Meet charity: water
Globally, 663 million people live without clean water. The water crisis heavily impacts women and children who live in isolated rural areas, as it is this demographic which is most often tasked with collecting a community’s water. In Africa alone, women spend 40 billion hours a year walking for water. By bringing clean water to these communities, it can change lives, improving health, access to food, support local economy growth, and allow more time for education and work.
charity: water ensures that every project it leads is sustainable, working with local experts and community members to find the best solutions – whether it’s a well, a piped system, a biosand filter, or a system for harvesting rainwater. Once the water point has been established, charity: water and its partners establish the infrastructure and organise a local committee to ensure that clean water continues to flow for years to come.
Committed to ending the global water crisis, charity: water has already funded 44,007 water projects, helping 10 million people world-wide. They have a radically transparent model where 100% of public donations go straight to the field, funding sustainable, community-owned water projects. With every project, charity: water aims to keep donors connected to the heart of the work through innovative technology and powerful storytelling.
Why charity: water and Bicester Village?
charity: water was initially founded in the United States in 2006 and has only recently expanded its efforts overseas, officially registering as a charity in the United Kingdom in 2006. Bicester Village is uniquely positioned – welcoming an array of local and international guests year round– to bring awareness to this impactful charity, giving guests the opportunity to learn about the global water crisis and charity: water’s efforts to end it.