Pure Water for The World, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   26 reviews

Issues: International

Location: P. O. Box 55 Rutland VT 05702 USA

Mission: We are dedicated to improving the health of children, families and communities in the developing world by providing them with sustainable water solutions, sanitation and hygiene education.
Results: Pure Water works in rural and underserved communities in Haiti and Honduras by providing safe drinking water, hygiene education and sanitation to families. Our complete WASH projects include the installation of point of use water systems in homes and schools, the building of latrines and sanitation and hygiene education. Community workshops and training programs are also a major part of our projects as they increase the sustainability of our work and engage and empower the communities where we are working. In 2013, Pure Water worked in 191 schools and 1, 758 homes in both Haiti and Honduras. This means that 52,729 individuals are now living happier, healthier lives with clean water and improved sanitation and hygiene.
Target demographics: children and their families living in poor, rural areas of Central America and the Caribbean
Direct beneficiaries per year: 191 schools, 1,758 homes, and 52, 729 beneficiaries
Geographic areas served: Haiti and Honduras
Programs: clean, safe drinking water, hygiene education and sanitation.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Pure Water is committed to quality water, sanitation and hygiene service provision that focuses not only on making available to communities technology to improve water quality, but also the skills needed to ensure healthy families. With a participatory philosophy and a commitment to thorough M&E, Pure Water works with participants to make sure that PWW services are effective and impactful.

As a student of international development, PWW is an organization that continually impresses me with its firm commitment to its mission and desire to provide the best programming possible.

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Life-changing

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2013

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Pure Water for the World builds local capacity and community buy-in by combining education with service provision. Having volunteered with Pure Water both in the US and in Honduras, I've been impressed by the staff's dedication to providing sustainable solutions to some of the most vulnerable populations in Honduras. Pure Water works with rather that for communities and trains local staff and volunteers to work directly with communities. My work as an intern with Pure Water was one of the most valuable learning experiences of my college career.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Our company has been donating annually to Pure Water for the World and we have volunteered on a mission to trip to Honduras. I have never met a more focused and passionate group of people both in the US and in Honduras. We have pledged to continue to donate to their organization and to stay involved as the organization progresses. Water is our passion and ensuring those around us has access to safe water is our first priority. Thank you PWW for the wonderful work you are doing!

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Life-changing

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Our business proudly supports Pure Water and the work they do in Haiti and Honduras. PWW is an organization where you feel the money you have donated has made an enormous impact in the lives of those most in need. The focus of PWW is exactly where it ought to be, on getting individuals their most basic human right, clean drinking water and proper sanitation.

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Pure Water for the World is a fantastic non-profit that is making a huge difference in the lives of people around the world. This organization provides sand filters and latrines to families and villages to help support clean drinking water. I have been teaching fourth grade in Upstate New York for the past seven years. Each year, my students have participated in a local fundraiser called The Water Walk, which raises money for Pure Water for the World. This has provided an amazing experience for my students to learn the value of giving to those who are less fortunate. They absolutely LOVE this event and even come back the following years to participate! This past summer, I was fortunate enough to take a week long trip to Honduras to volunteer with Pure Water and get a closer look at what this organization does with the money that we have donated. It was definitely an eye-opening experience for me. The videos and pictures that are online just don’t do justice the hard work and incredible difference that this organization makes! Their efforts are saving the lives of many children and adults. To learn more about what Pure Water does, visit purewaterfortheworld.org.

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Life-changing

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Pure Water for the World is doing awesome work in Haiti and Honduras delivering safe water and hygiene education to those less fortunate. I have been to Haiti 4 times and seen them saving lives in person! I am proud to be associated with PWW. Randy Thompson Houston Texas

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered working with Pure Water in Choluteca, Danli, and other areas of HOnduras with Pure Water and also served on their board. Seeing and talking with people who have been helped by the use of their units plus the work they do to teach good hygiene as well as giving the people clean water has convinced me they do an excellent job in giving a more healthy, productive lives to many people who other wise would not have. I enjoy working with and and helping them in their work in Central America Bob Conant

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I have traveled to Haiti with Pure Water twice now. Their devotion to providing clean water to a populace that suffers daily losses from contaminated water is extraordinary. There are so many needs in Haiti but it all begins with access to clean water. They are concentrating on the children and their schools by providing water filters. Unlike many other NGOs, they continue to stay in touch with the schools, clinics, etc to ensure their goals are being met. I have worked in Pure Waters' factory, handed out filters to the schools, and toured orphanages and villages that have been identifed as recipients of the filters in the near future. Pure Water's approach is very methodical, professional and caring in a world of need and chaos. They are my heroes!

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered for Pure Water for the World for several months. Since I was based in Trojes, Honduras for all the time I served the NGO, I could witness first-hand how important is the PWW contribution to the local families.

Imagine extremely little communities, usually made of 20 to 30 houses each, a church and a school all spread around a rough mountainous land. Imagine unpaved roads connecting such communities that are useless for the majority of the year due to torrential rain and non-existing maintenance. Imagine the closest pueblo being 1 to 3 hours away and the closest city (and paved road) being a whole travelling day away.

Imagine houses that lack of running water, gas and latrines. Imagine the family wealth based only upon coffee harvest, which happens once a year and whose profits have to sustain a family (usually 6+ persons) for the remaining 11 months.

Imagine children and elders alike that get continuously sick due to the poor hygienic conditions and the lack of clean water. Imagine a population neglected by its own people, by its own government.

Now imagine an NGO that serves these forgotten communities.
Imagine a team of 6 workers going every day in the field, enduring long and risky trips to such places. Imagine motorbikes running on the edge of dangerous mountain ridges and 4x4 jeeps fighting against mud and unthinkable gradients. Imagine Biosand filters and latrines carried and installed both in houses and schools, under such circumstances.

Now think of a NGO that puts sustainability first, trying to have a long lasting impact on the territory by training respected members of each community on how to maintain the filters, educating children and elders on the importance of hygiene in each and every aspect, from personal matters to the household, to the environment. Imagine the same organization following up with a treatment program to rid community members of existing internal parasites. Imagine the same NGO running checks and always monitoring its results, constantly trying to improve and learn from its mistakes.

Imagine an NGO that not only serves the forgotten with the most important source of life in the world against all odds and difficulties, but also makes them feel acknowledged and loved.

Imagine Pure Water for the World.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

i am a water conditioning professional and a Rotarian. 7 years ago i visited project sites in Honduras vetting Pure Water for a Rotary project and experienced life changing programs. Pure Water was providing sustainable safe drinking water solutions for impoverished families, village by village. with technology made with indigenous materials, requiring no on-going expense and education that created a change in understanding, peoples lives were transformed. "the water is the medicine", "my children no longer get sick" were constant refrains heard from the beneficiaries. i was heart hooked. as much as it changed their lives, it also changed mine. i was invited to join the board and have never looked back. the work we do changes and saves lives and gives me self actualization.

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I have helped to spearhead two projects with Pure Water in Haiti, and I hope to spearhead another in Central America. They're conscientious, caring, and hard working. This is a really neat little NGO.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been associated with Pure Water since 2003, having served on their Board of Directors for several of those years. I chose Pure Water because they are an independent organization whose sole purpose is to save lives and improve the health for children and their families in countries where the need for help is critical. I have traveled to Honduras many times and have led five group trips there to witness and support Pure Water's efforts, so I can attest to the effectiveness of their work. They do not impose anything on the people of Honduras, but rather equip Hondurans to help themselves. It is the most impressive, impactful and unselfish philanthropic work I have witnessed in a developing country. They could not be more deserving of recognition for their efforts.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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