Honoring our 2021 Water Ambassador: Russ Garrison and the Garrison Family

Water1st is built upon the belief that the global water and sanitation crisis can be solved by building a community of concerned people who take simple and effective actions together. Each year, our Give Water Give Life benefit brings the Water1st community together to celebrate what has been achieved, and to chart our course for […]

Dina’s story | water changes everything

Our Founder & Executive Director first met Dina in 1996 in the small mountainside community of Los Sorrianos in western Honduras. As a bright and vivacious four year-old, Dina spent her days collecting water with her mother. The following year, with the support of our local partner, COCEPRADIL, the Los Sorrianos water project was completed. […]

Project Community Update | the impact of COVID-19

The leadership of our partners during this unprecedented pandemic has proven nothing short of extraordinary. The effective and unified actions of our in-country partners are protecting our project regions and saving lives. They are demonstrating the multitude of ways in which trusted leaders can mobilize and protect a community through effective messaging—this influence doesn’t happen […]

Honduras COVID-19 Update

Our Honduras partner, COCEPRADIL, has produced this video for social media, targeting young people who may be out in public and spreading the virus to their family members, espcially elderly parents and grandparents. 75 year old Don Raúl Cantarero of Candelaria, Honduras says this: “I am an old man, I am 75 years old. I […]

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 San Gabriel | 12 years later

In 2006 Water1st embarked on the construction of its very first community water system in rural Honduras. The isolated mountainside village of San Gabriel began by digging five miles of pipeline trench and constructing their own 6,500-gallon storage tank. This past March, during a routine monitoring visit, we returned to the community of San Gabriel. We […]

University of Arizona students Walk for Water & raise $3,500!

The Arizona Daily Star has a great article in today’s paper about yesterday’s CARRY 5 event at the University of Arizona in Tucson. About 50 people participated in Tucson’s CARRY 5 event, raising $3,500. A local bluegrass band played to entertain the walkers, who each carried water – from 1 to 5 gallons – for 5 […]

“Thirst Quencher” – Tucson Weekly Story about CARRY 5

The Tucson Weekly is helping us get the word out about this weekend’s CARRY 5 Walk for Water at the University of Arizona.  UA hydrology senior and event organizer Michael Barnes is quoted in the piece: “The walk represents the daily struggle to obtain water, and through participating, we can help end it.  Participants carry (5 […]

Celebrating Día Mundial del Agua

I just returned from a great visit to Honduras with three Water 1st board members, a hydrology student from the U of A and an engineering grad student from MIT. We were there to visit completed water and sanitation projects implemented by our local partner organization, to see how the projects are functioning one or […]