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Bolivia

The air is hot and sticky as the afternoon temperature rises in the town of San Jose del Norte.

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Malawi

“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.

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Malawi

“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.”

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India

The Gaighata block of North 24 Parganas had an arsenic problem.

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Peru

The story of one determined teacher who has changed the future of water for an entire community.

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USA

Meet Barika Poole, Florida Section AWWA Chair, World Water Corps Volunteer and a long-time Water For People champion and volunteer!

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Behind the Menu

When it came to developing the menu for our 25th Anniversary Celebration we decided to do something a little different. We looked beyond classic crudités and lobster puffs to place our focus on the source.

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India

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.

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Rwanda

“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.

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Uganda

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.

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Malawi

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.

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India

“We cannot do anything without water,” Sumati says.

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India

Students on Sagar Island in West Bengal, India feel a sense of ownership over their school’s water and sanitation facilities.

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USA

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.

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India

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.

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Rwanda

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.

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Nicaragua

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.

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Reaching Everyone

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!

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India

Every day starts with hygiene at Mahendraganj Purba F.P. School in the Sagar Block of India’s South 24 Parganas District.

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Bolivia

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.

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Guatemala

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.

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Peru

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.

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Peru

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.

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India

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.

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India

Ten girls are keeping hundreds of girls in school in India.

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India

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.

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Rwanda

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.

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Malawi

John overcame poverty through poop businesses.

That’s right, you read that correctly.

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India

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.

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Uganda

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.

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India

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.

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Honduras

“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.”

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Behind the Bar

The perfect cocktail starts with a luxury we all take for granted, one that we’ve been working to bring to Everyone for the past 25 years.

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Bolivia

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.

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Rwanda

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.

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Malawi

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.

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Rwanda

Beatrice and her neighbors have an acute understanding of the value of time.

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USA

Meet Julie Hellmann, a former Water For People board member and committee volunteer, and see how one trip to Bolivia changed her life.

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Malawi

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.

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India

“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.”

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Uganda

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.

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Honduras

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.

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Bolivia

Everyone

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.”

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Uganda

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.”

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Malawi

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.

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India

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.”

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Bolivia

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.

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Nicaragua

Francisco Javier Palacios is creating healthier futures in the district of San Rafael del Norte, Nicaragua by changing the way people think about sanitation.

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Guatemala

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.

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