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Perspectives on Solving the Global Water and Sanitation Crisis

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Supporting Entrepreneurs: The Toilet Seller

A major component of Water For People’s approach to ensuring sustainable sanitation is supporting locally-led sanitation businesses. These businesses are developed by entrepreneurs to fill a gap in the market, providing families with safe, affordable, and uninterrupted sanitation services because providers are local, not miles away.

Co-CEO Samson Hailu Bekele (far right) walks with community members in Rwanda.

Taking the Long View: Partnering with Governments to Create Change

Because Water For People’s plan is to eventually exit the countries we’re working within, partnering with governments and strengthening national systems is a necessary requirement for our work.

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Partnering to Create a US WASH Sector

The need for water and sanitation improvements is not limited to middle- and low-income countries, and the inequality has persisted in North America on a devastating scale.


Making Sure Women Have a Seat at the Table

Women’s voices and needs are often absent in the design and implementation of improvements in water and sanitation services. Water For People works to change that.


Letting Girls Lead: Making Community Awareness Videos in Rural India

Instead of a daily trek to find water, girls are finding their voice in one of India’s tribal communities in Chikhaldara.

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Achieving Sustainable Water Access: Lessons from Peru

Gisela Murrugarra, Water For People Peru Country Director, steps onto the global stage to share lessons on achieving sustainable water access.

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The Way You Donate Could Be Limiting the Impact of NGOs on the Frontlines of Climate Change

By Katherine Williford | August 5, 2022 Now that we’re firmly in the midst of hurricane season 2022, it’s hard not to remember the intensity of the 2020 season – 30…

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Beginning a Water For People Program in Tanzania

Water For People’s ambitious 2030 goals to bring clean water and sanitation to 200 million people makes program expansion an important aspect of reaching those goals.

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Guardians of Water: The communities in Trujillo that ‘sow’ and ‘harvest’ this natural resource to survive

By Flor Ruiz, translated from Spanish.
Communities in Cascas, Peru care for an asset that has always eluded them: water.


The White House Global Water Security Action Plan: How Water For People is Involved and What You Can Do

Water For People joined the White House in discussions that led to a Global Water Security Action Plan.