WATER MISSION

We build safe water solutions that break through the global water crisis.

aka Water Mission   |   North Charleston, SC   |  www.watermission.org

Mission

The Water Mission™ organization is a Christian engineering nonprofit that designs, builds, and implements safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) solutions for people in developing countries and disaster areas. Since 2001, Water Mission has used innovative technology and engineering expertise to provide access to safe water for nearly 7 million people in 57 countries. Water Mission has over 400 staff members working in its headquarters and around the world in permanent country programs located in Africa, Asia, North, South, and Central America, and the Caribbean. To learn more, visit watermission.org. Water Mission's mission is to honor God by developing, implementing, and sharing best-in-class safe water solutions that transform as many lives as possible, as quickly as possible.

Notes from the nonprofit

Water Mission is committed to solving the global water crisis and providing safe water to all people around the world. Through implementation and resourcing other organizations, we strive to be best-in-class in all we do. Please contact us if you have any questions about our organization.

Ruling year info

2001

CEO and President

George Greene IV, PE

Main address

PO Box 71489

North Charleston, SC 29415 USA

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Formerly known as

Water Missions International

EIN

57-1116978

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

2.2 billion people around the world lack access to safe water. That’s one-third of the world’s population. Water is essential to human life. It is the center of economic and social development and vital to maintain health, grow food, generate energy, manage the environment, and create jobs. Clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realization of all human rights. When people do not have access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, the impact on the population is devastating, leading to a global crisis. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2015 global risk report, the Global Water Crisis is now the number one global risk based on its impact on society.

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?

Community Development

Water Mission's community development projects provide safe water and/or sanitation for rural villages, schools, hospitals, and orphanages in developing countries.  Water Mission works in collaboration with Christian ministries who share the ministry focus to meet physical and spiritual needs. Community Development projects include the following essential components: site assessment, system design, water system installation, sanitation installation, community development (including health and hygiene training, microenterprise training and a ministry plan), and monitoring and evaluation.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Water Mission’s disaster response program provides quick, safe water relief and a lasting impact worldwide in response to natural and humanitarian disasters.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Economically disadvantaged people

Water Mission conducts product and process research and development for water and sanitation technologies.  During a site assessment, the most efficient, low-cost, low-maintenance, safe-water solution is suggested and put into place.   The goal continues to be finding solutions to improve the health and well-being of the people served in developing countries.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Water Mission provides services to increase awareness about the global water crisis and its actions that can be taken to provide life-saving solutions

Population(s) Served
Adults

The WHO Emergency Committee believes that it is still possible to interrupt COVID-19 spread, if countries put in place strong measures to detect disease early, isolate and treat cases, trace contacts, and promote social distancing measures commensurate with the risk. Based on past experience, Water Mission—an international WASH implementing organization—anticipates that the spread of COVID-19 may potentially worsen in developing nations, due to their limited ability to detect and treat the virus, lack of effective education on transmission route awareness and mitigation, as well as lack of access to safe water for drinking, disinfection, and treatment of infectious diseases.

Refugee populations living in camps are especially vulnerable. Water Mission is currently implementing and/or operating water systems in the Nyarugusu and Nduta refugee settlements in Tanzania, as well as the Bidibidi, Rhinocamp, Imvempi, and Kiryandongo refugee settlements in Uganda. All of these camps operate in cooperation with UNHCR and serve 700,000 refugees.

Due to COVID-19, many traditional communication channels to address behavior change are not recommended as they expose both the target population and aid workers to a risk of infection and transmission. There is a critical need for proper health & hygiene promotion and new communication strategies. Water Mission is re-engaging more than 5,000 trained WASH promoters through alternative communication methods to provide COVID-19 health and WASH messaging.

Water Mission has 20 years of experience and expertise in the water and sanitation sector, and in our response to COVID-19, we have the capacity and capability to impact more than 1.7 million people globally with life-saving hygiene messaging, handwashing practices and facilities, as well as innovative and critical safe water solutions to vulnerable communities. With more than 400 indigenous staff members worldwide in nine countries, Water Mission and USAID have an opportunity to quickly reach millions of people at scale, continuing USAID’s mission to preventing the spread of pandemic disease.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Accreditations

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2003

Charity Navigator 2006

Christian Service Charities Accredited Member 2018

Awards

Angels List 2006

Secretary of the State of South Carolina

The Einstein Award 2012

SolarWorld

Affiliations & memberships

Charity Navigator Four Star Charity 2018

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, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Community Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Water Mission exists to end the global water crisis. 2.2 billion people around the world lack access to safe water. That’s one-third of the world’s population. One person dies every 37 seconds from a water-related illness. The global water crisis steals thousands of lives each day—more than war, terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction combined.
Water is the world’s most precious resource. It has the power to give life—and take it. It is the center of economic and social development. Safe water builds health, produces food, generates energy, and create jobs. When communities lack access to safe drinking water, however, the impact on the population is devastating.

Clean, safe drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realization of all human rights. Because women shoulder the burden of walking for water every single day, often through dangerous conditions, reliable access to safe water is vital for gender equality. And because the water collected is often contaminated, millions of children miss school due to water-related illnesses.

But there is hope. To date, Water Mission has served more than 7 million people in 57 countries with best-in-class safe water solutions. Together, we can end the global water crisis in our lifetime.

Our mission is to honor God by developing, implementing, and sharing best-in-class safe water solutions that transform as many lives as possible, as quickly as possible. We take a comprehensive approach to combating the global water crisis. We design sustainable, customizable solutions that meet the needs of individual communities, partnering with the community throughout the process. Following installation and implementation, our staff monitors and evaluates the project, working with the community to ensure sustainability and success.

In 2021, our organizational goals include:
• impact 600,000 lives through implementation activities
• reach survivors of natural disasters and humanitarian crises with safe water solutions and an opportunity to experience God’s love
• continue developing a best-in-class disaster response program
• build a strong foundation for continued growth
• and partner with the Global Water Center to meet its organizational goals and successfully implement its strategic road map.

Water Mission is transforming communities and changing lives every day. Together, we're solving the global water crisis community by community.

Our overarching strategy is to develop safe water solutions, implement them, and be a resource to other organizations. As an implementer, Water Mission provides solutions for those who live in developing communities and those affected by natural disasters or emergency situations. Each country and community we serve requires a customized solution. Even within the same country, tribal and ethnic differences can create major differences from one community to the next. These factors make project management a challenge and comprehensive, targeted solutions are essential. Water Mission’s in-country teams implement the projects from beginning to end. This assures projects are both technologically appropriate and respectful of the culture—elements critical for long-lasting success. Our efficient and effective solutions use best-in-class technology and focus heavily on community development. Safe water and sanitation projects are most successful when the community being served is an active participant. We partner with members of the community and local leaders to implement the solution and educate the community about hygiene and water safety.
Water Mission’s basic project plan is:
Step 1: Partner with people who have a vision and a passion to serve others. You may be one of those people. Your church, civic organization, or business may be filled with people passionate to make a difference.
Step 2: Identify people with a need – Sadly, 2.2 billion people lack access to safe water. Another 4.4 billion lack adequate sanitation. Thus, identifying people with this need is not difficult to find. Water Mission is constantly hearing from communities in need in the countries where we work.
Step 3: Community assessment – We start by collecting basic water quality and community data through our Safe Water Project Request form, which is reviewed by our country program leadership, community development, and engineering teams. If the community qualifies for a safe water or sanitation project, Water Mission identifies the community's water sources and conditions, establishes a working relationship with the community leadership, and finds a local ministry partner. Water Mission then designs a customized, long-lasting solution to address the specific needs of the community.
Step 4: Equip, transport, and implement – Once the solution has been designed, we ship equipment from our production facility or in-country inventory. As soon as the equipment is en route, implementation begins.
Step 5: Community development – After implementation, much work is required from the community to maintain the solution. Our community development approach seeks to address this concern and others. The community development process involves sustainability training (daily operation, long-term maintenance, and micro-enterprise); safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) training; 12 months of monitoring and evaluation; Living Water outreach through the local church.

Water Mission is a nonprofit Christian engineering organization with more than 400 staff members working around the world in permanent country programs located in Africa; Asia; North, South, and Central America; and the Caribbean. Water Mission designs, builds, and implements WASH solutions with a comprehensive community development model that meets the specific needs of individual communities. We have served more than 7 million people in 57 countries through 2,800 safe water and sanitation projects since 2001.
Water Mission delivers best-in-class water, sanitation, and hygiene projects. Water Mission’s local technical staff develop project plans in the field, with support from engineers at global headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Water Mission’s strongest capabilities and services include:
• Capacity Building and Technical Training
• Power Supply
• Project Budgeting and Planning
• Remote Monitoring
• Site Assessments and Surveying
• Solar Powered Water Systems
• System Support and Evaluation
• Water Pumping
• Water Quality, Demand, Source, and Treatment
• Water Storage and Distribution
Water Mission has been recognized by leading institutions, including UNICEF, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Bank, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). We received the External Collaborator Award from the American Chemistry Council in 2020 for developing innovative products and services that advance sustainability. In its 2017 Global Solar Initiative report, IOM recognized Water Mission as “the only NGO responding to the refugee emergency with the in-house technical capacity to design, implement, operate, and maintain solar-powered (hybrid) water systems.” Water Mission’s proprietary Monitoring and Alerting Platform system supports and equips UNHCR and other nonprofit, humanitarian-based entities in the WASH sector with their remote monitoring capability.
Charity Navigator has awarded Water Mission it's top, four-star rating 14 years in a row, a distinction shared by less than one percent of charities rated by the organization.
All of Water Mission’s country offices are nationally registered, locally based entities where 98% of country office staff are locally hired, indigenous citizens.

Since 2001, Water Mission has developed innovative technology and engineering expertise to provide access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions for more than 7 million people through 2,800 projects in 57 countries. Water Mission is a leading provider of sustainable safe water solutions around the world. Our extensive experience in deploying innovative remote monitoring technology enables real-time analysis. We have tracked more than 1 billion gallons of water flow in over 300 rural communities and refugee camps around the world.
Since 2008, Water Mission has installed over 2,000 solar-powered water systems in disaster relief and development projects globally.
For the first time in 2020, safe water flowed for over 900,000 people in 112 communities. The majority of the projects completed were in communities where we also provided hygiene training. Our disaster response efforts in 2020 primarily focused on humanitarian crises in refugee camps, Hurricanes Eta and Iota in Honduras, and the COVID-19 response. More than 8,000 handwashing stations were installed around the world to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We continue to support large refugee settlements in Northern Uganda and Western Tanzania, serving more than 700,000 refugees on a daily basis.
Our vision is that all people have safe water and an opportunity to experience God’s love. Water Mission is committed to ongoing learning and improvement to ensure the integrity of our promise to deliver lasting benefits for the communities we serve. Our product innovation and program evaluation initiatives – both in the laboratory and in the field – continuously enhance our water treatment and pumping technologies, technical design, and community development approach. Additionally, we share our knowledge and best practices for the WASH sector.
In addition to implementing water and sanitation projects around the world, we believe collaboration and partnership among industry leaders are critical to solving the global water crisis. Together, we can achieve a transformational scale and end water poverty. Water Mission seeks to serve as a resource to other development partners in their mission to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water by offering equipment, technologies, and consulting services.

Financials

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

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WATER MISSION

Board of directors
as of 6/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

George C. Greene III, PhD, PE

Water Mission

Term: 2019 -

George Greene III

Water Mission

Rusty Smith

CAS Pack Corporation (ret.)

Dan Grover

Ronald Blue Trust

Bradford Marshall

Active Community Member

Steve Cox

FedEx Express

Bobby Medlin

South State Bank

Brett Hildebrand

Sherman Financial Group

Charles Young

Admiral, US Navy (ret.)

Bobby Greene

Servico (ret.)

Andre' Kennebrew

Director of Relationships, Lifeshape

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 6/30/2021,

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