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  • India has a population of over 1 Billion people (1/6 of the earth’s population) and it is estimated by 2045 the population of India will surpass China.
  • The land mass that makes up India can fit into 1/3 of the US.
  • 250 million people live in urban areas, while the other 750 million live outside of the cities in what is considered rural areas.
  • Each year India adds 18 million people, roughly another Australia.
  • The World Bank estimates that 456 million Indians (42% of the total Indian population) now live under the global poverty line of $1.25 per day
  • 884 million people worldwide, lack access to safe water supplies, approximately one in eight people.
  • Poor people living in the slums often pay 5-10 times more per liter of water than wealthy people living in the same city.
  • 98% of water-related deaths occur in the developing world.
  • In India, only about 14% or 7 million rural households (out of 50 million) have access to piped water schemes to meet drinking and domestic water needs.
  • Most people resort to using water from open wells, while a small minority uses tanks and springs. Hence there is a high dependence on groundwater for drinking and other domestic purposes.
  • Nearly 90 percent of rural households collect water from community sources, which are often remote and suggests that a substantial amount of time and effort goes into water collection.
  • $240 the average amount of money Americans spend each month on fast food.
  • $5 the average amount they spend helping the poor.
  • $3 – $5 average per person cost for clean drinking water in rural India.



  • Wells for Life® carries out projects in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Odisha.
  • Less than 10% of donations received are used for non program expenses.
  • Our projects are carried out through our indigenous partners who we have a strong relationship with and who have a proven track record of enacting positive social change in their communities.
  • All of our projects are carried out using Indians; local labor where possible, along with material and supplies so that the local economy gets the benefit.




Indians Living On Less Than $1.25/Day

Children dying daily due to sickness and disease related to bad water and poor sanitation.