Donating to WaterAfrica & Joining Us to “Finish the Job” in Zambia

Are you considering a donation to WaterAfrica? First, thank you for your consideration. Our partner World Vision Zambia has committed to the “Finish the Job” campaign to provide access to clean water to all rural Zambians by 2025. Your support will make this a reality. Help stop the long walk for women and children today.

WaterAfrica is proud of our partner World Vision and their local team on the ground in Zambia. We stay closely connected throughout the year of the wonderful work that is being done with your dollars. World Vision is the gold standard in nonprofits working in Africa and local communities around the world to deliver running water to places that do not have it.

Why Donate to WaterAfrica?

More than 800 children under the age of 5 die every day from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and unsafe hygiene. And we know how to fix it. There is a solution. It is not just access to water, but successfully implementing water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs that are needed to solve this problem.

WaterAfrica has raised over $3 million dollars reaching 60,000 Zambians with access to clean water, improved sanitation, and hygiene facilities at schools and clinics. We hope you come and walk alongside us to solve this water crisis.

Where Does Your Money Go?

Donations from WaterAfrica go directly to projects earmarked for Zambia’s “Finish the Job” campaign. In a nutshell, this is what it takes to solve the water crisis one person at a time.

  • On average it costs $50 to provide water, along with sanitation and hygiene training, to a person in Zambia for life.
  • It costs $15,000 to install a water well for a village in Zambia.
  • It costs $50,000 to install a mechanized water well in Zambia that can provide access for 1,000 people.

Water Infrastructure & Training

When a new water project is funded.  Not only does the community get the water infrastructure, but the local community members receive the necessary training to keep the wells and delivery systems maintained.  The support to train and equip local individuals with the knowledge and tools required to keep the projects in good working order is critical for the long term success of every new water project.

Our partners have built a track record to do this successfully with local communities.  This is why you can count on WaterAfrica and World Vision as good stewards of your hard-earned money.

This is an example of a new borehole being tapped to create a mechanized system in Zambia. The excitement is real. This community will now have access to water that is in close proximity to their homes. Water brings life in so many ways. The women and children that live near this future well will no longer walk multiple miles each way carrying heavy water jugs. The children have time for school. The women have time for farming, getting jobs, and starting businesses.  Read More about recent projects in Zambia.


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How to Donate to WaterAfrica

Donating to WaterAfrica is simple and straightforward.

  1. You can click this link to Donate Today.
  2. Mail a check to WaterAfrica. Make checks payable to WaterAfrica and send it to: PO Box 2012 Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035
  3. Individuals that have an IRA account and would like to make a contribution through your retirement account can do so. Please reach out to us at and we can help walk you through what is needed.

Give Directly from your IRA Account

Here’s some basic information regarding the ways to donate using an IRA

  • If you are 70½ years or older: You can give any amount up to $100,000 per year from your IRA directly to WaterAfrica without having to pay income taxes on the money. Because this transfer does not generate taxable income or a tax deduction, you benefit even if you do not itemize your tax deductions. And, if you are 72 or older and have not yet taken your required minimum distribution for the year, your gift can satisfy all or part of that requirement.
  • If you are at least 59½ but not yet 70½: You can use your IRA to make a charitable gift to lift up vulnerable children during your lifetime, without penalty. If you make a withdrawal from your IRA, even if paid directly to WaterAfrica, you’ll have to report that amount as taxable income on your tax return in the same year. If you itemize your deductions, you can take an income tax charitable deduction for the amount of your gift.
  • No matter your age: Name WaterAfrica as a beneficiary of your retirement plan assets on your beneficiary designation form. By leaving your IRA assets to help provide clean water access in Africa, you can feel good knowing that you’re helping to make a difference in the lives of others with your hard-earned dollars.

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