Clean Water Project

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Did you know that the lack of access to clean water kills children at a rate equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every four hours?

For people living in the developing world, water filters are the most affordable and effective solution.

For only $13, you can provide clean water for one person for a whole year! 

MAP sends shipments of medicines and medical supplies to 115 countries. By responding today, your gift TODAY will ensure lifesaving treatments like water filters are among them

Clean Water Initative


Water is essential for life.  But for millions of children in the world's poorest countries, it's the source of a slow, painful death.

A child dies every 12 seconds in the developing world from drinking dirty water, according to the World Health Organization, and most are under age five.  One of the worst places is Uganda, which has the highest child mortality rate in East Africa.

Two out of three villagers in the rural northeastern region have no source of clean drinking water.  During the six-month-long dry season, women and girls must walk nearly four miles a day to get water from sluggish streams and muddy, brown ponds shared with animals.

But the water is teeming with bacteria and the cysts of parasitic worms.  When children drink it, the worms grow inside them, causing stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea.  They become weak and malnourished and – in the worst cases – even die.

MAP International is working in Uganda and other poverty-stricken countries to help communities develop sustainable sources of clean water.  We do this by repairing and constructing wells, supplying Sawyer® water filters, drilling boreholes and – in our newest initiative – building sand dams.  PROVIDE A WATER FILTER TODAY or DRILL A WELL

A sand dam is a reinforced concrete wall built across a dry creek bed.  During the rainy season, the dry creek becomes a raging torrent.  As the water flows downstream, sand builds up behind the dam.  However, as much as 40 percent of the “sand” isn’t sand at all – it’s actually trapped water.  The sand acts as a filter to clean the water and also stop it from evaporating.  A mature sand dam can provide a year-round supply of safe drinking water to over 1,000 villagers and reduce the waterborne diseases they face by as much as 75 percent.  FUND A SAND DAM TODAY

Because young children are at greatest risk from water-related illnesses, it is crucial for MAP to expand this lifesaving program.

Every year, 2.76 million children in the world’s poorest countries die from diseases caused by dirty drinking water.  Millions more suffer needlessly – like Itao Anna’s grandchildren.

This aging Ugandan woman was raising her four orphaned grandkids alone.  The three-year-old cried constantly from stomachaches and suffered repeated bouts of bloody diarrhea.  The others, all under age five, were just as sick.  Itao Anna was desperately afraid that none of them would survive.

All that changed when MAP International provided her village with the pure, fresh water they so desperately needed.  Today, Itao Anna’s grandkids can run, laugh and paly with other kids their age.  Without clean water, “people would have died one by one due to drinking and using dirty water all the time.” – Itao Anna

MAP is helping communities in Uganda and other countries get clean water by building sand dams, supplying water filters, drilling boreholes and constructing wells.  It’s one of the most effective ways to save lives and help people life themselves out of poverty.  But we need your support.

Program Scope

In 2012 MAP launched a clean water program in the rural Kotido district of Uganda where people suffer from persistent water shortages.  We supplied 97 households with water filters, which significantly improved the health of these families, especially the children.

Building on these positive results, MAP is now scaling up our efforts to reach more people in Uganda and other developing areas.  The total cost for our “Clean Water for the Needy” initiative is $75,000.  Working with our local partners in each region, we will use these funds to:

  • Build up to four sand dams to provide a year-round supply of clean water
  • Purchase and distribute 200 water filters (one per family), impacting as many as 1,400 people
  • Educate villagers about safe water practices and benefits
  • Form village monitoring committees to follow up and ensure that all families use only clean water for drinking and cooking


The Impact

Through this initiative, MAP is poised to prevent water-related diseases and save thousands of young lives in Uganda and other impoverished countries.


Our Accountability

Forbes magazine has consistently recognized MAP as one of America’s most efficient and effective charities.  MAP was recently recognized by Charity Navigator as one of the top 10 charities in the U.S., and meets all the accountability standards of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.  MAP is also a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.


Your Partnership

MAP International is seeking to raise $75,000 in the next 90 days to keep this lifesaving initiative moving forward.