How is Global Water Different?


We have over 25 years of experience working around the world promoting clean water for rural populations in developing countries. With our inception in 1982, Global Water started as an advocacy group spreading awareness of water issues, however, that focus has transitioned into a project oriented organization. Along with this transition, we have built our foundation with technical specialists in the water industry, enabling us to better understand the complexity of water issues in rural areas of developing countries and thereby manage projects more effectively.

Technology Push Program

Global Water has developed a Technology Push Program, which focuses on developing and providing filtration and disinfection equipment that’s effective and maintainable in a remote, developing world environment. Usually the water treatment technologies implemented are quite simple and fall into the category of “appropriate technology.” However, Global Water also uses low-maintenance “state of the art” water equipment when a problem requires a more sophisticated technology solution. In addition, we provide detailed construction instructional guides on our website that show how to build some of the water, sanitation, and hygiene-related facilities Global Water funds in rural areas of developing countries. These “how-to” instructions are being made available, so anyone can learn how to build worthwhile and needed water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in the developing world. These construction instruments are especially useful for local organizations and Peace Corps Volunteers working in rural communities in developing countries.

Building Relationships with Donors

We are a small volunteer based organization. This enables us to work directly with a donor to organize a project, making the donation experience as intimate and personalized as possible. We provide project specific details and a final report, including photos of the accomplished water and sanitation faculties to show how their contribution impacted rural villages or school children. Through building a lasting relationship with a donor, we foster confidence in our work and credibility through our projects.

Working with Local Groups and Local Materials = Long Term Solutions

We’re working through local groups so they can develop the construction expertise and program management skills to build water-related facilities in their own country. With this approach, we do not send teams of volunteers to work in developing countries like many other organizations do. We provide technical training to the communities we work with so they are able to manage the facilities themselves. Using largely local materials to build water and sanitation facilities improves the local economy and makes maintaining the facilities feasible. Lastly, by working directly with local organizations, we are able to function through volunteers and maximize our efforts and funding for the rural poor in the developing world.