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1 Filter can provide clean water to100 people for 5 years.

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Project Purpose W4W


Project Purpose W4W is an arm of Waves for water based in Wollongong Australia, assisting in the over all goal to get clean water to everyone in need, by the means of providing water filters free of charge to any person traveling to an area with limited or lack of access to clean water.

Project Purpose W4W came together in 2013 with a simple idea in mind; make clean water aid easy and hassle free for all travellers visiting communities who have limited access to clean water. After extensive travel throughout Africa and Indonesia searching for waves, connecting with communities and seeing the lack of clean, safe drinking water Kain Sissons, Project Purpose W4W founder, returned home to the beautiful shores of Wollongong. He felt compelled to take action and enlisted the greater surf community for support. Kain had seen the severity first hand and wanted to not only bring awareness to the issue but also show others how easy it is for anyone to become a clean water courier. Adopting the Waves for Water philosophy 'do what you love and help out along the way’ Kain wanted these life changing filters to be readily accessible so they could be added to any travellers’ pack list. Whether it be backpacking through South America, climbing the Himalayas in Nepal or surfing in Indonesia, travellers are the best way to directly distribute filters and ensure a long lasting impact on communities in need. It is also the innate joy clean water couriers experience seeing the peoples' smiles, going beyond language barriers and establishing a memorable connection. We believe through providing free water filters to everyday travellers we can collectively work towards improving the quality of water consumed world wide. 

Waves For Water

The mission is simple: get clean water to every person who needs it.

Access to clean water improves personal and civic well-being, increases overall health, reduces poverty and increases opportunities for education and employment, contributing to the overall advancement of individuals and their communities. We work on the front lines to provide access to clean water through the distribution of portable water filters, the digging and renovating of wells, and the construction of rainwater harvesting and storing systems in places where groundwater is not accessible.

Founded by Jon Rose in 2009 as a way for travelers do what they love and help along the way, Waves For Water launched with a program called Clean Water Couriers -- a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) distribution network of travelers who carry water filters with them in their luggage, eliminating the distribution challenges faced by philanthropic aid programs. Since then, the Waves For Water programing has touched over 7 million people in more than 27 countries, including Sierra Leone, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Haiti, Brazil, Liberia, Mexico, India, and Colombia. The organization was also the first non-profit to team up with a U.S. Military battalion, in an active war zone, to help people in need along the Kunar River in Afghanistan.

In addition to our primary focus around clean water, we coordinate and execute natural disaster relief efforts around the world. Over the past four years, we’ve responded to almost every major global disaster, earthquake or tsunami: in Nepal, Bosnia, Philippines, Indonesia, Haiti, Japan, and Chile; in Pakistan, India and Mexico; and on the east coast of the United States with a comprehensive initiative in response to “Superstorm-Sandy."


our goal; one million people have access to  clean water in 2017.

November 2016

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Project Purpose W4W, together with everyday travellers provide clean water filters to those in need.


What's a Clean Water Courier

Waves For Water has initiated the Clean Water Couriers program to bring clean water to catastrophic stricken regions around the world.

Next time you travel you can make a huge difference in the lives of people and communities in distress by packing a few filters in your suitcase.

The idea isn't to get one person to drop off 100 filters and call it a day. We need 100,000 travelers to each pack 10 filters each and deliver them around the globe, creating a ripple effect.

While Waves For Water is geared toward surfers, anyone who travels can help. Project Purpose W4W and Waves For Water volunteers have successfully set up filtration systems in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Africa, South America, Central America, Fiji, Haiti, Bali, Pakistan, Chile and Central Australia with travellers returning to these areas to follow up on the systems and implement new systems to surrounding villages in need of a system themselves. Each of these countries are being used as models of success that can be applied worldwide.

Volunteers – can request more information on our Clean Water Courier program and filters through Project Purpose W4W on our get involved page, supplied freely to travellers, who deliver, set up and educate the community about clean water filters to destinations all over the world or simply order filters through the Waves for Water website. Travel with a purpose and do something remarkable!



How to assemble a Water Filter


Christian Troy demonstrates how to assemble the Community Filter. Water is basic. Water, Food, Warmth, Shelter Love. Waves 4 Water has teamed up with surf company Hurley International to develop a DIY volunteer program called Clean Water Couriers, in which surfers in searching for waves in third-world countries carry filters with them in their luggage. Pack a few filters in your suitcase and either connect with local non-profits in that area or personally travel to villages to set them up yourself. Creating these types of filtration systems are simple: generally all you need are paint buckets (easily found in any country), a knife to make a hole, spigots and ceramic-drip water filters that can be purchased for $25 each or the preferred community filter at $50. Become a Clean Water Courier, Volunteer or Supporter Today. Go to now! OR Tip this video! 100% of your donation goes to clean water