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Access to clean water and hygiene for everyone, everywhere.


Marie-Stella-Maris Foundation 

We strongly believe that people have the right to live in dignity, which includes the right to sufficient, safe, accessible and affordable water. Having access to clean water will empower people to take control of their lives and build their own future.

The human right to water and sanitation
In 2010, through Resolution 64/292, the United Nations declared access to clean drinking water and sanitation to be a basic human right. However, 663 million people still lack access to an improved source of drinking water and 2.4 billion people still lack access to improved sanitation. We want to change this. It is our mission to increase access to clean and safe drinking water worldwide. We do this through supporting projects with a focus on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

So far, the Marie-Stella-Maris Foundation has been able to support 13 projects, providing over 45.000 people with access to clean drinking water.

Madarbunia, Bangladesh 2014 © Ernst Coppejans

James, 16 years, Uganda 2014 © Linelle Deunk


Water Projects X Art Photography 

In 2014 we started collaborating with GUP Magazine, an active player in the eld of international (art-) photography, spreading its passion and inspiration for photography. We join forces with art photographers from GUP's network and facilitate them to shoot documentary and autonomous work, whilst visiting one of the clean drinking water projects supported by the Marie-Stella-Maris Foundation.

We aim to raise awareness for the water projects by encouraging the artists to share their personal (visual) story and experiences. We've worked with several great photographers like Robin de Puy, Linelle DeunkErnst Coppejans and Natascha Libbert and Bastiaan Woudt.

Linelle's series was shown in the Kahmann Gallery, and Ernst Coppejans' work was shown in The Ravestijn Gallery. Moreover the images are for sale and part of the proceeds flow back into our Foundation to be able to support more water projects in the future.  

For more information please visit the foundation website:

Photo L: Bilibiza, Mozambique © Robin de Puy