Use what3words to make a difference

NGOs and charities are using what3words for free to make their vital work faster and more efficient. Find out how you can too.

What is what3words?

Every 3 metre square in the world has a unique identifier made of 3 random words: a what3words address.

It’s easy to share what3words addresses, say them over the phone or radio, write them down, or print them on a map.

The app works offline, so even people in areas with an unreliable data connection can find any precise location.

Used by large and small organisations

Case studies

Delivering aid exactly where it’s needed with Gateway Health

Gateway Health used what3words to give each home and facility a reliable address, providing urgent medical support to those who need it in South African townships.

Rescue services locate animals in need with what3words

Members of the public have been using what3words to tell rescue teams where they’ve found animals in need of help.

Marking the location of critical assets & entrances with the CDC

The CDC provided help desks and refugees’ homes with what3words addresses, along with other important locations in the settlement.

Get started with our info pack

Whether you’re part of a large organisation or a small team of volunteers, we’ve got everything you need to learn how what3words can help your projects. Download our info pack for how-to guides , our community resources , and to discover how it’s used to coordinate humanitarian and charitable projects.

See if your tools already accept what3words

Many software systems have already integrated what3words into their solution. Check whether the platforms you use accept what3words.

Integrate what3words into your platform

We provide qualifying NGOs and charities access to our API for free and can help you with the installation.

Download the free app

Start using the what3words online map or app to easily find and share the location of people, incidents and assets.

Get in touch

We’re always interested to hear from people using what3words for good. Please let us know how we can help you use our tools as effectively as possible.

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