Health  India Project #839

Providing Safe Water for 25,000 Villagers in India

by Naandi Foundation


This program will deliver safe drinking water to rural poor in India, via advanced, sustainable water treatment systems. It will also educate about hygiene and health as a pilot for global replication

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More than 1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water worldwide. Dirty drinking water causes roughly 200 deaths per hour of children below age 5, and stunts development. Centralized treatment, piped water systems, the routine use of bottled water or fuel to boil drinking water are not affordable for households with average incomes below $1 a day. The rural underserved need a robust, effective, and affordable water purification technology, implemented via a sustainable model.


Install 10 Community Water Systems in rural Andhra Pradesh with Naandi Foundation. Train village members to operate and maintain the systems, and collect fees (1 cent/gallon) to cover salaries and recover system capital costs over time.

Long-Term Impact

Waterborne disease incidents are reduced. Women and children are relieved of the burden of fetching water. Jobs and micro-entrepreneurial opportunities are created: system operators, delivery staff, and sanitation trainers hired from the community

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


The World Health Organization
The Acumen Fund – one of WHI’s investors
The International Finance Corporation

Organization Information

Naandi Foundation

Location: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh - India
Website: http:/​/​
Katie Schmitz Fernandez
Project Leader:
Katie Schmitz Fernandez
Lake Forest, CA United States

Funded Project!

Thanks to 66 donors like you, a total of $97,018 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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