Water 1st International


Water 1st International

Infobox Non-profit
Non-profit_name = Water 1st International
Non-profit_
Non-profit_type = Non-Government Organisation
location = Seattle, WA - USA
focus = water, sanitation and hygiene education projects
Non-profit_slogan = "We envision a world free of extreme poverty. Providing people with safe water systems, latrines, and hygiene education is the 1st step to ending the cycle of poverty and death."
homepage = [http://www.water1st.org www.water1st.org]

Water 1st International is a non-profit organization helping people in poor countries implement water, sanitation and hygiene education projects. Water 1st works through locally-based partner organizations to support the implementation of projects that include the provision of drinking water, hygiene education, and sanitary latrines. It is based in Seattle, Washington (USA), and in 2006 and 2007 funded the construction of 113 water systems in India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Honduras benefiting 20,000 people. Water 1st has committed to funding an additional 73 projects serving 15,000 people in 2008.

Water 1st is a member of the End Water Poverty coalition [http://www.endwaterpoverty.org/members/] and Water Advocates [http://www.wateradvocates.org]

In 2008, Water 1st launched a new event called CARRY 5. CARRY 5 is a Walk for Water to raise awareness of the global water crisis and funds to support the implementation of projects. [http://www.pacificpublishingcompany.com/site/index.cfm?newsid=19747354&BRD=855&PAG=461&dept_id=517907&rfi=8 Beacon Hill News]

Water 1st is working with schools to educate children about the global water crisis. [http://water1st.org/involved/water_day_curriculum.html] There is a Water 1st Club on the campus of the University of Washington. Members of the chapter engage in educational outreach events, primarily to K–12 schools. [http://depts.washington.edu/sao/rso_search_detail.php?id=1491]

References

* [http://www.pacinst.org/topics/water_and_sustainability/global_water_crisis/ Global water crisis] - Pacific Institute
* [http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/publications/factsfigures04/en/ Water crisis facts and figures] - World Health Organization
* [http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu2/6/cescr.htm The right to water (UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights)] - United Nations

External links

* [http://www.water1st.org Water 1st] - official website
* [http://www.irc.nl/page/36659 Water 1st International] at IRC Water and Sanitation Centre
*Seattle Post-Intelligencer [http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/356051_water22.html Quenching the thirst: Seattle brings the most precious liquid abroad] - March 22, 2008
*The Chronicle of Philanthropy [http://philanthropy.com/summary/v20/i01.htm Charity Hopes to Put an End to Villages' Water Woes] - October 18, 2007
*Puget Sound Business Journal [http://seattle.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2006/11/20/focus2.html Water 1st makes grants to help groups that help themselves] - November 17, 2006
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh4aSreGcZ4 World Water Day 2007 video clip] - Water 1st participates in March 22, 2007 Walk for Water on World Day for Water
*ParentMap magazine [http://www.parentmap.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=531&Itemid=1 A heartbreaking need for clean water] - April 1, 2007


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