image-5

WATERBOYS.ORG

Named for an often overlooked but integral position on any team, Waterboys unites NFL players from across the league in addressing the clean water crisis in East Africa. Founded by NFL player Chris Long, a serendipitous meeting in Tanzania with WorldServe president, John Bongiorno, and trustee, Doug Pitt, led to Chris’ newfound passion for this remarkable country. His desire to give back found a sweet spot with the connections and track record of WorldServe, one of the largest providers of clean water in East Africa.

Waterboys.ORG IMPACT

VISION

Long set a goal of recruiting a “waterboy” from each NFL team – and he met his original goal to fund 32 wells through the initiative (which is part of his foundation’s overall mission).  Through this unique opportunity for NFL players and their fans to work together, those in need of clean water have emerged as the victors.

Waterboys.ORG has exceeded the original goal of 32 wells and as of today more than 52 wells have been drilled – each facilitated in Tanzania by WorldServe.

History

TEAM UP TO
TACKLE THIRST

WATERBOYS PUTS PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES AND SPORTS FANS ON THE SAME TEAM IN PURSUIT OF ONE GOAL:
BRINGING LIFE-SUSTAINING DRINKING WATER TO COMMUNITIES IN NEED.

Watch Video

55 WELLS FUNDED SINCE 2015

Why Water Matters

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:

Education

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.

Economy

Families gain back the time they need to create and sell goods, learn new skills and partake in other income-generating activities.

huge-well-resized

Agriculture

Diverse crops can thrive, which families can depend on for their own food and sell for income.

Health

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.

Established Wells

Explore the interactive map below to view individual site reports and upcoming drill sites.

WATERSUNDAY WITH THE WATERBOYS

waterboys-initiative-event-1
waterboys-initiative-event-2
waterboys-initiative-event-3

Long’s commitment to bring clean water to East Africa through the Waterboys Initiative – along with WorldServe’s experience in working with faith community leaders, made possible the recent launch of WaterSunday with the Waterboys. A challenge to congregations and groups, the effort will provide a chance for congregations, communities, families and individuals to unite to raise funds and awareness for the clean water crisis.

More than 100 Philadelphia-area faith leaders gathered with Long (a current member of the Philadelphia Eagles defensive line) to kick-off the effort. Thank you so much to Chris, the people of Philadelphia and all the generous participants who make this event a success.

SSL Encrypted and Secure

Powered by Donately

Contact Us

Please send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.

Not readable? Change text. captcha txt