About

Cleaning water 20 liters at a time

Born Out Of Basic Need

20 Liters began as a conversation with local church leaders in Masaka, Rwanda. It was June of 2008, just after a cholera outbreak where over 500 people died due to contaminated water. So when we asked pastors from 6 denominations what the greatest needs were, the need for clean water was at the top of everyone’s list.

From that moment on we set out to make clean water a reality for some of the most vulnerable members, starting in the rural district of Masaka. As always, however, it is rare for great things to be accomplished alone. So we developed a partnership. Working closely with World Relief Rwanda, we were able to leverage their expertise at mobilizing local churches to bring change to empower local church members to make a difference in their communities through the installation of household water filters and rainwater harvesting systems.

Moving Forward

As of 2012, we’ve provided clean water for over 30,000 people in rural districts of Rwanda. Our current plan is providing access to clean water for over 87,000 people in 5 rural areas by 2015.

View our 3-year plan now >


Where did the name come from?

Across the world, it’s common for those without access to clean water to carry a 20-liter jerry can to a water source to collect water. So on one hand it's a symbol of what those without access to clean water must endure. But it’s also a minimum. The minimum amount each one of us needs each day for adequate hydration and hygiene.