Clean Water

World Vision is the largest non-government provider of safe water in the developing world. Our goal is to have clean water and sanitation for everyone, everywhere we work, by 2030.

Without access to clean water and sanitation, children are often too sick to go to school or have to spend their days walking long distances to collect dirty water. Girls drop out of school because there are no private toilets.

Improving access to clean water for everyone

Improving access to clean water for everyone

Facilities for everyone: Inaccessibility to water and sanitation is a major reason why children with disabilities drop out of school. We provide solutions that are accessible, affordable and dignified, increasing opportunities for education, employment and self sufficiency.

Support for girls: When girls are unable to manage menstrual hygiene, it affects their education, health and overall wellbeing. By providing communities with appropriate knowledge and resources, we can improve education and equality.

Water in schools: Almost half of all schools in low-income countries lack access to water and sanitation facilities. We provide safe drinking water, improved sanitation facilities, and education on hygienic behaviours like handwashing with soap, which significantly reduce cases of diarrhoea.

We get clean water to the world's most vulnerable children, in the hardest-to-reach places. In fact, we reach one new person every 10 seconds with clean water - that's over two million people a year!


We are providing the best water systems in the Pacific
When disaster strikes in the Pacific, vulnerable islands like Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu are hit hard. Infrastructure is wiped out, livelihoods are devastated, and access to the basics for survival becomes tremendously difficult.

Often, one of the most precious pillars of survival is hit first – clean water. Without clean water, hygiene is an uphill battle, and disease spreads quickly and easily through contaminated water.

We help communities in the Pacific prepare for the worst, building reliable water sources that can be managed and protected even during a natural disaster. We work with communities’ local expertise to build the best water systems we can, and set up local teams to manage and look after them.

Learn more about our work supporting the Pacific.


Clean water in Asia
For more than 630 million people in South Asia, clean water has been pushed out of reach. Pollution, industry, and population growth has contaminated the water running through the region's vast rivers.

We put clean water back within reach. We dig wells, protect natural springs, and build rainwater systems in schools, so children can drink and wash their hands in safe water during the day.

Once we've set up the basics, we work with the communities on water management, so they can keep their water supply safe.

When safe water is a reality, healthy communities and healthy children can grow.

Learn more about our work in Asia.


Our clean water work in Africa is changing lives
In Africa, unsafe water is one of the biggest killers of children under five. In some places, getting clean water is staggeringly hard – 40 billion labour hours a year go to collecting water.

When children have clean water and decent toilets, they are healthier and can go to school, and their parents can work to provide their families with food and income. Across Africa, we’re working with communities to make sure they have clean water. We’re building and repairing water sources and toilets, teaching safe hygiene practices, and helping communities manage their water.

We know how important water is, so it’s more than just digging wells. Water is running through all of our work – it’s a huge part of everything we do in health, education, and farming.

Learn more about our work in Africa.

You can provide life-saving clean water to children who need it most