Why does it take 21 months to build a project?

Building water and sanitation projects is a time-consuming business. We don't consider a project “complete” until we know that all of its components are in place and working for the best of the community. Our partners help train and get buy-in from the community, which can take months after the project is complete.

Additionally, we fund programs in some of the most challenging areas in the world. These countries are susceptible to natural disasters, political unrest, and global economic shifts, which can all impact the timeline of our work. 

Finally, we require detailed data about each project from our partner organizations, including photos and GPS coordinates. Only after we verify them at charity: water headquarters do we report back to you on the completed project.

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