Named for one of the most overlooked but integral positions on any team, Waterboys unites NFL players from across the league in service. As Waterboys, players put aside allegiance and team up with fans in support of a single shared cause: providing clean, accessible drinking water to rural communities in East Africa.
Progress To Next Well
The consequences of water scarcity go far beyond inadequate access to drinking water. Water scarcity limits educational, economic and agricultural opportunities and shortens life expectancies for the most vulnerable:
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.
Diverse crops can thrive, which families can depend on for their own food and sell for income.
Families gain back the time they need to create and sell goods, learn new skills and partake in other income-generating activities.
Water-related diseases, which cause nearly 1 in 5 deaths of children under 5 and which are responsible for 50% of hospitalized patients, can be prevented.
Waterboys provides affected communities with clean, safe and sustainable water access by hiring local crews to drill deep borehole wells serving up to 7,500 people.
How We Dig Deep
Our innovative approach to fundraising encourages players and fans to mobilize their social networks, raising awareness and encouraging donations from corporate sponsors and everyday fans. Each donation may seem like a drop in the bucket, but the ripple effect results in immeasurable benefits for the communities we serve.
Our goal is to install 32 wells representing each of the 32 NFL teams. At a cost of $45,000 per well, we can’t do it without your help.
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