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Pure Water for The World, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Development

Mission: Pure Water for the World is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to improve the health and livelihood of children and families in the developing world by partnering with communities to establish safe water solutions.

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 water filtration systems 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. We have partnered with over 200 communities, reaching more than 750,000 people in Haiti and Central America with life-changing, sustainable safe water, hygiene and sanitation solutions.

Target demographics: children and their families living in rural, underserved areas of Central America and the Caribbean

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,702 community members with clean water, 451 homeowners with latrines, and 21 schools, benefiting more than 10,000 people

Geographic areas served: Haiti and Honduras

Programs: clean, safe drinking water, hygiene education and sanitation.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2011, I really never heard of Pure Water for the World until it was introduced to our Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel. After hearing of the projects they were doing in both Haiti and Honduras, it was an easy decision that our club needed to create a partnership with Pure Water and get involved.

In 2012, our first group of 5 Rotarians known as the "Honduras Five" went on its first mission to Honduras to help install the water filters as well as latrines.

During the 2012/2013 year, I became President of our club and after seeing what the previous group went through and hearing about all of the great things that Pure Water was doing over there, a second group needed to go. In 2013, myself along with I believe 9 others went to Honduras.

It was a very rewarding experience seeing not only what Pure Water for the World was doing on a corporate level, but also what the local personnel in that country were doing as well!!

The weekly visits that they were doing with needy families in very remote areas of the country is a challenge in itself, but yet they all maintained a very positive attitude and remained focused on the mission! Great job to all of you at Pure Water for The World!!!

Greg Lenners

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been to Honduras 3 times with PWW and coming up on my 4th trip in April. I have worked with many non-profits before and PWW by far one of the best. In all of my travels with them I have felt very safe and WELL taken care of.
Their mission and goal is simple and they focus on SUSTAINABILITY.....which is huge. Also they are putting nationals to work.
Thousands of families now have clean water and understand that hygiene is very important.

Kathie4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are so many people in so many towns and villages in Honduras and Haiti who are now waiting for PWW to be able to install water filters for them that every bit of support is virtually lifesaving. It's a privilege to work on an installation team and meet these families in their homes if you have the opportunity, but everyone can take the opportunity to support this PWW effort with dollars. Even from your armchair!

1 Nathalie P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pure Water for the World is the real thing. They are quite literally changing lives of children and families in Haiti and Honduras. I got to be a part of this (and so can you!). PWW offers working trips to their locations; something I can't speak highly enough about! I travelled with PWW down to Haiti last year and got to participate in installing water filters in homes in Bouda Chita as well as going all over Haiti to talk with families who are working with PWW and hear their stories. The family members of these homes were so excited, so proud, so honored to be a part of this program. They beam when they talk about PWW. Prior to PWW, generation after generation of family members have never had clean water in their homes. They have suffered, and witnessed families in their communities suffer, from intestinal distress. All because they lacked access to uncontaminated water...a glass of clean water, something we take for granted many times every day. On my trip, I got to talk with families who received water systems just months before and they told me how it has literally changed their lives. The pride in their voices, their faces, their eyes, spoke volumes of how much gratitude they have for what PWW has given to them. PWW isn't just placing water systems into homes and wishing the families well as they head off. They are giving them extensive training on hygiene and they are continuing to support them to be sure they are using their systems correctly, supporting them along the way. PWW is changing lives. Get involved with Pure Water for the World!

Katie103

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became involved with Pure Water for the World in 2010 when my husband was invited to go on a trip to visit the site in Haiti. He came back and we knew that our dream of living and volunteering in a foreign country was going to be made possible through Pure Water. We have had the pleasure of being volunteers for 5 months in the small rural town of Trojes, in southern Honduras. From an inside perspective I can articulate the passion Pure Water has for helping people. It is not only shown through the hard work of those who are raising funds and publicizing, but also through the Hondurans who work for Pure Water. These men and women have pride and loyalty that is rare and astounding. Their jobs are by no means easy. Many days they drive by truck or motorcycle on rough dirt roads for hours each way. Their days are long and sometimes grueling, but they know their job is important to make a difference in their country and a difference in the lives of their neighbors, friends, and family. By going out in the communities, I have seen the sheer appreciation of the locals; they offer whatever they have - eggs, mangoes, coffee - as gifts to the Pure Water employees just to show their gratitude. The people of the communities know that with the filters and latrines provided by Pure Water, their families are becoming healthier; ensuring their children can continue their education and slowly break the cycle of poverty. Pure Water is doing great work and making a difference in a country that is usually forgotten by others.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for Pure Water for the World in Trojes, Honduras. My experience since beginning in April 2014 has been extremely positive. Pure Water is an organization dedicated to helping families break the cycle of poverty by providing sustainable water and sanitation solutions. This is something that I have seen everyday going into the field. The communities served are extremely thankful for the work we have done and their lives have been visibly improved. It is easy to see the difference between the communities we have already served and the new ones we go into. These communities are some of the poorest in Honduras – in one of the poorest countries in the world. Pure Water really is giving the poorest of the poor a chance for a better future for themselves and their children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience so far has been great.They are genuinely interested in previous volunteer teams that I have been on.I hope to join the team on a project in January.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have met and worked with Directors of this organization and with staff and volunteers in Honduras. Every single one is committed to changing lives for the better and you can see it in the way they work and treat the people they are helping.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started with Pure Water in 2010 after a Rotary District trip to Honduras in which Pure Water bio-sand filters were installed in homes. That trip changed my whole outlook on volunteering. Since then I have returned to Honduras three times and have been to Haiti three times - all for Pure Water for the World. Pure Water's installation of filters and latrines and emphasis on hygiene education is just what these countries need to pull themselves out of poverty. Clean water allows their children to go to school healthy and well - a first step to avoid the scourge of poverty and disease.

Cecile B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pure Water for the World teaches sanitation, provides sand filters and latrines to Haitian and Honduran families and schools. They have partnered with NGOs to provide essential services.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pure Water has done a tremendous job in the slums of Cite Soleil in Haiti during the Earthquake. It is dedicated in investing itself long-term into Haiti. Their goal is to educate families and children and offer them clean water. Their education program is comprehensive and efficient. They are trully making a difference in Haiti. They have been working with USAID/MSH for over 4 years and they have introduced their programs in clinics and households now. They have very little overhead and are very transparent with their use of funds. Great place to work at if you really care.