Our Global Projects
With the largest rainforest and second longest river in the world, the Amazon region is full of life and beauty. Called “the lungs of the Earth,” 20 percent of the world’s oxygen comes from the Amazon Rainforest. Running 4,345 miles in length, the Amazon River is home to over 3,000 different species of fish. Despite the abundance of life in this region, the natural beauty masks a growing problem of water contamination and disease. The water of the Amazon River is plentiful but polluted from boats and waste. During the rainy season, floods make existent wells unreachable. Wine To Water is working to rehabilitate wells and build well platforms to protect clean water sources during flooding.
One of the poorest countries in Asia, Cambodia was racked by genocide during the reign of the communist guerilla group Khmer Rouge. From 1975 to 1979, nearly two million people were killed in an effort to abolish money, private property and religion. A monarchy was re-established in 1993, but the scars of the Khmer Rouge are still present in Cambodia’s deep poverty and dependence on subsistence farming. As a result, much of the population relies on contaminated water, resulting in a constant battle with disease and death. Wine To Water drills new wells, construct latrines and distribute ceramic water filters to bring clean, safe water to communities.
The birthplace of Wine To Water’s ceramic water filter factory and the most popular tourist destination in the West Indies, the Dominican Republic is known for its breathtaking beaches, elaborate resorts and top-notch golfing. While over five million tourists come each year to enjoy this stunning country, there is a stark reality behind the Dominican Republic’s beauty. Despite the thriving tourist industry, rural areas are suffering from extreme poverty and lack of access to clean water. Wine To Water is currently producing and distributing ceramic water filters to bring clean, safe water to those in need while working with community leaders and local churches.
In 2015 and 2016, the El Niño phenomenon affected rainfall patterns and temperatures in Ethiopia, creating drought and acute water shortages. An estimated 1.8 million were added to those who were already without water access. Now, roughly 43 percent of the population does not have safe drinking water and 17 percent of childhood deaths are associated with waterborne diseases. Through well drilling, well rehabilitation, sanitation education and training for subsistence farmers, Wine To Water is working to bring clean, life-giving water to communities.
On a normal Tuesday afternoon in January 2010, life was disrupted for millions in Haiti. An earthquake of 7.0 magnitude hit 15 miles away from the capital of Port-au-Prince, followed by slightly smaller earthquakes in the following hours and days. An estimated three million were affected, with over one million left homeless. Facing poverty and no access to clean water, thousands are dying from water-related illnesses each year. Wine To Water is currently distributing ceramic water filters to bring clean, life-giving water to those in need while working with community leaders and local churches.
Nepal’s location in the Himalayas, one of the most seismically active regions in the world, is as dangerous as it is breathtaking. In April of 2015, an earthquake with a 7.8 magnitude hit Nepal, killing thousands and displacing millions. The resulting landslides demolished rural villages and parts of Kathmandu, the country’s capital. Now, Wine To Water is working closely in partnership with designated communities to repair wells and access groundwater for communities that have been left without clean water.