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Aqua Vida connects volunteer groups from the US with water projects in Africa—organizing 'do good' trips that combine building and digging bore wells with touring the nearby area.

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Solving the world's water challenges using science, technology, and entrepreneurship.

Our approach is based on these key tenets:

1. Capacity. Our access to the latest drilling and water supply expertise gives us a broad base to take on the toughest water challenges.

2. Sustainability. Our three pillars of sustainability help us focus on building water solutions that the world needs now.

3. The Environment. While we access clean water sources, we're also funding research on how to best reuse and recycle 'dirty' water, including developing next-generation biofuels and fertilizers that don't harm our environment.

4. Profit. Fundraising is essential—but our primary concern is how to build water solutions that lead to locally-owned businesses providing ongoing maintenance for the project, and helping entrepreneurs achieve self-sufficiency.

5. Human Development. We care about people and are committed to building entrepreneurship in the developing world.

6. Collaboration. As a organization that's part of a movement, we're committed to working with a range of stakeholders, because we know lasting impact can only come from collaboration.

WHAT DOES AQUA VIDA DO?

We work with business partners, government agencies, faith communities, universities and individuals to bring real, lasting solutions to the global water crisis.

We construct wells throughout India, Africa and South America using a social enterprise approach, then help local entrepreneurs establish their own businesses to provide the water maintenance and distribution.

Read our story.

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WATER FACTS:

  • 70% of water projects in the developing world fail after the first three years.
  • 1.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.6 billion lack access to basic sanitation.
  • An American household uses almost 350 gallons of water every day, but the average African family uses about five gallons.

FAQS: Why is this work important now?

We're facing a global water crisis. Currently, 1.2 billion people lack access to safe drinking water. By 2025, 800 million people will live in areas with absolute water scarcity, and by 2050, India will have exhausted its fresh water supply.

It's critical that we take steps now to build both rural and urban water infrastructure and work to conserve and better use what we have.

How is AquaVida different from other water organizations?

What makes us different is what we call our social enterprise approach to developing solutions that address the global water crisis. This approach utilizes partnership along with 'Business DNA'—business thinking, principals and methods—rather than a 'charity' model to tackle water challenges.kids village

Water kids

We hire, train and grow entrepreneurs in the communities we serve, helping them develop their own businesses for the water maintenance and distribution.

And we call on the technology and research being developed at leading universities to help us develop water solutions that will support people for years to come.

  • It would take the same amount of water to support 4.7 billion people with minimum daily water ($2.5 billion gallons) as it does to irrigate the world's golf courses.
  • 60% of the hospital beds in the world are occupied by someone with a waterborne illness.
  • Nearly 5000 children die each day from illnesses caused by dirty water.

MORE ABOUT WELLS

In most areas of the world, safe drinking water is 300 feet below the surface. Sometimes, it's much farther.

One of the best ways to reach the water is to drill a bore well.

Using GPS and the latest drill technology, the AquaVida team finds the best site for the well and oversees safe, efficient construction.

See how a bore well is built. [animation]

When you help us build a well (or join us on a trip and participate in construction), you bring clean water, improved health, and economic stability to villages and rural locations.

FACT: $5,000 builds a well that will provide 400 people with water for 20 years!

Within 3-6 months, we'll organize a team to go in and complete the project—and with AquaVida's long-term approach, we'll work with (or establish) local enterprises to make sure the water system is maintained.

Bore well WHAT WE DO: WE BUILD WELLS.

In most areas of the world, safe drinking water is 300 feet below the surface. Sometimes, it's much farther.

One of the best ways to reach the water is to drill a bore well.

Bore wells are built with a concrete lining that minimizes contamination. The boring process allows AquaVida to dig deeper and access water farther beneath the earth's surface.

See how a bore well is built. [graphic/link]

Using GPS and the latest drill technology, the AquaVida team finds the best site for the well (on elevated or rising ground), and oversees safe, efficient construction.

When you help us build a well (or join us on a trip and participate in construction), you bring clean water, improved health, and economic stability to villages and rural locations.