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 […]

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 […]

Though We May Be Slight, We Can Lead This Fight

Queen Anne Elementary’s 2nd grade classes learned about the global water crisis and the work of Water1st this spring. They kids shared stories about water with one another, and during music class, under Connor Desai’s leadership, took the stories and created lyrics to a song that will be performed at their school assembly. QAE came […]

Navalent Consulting Sponsors a Water Point

Navalent formed a team for the Carry5 Walk for Water. They raised over $7,000 and sponsored a water point in Gonbisa Kussaye, Ethiopia, which was completed in February 2014. “We were thrilled by the encouragement and expressions of gratitude we received for participating in Carry5. As we sent out our fundraising pages to friends and family, we […]

Lemonade + Seedling Stands = Clean Water for 135 people

Elli is a 7th grader at TOPS K-8 and serves on the Water1st Middle School Board. Through her participation in Carry5, she has raised $10,000 for water projects. “When I first heard about Carry5 I was in 2nd grade. Water1st came to our school and showed us a video about girls and women who had to […]

Water1st Middle School Board Member Travels to Ethiopia

Max is a 7th grader at Bush School. In February 2014 he and his mom traveled to Ethiopia with Water1st. The experience gave him a new perspective. “It was an amazing experience in so many ways. I got to see, smell, taste, and hear things that I’d never experienced before. But what really has stayed […]

Northwest School’s Carry5 Team Sponsors Water Points in Ethiopia

The Northwest School’s 2013 Carry5 team funded two more water points in Gonbisa Kussaye, Ethiopia. Since 2008, the school’s 8th-grade class has participated in the Carry5 Walk for Water, funding a total of four water points in Ethiopia. If your Carry5 team raises $5,000 or more, you can have a personalized plaque at a water point […]

Fundraiser Goes the Extra Mile

Water1st supporters are notoriously generous and creative, but one fundraiser in particular has really raised the bar. Using his love of running to inspire his friends and family, and honor his Grandmother, Peter Blunk has already raised $1700 for Water1st. In other words, Peter has guaranteed clean water and a toilet for 23 people, for […]

Samammish Review Highlights Water1st High School Board Member

The Samammish Review recently highlighted one of our High School Board members (and top Carry5 fundraisers) following her Water1st trip to Ethiopia. Check out the article to learn more about her experience, and get a glimpse into the ways youth are getting involved with Water1st! Read the article here.

The Stoneburner Family Sponsors a Water Point in Gonbisa Kussaye

After learning about the Carry5 Walk for Water, we decided to put together a good old fashioned family fundraising competition. We registered for the event and, with the help of a better than expected tax return and the support of friends and family, were able to reach our goal of $5,000 – enough to sponsor […]

Water1st LemonAID at Gates Foundation Family Day

Special thanks to our wonderful Water1st volunteers and LemonAID stand workers for their time and efforts at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Family Day. The theme was “Kids Can,” providing families with inspiration, ideas, and tools to get involved and make a difference, as well as highlighting some of the amazing work being done by […]

Sophie and Max

7-year-old Sophie and her 5-year-old brother, Max, had a garage sale, set up an online fundraising page and raised $500 – providing clean water for a family in Dawo Kara, Ethiopia FOR LIFE. Thank you, Sophie and Max!  

Seattle Bikes for Clean Water

Water1st supporter Brian Ward turned his love of biking into clean water. He organized 100, 50, and 10-mile bike rides on June 29, and invited other Seattle cycling enthusiasts to participate and help raise money for a well. Over $1,500 was raised. Congratulations and thank you to Brian and to all who participated!

Event Sponsor Navalent Consulting Funds a Water Point

Navalent Consulting decided to sponsor the Seattle Carry5 Walk for Water. They advertised their company, invited colleagues and friends to join their team and participate in the walk, and got to work fundraising online. They raised $7,500 to fund a water point in Gonbissa Kussaye, Ethiopia. Navalent now has a plaque at that community water […]