We believe that clean, safe water should be a human right...

Which is why our mission at Watering Minds is to create a world where every school child has access to safe water.

Safe water not only improves health and saves lives...it also changes whole communities. Less sick children means more children in school (research shows 75% better attendance at schools with clean water), resulting in better education, more opportunities later in life, and the sharing of their new knowledge of safe water and hygiene practices to create a positive impact on their communities.

How We Do It

Watering Minds works directly with local organizations and entrepreneurs to provide a low-cost reliable source of clean, safe drinking water to schools around the world. 100% of donor funds go directly to this process (our US staff and marketing are supported fully by grants and special donations) and you can see how those funds are spent here.

Our journey started in a few schools in Haiti in 2014. Since then, through our partnership with dloHaiti and our generous donors, we currently deliver water to nearly 33,000 students in 150 schools across the country.

In 2018, we piloted an expansion plan into India, where we serve 2,795 students in 25 schools through a partnership with Naandi, and Cambodia, where we serve 3,711 students in eight schools in partnership with 1001fontaines. With successful pilots achieved, we will continue to grow our programs in both countries!

Our next stop? Ghana—where a new partnership with the Safe Water Network is connecting us and our donors with kids in need across the country.

Over the next three years, our goal is to reach 500,000 MORE students across those four countries and beyond.

Our 4 Pillars

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Health, Education, Behavior Change
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Watering Minds Management Team

Jeri Stein
Jeri Stein
Co-Founder & Executive Director

Jeri Stein joined Watering Minds in 2016. Prior to her involvement with Watering Minds, Jeri led various non-profit initiatives over the past decade including involvement with a project with Off the Mat Into the World, to aid in the rebuilding of Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. It was during this time that Jeri learned about the water crisis not only plaguing Haiti but many other countries throughout the world. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Business in Marketing degree from the University of Houston, Jeri went on to pursue a career in design where she gained experience with commercial water filtration systems. Jeri has used her experience with filtration and her knowledge of the water challenges around the world to co-create the unique model of Watering Minds.

Jim Chu
Jim Chu
Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board

Jim Chu is the Founder and is now an Executive Board Member for Watering Minds. He has been an active entrepreneur and investor since 1994 and has been involved in humanitarian aid and development since 2004.  After obtaining his B.A. and MA from Stanford University in 1997, Jim worked for Cisco Systems, where he ran marketing and business development in Latin America and Canada, growing annual revenues for services from $90M to $140M within 2 years.  Jim left Cisco to join Medécins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), where he headed administrative and financial operations for their mission in Nigeria.  He returned to the US in 2004 and has been investing in and operating numerous start-ups in Silicon Valley, both bootstrapped and venture-backed.  Jim has been actively working in Haiti since early 2010 when he came to Haiti as a volunteer in response to the earthquake.

Corinne Bazina
Corinne Bazina
Strategic Adviser - Danone Communities

Corinne Bazina has been the General Manager of Danone Communities since 2014. Corinne joined Danone in 1995 and held various position in sales and marketing positions. Prior to her position with Danone Communities, Corinne was based in Bangladesh and spent four years as General Manager of Grameen Danone Foods Ltd., Danone Communities founding social business. Established in 2006, Grameen Danone address malnutrition issues and contributes to poverty reduction through the production and distribution of micro-nutrient, affordable yogurts, thus also providing income generation opportunities for local communities. Danone Communities is a Venture Capial fund investing in social businesses.  They empower innovative social entrepreneurs to achieve sustainable social impact on water access and nutrition. They do so by investing in social businesses as a minority shareholders, providing capital, technical and managerial expertise as well as networking. Danone Communities currently supports 11 social business across 35 countries.

Local Partners

Julien Ancele
 
CEO - 1001fontaines (Cambodia)

Julien is a graduate of the ESCP Europe Business School with academic degrees in France (Diplôme Grandes Ecoles), England (MSc from CassS Business School) and Germany (Diplom-Kaufmann).

Before joining 1001fontaines, Julien worked as a strategy and sustainability consultant within the Paris Office of Accenture. He spent 8 years designing and shaping strategic initiatives for global players in the fields of consumer goods, natural resources and logistics. In particular, Julien was highly committed to help forward-thinking organizations to drive profitable growth while striving for a positive economic, environmental and social impact.

After spending a year in 2014 working for 1001fontaines on a pro bono basis and contributing to the 2020 strategic plan, he joined the organization as CEO to make the strategy happen. He has been focusing his efforts on bringing the 1001fontaines model to full scalability.

Divya Yachamaneni
 
CEO - NAANDI COMMUNITY WATER SERVICES (India)

Divya Yachameneni, CEO Naandi Community Water Services (NCWS) is an alumnI of IIM Kozhikode. After having spent nearly a decade at Deloitte and Kalmaann’s Group, she found a calling in Naandi Foundation where she could apply her managerial skills and passion to solve social issues.  Within the Naandi Family, she worked across different portfolios of Human Resources, Shared services and Innovation and Business Development before she took on the role of CEO of Naandi Community Water Services.

As a participant of Unreasonable, GSBI and SEED and on a life-long endeavour for learning, she brings her eclectic combination of Strategy, Macro Thinking and Organizational Development inclination to NCWS to helpful fulfill the organization's mission.

Charles Nimako
 
Director of African Initiatives - Safe Water Network (GHANA)

As Safe Water Network Country Director, Charles Nimako manages the Accra-based team and oversees all of Safe Water Network programs in Ghana, coordinating our work with partners in the public and private sectors. Charles’s ability to engage key water-sector stakeholders throughout Ghana is due in part to his experience as CEO of the PepsiCo bottler in Ghana. While there, he led the design and implementation of strategic plans for production, marketing, and nationwide distribution of PepsiCo beverages. Previously, Charles was a consultant for McKinsey & Company in South Africa, where he helped both private and public sector organizations take advantage of the changing political and business landscape. Charles attended Claremont McKenna College in California, and earned an MBA from Stanford University. Charles has worked in the United States, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Angola, and Ghana.

Jim Chu
 
CEO & Founder - dloHaiti & Untapped (Haiti)

Jim Chu is the Founder and is now an Executive Board Member for Watering Minds. He has been an active entrepreneur and investor since 1994 and has been involved in humanitarian aid and development since 2004.  After obtaining his B.A. and MA from Stanford University in 1997, Jim worked for Cisco Systems, where he ran marketing and business development in Latin America and Canada, growing annual revenues for services from $90M to $140M within 2 years.  Jim left Cisco to join Medécins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), where he headed administrative and financial operations for their mission in Nigeria.  He returned to the US in 2004 and has been investing in and operating numerous start-ups in Silicon Valley, both bootstrapped and venture-backed.  Jim has been actively working in Haiti since early 2010 when he came to Haiti as a volunteer in response to the earthquake.

Board Members

John Houseal
GIVN Water - Co-Founder/ Board Member | InComm - VP of Product

John brings over 15 years of experience and insights as an executive, entrepreneur, and advisor across a wide range of industries, including: fin tech, consumer products, healthcare and public health. As a Vice President of Product at InComm, he overseas teams in financial services and healthcare. Prior to this role, he served in leadership roles at Jabian Consulting and Deloitte supporting clients in healthcare and public health, including the Department of Health and Human Services, the US Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. John also co-founded and currently serves on the board GIVN Goods, a certified B-corporation and Best for the World Honoree, which has provided over 2M days of clean water to people in need through the sale of GIVN branded consumer products.

Aude Anquetil
Managing Director, US - Epic Foundation

Aude Anquetil is the US Managing Director at Epic, a non profit startup fighting to change the lives of disadvantaged youth globally. She joined the organization in 2016 bringing her longstanding track record in matching leading non-profits and social enterprises with corporations, foundations and individuals to form meaningful partnerships that support growth and social responsibility. Prior to joining Epic, Aude spent close to a decade supporting social organizations in the US and Europe working to support undocumented migrants, empower women in the workplace and improve access to water in developing countries.


Jim Chu
Founder & CEO - dloHaiti & Untapped

Jim Chu is the Founder and is now an Executive Board Member for Watering Minds. He has been an active entrepreneur and investor since 1994 and has been involved in humanitarian aid and development since 2004.  After obtaining his B.A. and MA from Stanford University in 1997, Jim worked for Cisco Systems, where he ran marketing and business development in Latin America and Canada, growing annual revenues for services from $90M to $140M within 2 years.  Jim left Cisco to join Medécins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), where he headed administrative and financial operations for their mission in Nigeria.  He returned to the US in 2004 and has been investing in and operating numerous start-ups in Silicon Valley, both bootstrapped and venture-backed.  Jim has been actively working in Haiti since early 2010 when he came to Haiti as a volunteer in response to the earthquake.