The short version
The slightly longer version
Five years ago, getting a six-pack was all I could think about. It was my dream and I went after it like a seagull on a chip. As well as working out more and increasing my daily calorie intake, my water consumption also went up. But when it came to finding places where I could get free tap water, I was stumped.
After being refused refills by countless cafes and restaurants, I remembered my dad’s stories of growing up in Ghana with little or no access to clean water.
And that's where my dream took a different direction.
I realised I could save cash, hit my fitness goals, and take care of the planet - all by selling bottles to provide clean water to communities in Africa. I sourced my first prototypes, started recruiting all the tap water friendly, free refill cafes, shops and restaurants and then added them to a map.
That's how GiveMeTap and The Water Network came to be.
What started out as a six month six pack challenge transformed into an epic journey and commitment to solving the global water crisis, one bottle at a time*.
*And for those who are wondering, yes, I did get the six pack abs.
Our bottles have transformed and evolved many times over the last few years. But the one thing that has never and will never change is their impact.
Every bottle sold provides clean drinking water to someone living in Africa for 5 years.
In practice, how this is works is that for every bottle sold, we donate directly to our NGO partners in Africa to install pumps in rural communities.
No middlemen or organisations.
We take 20% off our revenue and give it to the people who need it most.
If you’re a details kind of person, here’s what our donation model looks like:
Plastic waste is a major issue. Only 20% of plastic bottles get recycled and over 50 billion plastic bottles go to waste every year.
Yet we have some of the cleanest water in the world.
To help people gain easy access to this precious resource, we’ve created the GiveMeTap Water Network.
You can take your bottle to one of the 800 cafes, bars and restaurants in The Water Network and they will refill your water bottle for free. That’s right. FREE.
Just download the GiveMeTap app (which is also FREE) and use it find the different Tap locations near where you live.
That way, we can all drink water in the most sustainable way possible: directly from the tap.
Refill. Not landfill.
(as of Nov 2019)
When you buy a bottle, 20% of your bottle purchase is added to our water project fund and gives someone living in Africa up to 10 years of clean drinking water.
Once we have enough funds to complete a water project, we donate to our local charity partners to install a water pump within a community. This involves training the community on how to use and care for the pump so that they become self reliant sooner.
You can see exactly which communities you've helped fund and stay up-to-date with our regular progress reports of what’s going on with our various water projects across the world.
663 million people lack access to clean water.
How this is possible in today’s world makes zero sense to us.
What should be a basic human right is a daily struggle for millions of people living in Africa.
The good news is that we already know how to change this. By working with the most effective organisations and NGO’s, we can provide life changing access to clean water for those who really need it.
Here at GiveMeTap, we believe in a simple idea: 'Water for everyone'.
Clean water can change everything, and we're excited to be part of solving this global problem in our lifetime, with the support of more than 85,000 people.
Why not become 85,001?