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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, International, International Development, International Economic Development, Microfinance, Rural Economic Development

Mission: Founded in 1991, Water For People is a Denver-based private, nonprofit international humanitarian organization that supports the development of sustainable safe drinking water resources and improved sanitation facilities in developing countries.

Results: We help build communities that are funding, building, maintaining and replacing their systems when needed. We’re focusing on lasting solutions by leveraging local resources, testing innovative ideas and monitoring our work over time. We're creating a current of change.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2008 - 184,705 ; 2009 - 365,000, 2010 - 218,457

Geographic areas served: Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Malawi, Nicaragua, Peru, Rwanda, Uganda

Programs: During 2014, water for people supported safe drinking water projects in africa, asia, central and south america serving 195,156 beneficiaries. During 2014, water for people supported sanitation projects in africa, asia, central and south america serving 108,393 beneficiaries. During 2014, water for people supported hygiene education in africa, asia, central and south america serving 269,642 beneficiaries. During 2014, water for people completed work in 213 schools, 4 health clinics, and 539 communities throughout the world. Country program support: (see schedule o)africa:programs operating in malawi, rwanda and uganda supported safe water for 101,420 beneficiaries and sanitation for 52,185 beneficiaries. Typical water projects included afridev hand pumps, communal water kiosks, piped water supply and rainwater catchment systems. Sanitation included improved ventilated pit latrines and ecological sanitation latrines. Initiatives included sanitation as a business and water as a business. Central america:work in guatemala, honduras and nicaragua supported safe water for 5,239 beneficiaries and sanitation for 3,573 beneficiaries. Typical water projects were gravity-fed water systems, including a storage tank, underground distribution network and household connections with micro-meters. Some systems also included electric pumps. Sanitation consisted of pour flush and flush toilets, ecological sanitation latrines and ventilated improved pit latrines. Initiatives included local water resource management, sanitation as a business, and the school water, sanitation and hygiene plus community impact (swash+) program. India:water for people worked with 256 communities and 107 schools in six districts of west bengal and sheohar, bihar in india to support safe water for 82,087 beneficiaries and sanitation for 51,834 beneficiaries. Typical water projects included tube wells with phe six handpumps and drinking and handwashing stations in schools. Sanitation facilities implemented were household pour flush latrines and sanitary blocks in schools. Innovative initiatives included a sanitation as a business, school wash and a mobile mechanics program. South america:water for people worked in bolivia and peru to support safe drinking water for 6,410 beneficiaries and sanitation for 801 beneficiaries. Typical water systems are household rainwater catchment or gravity-fed schemes including a storage tank, underground piping and household connections with micro-meters. Some systems included electric pumps. Sanitation technology consisted of primarily pour flush and flush toilets and ecological sanitation latrines. Initiatives included local water resource management and sanitation as a business.

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