Drop in the Bucket

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Basic Information

Address: PO Box 3697 Los Angeles CA 90027
Director: Stacey Travis

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Additional Information

Causes Served: clean water, sanitation, International aid, health, children, development
Population Served: children in sub-Saharan Africa
Ages for Volunteer: 12-120
Hours of Service: 11 am 6 pm
Minimum Hours Required: 8
Days of Service: mon-fri
Mission Statement:

Drop in the Bucket's mission is to help children in African schools by installing clean water wells and sanitation systems, emphasizing a hands-on approach, minimum expense, environmental soundness and monitored sustainability.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Drop In The Bucket is dedicated to improving the health and safety of children in Africa by providing clean water wells and sanitation systems to African schools, particularly those in post-conflict settings. We align ourselves with experienced engineers, innovators and economists who have a vast knowledge of African culture and water solutions so that we can meet the unique challenges associated with the developing world’s water crisis.

The cornerstone of our approach is low overhead and minimal operating costs. We participate directly in every aspect of the process, from targeting each well location and personally working with and training community leaders, to actively helping set up and approve budgets, to diligently monitoring maintenance schedules and carefully tracking success rates. Unlike other charitable water providers, we place a very high value on sustainability and take proactive measures so the water wells and sanitation systems we install will provide benefits far into the future. Our hands-on involvement extends from the time water or sanitation needs are identified, through construction, and long after completion.

Program History:

Since forming in 2006 we have completed over 150 clean water projects in 6 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. We have designed and developed a sanitation system that has been written up as the most advanced and effective complete water and sanitation solution available anywhere in the developing world.

Additional Information:

 Drop In The Bucket believes we can help create a world in which children are safe, healthy, educated and free from fear.  And we believe that the key to achieving those ends is clean water and sanitation.

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In its 2000 Millennium Declaration, the United Nations created eight Millennium Development Goals to improve the human condition by 2015.  One of the most important objectives in reaching these goals was to reduce, by half, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water.  The World Health Organization and UNICEF report that of the people still not using an improved source of drinking water in 2010, 37% live in one region of the globe: Sub-Saharan Africa.


Drop In The Bucket understands how central clean water and sanitation is to survival.   We want to see an end to the 1.5 million preventable deaths that occur each year as a result of poor sanitation.  We want to see the children of Sub-Saharan Africa have the same basic opportunities to live safe, healthy and happy lives as children in places where access to clean water and sanitation are available.


According to the World Water Assessment Programme access to safe drinking water can make a significant contribution to:

(a) eradication of poverty; (b) increased school attendance; (c) reduction in diarrheal infections and malaria; (d) decrease in maternal and child-mortality rates.


Drop In The Bucket wants to make a difference in the quality of life for children in the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa so they can reach their full potential and become healthy adults with the capacity to accomplish their goals and the opportunity to realize their dreams.