Youth Spotlight: Why youth board member Lily walks

Too often, I take for granted the luxury of water and overlook the fact that billions of people lack access to this human right. I believe that all individuals deserve the resources and the opportunity to reach their potential. In high school, I was introduced to Water1st, a non-profit organization dedicated to combating the global […]

Update from the Field | Azacualpa Centro, Honduras

¡Viva, Azacualpa!Clean water is flowing in Azacualpa Centro! We just returned from Honduras where we were joined by over 1,000 people in Azacualpa Centro to cut-the-ribbon on their new water system. The full-day celebration was planned by the community and filled with original songs, skits, speeches, and poetry conveying gratitude, happiness, humor and stories to […]

Update from the Field | Kumira, Bangladesh

Meet the indigenous Tripura peopleWater1st staff recently traveled to Kumira, Bangladesh with a group of supporters and students from our Global Fellows program. The Kumira community is a settlement of displaced Tripura people. As the urban population grew, this ethnic minority was forced to migrate to extremely undesirable circumstances without access to water, electricity, or […]

Bangladesh Reflections | Sophia Dettweiler

In December, I had the opportunity to travel to Bangladesh as a Water1st Global Fellow and see the tremendous impact of clean water and sanitation on the health, happiness, and dignity of slum communities. I saw the huge difference in quality of life between communities with and without clean water and sanitation. When we visited densely populated […]

Introducing Ava Ikbal

Ava is among our amazing group of youth board graduates; her compassion, intellect, and delightful personality continue to make the world a better place. Ava is currently studying International Affairs on the East Coast while remaining engaged with the work of Water1st. In 2016, she spent a week observing our Bangladesh partner’s work (DSK) in […]

Kelsey’s Bat Mitzvah in Tacoma, WA

Kelsey loves soccer and the Seattle Reign FC. After seeing the Reign’s documentary about their trip to Ethiopia with Water1st, Kelsey was inspired to help end the walk for water for Ethiopian girls her age who don’t have time to go to school. Kelsey’s goal was $1,500; she raised over $2,300! In June, Kelsey along with family […]

Addie from Troop 50680

Addie is a 4th grader in Seattle and a member of Girl Scout Troop 50680. Her troop participated in the Carry5 Walk for Water and that inspired Addie to do more. And wow did she ever do more! Addie sold over 2,500 boxes of Girl Scout cookies and donated the proceeds to Water1st. As you […]

Findley Elementary in Portland, OR

This spring, Ms. Buckley’s 3rd glade class at Finley Elementary in Portland spent four weeks studying how they can take action through aid, awareness, and activism. They decided to write an ABC book to raise awareness about the water crisis in Ethiopia. Students also raised $1,105 – mostly in pennies – to support solutions! Thank […]

Ribbon cuttings & tortillas | Honduras site visit

Last week’s visit to Honduras was packed with activities and milestones.We are very proud to share the extraordinary work of our local partner, COCEPRADIL. Here’s what our non-stop week added up to: 10 travelers from Portland, Phoenix, and Seattle. 9 beautiful sunsets in the rugged and isolated mountains of western Honduras. 12 water system inaugurations. 39 new water system […]

IT’S WORLD WATER DAY! Take What You Love & Turn it into Water

TODAY IS WORLD WATER DAY! Take What You Love and Turn it into Water In honor of World Water Day we celebrate our supporters who have turned what they love into water! You have biked, run, climbed mountains, quilted, pledged your birthdays and bar mitzvahs, baked, and sold lemonAID. What do YOU love? The Sellars […]

Ethiopia Water Tour 2016

Thank you to the people of Ethiopia―especially our partner Water Action and the communities of Dawo Kara and Dima Jeliwan―for your gracious hospitality. Thank you for the delicious buna (coffee) and injera bread, and for opening your homes and sharing your lives with 31 Americans. We are proud to call you colleagues and friends. It […]

Water1st International & Seattle Reign FC Form Partnership to Reduce Water Access Challenges for World’s Poorest

The Water1st Ethiopia Water Tour departs February 12. Travelers, including Seattle Reign FC players and Water1st Global Fellows, will experience the water crisis firsthand and meet the people and projects we support. Seattle – Water1st International is excited to announce a new partnership with professional women’s soccer team Seattle Reign FC. In addition to announcing the new partnership, Water1st […]

9 year old Sophie is making Christmas gifts for water

Sophie is at it again! Eight year old Sophie, and her brother Max, have big hearts for people who need water. They have given their allowance and Sophie made shopping bags in exchange for donations to Water1st. Now they are making Christmas gifts – doll hats, doll scarves, and aprons – to raise money for new water systems and […]

Jim Ennis – an extraordinary legacy – $250,000 bequest to Water1st

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] photo above: Jim (left) and Jerry, Venice 1985 [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”JAMES LEE ENNIS:” font_container=”tag:p|font_size:20|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_custom_heading text=”AN EXTRAORDINARY LEGACY” font_container=”tag:p|font_size:20|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_custom_heading text=”$250,000 BEQUEST TO WATER1ST” font_container=”tag:p|font_size:20|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Oswald%3A300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]We are honored to announce Water1st International’s second Country Level Sponsor for 2015 — Jim Ennis. Country Level Sponsors are individuals or institutions who contribute $250,000 or more in a […]

Seattle Carry5 Walk for Water Raises $120,000!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]More than 700 people carried water for 5 kilometers in solidarity with the millions of women and children around the world who still carry water every day. Together, walkers raised over $120,000—providing communities in Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Honduras with clean water at the turn of a tap! Thank you for ending the walk for water […]

Nishka to Celebrate her 10th Birthday at Carry5!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] In a few days Nishka will turn 10. She talked with her parents about what she wanted to do for her BIG birthday. When they heard about the Carry5 Walk for Water, Nishka decided Carry5 would be the perfect way to celebrate her 10th birthday. Instead of birthday gifts, Nishka has invited her friends […]