Safe water and sanitation are basic human rights!


  The Mercy ship which is now docked in Dakar, Senegal is seeking a volunteer plumber to work onboard in the marine engineering department.
This is a great opportunity to use your skills and experience, in service to supporting the amazing medical work performed on the Mercy Ships.
The Hotel Technician / Plumber assists in the operations and maintenance of all equipment and systems that come under the responsibility of the Hotel Service department within Marine Engineering, including HVACR plants, vacuum and sewage systems, freshwater systems, and waste disposal systems. You will be truly appreciated, as a member of this team!
A minimum commitment of 3 months is preferred.
 Here’s the link to this opportunity on Mercy Ships’ website:
 Hotel Technician / Plumber | Volunteer Opportunities (
Please contact: Miranda Strawbridge
You may also contact me at:
      Our sincere Thanks to all volunteers, partners, and supporters who make our collective work possible!

This is a great opportunity for plumbers to use their skills and knowledge to help rebuild homes in Kentucky after the multiple devastating tornadoes that occurred in recent months.

Habitat for Humanity/Kentucky is building a total of 15 new homes for families in Bowling Green and Dawson Springs, KY. Ten homes will be built in July and 5 more in the Fall.

Detailed plans for the homes are completed for attached 2 level structures built with suspended joists with crawl space access.

The request is for:

  •  4-6 plumbers starting July 31st.
  • Plumbers will be working under the direct supervision of the local Master plumber familiar with the local codes.
  • Plumbers need to submit a copy of your license /certification to Habitat-Kentucky. Familiarity with PEX and PVC piping is preferred.

Lodging is available at Western Kentucky University until Aug 18th, 2022.

Food and transportation costs are not included.

Interested volunteers, please contact:

Macie at Bowling Green, Habitat for Humanity-Kentucky (270) 843-6027

Also please feel free to contact dom@plumberswithoutborders to let us know of your interest.

Many Thanks to all volunteers!!

Help create new models of construction and living! Work with One Community, an all-volunteer nonprofit-sustainability think tank, who’s seeking volunteer plumbing engineers and plumbers to work (remotely) to help complete the plumbing plans for these open source designs:
One Community is seeking volunteers with: 3+ years industry experience Minimum of 10 weekly volunteer hours (work from home) Sufficient commitment to finish the plans for the component you choose to help with Your own copy of AutoCAD and any other software you will use for your work with us  
These open source structures are all part of eco-humanitarian villages to be built around the world. They will operate as teacher/demonstration hubs designed to teach others how to replicate them. This will provide replicable and sustainable housing, food, and energy infrastructure and education for areas in need, disaster areas, and as demonstration models.
 HOW TO APPLY: You’re welcome to visit their online application page here, where you can also learn more about One Community and how they work with and promote their volunteers:
Alternatively, you may also send your resume and work samples directly to their Executive Director, Jae Sabol, who is interviewing and hiring for this position:

and you may also copy Domenico at Plumbers Without Borders:

  Thank you!

Thanks to the leadership and generosity of Boston-based Cannistraro company in collaboration with Plumbers Without Borders, Lixil, and Mackenson Picot’s masonry teams in Haiti, installations of Sato toilet units are being retro-fitted into hundreds of pit latrines in the Canaan region of Haiti, which is home to hundreds of thousands of Haitians living without access to piped potable water or hygienic sanitation. The first of these projects serving 200 homes and approximately 1000 people was completed in 2021. The next project of 200 units is anticipated to be completed in the summer of 2021.

Video follows:

Photos from the field – taken by the masonry teams

Plumbers Without Borders extends our deepest gratitude to all the generous volunteer plumbers, apprentices, family members, their communities, our partners, and our industry’s leaders, sponsors, and donors, who made this all possible! We extend a special shout-out of gratitude to Water Mission for partnering with PWB!

Thanks to their quick response and expertise in disaster recovery events, PWB was able to leverage the strength of our growing database of volunteer plumbers, who also responded very quickly and with an enthusiastic willingness to lend their time and skills to help our fellow Americans.

To drive our efforts and ensure success, PWB’s longest-standing supporter, American Standard, stepped up immediately to help fund volunteer plumbers’ travel expenses, as well as to help support PWB’s capacity to respond.

PWB teamed up with Water Mission to help as many people as possible, following the damages caused by the recent round of freezing temperatures and ensuing water crisis that affected more than 14 million people.

The initial and immediate need was for licensed plumbers who could drive to Austin with their truck and tools… and potentially stocked with plumbing pipe and fittings …as there was no guarantee piping materials will be readily available.

Volunteer plumbers were based in the Austin area with recovery efforts managed by Water Mission and their local partner, Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN).

All efforts were prioritized to address the most under-resourced residents with the most urgent needs.

Water Mission is a Christian international disaster response and water engineering organization with staff located in Austin, Texas. Learn more at:

Read the latest article in Contractor Magazine here

Volunteer plumbers from UA Local 32 and several industry supporters came together to support the construction of family food-growing plots serving the community including many immigrants and refugees, who are now able to enjoy growing some of their own food, while building community and resilience. This project was initiated and managed by the New Roots program of the International Rescue Committee.

A perfect example of SDG #6 and SDG #17 working in harmony! PWB partnered with Engineers Without Borders, NYC Professional Chapter to complete another phase of empowering the local Self-Help Group of Misuuni to construct a rainwater harvesting and distribution system to serve their school and families with safe clean water.

Jeff Morgan, PWB volunteer plumber : Middle photo, Green hat, glasses, with 2 happy apprentices / Top left: EWB team with local residents/ Lower left: Townspeople preparing for the cement pads for the tanks/Lower right: EWB team and local residents.


Previous Update (June 2019): Volunteer plumber has been selected! Thank you to all who responded!

Jeff Morgan, retired plumber from Kansas City, is headed to Kenya with the team this August/2019. A fundraiser to help purchase materials is located here : Please help support the success of this project and this dedicated all-volunteer team. Thanks!


Original post:

The New York City Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders is seeking an experienced mechanical project manager for the Misuuni project in Machakos County Kenya for the last 2 weeks of April 2019. Airfare, room, and board to be reimbursed after travel upon submittal of an acceptable expense report. NYC-based plumber preferred but not essential. Fluency in Swahili preferred but not essential.

The current goal is to improve the rainwater harvesting (RWH) systems at the Miumbuni Primary School – a school with over 600 students and staff. Design is currently underway and is similar to the system installed in August 2018 at the Misuuni Primary School – with nearly 300 students and staff.
The mechanical construction manager will be tasked with overseeing construction of the mechanical portions of the work. This includes the tanks, piping, and gutters. A civil construction manager will have already completed tank foundation pads. MDSHG assists with procurement of material and hiring of labor. The construction manager ensures that the material is of suitable quality, the construction is sound, and makes necessary adjustments as needed.

Volunteers are invited and encouraged to join EWB ($30. per year) as membership  includes access to travel protocol services, ie., travel advisory service and insurance.

If you are available and interested in helping with this project please contact:

Domenico DiGregorio


This project will replace a small school building that was destroyed by an earthquake. 

 It includes a request for latrines and a kitchen, so it will have a sanitation component,

and possibly a sanitation education component. The EWB-MN chapter is planning the

various phases for the buildout of retrofit of the school, latrine pits, and the kitchen facility,

and could use your skills, knowledge and field experience in the design and implementation phases.

 EWB-MN has also designed/installed Rain Harvesting and water distribution systems

 and could use your plumbing/pipefitting expertise and skills on similar projects.

Share your plumbing skills and work in unison with the community to change lives, theirs and your own.          We can make a difference all working together!

If you are interested to learn more about volunteering your skills and knowledge to help the

people of San Andres Sajcabaja, please contact:                                          

Project Contact:

John Chlebeck


Construction for Change (CfC) has openings for volunteers with plumbing and electrical backgrounds who are looking to give of their time and expertise in exchange for a once in a life time experience as a CfC Project Manager serving in under-resourced communities across the globe.

“Our goal is to build safe, sustainable infrastructure for nonprofits across the world.  We partner with other non-profit organizations worldwide that are addressing gaps in education, healthcare, and economic opportunity, but lack the construction knowledge and financial resources to invest in the infrastructure needed to expand or improve their services. By providing quality infrastructure, we empower communities to create opportunity, improve the quality of life for themselves and their families, and help to break the cycle of poverty.”


These two projects are representative of some of the  types of projects that have recently benefitted from the services of volunteer plumbers connecting with Construction for Change:

Sierra Leone :

“We are working with partner organization, Partners in Health (PIH), to assist in making many improvements to an important regional hospital that will be PIH’s hub in SL. Ideal candidates have knowledge of water systems, sanitation, some electrical and basic building structures. We are looking for someone who can help the Operations and Clinical teams get things done in the face of many obstacles. Timeframe is a minimum of 6-12 months, would consider a shorter time period for someone who would have an impact. This role is critical to PIH’s program and mission in West Africa. All living travel and living expenses are paid for by CfC & its partner organizations.”



Project Manager(s) needed to oversee construction of a water systems project in Haiti.

CFC Haiti solar

cfc - haiti - st boniface hospitalThis  project may take as long as a year to complete, depending on the volunteer(s).  Overhauling a water system including conversion from diesel to solar power, for St. Boniface Hospital, and the Fond des Blancs community. Individuals with experience in plumbing and electrical are desired, previous experience in project management not required. Transportation, lodging, food, and insurance is provided.

For more info on these projects and others:

Please add your name to the Plumbers Without Borders’ volunteer database, by signing in and creating a profile.


Thank you!


International Rescue Committee (Phoenix) is seeking plumbing assistance (volunteers) to renovate/upgrade and expand water distribution and drainage systems in their existing aquaponic farm garden community food hub. Volunteer update status in process.
Potential plumbing volunteers having experience with ADA bathroom design/installation, and or irrigation and specialty piping systems are also encouraged to participate in the pre-planning design process.

Project location and description:
CamelbackYard Community Food Hub:
1616 Camelback Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85015

Priority Items- Phase 1:

  •  Assess existing plumbing infrastructure onsite for usability and connection to city sewer system.
  • ADA Bathroom planning and installation: ADA accessible restroom on site, in the Front House, and
    connection for trailer with ADA bathroom.

Phase 2:

  •  Develop specifications for improvements to greenhouse wash sink
  •  Assess aquaponics system for potential improvements or maintenance
  •  Develop Specifications for urban farm irrigation system?

Project Contact: Beth Anne Martin – Contact email :
Contact phone : 4807932162

NEDI is a registered nonprofit, non-Governmental Organization based in Kitu Town, Kitui District, Eastern Province in Kenya, East Africa, assisting impoverished water scarce communities to drill wells, construct earth dams, and installing piped water systems for domestic or agricultural use, to increase living standards and empower economic opportunities.
The Nyanyaa Earth Dam (15,000m3) reservoir project, with perimeter fencing will provide the community with piped water to multiple outlets for domestic use, and enhanced conservation for planting trees. A dedicated water trough outside the fenced reservoir area will be provided and monitored for livestock watering.
This reservoir will dramatically shorten the distance for women and children burdened with fetching water from 3.7 miles (6km), to about 1500 ft (500m), as well as reduce safety issues and virtually eliminate water borne diseases from contaminated water.
Nyanyaa Earth Dam is owned, operated and maintained by the communities 1230 residents. The sustainability of the project will be met through income accrued from water sales within the community, with a dedicated account used for payment of caretakers, maintenance and salaries for water kiosk attendance and overall running of the project.

Community development skills of all kinds are needed!

If you would like to offer your assistance to this project, please contact:

Cellphone: +254 724 996 346

Thank you!

The Community Support Mission in Tanzania, is reaching out for volunteer plumbers to lend their skills and knowledge to help with a Gravity Water Supply community water project. The water source for this project is a stream flowing 1,058,889 liters a day (279,728 gallons). This project overseen by the District Water Administrative Official, and coordinated with CSM and volunteers, will supply water to a primary school, a secondary school, Health Center Dispensary, and to neighboring villages totaling 4,418 people who will be served.

The new water system piping and filtering system will greatly reduce chronic water borne diseases, and provide a reliable and inexpensive fee based water service. This system will be installed and maintained by the community, empowering the villagers to grow sustainable marketable crops and create other economic opportunities, eliminating the danger in unsecure areas to young children and women tasked with fetching water.

The Iringa region project is located within the southern Tanzania highlands, bordering with national parks of Ruaha, Miumi, Seluu, Udizung’wa, and Kutulo God’s Garden. Project is planned for 2018 with a proposed timeline of 2 weeks to completion.

CSM will cover cost of lodging and local travel in-country.

Air travel, volunteer insurance, medical and evacuation insurance, vaccinations and any other costs are the responsibility of volunteers.

Here are some Travel Advisory websites for Tanzania:

Please see their website for more information:
Contact : Mr. Jonathan Mulokozi:
CSM Ilala, Dar es salaam
Tanzania , East Africa
Tel: +255 746 70 3270
Cell: +255 (0) 656 46 5389

EACO is looking for volunteers to help with the construction of 40 boreholes in the rural areas of Mukono, outside Kampala, Uganda, with two boreholes already drilled. EACO’s work is critical in saving lives and improving overall community health, especially by reducing diarrheal diseases, caused by unsafe water. Many families often face no other choice but to send their children to fetch water from wells 5-9km away. An added challenge to these villages’ water supply is that the water from ponds is being shared with livestock, causing contamination and frequent cases of malaria, typhoid, and diarrhea. Lack of safe drinking water in the district of Mukono also affects the economy and the ecosystem. By improving health, boys and girls will have better opportunities for education, enabling them to be leaders in guiding future development.
Vented Latrine pit construction is included as a significant part of the borehole projects, and consequently improving community health, by reducing the risk of contaminating the water resource due to the practice of open defecation. The ventilated latrine pits offer a safe and secure sanitary solution and the potential to provide villagers with compostable soil enrichment material, enabling the development of sustainable agricultural cash crops to market.
EACO could also use your help with research for Donors, and Funding for this life-saving work, which could be done online without the need to travel!
If you would like to offer your time and skills, please contact:
Shadrak Kyobe – +256774310393 Kampala, Uganda
Thank you!

Please consider offering your plumbing/mechanical skills to help United Action for Children(UAC): support and improve the lives of women, children and the community who are suffering from the lack of safe water and sanitation.
Under this project, UAC is actively involved in the development of rural communities through the provision of piped water and sanitary systems with local community members who need the help of volunteer skilled tradespeople.
UAC project is targeting the Mbio village in the Tinto Municipality, South West Cameroon, where 95%of the population defecate in open fields. The prevalence of water related diseases is exacerbated by a lack of knowledge and proper hygiene and sanitation services.
During the past ten years, UAC has implemented community development activities in Buea and Mamfe and has through these activities developed new thinking and practice in participatory community action and community mobilization.
While considering this volunteer opportunity, please be advised that all travel expenses including visa, vaccinations and transport are the responsibility of the volunteer.
For more information about this project please contact:
Orock Thomas – Project Coordinator
United Action for Children P. O. Box 177
Muyuka, SWP Cameroon Tel: 237 7720418 Fax: 237 3322769

*Cameroon registered non profit No. 557/G37/014/1/VO4/T/T/OAPP.