Any size donation can help provide access to gender equality, an education, and health by providing accessible drinking water.
Follow our cross country fundraiser to help people in Tanzania and how you can participate.
Learn why water is so important, the benefits it provides to society, and what life is like without accessible clean water.
learn about our fundraiser of completing a marathon a month while carrying 45lbs of water to help people 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.

While living in the United States, my career has centered on water quality and quantity projects in Delaware and West Virginia.

To help raise money and support technical assistance for clean water projects, I am currently working with the Philadelphia Serengeti Alliance.

To show the long walks and the struggle some people have go through to get water, I will be running a marathon a month for a year while carrying 45lbs of water. On May 17, 2017,  after I complete these marathons, I will be backpacking 3,215 miles from New Jersey to San Francisco while carting 10 gallons of water. Assuming they live 9 miles from a water source, this is the same distance someone in Tanzania would walk to get water over the course of a year.



Philadelphia-Serengeti Alliance
Our mission is to help provide safe and available water to people who do not have access to water.

Over 750,000,000 people in the world do not have access to clean drinking water. We help organize fundraisers and provide field work assistance for nonprofits working to help provide safe drinking water.

We are currently helping raise donations and provide technical assistance for the Philadelphia Serengeti Alliance.

Follow our current fundraisers:

-Walk Across the United States with 10 gallons of water

-A Marathon a Month while carrying 5 gallons of water

The Philadelphia Serengeti Alliance is a 501c3 organization working to improve gender equality, health, and education by providing accessible clean water to rural communities in the Mara region of Tanzania.
They help rural communities by finding a new clean water source and create a Water User Group to maintain the water infrastructure.

Since 2014, they have completed 3 water wells providing water to more than 10,000 people.

All donations will go towards their new project, repairing water infrastructure and training communities on well maintenance. The Mara Region has 307 broken wells that all can be fixed.


It is typically the females role to get water for their family. They have to get water regardless if they have children, are pregnant, or handicap.

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

Gender Equality
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. 

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.
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.