Do what you love
Help along the way
Access to clean water, for everyone that needs it
Access to clean water is a game-changer. The overall health benefits are obvious, but the ripple effect that happens when clean water is introduced into a community is profound, and often overlooked. Sure, the risk of waterborne illnesses such as, Cholera, Salmonella, Giardia, E. Coli, and Typhoid, is mitigated–but it also positively affects many other aspects of life.
Less money spent on medicine and clinic visits, plus less time staying home being sick, less time collecting water or the wood to boil that water, means a significant change to the socioeconomics of a community. Less sick days for children means a higher attendance in school, changing the outcome of their overall education. The list goes on: infant care, feminine hygiene, women empowerment. All of these reasons are a driving force for us, but it is the fundamental belief that everyone deserves access to clean water, as a basic human right, that drives us everyday.
Day in and day out we channel that drive as we work on the front lines providing access to clean water through the implementation of portable water filtration systems, the digging and renovating of bore-hole wells, and the construction of rainwater harvesting/storing systems (in places where groundwater is not accessible).
Impact felt on a global level
In 2009, professional surfer, Jon Rose, believed there could be a more meaningful way to participate in the world - a way to do what he loved, while helping people along the way. That inspired him to create, Waves For Water (W4W), a targeted, special-ops style, non-profit organization where we focus on correcting the imbalances of water scarcity, in developing communities around the world.
At the center of our efforts is empowerment. Supported by the belief in developing and empowering local networks, we always implement our programs through the local teams of volunteers and community leaders, that we cultivate in the beginning stages of any program. This process enables us to connect with a community on a deeper level, by establishing trust and rapport, over time – which, ultimately, ensures the highest potential for a truly sustainable program.
Over the past ten years we have implemented 155 clean water programs, in 48 countries–using water filtration systems (150,000), bore-hole wells, and rainwater harvesting systems; impacting an estimated 3,750,000 people. In addition to our primary focus around providing clean water, we also coordinate and execute natural disaster relief efforts around the world. We have responded to 33 major natural disasters, to date–including initiatives in Nepal, Bosnia, Philippines, Indonesia, Haiti, Japan, Chile, and Pakistan.
33 Disasters Responded Globally
24 Active Programs
3,750,000 People Impacted
Guerrilla Humanitarianism is about taking a no-nonsense, stripped down approach towards solving a global issue — taking matters into your own hands, bringing a solution directly to the problem, under the radar, around the red tape. Encouraged by the proven efficiency of this model, Waves For Water is able to focus on changing the global water crisis statistics, while avoiding the bureaucratic gridlock that many traditional organizations get caught in.
Help The Helpers
Waves For Water builds its local networks by seeking out and empowering individuals who choose to step up and take leadership roles in their respective communities. This process enables us to truly connect with a community, establish a sense of trust and rapport, and provide a high level of individual attention and personal care to each and every one of our projects. It’s our belief that collectively we have the ability to stand as one, and solve almost any problem.
Our program consists of three major solutions: rainwater-harvesting systems, construction/restoration of bore-hole wells, and implementation of portable water filtration systems.Full Solutions
Our corporate partners have helped us execute fully integrated, multi-year, global programs, through the implementation of portable water filtration systems, rainwater harvesting systems, and the construction/restoration of bore-hole wells.
Dockers x Waves For Water
Working together to fight water scarcity from both sides of the equation across a series of dedicated initiatives such as 'Give A Filter'.View Initiative
World Water Day
Through TUMI’s annual World Water Day fundraising event we’ve been able to implement 4,381 filtration systems, 28 rain catchment systems, and 12 wells, in 2018 alone–impacting 300,000+ people, around the world.View Initiative
Care4Water CSR Initiative
The goal of this long-term CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) partnership is to engage each of the 8,000+ global employees, to support dedicated water projects in Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Thailand, India, and Indonesia.View Initiative
Word on the street
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- Guga Ketzer
- Zeb Stewart
- Jordan Tappis
- Carey Kolaja