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Why Water?


Collecting water is a burden which often falls on women and young girls. Girls will follow in their mother’s footsteps and dedicate their time to collecting water for their families rather than attending school with their brothers.


Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people each year than all forms of violence, including war. 


Access to safe, clean water is a crucial step in breaking the poverty cycle. With a reliable water source close by, communities can invest their time in other activities such as growing healthy food, going to school or starting a small business. 

Why Coffee Growing Communities?

Coffee is a water intensive crop.  In fact, it takes 140 litres of water to produce just one cup of coffee.  This includes both the extreme amount of water irrigated from rivers and watersheds to support coffee agriculture, and the brewing process that requires high quality and filtered water to produce the perfect cup.

Paradoxically, the communities that grow our coffee are facing a water crisis.  Coffee is grown in the ‘bean belt,’ a global region which spans across the equator, but access to clean water and sanitation for communities living in the bean belt is scarce.  The leading coffee producing countries in the world are also some of the poorest, and much of the water available to rural people is located long distances from their homes and is heavily contaminated.

The Allegra Foundation believes that the coffee industry has a responsibility to give back to coffee growing communities and is committed to increasing access to clean water and sanitation across the coffee growing world.



Where we work

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You can’t make coffee without fresh water - but more importantly we can’t live healthy lives without fresh water either. It is our most precious resource, so I am very proud to be a part of any initiative which extols the virtues of coffee with friends while helping provide fresh water for those who most need it.
— Stephen Fry

UK Coffee Week is a nationwide celebration of coffee which raises valuable funds for Project Waterfall. Coffee shops across the country take part by donating 5p from the sale of each cup of coffee sold during UK Coffee Week to Project Waterfall.




change lives

Rwanda is still on the road to recovery following the 1994 genocide, which took over 800,000 lives. While the government has made significant progress, water-borne diseases are still a leading cause of death in rural communities.

Project Waterfall has funded 2 projects in Rwanda which are being carried out by our one of our delivery partners, charity: water.

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Ethiopia is one of the biggest coffee producers in the world. Despite this, over 50 million Ethiopians lack access to clean water. 

Project Waterfall began working in Ethiopia in 2014, and since then has invested in 4 projects which have bought a sustainable source of clean water and sanitation to entire communities. We will be continuing our work in Ethiopia in 2017.

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Investment in water and sanitation lags well behind the estimated need and a staggering 93% of the rural population lack access to sanitation, causing over 7,000 infant deaths every year.

Project Waterfall has worked with WaterAid to support a remote community in the Mbulu district of Tanzania, bringing clean water to over 10,000 people.

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Nicaragua remains one of Latin America's least developed countries, where access to basic services is still a daily challenge. 32% of the population still do not have access to safe and clean drinking water, whilst an even great 63% do not have access to basic sanitation facilities. 

Project Waterfall has worked with Water for People to bring clean water to the La Concordia and San Rafael del Norte districts of Nicaragua.

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