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Celebrating 30 Years

This year, we have so many reasons to feel grateful and hopeful. With 30 years under our belt, we are humbled to say that, thanks to your generosity – and thanks to countless dedicated local partners in communities around the world – millions of people now have access to safe, reliable water and sanitation services. 

As we honor the past and look toward the future, we're sharing 30 reasons to raise your glass (of water)! Cheers to 30 Years!

30 Reasons to Raise Your Glass

In the early years, Water For People completed projects in over 40 countries. Eventually, those well-intentioned projects failed; pumps broke, but nobody had the knowledge or the money to fix them.

Enter the Rulindo Challenge.
In November 2010, in Rwanda's Rulindo District, the innovative Everyone Forever model was born. Water For People firmly committed to sustainability, challenging ourselves to reach Everyone in a district and to ensure the water and sanitation services would last Forever.

Today we are celebrating the success of the Rulindo Challenge!
Now, 330,000 people across 500 villages, including 33 health clinics and 94 schools, have what our founders aspired to make possible: Everyone has water!


Tell us why sustainable, clean water and sanitation access is important to you by using the form below. We'll be sharing some of the most inspiring reasons, so check back soon!

Access to sustainable clean water and sanitation brings many smiles which makes the world a happier place.


– Winifred N.
Water gives back time and health to families - especially women and children in rural areas who spend most of their time looking for water, sometimes walking dozens of kilometres every day.
– Jean Pierre B.
Water is life. Water is all around us and is crucial that we have access to it. Without water we wouldn't have health, development nor food. So, water is life. ♥
– Julissa C.
Because it's the right thing to do.
– Mary Beth
#WaterisLife! All of earth's inhabitants need water to survive! Along with our home as Earth and her creatures/animals great & small.
– Jean J.
Access to water and sanitation ensures that individuals can take pride in themselves and their communities, and spend time, energy, and intellect striving to reach their potential rather than struggling to meet their basic needs. These fundamental elements of daily life should be a right fulfilled, not a barrier to succeed.
– Melissa
Water gives life. And clean water saves lives. People die, especially children, due to diarrhea and dehydration from drinking unclean water. Few things are more sad than watching a funeral procession carrying a small casket, which is a wood box no longer than a yard stick, containing a child that died of causes that could have been easily prevented.
– Dan Y.
Because I believe water and sanitation are human rights, and Water For People understands that dignity and community ownership are crucial pieces to this work!
– Julia
Because we need to keep our children healthy and safe - Because access to safe water and proper sanitation is a fundamental human right.
– Julia
Because we give agency to women and other traditionally disenfranchised groups.
– Eleanor
Because we give agency to women and other traditionally disenfranchised groups.
– Eleanor