Top 10 Water Related Nonprofits and Organizations in the World

Non-profit non-governmental institutions and organizations (or NGOs) number in the millions the world over. Throughout the years, NGOs involved in freshwater, reverse osmosis, and water purification have increased their influence in the protection and provision of clean and fresh drinking water for the local populace. The Top 10 non-profit water-related NGOs in the world, culled out of The Global Journal’s list of Top 100 NGOs 2013 special edition (out of approximately 450 NGOs with their key criteria including impact, innovation and sustainability), include:

CARE International

Care International helps local populations such as students, families, farmers, marginalized groups and local governments through education. They aid communities in the provision of and access to safe and clean water, technological advances, water policy and management, and waste management.

Gram Vikas

Gram Vikas recognizes that the root of poverty lies in the tendency of community members to contract disease and illness due to the lack of access to clean water and sanitation facilities. Gram Vikas helps transform the community’s social order by involving female heads of household in the decision-making process. In addition, Gram Vikas is involved in mobilizing, educating and training communities on how to construct, maintain, and manage their own sanitation facilities.


iDE is involved in the water, hygiene, and sanitation sector and focuses on water purification to help in decreasing the prevalence of water-borne diseases in rural communities.

Water for People

Water for People chooses specific regions to help bring about 100% coverage in water and sanitation within each region, to be replicated in other regions. Water and sanitation technologies that are conducive to the specific location are introduced.

Save the Children International

Save the Children International has been the leader of children’s rights for over 90 years. Among its components are education, its fight against malnutrition, access to clean and pure water, proper hygiene and sanitation.

PLAN International

PLAN is involved with communities, including children, in improving access to safe drinking water and bringing about improved basic hygiene and sanitation. PLAN also helps raise awareness through education on the topics of waste management, hand washing, and water purification.

Friends of the Earth Middle East

FoEME has implemented the Good Water Neighbors (GWN) project among Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian communities. Its success relied on the cooperation of selected communities that were made to partner with a neighboring community on the other side of the border/political divide to work on common water issues. At the local level, GWN works with community members to improve their water situation through education and urban development projects. At the regional level, GWN works in encouraging sustainable water management through information sharing, dialogue, and cooperative ventures.

Dhaka Ahsania Mission

This NGO’s main purpose is to improve the living conditions of people, particularly the disadvantaged. Some of their projects include provision of access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation and hygiene, and arsenic removal in water supply.

World Vision

One of World Vision’s goals is to improve the health of children and their mothers. This was done by concentrating in the areas of nutrition, infectious disease, water, sanitation and hygiene, among others. World Vision’s strategy for water, sanitation and hygiene is LIFE, that is, “Leveraging change, Improving facilities and an Enabling environment.”

Project WET Foundation

The Project WET Foundation reaches out to parents, children, teachers and members of the community the world over with water education through the publication of water resource materials in various languages; providing trainings and workshops on relevant water projects like water quality, water sheds, water conservation, reverse osmosis, water purification; organizing water-related events for communities, such as “Make a Splash with Project WET water festivals and the Global Water Education Village™; and building a global network of trainers, educators, scientists, and water resource professionals.

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