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20 Liters

20 Liters Makes Dirty Water Clean.

aka 20 Liters   |   Grandville, MI   |  https://20liters.org

Mission

The mission of 20 Liters is to make dirty water clean for the most vulnerable using long-lasting and innovative solutions. 20 Liters exists to both educate and engage the developed world around the need for clean water and to empower local communities in the developing world to meet their clean water needs through sustainable technologies. Our values are rooted in a desire to partner with the most vulnerable to empower their communities with sustainable solutions to support a basic human right – access to clean water. A word about our name, 20 Liters. Across the world, it's common for people to carry a 20-liter jerry can to a water source to collect dirty water. Making our name a constant reminder of the people and the lives we work to change every day.

Ruling year info

2013

Director of Outreach

Amanda Mulder

Director of Outreach

Amanda Mulder

Main address

2900 Wilson Ave SW, Suite 110

Grandville, MI 49418 USA

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EIN

27-3378656

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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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?

Rwanda Water Project

Since 2009, we have worked alongside local communities in rural Rwanda to provide access to clean water through education and filtration. We empower local leaders and volunteers to make clean water a reality for the most vulnerable. At the end of 2022, we had reached more than 200,000 people with access to clean water through this project.

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 people with improved water access

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rwanda Water Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These are the people who receive access to an improved water source each calendar year through access to a household filter, community filter or rain water harvest system.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

We envision a world where clean water isn't just a basic need, it's a basic right.

We believe every community should have the appropriate solutions and training to make their own water sources clean.

20 Liters is committed to providing a situation specific solutions that provide long-term impact for those we serve. Over the years, our staff and volunteers have identified three primary solutions that are used to make clean water more accessible to members of the communities we serve. These solutions include SAM2 “Community" Filters, SAM3 “Household" Filters, and Rain Water Harvest Systems.

Our SAM2 Filters [better known as a “Community Filters"] are large-capacity sand-and-membrane filters that can provide clean water to 400 people each day. Primarily installed in health clinics or schools, these filters are accessible to all members of the local community. The filter requires no electricity to function, making it the ideal solution for rural areas that lack electricity. Each school and clinic is taught how to use and maintain the filter, empowering them to be self-sufficient and address their own needs. Local volunteers check on the filters regularly and will make special trips when called to provide additional maintenance.

Through our SAM3 Filter (better known as a “Household Filter"), 20 Liters increases household access to clean water. This smaller version of the SAM2 filter is placed in households for a family and their neighbors. Each household receives a 3-hour training on the working of the filter and health and hygiene lessons. Local volunteers are assigned to each family to follow-up 4 times within the first 6 months. Families are also provided a phone number of the lead volunteer in case they experience any issues with the filter. These filters have an estimated lifespan of at least 10 years if properly maintained.

Finally, through our Rain Water Harvest Systems, 20 Liters helps to shorten the daily walk for water in communities we serve. Rwanda has a long rainy season that provides 40 to 50 inches of rain a year—and it only takes 5 inches of rain to fill a 10,000-liter cistern like those we install as a part of our Rain Water Harvest Systems (RWHS). We place these tanks at local churches, since they are often closer to people's homes than the river or swamp, reducing the time spent traveling to collect water from other sources. Churches sell the water at an affordable rate and use the income to maintain the system. Remaining funds are administered by the churches, which often use them as a benevolence fund for the poorest members of the community for medical bills, school fees, uniforms, and other unaffordable costs.

We bring a decade of experience in the WASH sector, partnered with a robust volunteer network in the US and Rwanda.

A diverse supporter network of individuals, grant-makers and business partners keep us strong and allow us to innovate.

Our technologies work anywhere, with no moving parts and no electricity needed.

We form the right partnerships with local agencies to gain the community buy-in critical to our long-term success.

From 2012 through 2022, we have reached over 200,000 people in ten rural sectors of Rwanda with clean water.

We have built 130 rain water harvest systems, installed 70 community filters, and distributed more than 17,400 household filters.

96.8% of families report improved health. 88% of families with school children report an increase in attendance. 86% of families report saving $1 or more per month because of the filter.

Financials

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20 Liters

Board of directors
as of 06/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Edward Zwyghuizen

Gen1 Architecture

Term: 2013 -

Andrew VanTimmeren

GHSP Automotive Manufacturing

Sue Hulst

Retired RN

Hilary Smith

Sydney Bollaert

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Ben Fergus

Retired

Ina Lee

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Randal Meyering

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Michael Yoder

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Board leadership practices

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/6/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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