Where We Work

Ryan’s Well works in partnership with local non-governmental and community based organizations to implement water, sanitation and hygiene education projects.

These organizations are comprised of dedicated individuals with technical expertise, community leadership skills and the most invaluable characteristic – insight to local conditions and culture. For water and sanitation projects to be sustainable, they must be driven by the communities they are aiming to support in order to encourage ownership and proper ongoing management. With field crews, drillers, community health nurses and training facilitators, our local partners carry out incredible work in harsh conditions with many challenges to face – rainy seasons, impassable roads, transporting materials on foot and managing more community requests for water and sanitation than the limited funding can possibly provide. Perseverance is the one word that sums up our partners.

Each and every organization we work with is researched and reviewed at several levels to ensure the accountability of their operations and technical expertise to deliver sustainable water and sanitation access.   While these organizations look to us for guidance, financial support and monitoring, our project team based in Canada learns so much from our partners. By working together, we learn  about what interventions, such as rainwater harvesting, drilled wells, protected springs, pit latrines, and methods for community training will work best for the communities in their region.

Our goal is to continue to work with our long term, established partner organizations to deepen their capacity to deliver sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene education projects that empower communities to grow and prosper.  Over time, projects can then be increased in scale to provide water and sanitation access to an even greater number of people in specific focus areas.

With a little help from Ryan’s Well and people like you, the local skills and insight of our partners are poised for success.

Together we can make it happen for people across the globe impacted by the global water and sanitation crisis.

Since Ryan began his efforts for clean water in 1997, Ryan’s Well has supported projects in 17 countries across the globe. The vast global water and sanitation crisis impacts so many communities, regions and countries.

Our goal is to provide sustainable water and sanitation projects and deepen the capacity of our partners to support positive change in their communities and region.


In order to focus our efforts and utilize your contributions efficiently and effectively, we are now concentrating our efforts in three country clusters:

East Africa: Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya

West Africa: Burkina Faso and Ghana

North America: Mexico

By focusing on these regions, we can work efficiently and cost-effectively to increase monitoring, share information between regional partners and continue to build relationships with established local partner organizations.

Learn more about how we work with Local Partners.

Past Project Locations

Guatemala • Guyana • Haiti • India • Lesotho • Malawi • Nigeria • Tanzania • Togo • Zambia • Zimbabwe