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Grilled cheese sandwiches are helping bring water to people around the world.Read Full Story
The 216 villages in the Traditional Authority of Chapananga in Chikwawa District in Malawi have been declared open defecation free – a huge milestone for the district, and for Water For People.Read Full Story
Combine baking soda, oil, and extract from a local Malawian tree, and it equals better hygiene for an entire community.Read Full Story
“My school uniform had lost its original color,” recalls 13-year-old Martin.Read Full Story
Don Ángel went from being a zoologist who worked with livestock to leading the water and sanitation office in the province of Gran Chimu de Cascas in Peru.Read Full Story
Parbati, 34, was born and raised in Abad Gangadharpur. Before she had access to safe water she would spend almost two hours every day walking for water, and when it rained it was even worse. She would use the safe water for drinking, but would bathe and cook with water from a nearby pond.Read Full Story
Dinesh Kumar is an investor in opportunity. At 36 years old from the Nimahi village, Tariyani Block of the Sheohar district in the state of Bihar, Dinesh is fulfilling his desire to serve the community by helping to create access to improved water and sanitation services.Read Full Story
Doña Raquel lives in the community of Lapalén in the district of Cascas, Peru. In 2009 she and her fellow community members began discussions with the local government in hopes of getting access to drinking water, but with little movement.Read Full Story
Without leaders on the ground and in local, district, and national governments championing water services for Everyone Forever, the wells and pumps don’t mean much.Read Full Story
The late afternoon sun starts turning golden as Julia, Daniel, and Maria play in the fields surrounding their home just outside of Asunción, Peru. Their life is simple and sweet, and they like it that way.Read Full Story
This is a story about integrity.Read Full Story
When communities don’t have access to water, children have to spend hours every day fetching water. In many cases this causes them to miss school and miss out on an education that could enable them to have a better future.Read Full Story
For Bimal Samanta, 45, reliable access to safe water is a new reality. For as long as he can remember he walked 3 kilometers every day to fetch water. And his sons grew up with summers spent hauling water, and rainy seasons marked by knee-deep mud and submerged wells.Read Full Story
“Children and teachers walked from school to a well near our house to get water and carry it back,” said Mayra, who lives with her husband Hector and their two young sons Marcos and Anthony. “They needed water to clean the school, and teachers and students needed it to use the bathroom and wash their hands.”Read Full Story
A typical day for Enelesi meant waking up at four in the morning to fetch water from a nearby community.Read Full Story
When Jorge Arnez gets an idea in his head, nothing can stop him.Read Full Story
Toilet giveaways don’t work, because they create a cycle where families don’t view constructing a household toilet as something they could do themselves – or would even be willing to do.Read Full Story
“It’s our job to give back. It’s crazy if we don’t.” -Mark Taylor, Water For People volunteer and Arizona Committee memberRead Full Story
For water services to be sustainable, local leadership is key. Without it, communities like Ntayba in Rulindo District, Rwanda wouldn’t be able to count on water that would flow for generations to come.Read Full Story
Meet Julie Hellmann, a former Water For People board member and committee volunteer, and see how one trip to Bolivia changed her life.Read Full Story
Beatrice and her neighbors have an acute understanding of the value of time.Read Full Story
As she carefully tends the buds on her trees and feeds the animals she raises, it’s clear that soft-spoken Carolina Torrico is proud of her work. With bright eyes peeking out from under her flat-brimmed hat, Carolina waters her peach and apple trees and shows off her prized baby rabbits.Read Full Story
For the first 30 years of her life, Bijali had to walk for water.
“We collected drinking water from our village pond,” Bijali said. “The monsoon seasons were tough, as I had to walk through a waterlogged, broken path.”Read Full Story
Small in stature but big in heart, Amadeo Rojas will do anything to make sure his community has water.Read Full Story
‘Tis the season for giving – and for giving thanks. At Water For People, we are especially thankful for our partner companies that dedicate a portion of their sales to help people gain access to safe water. We invite you to learn more about how these brands support Water For People’s work transforming lives around the world.Read Full Story
Students on Sagar Island in West Bengal, India feel a sense of ownership over their school’s water and sanitation facilities.Read Full Story
In the small community of Llimbe in Peru, water sources were running dry. The population had grown from 35 to 50 families, and some of the families were using more water than they actually needed. Because of this, if you lived higher on the hillside, you may only have water for an hour a day.Read Full Story
Yanine Gutierrez is young. And a woman. But she was determined that nothing – least of all her age or gender – would stand in the way of her work in an often male-dominated field.Read Full Story
When Mayor Justus speaks, you can see the pride in his eyes and hear the sense of accomplishment in his voice. His dream of safe water and reliable sanitation for Everyone Forever started with some scribbles on a napkin over dinner – a big dream for his entire district of Rulindo and ultimately for his country, Rwanda.Read Full Story
Laban spends his days overseeing the local water point as community members fetch water. He is the water seller and caretaker of the local hand pump.Read Full Story
Didacienne had five children and no home of her own. Her husband died nearly 25 years ago in the Rwandan genocide, and after that she had few options to provide for her family – they lived with various family members to get by. And without water in their village, life was difficult.Read Full Story
Francisco Javier Palacios is creating healthier futures in the district of San Rafael del Norte, Nicaragua by changing the way people think about sanitation.Read Full Story
After graduating college with a degree in administration, Alexandra was at a crossroads.Read Full Story
Ten girls are keeping hundreds of girls in school in India.Read Full Story
Don Goyo has led the charge for safe water in his rural community in the hilly terrain of Western Guatemala. From a young age, he looked for problems to solve and ways to make life better for Everyone in his community. In many ways, making life better started with water.Read Full Story
Priscilla wanted to work in healthcare her entire life.
“It was a passion and a childhood aspiration,” she says.Read Full Story
Every day starts with hygiene at Mahendraganj Purba F.P. School in the Sagar Block of India’s South 24 Parganas District.Read Full Story
Está muy lejos, they tell us. Thagoni is very far.Read Full Story
Debasis Mondal’s bright orange vest signifies the important role he plays in communities in his region of India. He’s a Jalabandhu – a “Friend of Water.”Read Full Story
Annie sits outside of her mud-plastered home, a small thatched canopy providing little respite from the Malawi heat. Her gaze focuses on some scribbled words on the side of her latrine: Tigwiritse Nchito Chimbuzi Moyenera Nthawi Zonse.Read Full Story
Después de graduarse de la universidad con un título en administración, Alexandra estaba en una encrucijada.Read Full Story
Both Maribel and David are dreaming of going to university next year.Read Full Story
Bhabani, Koyel, and Sumitra may range in height and age, but they share a common purpose: to participate in the Child Cabinet at Chemaguri Natun Free Primary school on an island in Sagar, India. The three girls are leaders in this student government-like group to help promote good hygiene habits among their fellow students and ensure that the water and sanitation systems at their school are clean and maintained.Read Full Story
Every day at 7 am, Cementi Mendozo opens his grocery store in a local trading center in Chikwawa District, Malawi.Read Full Story
Pablo Terceros Vargas is sparking a sanitation revolution in his rural community in Bolivia.Read Full Story
In 2009, Hurricane Aila hit West Bengal, India with force, destroying homes with devastating amounts of flooding. In the Water For People district of Pratharpratima, the tiny island of Brajaballabpur was hit hard – and the hurricane took down sanitation infrastructure with it.Read Full Story
En lo alto de las montañas de los Andes en Perú, María Montalvo Arce cultiva uvas.Read Full Story
The Gaighata block of North 24 Parganas had an arsenic problem.Read Full Story
Durbachati is more than just one of the eight areas in West Bengal where we’ve reached everyone with access to safe water, it is living proof that progress is possible.Read Full Story
When Don Anacleto came to the community of Frontera in the district of Villa Rivero, Bolivia, the only way his community members could get water was from a hand-dug well at his home. Every day, all his neighbors would have to come to his house to get the water they needed.
Now, all that has changed.Read Full Story
High in Peru’s Andes Mountains, Maria Montalvo Arce grows grapes.Read Full Story
“We cannot do anything without water,” Sumati says.Read Full Story
The village Banashyam Nagar is in eastern India – nearly as far to the east in the country as you can go. It lies in the vast delta on the Bay of Bengal, formed by the confluence of several major rivers. Bright green fields are broken up by trees, homes, and ponds. Despite the networks of waterways, communities in this area struggle with reliable access to safe water.Read Full Story
Mayor Dunia Rojas is a force to be reckoned with.Read Full Story
High in the mountains of Bolivia, one school has made huge changes in water, hygiene, and sanitation.Read Full Story
A lasting approach to sanitation must consider how to create behavior change and local ownership.Read Full Story
At Water For People, we pay careful attention to the numbers behind our work – because data shows us the impact and illuminates our next steps.Read Full Story
The air is hot and sticky as the afternoon temperature rises in the town of San Jose del Norte.Read Full Story
When water arrived at Binaga School in the remote countryside of Rwanda, it gave students the future. It provided the foundation for them to dream.Read Full Story
Standing at just over five feet tall, Luisa Barahona is a petite tour de force. As the President of El Negrito’s Water Board Association in Honduras, she is on a quest to make sure Everyone across the municipality has access to safe water Forever. Over the past six years we’ve watched Doña Luisa’s influence spread from her neighbors and friends to communities across the region.Read Full Story
“It was like a dream to us,” says Lilian. She says the people in her community never thought they would have safe water.Read Full Story
A lack of water access nearby steals time from families, since they have to spend hours each day walking long distances to collect it. This lost time means families have less time to spend together. Families in the tiny mountainside community of San Isidro, Peru, experienced this firsthand.Read Full Story
On the road to reaching Everyone Forever in the districts where we work, Water For People has defined different milestones to celebrate along the way – reaching every community, clinic, school, and family with reliable water services. We are thrilled that in 2016, we had three districts reach every community and two districts reach every clinic and school!Read Full Story
The story of one determined teacher who has changed the future of water for an entire community.Read Full Story
As mayor of the district of San Rafael del Norte in Nicaragua, Doña Norma commands respect. She and her family have a long and respected history in the district, so when Doña Norma speaks up, people listen.Read Full Story
“We’re very happy,” Bernard says. He and his wife Febronie are happy their two young grandsons don’t have to walk so far to fetch water. They’re happy that the new water point supports the entire village, improving lives for Everyone. A change that will last Forever, through sustainable tariffs that fund operations and maintenance well into the future.Read Full Story
Don Ángel pasó de ser un zootecnista que trabajaba con ganado a dirigir la oficina de agua y saneamiento de la provincia Gran Chimú (en Cascas – Perú).Read Full Story
John overcame poverty through poop businesses.
That’s right, you read that correctly.Read Full Story
The community of Pachoj in Guatemala is 15 miles from the nearest town and challenging to get to – in the rainy season the trek to this tiny town can include more than a mile of walking along muddy roads that often become unpassable for cars. Because access to the town is so difficult, Pachoj lacks basic services like drinking water, sanitation, and electricity.Read Full Story
The kindergarten in the picturesque town of Nueva Granada, Honduras has reliable water and sanitation services.Read Full Story
The water is starting to flow in Rulindo, Rwanda. And not a moment too soon. Anne Maria’s granddaughter, Josephine, is responsible for getting the daily water. Twice a day, she hikes down and back up the steep hillside to fetch water at the free spring in the valley.Read Full Story
Peter and his five children are waiting on safe water.Read Full Story
In rural Uganda, Water For People is helping entrepreneurs tackle every part of the sanitation value chain, from constructing latrines and emptying them to transferring and treating fecal waste. In this last step – fecal waste treatment – Water For People is creating a true circular economy by repurposing waste, uncovering its potential value as “brown gold.”Read Full Story
“Let’s organize a motorcycle ride to this conference every year, and if we’re going to do that, why don’t we try raising money?”Read Full Story
“We faced a huge struggle for water,” says Shaheli Giri, recalling life just a couple years ago. “During the monsoon season, I had to walk through a muddy path to fetch water from the old hand pump.”Read Full Story
Water For People is honored to have the support of people committing to extraordinary things on behalf of our mission of sustainable water and sanitation for all. Crowdfunders, Committee volunteers, and donors power our critical work to bring sustainable water and sanitation services to millions of people in the nine countries where we work.Read Full Story
“Okay, let me give you an example of why water and sanitation in schools are important.” David’s excitement is palpable.
He’s a member of the Chilomoni Primary School’s Sanitation Club in Blantyre, Malawi, and he’s been on the forefront of heralding important change in water and sanitation for the school’s 1,600 students.Read Full Story
Angel, Elizabeth, and Sylvia are a triple force for hygiene promotion at their school in Blantyre, Malawi. The girls are triplets, and they’re all in the school sanitation club.Read Full Story
Weave through the rolling green hills of Uganda’s countryside, past lines of banana trees, clusters of coffee plants, and a few cattle wandering alongside a narrow dirt path, and you’ll find Aisha Lubega at her local water point, turning water into progress for her entire community.Read Full Story
Despite the energy in her voice, the lines on Faith’s face and clouded eyes behind her glasses betray her age. At 85, she is living what they call the “bonus years” in Uganda, meaning she is alive to see her great grandchildren. But nothing – least of all her age – is stopping Faith from securing a better future for her family, starting with water.Read Full Story
Michael Sagastegui es el presidente del comité de agua en Pampas de San Isidro en el distrito de Cascas, Perú.Read Full Story
Michael Sagastegui is the president of the water committee in Pampas de San Isidro in the district of Cascas, Peru.Read Full Story
“There used to be fights at the boreholes because of congestion,” Chief Elida Timbenawo explains with a flourish of her weathered hands. “Now I can rarely find somebody to help me lift my bucket onto my head because everyone can fetch water whenever they want.”Read Full Story
Meet Barika Poole, Florida Section AWWA Chair, World Water Corps Volunteer and a long-time Water For People champion and volunteer!Read Full Story
For Celia and her family in the Villa Rivero District of Bolivia, life has gotten easier in the past year.
“Since I was born, I used contaminated well water,” says Celia. “Now, we have access to safe water all the time – for cooking, bathing, and cleaning. Everything has improved.”Read Full Story
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