Water and Life Philippines

The UNDP estimates that by 2050, 1 in 3 people will be living in a precarious urban neighbourhood. This means that access to essential services and the integration of these neighbourhoods into the city is the next urban challenge. Faced with this situation, local authorities often have only one response: eviction. Essential service operators, due to a lack of resources (human, material, skills and financial), do not want to intervene in these areas, where the piracy rate of their networks is 40% and the collection rate is barely 45%.

Water and Life Philippines (W&L) is a Filipino NGO that was created in 2009 to respond to the needs of people living in urban areas, focusing on the provision of quality water at an affordable price with a service adapted to their needs, capacity building and training in hygiene, environment and/or firefighting. W&L provides an adapted home water service through the creation of a social enterprise, Tubig Pag-Asa (TPA), which manages the water networks, ensures billing and guarantees the quality of water.

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Endorsers that Water and Life Philippines partner with

United Kingdom

Vitol Foundation

Aavishkaar Capital is the equity arm of The Aavishkaar Group which manages in excess of US$1 billion in AUM across equity and credit. The Group’s shareholders include TIAA-Nuveen, Shell Foundation, Triodos Bank and Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank.

Vitol Foundation

Vitol first began making charitable grants in 2002 and established the Vitol Foundation in 2006. The Vitol Foundation aims to help children and families living in deprivation to escape the cycle of poverty and fulfil their human potential.

We achieve this by investing in initiatives and interventions across five Programme areas: Health, WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene), Education, Enterprise & Livelihoods and Humanitarian Response. Our focus is on supporting solutions that improve quality of performance, promote greater inclusion, foster appropriate innovation and catalyse access to finance, all within the broader context of poverty. This means that the work we support is invariably in low, and low to middle income countries, where the challenging effects of chronic under-development, conflict and natural disasters are commonplace.

We work with key stakeholders across civil society, the private sector, national governments, public institutions and international partners to reinforce and improve existing in-country systems. Where these systems are not working or do not exist, we seek to address the status quo by promoting innovation – or successful solutions from similar settings – to bring about lasting and sustainable change.

We consider our grants to be investments and look for initiatives with the potential to generate social returns in a sustainable way. We are able to provide financial support to NGOs, social businesses and private companies (provided any profit generated during the lifetime of our grant funding is reinvested in the business), but not usually to public authorities. Partners and projects are expected to have the potential to be transformational and impactful, effective and efficient, sustainable, scalable and replicable. In return, the Vitol Foundation aspires to be both responsive and flexible and to understand the evolving needs in difficult circumstances. We also actively encourage partnerships between and among donors, implementers and the public and private sectors.

Across our Programme areas our objectives are fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals.

From the outset, we have supported initiatives globally and independently of business activities. In 2018, we funded 180 projects in 75 countries around the world.

We only look to support organisations which have won the confidence of like-minded funders, align with our funding philosophy and which deserve wide support for the potential they demonstrate in bringing real impact to scale. We place great emphasis on working partnership between and among donors and implementers, and regret that we cannot accept unsolicited applications.


On-going/Past projects

Improving the living conditions in slums

By Water and Life Philippines

W&L aims to improve the living conditions of people living in precarious urban neighbourhoods, by increasing access to water in homes, community building and training in environmental awareness.

Education, Livelihood and Poverty Alleviation, Water and Sanitation and Hygiene