Emergen-C + charity: water
A Partnership for Good

Emergen-C is a proud partner of charity: water. We’re not just transforming water; we're transforming lives. Through our multi-year commitment, we are embarking on a clean water project to help bring safe drinking water to communities in Ethiopia.

Together, we’re raising awareness about the struggles women and girls experience to obtain clean drinking water every day in communities of Ethiopia. Help us Lift the Burden by donating to charity: water today!

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Keeping You Involved Every Step of the Way

Emergen-C is a proud partner of charity: water. Through our multi-year commitment, we’re helping to fund five water projects that will give communities in Ethiopia access to clean and safe water. Each project represents multiple wells and clean water sources. Over the course of 21 months, our donations are funding the construction of local wells that will completely transform communities, while providing them with the resources and knowledge they need to manage their new water source moving forward. Track our progress below, and check back for future updates on how our partnership is helping change lives.


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Explore the Project Tracker to see the step-by-step progress on our well project across Ethiopia.

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Project 1: Planning Begins

We’re setting out to bring clean water to 20 communities! To get started, we enter the initial planning phase. charity: water is working with The Relief Society of Tigray (REST), a local implementing partner, to secure permits and supplies, select sites, and begin work of bringing clean water to communities in Ethiopia. Meet REST and learn more about the planning process here.

Project 1: Breaks Ground

Construction is underway on 20 hand-dug wells! In areas made up of sand gravel, weathered rocks, and soft clay, hand-dug wells are a common way of accessing groundwater that is at a shallow depth. Hand-dug wells provide more storage, which may be required in areas where it takes longer for a well to refill between uses. Even more, the larger dimensions of hand-dug wells make them easier to maintain and repair.

Project 2: Planning Begins

We're bringing clean water to 16 more communities with charity: water! Thanks to your support, we're making a huge impact. Now, field coordinators and hydrogeologists on the ground are working to ensure that all water projects are planned and constructed with quality-controlled materials, based on the depth and availability of water, and proceed on schedule.

Project 1: Uniting the Community

We have an update: our friends at charity: water estimate that 2,400 people will get clean water from these wells each day!

Now, the focus is on engaging communities and finishing construction of the wells. charity: water's local implementing partner, REST, is forming and training a local Water and Sanitation Committee in each community. They're responsible for water point maintenance, fee collection, financial management, community mobilization, and knowing how to contact technicians and spare part suppliers.

Project 2: Breaks Ground

Construction is underway on 14 drilled wells and two more hand-dug wells! In areas where water isn't close to the surface, accessing clean water often requires drilling or blasting through many layers of hard rock. Drilled wells are used to reach these deeper water sources, minimize exposure to pollution, and reduce construction time.

As construction wraps up, outreach teams shift focus to engaging communities around the project itself, including hygiene and sanitation best practices. Learn more about this process here.

Project 3: Planning Begins

We’re planning to bring clean water to even more communities! Now we begin initial planning, so work can get started..

Project 1: Completed!

Our first 20 wells are complete! Once the community that’s receiving a project is engaged and empowered to care for it, charity: water's partners at REST collect community details. charity: water receives this detailed data about each project, verifies it, and then sends a report that’s complete with photos, GPS coordinates, and more. See the completed projects here.

Project 3: Breaks Ground

Work is underway! Where possible, local community members are helping by digging wells, constructing filters, building ditches for piping, or assisting with other construction tasks. And as construction wraps up, local implementing partners will shift their focus to engaging communities around the project itself, including hygiene and sanitation best practices.

Project 2: Completed!

Sixteen more wells are complete and the #40Pounds Challenge helped make that possible! See photos, GPS coordinates, and more community information here.

Project 4: Planning Begins

We’re planning to bring clean water to even more communities! For this project, our friends at Red Nose Day matched our contribution so together we can lift the burden for 9,000 people in Ethiopia. Now initial planning begins for over 40 wells, so work can get started in early 2019.