charity: water's 2011 Annual Report

A lot has happened this past year.
Read all about it in our Annual Report.

In the Field

Our History With

Moale & The Bayaka

They sharpen their teeth for beauty. They climb trees for food. And until recently, nearly all 16,000 of them lived without clean water. Deep in the jungles of the Central African Republic (C.A.R.), the Bayaka pigmy tribe depended solely on surface water and streams contaminated with bacteria.

In 2010, our September Campaign set out to give every member of the Bayaka clean, safe drinking water. And the village of Moale was first on the list. There had been three previous attempts to dig and drill a well there, but all three failed.

Our local partner Jim Hocking of ICDI
with Etienne Ikopa

We Hit Water
in Moale!

During the 2010 September Campaign, we also failed to find water in Moale. But in 2011, we returned with determination and a new technology, to deliver on our promise. After 10 years of waiting, Moale finally got clean water in July, 2011. (And 74,000 additional Central Africans got access to clean water, too.)

Raised for Central African Republic
People served
Views of our live drill video

    Water-related illnesses are a leading cause of death for kids. Clean water can reduce diarrheal deaths by up to 21%. With soap, water can also quickly rid the feet of “jiggers” - a parasite that makes walking painful for rural kids in C.A.R.


    People in Moale used to walk half an hour to get dirty water from an open source. Now, spending less than half that getting clean water, the Bayaka have more time in their fields. More time to prepare food. More time to take care of their families.


    The people of Moale invested $200 toward their new water project’s construction and now regularly collect fees to cover any maintenance. Community members have formed a water committee to watch their well.

The 2011

September Campaign

In 2011, we tried something different. Historically, we only funded actual water projects.
But we knew that by expanding our partners’ capacity and giving them a new drilling rig,
we could serve more people -- 40,000 more people every year, to be exact.
So we launched the September Campaign to fund the purchase of a drilling rig.

Follow the rig on a map »
Raised through 2011 September
campaigns on mycharity: water
Amazing mycharity: water
more people a year
with clean drinking water


We made our case in the September Campaign trailer, and our supporters responded with enthusiasm. Over 1,100 mycharity: water fundraisers helped us surpass our $1.2 million target, and in November we debuted Yellow Thunder, charity: water’s first large-scale capital investment.

2 matching drilling rigs


Inspired by the September Campaign, one of our longtime supporters, Virginia Clay, offered to match donations and funded a second drilling rig.

Our Mobile Mechanics Program in


At charity: water, we know that building a water project is the easy part. Keeping clean water flowing over time, however, is a complex business that requires money, training, and innovative thinking. It's something we've always been committed to. Last year in India, we tried an entirely new approach: investing in entrepreneurs from the ground up, helping them grow their small businesses to repair broken wells.

Asharfi Lal is almost 40 years old. He lives in one of India's poorest states, Uttar Pradesh. His area is a dry one, and if you go back just a few decades, you'll see that most of the people here had no access to clean water.

In 1981, the Indian government decided to change that, and quickly. In just ten years, thousands of wells were installed across Uttar Pradesh. That was good news for people in the '80s but, as it turns out, not so great for their kids. The UN's "Water Decade" (1981-1990) may have included a ton of new wells, but what it didn't include was a full-fledged maintenance program to keep them running over time.

Soon after the wells started failing, the government responded by creating repair teams. Asharfi remembers when he came across one of them for the first time. He went home and practiced on his own time by repairing his own hand pump. After working for the government, he eventually started his own business.

If he wanted to grow,
Asharfi needed venture capital. Early last year, he got it.

Through a new well mechanics program started by our local partner, WaterAid, Asharfi was recruited for training. charity: water invested $64,000 across four mechanics centers, including Asharfi's, training and equipping a total of 21 mechanics. Suited up with advanced tools, a crew, and a facility to manage, Asharfi's team was challenged to repair 50 wells by the end of the year.

When we met him halfway through the year, his team had already repaired 150 wells. Collectively, the four teams we funded were able to reach four times the number of people as originally planned. Of the total requests for hand-pump repairs, 93% were successfully addressed within 24 hours, and only 3% of repair requests took more than two days to address. Within the next few years, Asharfi hopes to expand his team to include 10-15 more mechanics that will cover a larger area of 100 villages.

Our Partners on the ground

charity: water chooses experienced partners in the field to build and implement our water projects. They know the land, the people, the culture, and the most appropriate technology for each location. They report data from the field and provide proof of our projects with photos and GPS coordinates. Our work would not be possible without them.


Partner Countries Water Projects People Served
Action Against Hunger 2 31 32,000
Concern Worldwide 6 544 126,000
A Glimmer of Hope 1 639 196,000
IRC 3 128 144,000
NEWAH 1 34 4,000
Pump Aid 1 240 24,000
REST 1 FS 250 Drilling Rig N/A
Samaritan's Purse 1 300 100,000
Water Aid 3 277 38,000
Water For People 6 228 89,000