International World Water Day is held every year on March 22 to bring attention on the importance of freshwater and to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. During this year’s World Water Day, UNICEF released the statistic that about 750 million people around the world lack access to safe water, or 1 in 9 people worldwide.
“Some 2.3 billion people have gained access to improved sources of drinking water since 1990,” said Sanjay Wijesekera, head of UNICEF’s global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programs. “But there is more to do. Water is the very essence of life and yet three quarters of a billion people, mostly the poor and marginalized still today are deprived of this most basic human right.”
How can you celebrate World Water Day?
Celebrate by donating water! Check out these water donation charities below:
charity: water – Founded by Scott Harrison in 2006, charity: water provides clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations and has helped provide water to over 4.6 million people. The organization is backed by private funders so 100% of your donation will go to providing water.
Water for People – Started in 1991, Water for People works to provide clean water and sanitation specifically to Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Peru, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and India. Unlike many water donation charities, Water for People works with local communities and governments to invest in their own water solutions, monitors the water solution for 10 years and teaches locals how to fix the solution in case anything breaks.
WaterisLife – Provides clean drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene education programs to schools and villages worldwide. Through their community-driven and community-engaged programs, WiL works with nonprofit partners, local governments, and community organizations to ensure households, schools, orphanages, and medical facilities have access to safe water, proper sanitation, and hygiene programs.
Water.org – Founded by Gary White and actor Matt Damon, Water.org works to provide safe water and the dignity of a toilet for everyone in our lifetime. Water.org does more than drill a well, they work with local partners to tailor a water solution to the needs of each community while also providing intense training and motivation seminars on the link between good health and good hygiene. works with local partners to develop solutions By working with local partners to deliver solutions for long-term success, Water.org.