Impact partner profile

Water For People

A world where every person has access to reliable and safe water and sanitation services

Water For People
Est. since
1991
Location of HQ
100 East Tennessee Avenue Denver, CO 80209, United States of America
Partnership date with Thankyou
March 2020
Area of focus
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH)
Regions
Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Bolivia, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, India
Website
Visit waterforpeople.org

Whether it’s a drink from the tap, a toilet that works, or a place to wash our hands, having water is a basic necessity that many of us take for granted. In many parts of the world, women and children spend more than four hours walking for water each day, and more than 840,000 people die each year from diseases contracted from unsafe water. Water For People was founded on the belief that everyone should have access to clean water and sanitation services, forever.

The team at Water For People is working toward this ambitious goal by partnering with local community members, businesses, and governments, to help bring sustainable water and sanitation systems to communities around the world. It aims for communities to have the necessary training and tools to maintain these new systems for generations. The model used to achieve this outcome is called Everyone Forever.

Water For People exists to promote the development of high-quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all. The Everyone Forever model has changed the game. Working across nine countries around the world, Water For People has reached 3.66 million people since 2011 with reliable water services. These services are sustained through strong relationships with communities, businesses, and governments, each playing their part in the vision to see a world where every person has access to reliable and safe water and sanitation services.

To date, the team at Water For People has also impacted 1.083 million people through sanitation initiatives. Within its 2019 program year, the organisation was able to support 186,485 people with water access, 532,095 people with sanitation services, and 269,361 people with hygiene education.



Type of grant funding given


Core impact goals

Water

Water For People is aiming for 4 million people to have intermediate or high levels of water service by the end of 2021.

Sanitation

By the end of 2021, Water For People aims to reach 2 million people through sanitation initiatives. It also has a goal to see 90% of households have a basic level of service, as well as the majority of faecal sludge in the district to be treated and disposed of safely. 

District reach

Water For People hopes to increase its reach so the Everyone Forever model is replicated across 40 districts in 2021. The organisation is also aiming to reach 40 of its ‘Everyone’ milestones – meaning every community, family, school, and clinic within its geographic scope will have access to safe and reliable water services.

Impact

By the end of 2021, working alongside national governments to strengthen systems to provide WASH services, Water For People aims to impact 70 million people.

Impact milestones

Water For People aims to reach the following impact milestones over the course of Thankyou’s grant period (12 months):

1. Reach every school and health clinic with reliable water and sanitation services, in six districts


2. Reach the ‘Forever’ milestone in Cuchumuela, Bolivia - meaning the operation, financing, and monitoring of water services are sustainable without support from Water For People


3. Reach 4 million people with reliable access to water services across the nine countries in which Water For People works, with 340,000 people left to go


4. Reach 2 million people with reliable access to sanitation services across the nine countries in which Water For People works, with 917,000 people left to go


5. Begin work to achieve Everyone Forever in one new program district


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