Worldwide, 35-50% of water projects fail within the first 5 years.
WE HAVE COMPLETED 2,297 PROJECTS - AND NOT ONE HAS FAILED.
We know this because we follow-up with consistent project monitoring.
WHY OUR PROJECTS LAST
We believe poor people are their own best resource in escaping poverty. We listen, involve community members in each step of the process, and fund solutions based on their priorities.
CONVENIENT WATER SUPPLIES
Easy access to clean water creates opportunity. With the constant burden of water-fetching and illness lifted, families can move beyond the demands of daily survival. Women have time for income-generating activities. Families begin to save money. Girls can go to school. Addressing the water and sanitation needs of the world’s poorest is the one activity that, when done properly, saves lives and generates benefits that can break the cycle of extreme poverty.
TOILETS AND HAND-WASHING
Clean water alone is not enough. All Water1st projects integrate toilets, hygiene education, and piped water systems. Studies have consistently shown that together – water, toilets, and hygiene – stop the spread of disease and save lives. We have also seen that projects which provide multiple benefits, like increased time and labor savings, are more likely to be maintained over the long-term by our project participants. Learn more.
Applying a comprehensive program evaluation system is one of our central operating principles. We routinely visit our projects to evaluate our work, to hold our partners accountable, and to share and exchange knowledge. We make sure each project is providing the intended benefits and generating the best possible outcomes. You can be confident that your donation is wisely spent and is making a real difference in the lives of the people we serve. Read our story + guiding principles.
WHERE WE WORK
2,227 Projects completed
136,883 people served in urban slums of Dhaka, Chittagong and Khulna.
29 Projects completed
47 Communities served
12,784 People with
water + toilets at their houses.
Our newest program — 1 Piped water system under construction, serving 1,600 people
STORIES FROM THE FIELD