What is Waterboys?
Named for one of the most overlooked but integral positions on any team, Waterboys unites professional athletes and fans in support of a single shared cause: providing clean, accessible drinking water to communities in need.
A Global Challenge
785 million people lack basic drinking-water service.
Women and children shouldn’t have to walk miles to collect dirty water riddled with disease. The most basic but most critical gift of daily access to clean water helps families and communities establish better healthcare, sanitation, and hygiene, creating opportunities for education, economic growth and agricultural prosperity.
By 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas.
*Source: World Health Organization
To succeed at providing people with access to clean drinking water without sacrifices, we know we need to look beyond short term water solutions. That’s why we team up with local crews domestically and internationally to provide sustainable water access that communities can rely on.
How access to clean water saves time and impacts lives.
The consequences of water scarcity go far beyond inadequate access to drinking water. Collecting dirty water significantly reduces time and opportunities for many. It takes away educational, economic and agricultural opportunities and introduces health risks that shorten life expectancies for the most vulnerable. When water comes from improved, more accessible, and sustainable sources, people spend less time and effort physically collecting it, meaning they can be productive in other ways.
Improving access to reliable water sources allows diverse crops to thrive. In turn, families can create their own food source and sell these goods for income.
Children, especially girls, typically stay home to help their mothers collect water or care for the household. With clean water wells, they are able to attend school on a regular basis.
Families gain back the time they need to create and sell goods, learn new skills and participate in other income-generating activities.
Water-related diseases cause nearly 1 in 5 deaths of children under 5 and are responsible for 50% of hospitalized patients. Access to clean water saves lives and creates healthier communities.
Why it matters
Water is life. Without access to safe water, individuals are at risk, and communities lack access to opportunities. Water does more than just quench thirst — it promotes equality.
We’ve seen first hand how sustainable water access empowers communities to thrive. Waterboys means getting it done with teamwork. By consistently chipping in wherever we can, big or small, we’ll continue to change lives in a big way.
We're in it together
785 MILLION PEOPLE. THAT’S A BIG NUMBER.
1 in 4 people in the world don’t have access to clean water. We have a long road ahead, but our team of monthly givers are moving us closer to a day when thirst is eradicated worldwide. Be a part of The Wave and give monthly to change lives with access to clean water.