to one year. The LifeStraw filters out 99.9999% of all waterborne bacteria. It has no moving parts, does not need a power source, is portable, and is virtually unbreakable.
Presently, it is estimated that across the continent of Africa a person dies every 15 seconds for lack of clean water. There are many long-term solutions including wells, filtration plants, and even collecting water from the air. Sadly, these solutions can take years to implement, and often require either a power source, or frequent repairs and the need for spare parts. They can also be the objects of local power struggles.
Water for Africa provides both individual LifeStraw filter units good for one person, as well as community units which are good for 100 people for at least three years. They are not meant as a final solution, but they are meant to keep people alive until permanent solutions can be implemented.
Water for Africa began by supplying LifeStraw filters to refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia, just across the border from Somalia. We went on to supply community units to schools in Kenya, as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo, and have also supplied community units to many villages in various countries.
We’ve also been called upon to help the people of the Philippines, the island nation of Vanuatu, the country of Nepal following the earthquake where we were some of the first people in, and the island of Puerto Rico.
We work with NGOs around the world, selecting partners have a good track record and transparent accounting. Some of our partners include Lutheran World Relief, Oxfam, and IMA World Health.
We rely on donations from people like you to make a difference.
It is our goal to help wherever there is a need, with the hopes that one day our organization will no longer be needed when there is fresh clean water for everyone on the planet.