How sponsoring a project works

While building a water project is no simple task, we think sponsoring one should be. Here are three steps you can expect:

You make a donation

On average, projects start at £8,500 and can cost £25,000 or more depending on the location and project type.

We match you with a water project

A member of our team will be in touch to allocate your donation to an appropriate water project.

You receive Progress Reports

The average water project takes 21+ months to complete. We’ll keep you updated along the way.

Looking to dive deeper into the details? Give this video a watch.

A tailored approach

No two communities are the same, and neither are their water solutions. That’s why our local partners carefully consider factors like geography, water availability, and culture before proposing the right solution.

Featured programs

charity: water actively works in 22 countries worldwide. The featured four highlight the variety of solutions, programs, and costs across our portfolio.






India is the seventh-largest country by land area and the second-most populous in the world. Although the national government is committed to improving sanitation and water access, their ambitious goals need outside partnerships to create widespread change. Today, the government is working on the Jal Jeevan Mission, an initiative to bring piped water to every household in India by 2024. Our local partners are supporting these efforts.

Meet a local partner

We began working with Gram Vikas in 2008. After a 4-year pause due to a capacity-building period at Gram Vikas, we resumed our partnership in 2018. Gram Vikas specializes in piped water systems in the states of Odisha and Jharkhand, where access to improved water and sanitation services remains low. While they are a social-technical partner to the government, they are fully funded by humanitarian organizations.

Reporting back

Sponsoring a water project is a major investment — and we want you to feel informed. From start to finish, the average project takes 21+ months to complete. You’ll receive two Progress Reports during that time as well as a Completion Report.

We prove every project

Once completed, we'll show you the water project(s) you funded with photos and GPS coordinates. Your virtual recognition will be featured on our Completed Projects Map.

See Proof

Frequently asked questions

How does charity: water determine the cost of sponsoring a project?

How do you choose which communities will receive a water project?

Can I choose where my donation goes?

How do you choose your local partners?

Is the community involved in building a charity: water project?

Have you encountered challenges or delays in the past?

What’s included in progress reporting and why does it take 21+ months to get a Completion Report?

How long do water projects last?

Can I visit the project I funded?


Team member

If you have additional questions, please reach out. We’d love to tell you more about Water Project Sponsorship opportunities.

Ready to change everything?

When a community, school, or health clinic receives access to clean water, everything changes. Health improves. Girls don’t miss school. Parents have time to earn extra income.

It is truly one of the best investments you can make. We hope you’ll make it with us.