Planet Water Foundation

Phoenix, AZ   |  https://planet-water.org

Mission

Planet Water Foundation is a US based, non-profit organization committed to bringing clean water to the world's most disadvantaged communities through the installation of community-based water filtration systems and the deployment of hygiene education programs. Our projects are focused on children, schools, and rural and peri-urban communities across the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America.

Ruling year info

2010

Founder & CEO

Mr. Mark Steele

Main address

P.O. Box #71298

Phoenix, AZ 85050 USA

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EIN

27-1236020

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

1 in 10 people do not have access to clean, safe drinking water. Fifty-percent of hospital beds on earth are occupied by people with easily preventable waterborne diseases. 1,000 children die every day from water-related illnesses. Women and children spend hours a day collecting water further exposing them to disease and taking away educational opportunities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Safe Water Supply

Planet Water projects create access to clean drinking water by deploying the AquaTower water filtration solution into primary schools. The AquaTower supports the daily drinking water requirements of up to 1,800 people. The system can operate without power or use of chemicals harmful to the environment and requires no consumables with a very simple maintenance process. The AquaTower requires an existing water source such as a river, lake, canal, or untreated well. This contaminated water is routed to the AquaTower site and pumped (either with a minimal use of electricity, or with a bicycle or treadle pump, in which case, it would require no electricity) to an elevated water storage tank. Once the water is in the storage tank the system operates by gravity alone, drawing water down through the filter, removing organisms harmful to human health, and producing clean drinking water, which surpasses World Health Organization (WHO) water quality standards. If a routine, manual cleaning procedure is followed, the system will operate for at least 5-7 years without any consumable components.

Population(s) Served
Adults

As an essential complement to providing clean water access, our Water-Health & Hygiene education program teaches children the important aspects of hand washing and protecting against germs through a child-friendly, activity-based program incorporating games, drama, song, and storytelling. The program aims to impact behavior, beliefs, and knowledge around water-health and hygiene while empowering children to be agents of change within their schools, families, and communities. While the AquaTower is being deployed at a school, an additional team from Planet Water goes into the classroom to provide teacher training on the program. The training provides a comprehensive explanation and demonstration of the four program modules, their accompanying activities, and how to implement the program in the classroom. Each side of the AquaTower includes a banner above the faucets depicting the same key messages taught in the classroom, reinforcing behavior change in the classroom and at the point of use. Planet Water also has an exciting partnership with Sesame Workshop in support of the hygiene education program, which incorporates multimedia content featuring Elmo and a few of his friends.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

"A Clean Me - It's My Right and Responsibility" is a Community-based Education Program designed to educate and empower children and their caregivers to create a change in behavior, beliefs, and knowledge of water-health and hygiene. Rights and responsibility are central themes throughout the program, emphasizing the importance of empowering children to take responsibility for their health and well-being. 

The program is comprised of five hands-on, interactive Water-Health and Hygiene Workshops along with Mobile Community Viewing (MCV) events designed to engage both children, beginning at preschool age, as well as their caregivers, in efforts to facilitate co-learning and reinforcement of behavior change at home. The program activities incorporate art, storytelling, drama, games, demonstration, and puppetry. 

In addition the program includes a series of Mobile Community Viewing Events meant to engage a wide audience of the community, including children, parents, teachers, and anyone else who is interested in participating. The sessions include interactive audio-visual presentations of our Sesame Workshop ‘A Clean Me…’ video and engagement of the participants through the accompanying activities and discussion questions.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of water projects built

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Safe Water Supply

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of people provided with access to clean, safe drinking water

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Safe Water Supply

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Water is a basic necessity for life. However, access to clean drinking water remains a pressing issue with one in every 10 or a total of 748 million people across the globe without access to safe water (WHO). In many communities, including those where Planet Water focuses their work, this rate is much higher. Water poverty is a cross cutting issue that not only has an impact on health, but also has significant implications for education, gender equity, and social wellbeing.

Planet Water Foundation's work is focused on addressing this critical global need and providing access to clean, safe water and hygiene education programs to communities in need across Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

To address the critical need for clean water Planet Water Foundation focuses on implementing a multi-faceted program model that is built on three primary approaches which are tailored to the specific needs and assets of each participating community:

1. Providing Safe Water Supply
2. Promoting Water-Health and Hygiene
3. Prioritizing Monitoring and Sustainability

Planet Water interventions have been carefully designed for deployment specifically at primary schools. Projects focus on schools because young children are most susceptible to the negative impacts and health risks associated with a lack of clean water. Schools also provide the necessary infrastructure to support our program model including:

- A safe place for AquaTower installation since schools are often gated and considered respected and protected areas within a community.
- Necessary staff in place (teachers and custodians) to support their hygiene education and sustainability programs.

Although the students and staff from each school are the direct recipients of the proposed projects, once the water needs of a school are met they open access to the AquaTower for the surrounding community. Families with children at the school or other people from the surrounding communities often access the tower and fill containers to bring water home for their household needs.

Local teams and partnerships: Planet Water has teams operating in the field in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand Vietnam, and Mexico to support projects in Latin America, facilitating their ability to scale operations across these regions, build local capacity, and manage sustainability.

Supply chain Localization: Planet Water has established localized supply chains for sourcing necessary equipment for each project, facilitating the organization's ability to continue to scale their approach across various regions. This approach minimizes shipping costs, promotes self‐sufficiency of their operations, and helps ensure project sustainability over time.

Ongoing community engagement: Planet Water teams engage the community before, during, and long after each project, an essential component for ensuring success of their approach. During initial stages of a project, community stakeholders help identify participating schools, select appropriate sites for the projects, and complete necessary project preparations. Community eligibility is dependent on a small initial investment by the participating community ensuring that there is local buy-in and commitment to value the project. Maintaining collaborative relationships is critical for the sustainability of a project, and is emphasized through routine sustainability visits.

Corporate social responsibility partnerships: Planet Water Foundation partners extensively with corporate partners on their initiatives including collaborations with leading companies from diverse sectors including: Xylem, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Capital One, and Columbia Sportswear. Planet Water works to develop tailored initiatives for each of their partners, including program components focused on employee volunteering, customer and stakeholder engagement, and communications, to ensure the corporate social responsibility objectives of each partner organization are met.

Together, with their partners, Planet Water Foundation has worked across 15 countries reaching more than one million people to date. In addition to extensive anecdotal evidence collected from participating communities, Planet Water completed an impact evaluation study in partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), College of Public Health. This study concluded that Planet Water's interventions are having a substantial, positive impact on the health and wellbeing of children. The following results were determined one year after implementation: Health Outcomes: Children benefiting from Planet Water's interventions experienced an 80% decrease in total number of diarrheal episodes versus a 27% increase (5.6 times more total episodes) among children in schools not participating in Planet Water's program; Healthy Hygiene Knowledge and Practices: School children benefiting from Planet Water's interventions demonstrated a 17% higher average score in overall knowledge, practices, and attitudes regarding proper hygiene practices (i.e. hand washing) versus children in schools not participating in Planet Water's program.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our beneficiaries are students and members of the local community in areas of Asia and Latin America which lack access to clean water.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have enhanced our projects to incorporate our AquaSan surface disinfection solution, to provide better sanitation capabilities to recipient schools. In addition, we have extended the reach of our hygiene education programs, by conducting separate sessions for adults in the local community during our project deployments.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Collecting feedback has allowed us to develop and provide additional solutions that will create a positive impact for the community as a whole in the communities in which we operate.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Planet Water Foundation

Board of directors
as of 10/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Mark Steele

Mark Steele

Planet Water Foundation

Nick Hill

Planet Water Foundation

Kristen Steele

Planet Water Foundation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/28/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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