Global Brigades is an international non-profit that empowers communities to meet their health and economic goals through university volunteers and local teams.

The largest student-led movement for clean water access

Water Access for the Rural Poor

In response to the global water crisis, GWB sparked a movement of university students to work alongside local communities and technicians to implement clean water systems in the developing world. Since 2007, we have laid hundreds of miles of pipes that have nourished more than 18,000 people in remote rural communities with a reliable source of purified water.

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GWB has proven a model to systematically mobilize small groups of volunteers to sustainably implement large impact water projects.

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On Campus

Student leaders create Global Water Brigades clubs that mobilize ideas and action for clean water access.


Students implement water brigades to construct water systems in rural communities alongside engineers, technicians and local community members.

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Global Water Brigades Chapters


Global Brigades Volunteers Since 2004


People with Access to Clean Water


Large Scale Water Systems Built