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 […]

2017 Honduras Water Tour | photos & stories from the field

Twenty-five supporters from Chicago, Phoenix, San Francisco, Austin, Dallas, and Seattle, as well as our Global Fellows, joined us for an unforgettable week in Honduras. Travelers endured miles of rough roads to experience spectacular scenery, a tour of a local coffee farm, the Mayan Ruins of Copan, and the opportunity to witness Hondurans changing their own […]

Bangladesh Water Tour | The Power of Community Organizing

Last week Water1st staff and donors returned from a visit to our project communities in Bangladesh. We are grateful for the warm welcome from the people living in the slum settlements of Dhaka, Chittagong, and Khulna and for the hospitality of our extraordinary local partner, DSK (Dushtha Shasthya Kendra). We thank them for the curry […]

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 […]

Ethiopia Water Tour: “You have reached me before my time has passed”

A group of Water1st supporters will journey to Ethiopia for our 11th Water Tour. Since our first tour in 2006, 130 people have traveled with us to see our work firsthand. “You have reached me before my time has passed.” Every Water Tour has its defining moment. For the very first Water Tour, that moment unfolded […]

Bishaan Lubbuudah – Water is life: My week in Ethiopia

Atsedu made it look so easy; light-footed and charging up the hill with 40-pounds of water strapped to her back. We could barely keep up and our water cans were only filled half-way. The guide kept telling her she needed to slow down for us and she would just turn around and smile. This past […]

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 […]

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.

Ethiopia Water Tour — Bishaan lubuuddha! Water is Life!

As we drove into the community of Gonbisa Kussaye for the ribbon cutting ceremony of their water project, dozens of children greeted us along the roadside, holding signs and chanting, “Bishaan lubuuddha! Water is Life!” Watch it here. Our 2014 Water Tour in Ethiopia was a rich and rewarding experience for the 19 travelers from […]

David Hartley’s reflections on Ethiopia

On Wednesday, we visited Dawo Kara village to observe their current water supply, a small spring with turbid water about one quarter mile or more down a hill from the village where women and children slowly fill 5 gallon jugs, strap them on their backs with cloth, and then make the heavy slog back up […]

See Water Flowing in Tute Kunche!

July 2012 has been a good month for hard-working Ethiopian women. Tiki Gelana became the 2012 Olympic marathon champion and Tirunesh Dibaba won at 10,000 meters. Meanwhile, the women of Tute Kunche started collecting water from their new water project. For the first time in their lives, the people of Tute Kunche can drink clear, […]

Karen Nilson’s reflections on her 4th Water Tour!

I’m not your usual Water Tour participant. Recently, I returned from my fourth Water 1st Ethiopia Water Tour. This year, I was able to share the experience with my husband, Chris. Villages there are building access to clean water as a result of the partnership of Water Action and Water 1st. We were there to […]

Karen Nilson – MLK Day and Ethiopia Water Tour Reflections

Now what… I returned from my trip with Water 1st yesterday, glad to be home, hug my husband and take a walk to watch the sunset over Elliot Bay. Chris asks me, how was it? And I am at a loss for words to describe the experience. I tell a few funny stories, and describe […]

Reflections on Ethiopia by Nancy Carroll

My husband, Brad, and I visited Ethiopia for the first time in April of 2007 to pick up our two newly-adopted children, Tizita (now 5 years old) and Fekadu (age 2). It was a surreal experience to be in a developing country for the first time while we were changing our lives so permanently and […]

Diane’s first trip with Water1st

I first heard about Water 1st two years ago when I received an invitation for a fundraiser. Although I didn’t attend, I sent a small donation, since it seemed like a worthy cause, and went about my business. With the constant barrage of requests for money, it’s difficult to decide which ones are most important […]