Fight the spread of COVID-19 with improved water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions for health clinics and community facilities serving over 14,000 people

As always, Focusing Philanthropy covers all overhead costs. 100% of every donation will go to the Now More Than Ever initiative.


Now more than ever, access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) is essential during this global pandemic. Defense against COVID-19 and other contagious diseases requires not only clean water for handwashing but improved sanitation facilities and hygiene training to avoid the spread of infection. Over 65,000 hospitals and clinics in the developing world lack effective WASH infrastructure, and over 50,000 don’t have soap. This leaves health care workers and their patients vulnerable to infection, and, when this happens, the front-line health care system cannot be effective.


Over the past 10 years, Water for People has put in place WASH facilities in 164 clinics and hospitals across nine countries. The organization partners with local governments, businesses, and individuals, helping them bring sustainable water and sanitation systems to their communities by ensuring they have the training and tools they need to maintain those systems for generations.

This year, Water For People has 60 additional health clinics and 211 other community facilities ready for WASH upgrades. Investing in these systems will provide lasting benefits to 53,000 people directly—and many more throughout the broader community—while also immediately reducing the likelihood and pace of the spread of contagion. Every $10,000 brings clean water, sanitation, and hygiene training to one health clinic or community facility.


If we act now, there is time to strengthen health systems and communities before the expected seasonal shift of COVID-19 to the Southern Hemisphere. Focusing Philanthropy will add $1 for every $2 contributed by Water For People donors, for up to $300,000 in matching support toward the overall campaign goal of $900,000. Water for People is able to provide one person with water for a year for $62. If we reach our goal, we will impact ~14,516 people. 

Donations must be a minimum of $1,000 and directed to Focusing Philanthropy, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit and free resource to donors. Donations are fully tax deductible and 100% of funds contributed will go to the Now More Than Ever Campaign. All Focusing Philanthropy costs are covered by its founders.