Celebrating 10 Years
GWC is celebrating 10 years of impact. Watch our new video to learn more!
GLOBAL WATER CHALLENGE
A coalition of leading companies & NGOs dedicated to solving our world's most pressing water challenges
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How we're making a difference.
Recognizing that nearly 30% of all WASH projects fail prematurely, GWC has led efforts to increase lasting impact. GWC works with its partners to promote learning and help ensure that investments result in lasting services.
Women and Water
Around the world, women are the backbone of communities, raising children, supporting families and caring for the sick. In developing nations, they’re also responsible for providing water. It’s their time, health, education, safety and income that are on the line.
Women for Water: Global Water Challenge addresses water challenges that disproportionately affect women through the Women for Water campaign, an initiative to empower women around the world through water access. GWC helps by creating a grassroots social media movement, working with leading brands to work towards consumer engagement and coordinating with GWC's network of implementing partners to support on-the-ground impact.
WASH in Schools
Every year, 443 million school days are lost due to water-related illnesses. We work with our experienced members to promote WASH in schools programs that help keep kids in school and happy and healthy. GWC has helped nearly 500,000 children gain access to clean water and sanitation.
Water is a vital component of many industries, but increasing pressures ranging from population growth to warming temperatures and water scarcity pose risks to business as usual.
Water Risk & Stewardship Advising: GWC works with its corporate donors to provide the best support in water strategy development. GWC has advised leading corporations and Fortune 100 companies in water risk identification, best practices and water stewardship efforts. We work with our principal donor members to help them chart a course for action and work together to overcome water challenges.
Partnership Development: In 2012, GWC helped design, organize and launch the U.S. Water Partnership, a public-private partnership that brings together the best of private and public U.S. water expertise to address water challenges around the world. The U.S. Water Partnership has over 80 members and is continuing to advance the momentum that it has gained in the two years since its inception.
Attorney & Former Ambassador
William K. Reilly
Founding Partner, Aqua International Partners
Founder, Blue Legacy International
Managing Partner, SAIL Venture Capital
Corporate Vice President, Sustainability, The Dow Chemical Company
Managing Director, Lower Middle Markets Buyout Group
Director, Global Water Stewardship, The Coca-Cola Company
Chief Sustainability Officer, Unilever
Director, Environmental Health & Safety, Huber Engineered Woods
Global Water Challenge
JOIN THE MOVEMENT
Join us in solving our world's most pressing global water challenges with bi-monthly updates.
Global Water Challenge (GWC) connects organizations across sectors to solve our world's most pressing water challenges through access to sustainable clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
OUR MISSION is to accelerate the delivery of safe water and sanitation through partnerships that catalyze financial support and innovations for sustainable solutions.
Founded in 2006 as an independent 501(c)3 organization, GWC works to raise awareness on our global water challenges and shine a light on effective solutions across developing world markets. Today, GWC has expanded its network of leading water sector NGOs and Fortune 100 companies to create innovative and sustainable partnerships that fund a number of high-impact WASH initiatives across the globe.
Partnership With WaterHealth International
WaterHealth International is the global leader in bringing clean, safe and affordable drinking water to millions across India and Africa through a decentralized, sustainable and scalable model. Every day WaterHealth serves over 7,000,000 people across 700 communities and provides local employment to thousands of men and women.
Travel + Leisure Partnership
GWC and WaterHealth are proud to partner with Travel + Leisure who are raising awareness through editorial content and public service advertising, as well as funds to build WaterHealth Centers generated through a Charitybuzz auction with donations from their "World's Best" winners, advertisers, celebrities and more! Stay tuned for exciting details for our next auction.
The Beach Boys
The Beach boys have also joined forces with GWC and WaterHealth International to raise awareness and money to build WaterHealth Centers across India and Africa through a unique partnership which includes VIP experiences with the band, premiere concert seating, back stage access and more. For more information about how to participate in the Fun Fun Fun at an upcoming event in the US and beyond, contact Jacqueline Lundquist at firstname.lastname@example.org and share the Good Vibrations! A donation of $1,000 gets you tickets for two, as well as back stage passes.
Tie One On Campaign
WaterHealth has commissioned an organization in India called Women Weave that has designed a scarf that is the cornerstone of a campaign called #TieOneOn. Over 5,000 have been sold to-date at Beach Boys concerts and through social media, as Christmas and Mother's Day gifts, and have sparked a huge campaign involving celebrities, politicians, and more. Buy your "Women Weaving Water" scarf today and join the campaign to #TieOneOn by donating $100 or more.
WaterHealth is partnering with Montesquieu Winery and commissioned an exclusive blend of small batch wines from around the globe. Each private label bottle comes with a beautiful #TieOneOn silk pocket square. A donation of $500 gets you a MAGNUM of this delicious red or THREE for $1,000. Perfect for the holidays or any occasion as a special gift. We'll even ship it for you! Holiday gift-giving made easy. Turning wine into water....now that's something we can all toast! Cheers!
This September, the Global Water Challenge (GWC) and The Coca-Cola Company will launch a collaborative cause marketing campaign for the EKOCENTER™ initiative.
The campaign, called PROJECT RIPPLE, is designed to support communities where EKOCENTER kiosks are located through a simple and innovative crowdsourcing mechanism, leveraging the reach of Coca-Cola and the passion of millennials to help those less fortunate.
It’s a simple model that yields lasting results. Here’s how it works:
Students, faculty and consumers purchasing single-serve Coca-Cola beverages will donate 2 cents* when they purchase a product. Coca-Cola and its licensed bottlers, the local food service provider and the university will each have the option of matching these 2 cents up to a $5,000 capped amount, creating the ultimate ripple effect. These funds will be channeled to partnering NGOs supporting either women’s economic empowerment, safe drinking water initiatives or projects that enhance the well-being in EKOCENTER communities in Africa. Then when the campaign ends, the university will help decide where to direct the funds among those three pillars of the EKOCENTER initiative.
To date, Boston College and Seton Hall University have confirmed their participation in this 3-month campaign and will activate during their 2015 fall semester. Other universities and key accounts are expected to join during the 2016 spring semester.
To learn more about this on-campus project please reach out to Simon Bartlett at email@example.com.
* Customers will be able to opt out or opt in at the point of sale depending on the university program. Participating beverages are Coca-Cola-branded single-serve bottles and cans only, at select retail outlets on select campuses. 100% of the funds raised from consumer donations and matching contributions will be paid to Global Water Challenge (“GWC”), a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation. Matching donations may vary by each university program. GWC will work with Coca-Cola and participating universities to distribute the funds raised to help support people living in EKOCENTER communities.
THE REPLENISH AFRICA INITIATIVE
Launched by The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) in 2010 in response to the severe health challenges faced by millions of Africans living without access to safe drinking water, the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) aims to improve access to safe water for six million people in Africa by 2020. RAIN is backed by an eleven-year commitment by TCCAF and made possible through the support of more than 140 partners who provide development expertise and additional resources required to implement the projects sustainably. To date, RAIN has made investments to reach two million people with sustainable, safe water access in 37 of Africa’s 55 countries by the end of 2015. In addition to safe water and sanitation access, RAIN’s new 2020 commitment will deliver programming to uplift women, youth, and their families by creating employment opportunities through water, providing training in water and business management, and supporting water enterprise. RAIN also is providing safe water access, sanitation and hygiene in schools for more than 300,000 children to improve their education environments, and is providing sanitation, often first time access, to more than 350,000 people in 37 countries.
ACCESS WATER POINT DATA FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Global Water Challenge has played a key role in developing the Water Point Data Exchange (WPDx), the global framework for sharing water point data. Through WPDx, data from water point mapping efforts and inventories can be easily shared, and data from other initiatives can be easily accessed.
Use the link below to get access over 250,000 water point records across more than 25 countries or to share your own data.