Current Work

UPS 
KENYA
HOW DO WE HELP?
Our mission is to help provide clean water and sanitation to the most vulnerable and remote communities.

Over 750 million people in the world do not have access to clean drinking water. Everyday, women and children walk to find water missing out on oppurtunities in the community or going to school. Many projects have been created in the past, but the community was never taught how to take care of it, so the water technology eventually broke down.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6 is to provide the world with clean drinking water by 2030. Some of the most vulnerable and remote communities will not be helped until or after the target year. This could be too late for them. It's our goal to help some of the harder to reach communities using strong engineering and management approaches. By properly teaching and giving ownership of the water technology to the community, we can ensure the project will last a lifetime.
During our Walk Across the United States, UPS has accepted us to be apart of their Wishes Delivered program. They find community role models with passionate work and help deliver their wish. Our wish being to provide the world with clean drinking water. 

This is a huge honor we are still in shock over. They have sponsored a rainwater collection project for the Kaliini Secondary School in Kenya in honor of our founder, James Leitner. He will be traveling to Kenya on behalf of UPS, MissionCleanWater, and working with Well Aware to see the project.



We are currently in contact with communities and people in the Turkana County of Kenya. This area in particular has issues with very long dry seasons. During this time, rivers go dry and the rain stops. Many people have to rely on digging holes in the river bed to get what water they can.

We are working with a community now to try and create final plans. More information to come soon!



DONATE NOW
Any size donation can help provide access to gender equality, an education, and health by providing accessible drinking water.
 
 WATER IS LIFE
Learn why water is so important, the benefits it provides to society, and what life is like without accessible clean water.
MANAGEMENT
Properly training communities we are working with and giving strong ownership over thr project helps it last a lifetime.
WALK ACROSS THE USA FOR WATER
Follow our cross country walk and how it is helping provide people with clean drinking water in Tanzania. 

About Me

Hi, my name is James Leitner. When I was seventeen, I was completing a project for one of my high school classes and searched for "water issues" on Google. What I wanted to do with my life changed with that simple search. I learned that 1 billion people in the world do not have access to clean drinking water. At that moment, I wanted to dedicate my life to helping people gain access to this vital aspect of life.

Since then, I have helped various nonprofits raise funds in order to build wells in the Central African Republic and Tanzania. I have provided technical assistance to villages in Tanzania and assisted them in maintaining their wells.  

To show the long walks and the struggle some people have go through to get water, I completed a marathon for a month while carrying 45lbs of water.  On May 17, 2017,  I started a 3,250 mile backpacking journey from New Jersey to San Francisco while pulling 10 gallons of water to walk the same amount someone walks in Africa in a year to look for water. After 143 days on Oct 6, I walked across the Golden Gate Bridge marking the completion of the trip.

We are currently working with the Philadelphia-Serengeti Alliance to help provide accessible clean drinking water to people in Tanzania. Together, we have completed four water well projects and have provided over 5,000 people with clean water. 

WHY WATER?​​

Water is essential for life. It is something we forget to think about since a glass of clean water is only 20 steps away.

This is not true for 750 million people. Many do not have access to drinking water and have to find  water every day. 

Getting water is mostly done by women and children. Some walk up to 8-10 miles a day to the closest water source that is not clean. The only option is a puddle from the rain, a river, or watering hole. The water brought back home can have different diseases many children can not fight off.

These walks for water can take all day. 5 gallons is needed for daily use which weighs 45lbs. This can be tiring for a child or mother to carry many miles.

By providing safe and clean drinking water, those long walks are eliminated and the health risks of water borne illnesses will disappear.  Children can now attend school and women can take new roles in their communities. 


It is women or childrens role to get water for their family. They have to get water regardless of their age, if they are pregnant, handicap, or have an injury.

By providing water that is more accessible, they no longer have to walk all day for water. They can now use this time to find a new role in their community or seek entrepreneurial  oppurtunities.

GENDER
​EQUALITY
Many children, boys and girls, have the roles in their family to get water. Many miss out on school as a result. Children as young as 5 are sent on the task and risk being attacked by people or animals.

With an accessible and safe drinking water source, children can go to school instead of searching for water all day. With clean water, less children will be getting sick and missing school as a result.
EDUCATION
The water brought back is not clean. It contains different types of bacteria, viruses, and pathogens that can cause sickness and death. Many children do not have a fully developed immune system that can fight off these diseases.

Clean water can help lower and eliminate the amount of water borne illnesses in a community.
HEALTH