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Water for Good

A bold new way to end water poverty!

aka ICDI   |   Indianapolis, IN   |  www.waterforgood.org

Mission

Improving lives through access to safe, reliable water, sanitation, and hygiene in the world's most neglected areas. As of Jan. 1, 2024, Water for Good and Lifewater have become one entity and will function under the name Water for Good. Although neither organization required merging, it became evident that by pooling our resources, talents and expertise, we could significantly enhance our impact on the individuals we serve.

Ruling year info

2004

CEO

Mr. Jon Allen

Main address

9511 Angola Court Suite 257

Indianapolis, IN 46268 USA

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EIN

32-0112278

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Central African Republic is among the most conflict-affected countries in the world (UN OCHA 2021). With a chronic humanitarian crisis, Central Africans face enormous challenges related to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal for universal and sustained water services. Currently, their 4.9 million population has limited access to clean water and existing systems are in poor or non-functioning condition due to a lack of management. A lack of clean water creates adverse consequences to all facets of life, including increased morbidity and mortality (WHO 2019), and disproportionately inhibits the development of women and children as they bear the burden of collecting water (UNICEF 2016). “Before (Water for Good installed the new well), we used water from a source more than one kilometer away, with illnesses such as parasitosis, typhoid, diarrhea, etc., which forced us to go to the hospital often and spend money,” explained Nabali Stella, from Babaza.

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?

Water Program

Water for Good provides access to clean and safe water through newly drilled wells, repairing broken wells and preventative pump maintenance programing.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our goal is to provide reliable water services through private sector solutions that will end water poverty in the Central African Republic, for good. To be most efficient and effective, we started with one region, and have begun to focus on other regions to scale our efforts to reach the entire country. Beyond just providing clean water, Water for Good maintains a commitment to keeping the water running, for good. We believe creating a sustainable water system is the only effective way to tackle water poverty in the country
and the world as a whole.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Farmers

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 receiving safe drinking water from community systems

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Water Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is an estimate based on local communities self-reporting the population that uses all of the water wells that we maintain annually.

Average number of dollars per person served

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

Water Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Water for Good's total organizational expense divided by the number of people served annually.

Number of donors retained

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

Water Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

People who donated last year and two years ago.

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 for Good is tackling water poverty in one of the world's most forgotten countries. Our mission is clean, lasting water for every man, woman, and child in the Central African Republic.

Our goal is to provide reliable water services through private-sector solutions, which will end water poverty in the Central African Republic, for good. Our exit strategy? In addition to drilling wells, we know a reliable maintenance program must be part of the solution. Water for Good maintains a commitment to keeping the water running, for good. Focusing on sustainability, we incubate professionalized local water service providers that can deliver clean water in coordination with the local government and non-profit partners. We are committed to working ourselves out of a job in the Central African Republic.

Eliminating water poverty in one of the world's most remote and forgotten countries is ambitious but achievable. First, we will aim to scale up to reach everyone with reliable, safe water in one focus region of the country. We are geographically focusing our new water projects in Central African Republic’s Region 2 in order to reach every man, woman, and child in that area with sustainable water access. Pursuing this strategy will also give us a model that can inform our efforts to continue to scale operations across the entire country. As always, local people manage all field operations and implementation. Our goal has always been to work ourselves out of a job—training and equipping local people to overcome the problems faced by their communities.

Why? Long-term, it is not sustainable for a US-based non-profit organization, like Water for Good, to do all the drilling and maintaining of water wells in the Central African Republic.

So, what's our solution? Building sustainable water services. In addition to installing new water points, we know a reliable maintenance program and a strengthened water system must be part of the solution. Water for Good maintains a commitment to keeping the water running, for good. We are committed to working ourselves out of a job in the Central African Republic.

With nearly 20 years of experience, Water for Good is already the largest water provider in the Central African Republic, currently serving approximately 850,000 people annually. We currently maintain more than 1,800 water points and have drilled over 1,000 handpumps. Our locally-trained technicians have been working hard to keep the clean water flowing. They use electronic reporting to allow our organization to monitor the use of spare parts, manage the restock, and help with supply-chain logistics. This country is geographically large, but with a small population of only 4.9 million people. Reaching everyone in this country is possible. And now is the time. We partner with multilateral organizations, the Central African government, and many other charitable, humanitarian, and development organizations. We don't have to go it alone.

Water for Good has a proven capacity to operate despite poor infrastructure and insecurity in CAR, and in 18 years of operations, our local teams have drilled over 1,000 new water points (mainly handpumps, and increasingly tapstands connected to solar powered-pump systems) and rehabilitated over 950 water pumps and boreholes. What sets Water for Good apart is our capacity and commitment to keep the water flowing to around 1,800 water points through sustainable water maintenance services and our efforts to start local, water-sector businesses. Water points enrolled in this maintenance service have functionality rates approaching 97%, where 40-60% functionality might be expected without this service. Our well-trained and experienced local team is led by our Country Director and supported by our US-based staff; together we work to execute projects amidst difficult conditions. Given our successful implementation of several solar-powered pump systems over the last three years, we are planning to increase the number of these systems in the CAR because they are a cost-effective and sustainable solution for larger communities. Furthermore, they provide water disinfection treatment using inline chlorination systems; thus, they can provide safely managed drinking water to users.

The evidence of Water for Good’s impact can also be understood through the people that use the water infrastructure that we build and maintain:

- Nabali Stella is 40 years old and the wife of the pastor of the church in the community of Babaza. When asked about life after Water for Good completed a handpump in her community, she said, “After the completion of this drilling, it is a great relief for us women who have the chore of carrying water a very acceptable distance, quality water so no diarrhea as before, we frequent the hospital less, our guests of the church find water for their needs in case of a conference. Even for the construction of our church, is thanks to this drilling. The elderly do not suffer anymore because of poor quality drinking water. If our pump breaks down, it is a return to our starting situation, and thanks to Water for Good, a team is always there for the maintenance. This is to be congratulated.”

- Basil Ndounga, 51 years old, works as a security agent for a power company and lives in the Nambona neighborhood of Berberati. He and his family use pump F476, along with approximately 500 people. Before the pump was installed in June 2013, they would make a significant walk to a water spring and would often get sick with diarrhea, parasites, typhoid, and other diseases. Since this borehole was installed, they don't suffer from these diseases and their health costs have decreased with fewer visits to the health center. Basil said, “One time, the pump stopped working. We had to go back to the old water source, and the same diseases came back quickly, and our health costs went back up until Water for Good came and repaired our pump."

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

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects

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

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

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

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Water for Good

Board of directors
as of 03/26/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Mike Lenda

Ed Miller

Exhibit Pro Inc

Dan Stanek

WD Partners

Mike Lenda

The Well Coffeehouse

Kess Atuyota

Nortal USA

Rebecca Halbur

Biogen

Earl Quijada

Kaiser Permanente

Katie Ruby

Brown Caldwell

Dany Guerendo Christian

STATProg Inc.

Jennifer Kenney

Gifts for Good

Drew Scholl

Missional Leader

Greg Liening

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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 1/26/2024

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
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data