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Access to Safe, Clean Water Is a Right, Not a Privilege

NationSwell | Posted 12.07.2016 | Impact

While living and working as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, Eleanor Allen's life was changed by 3-year-old Maria Fernanda (her host...

How to Eat, Drink and Sleep Art in Miami This Weekend

MutualArt | Posted 12.03.2016 | Arts

Every minute you spend waiting for the check in an overpriced Miami Beach restaurant, or standing in line for a subpar Cuban sandwich, or waving down a bartender for an $11 can of beer, or, well, sleeping in your hotel, is time you're not spending with the art that you came to Miami for in the first place.

Building Toilets in Rural India? There's an App for That.

Maranda Bodas | Posted 06.02.2016 | Impact
Maranda Bodas

Humans love options, and having a preference is in our nature. So why wouldn't it be the same when it comes to faucets and toilets? In our work across nine countries around the world providing access to safe water and sanitation, our team at Water For People knows that innovation is key and one solution does not fit all.

Forget Now -- We Need To Find The Fix For Forever

Ned Breslin | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Ned Breslin

More than ever, technology and data are playing an instrumental role in how we decide what to invest in and what that means. We can't understand the true needs and the resources available without comprehensive, consistent monitoring and evaluation (M&E).

No More Toilet Handouts in Honduras

Skoll Foundation | Posted 02.16.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

Since the meters were installed, households in Gonzalo Maldonado have experienced improved service, and families have access to water 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But Doña Luisa didn't stop there.

Why We Can't Ignore The Outliers

Muthi Nhlema | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Muthi Nhlema

Ultimately, it's an important step in the vision to ensure access to clean, continuous water for everyone.. not just today, but forever.

Let's Talk About Poo, Baby

John Sauer | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
John Sauer

Imagine for a minute that New York City is Dhaka, Bangladesh, and that in the entire city only 11% of all households are connected to a sewer, and of all that waste only 2% is treated.

Safe Water Is A Social Right –- How India Is Making This Happen

Satya Narayan Ghosh | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
Satya Narayan Ghosh

In the near 10 years since we first began working in West Bengal, we've collected a massive amount of data and have more than a few lessons learned as we pushed through the myriad challenges.

One Simple Tool That Can Help With The World's Water Crisis

Jenna Sauber | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Jenna Sauber

Most of us have probably never questioned that clean water will come out the faucet when we want it. In the United States, homeowners and renters pay the monthly water bill without giving it a second thought.

10 Big Lessons We Learned In The Business of Intelligent International Development

Mark Charmer | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact
Mark Charmer

Akvo means "water" in Esperanto, the international language. It felt like a good name. Seven of us started Akvo as a tech foundation that summer and returned to Stockholm World Water Week to tell the world we were something new -- an internet startup that could transform international development and help fix global poverty.

There's No Business Like the Waste Business

John Sauer | Posted 05.22.2014 | Green
John Sauer

In 2010, Water For People set out to support small scale entrepreneurs to be in a position to solve this problem for customers in Blantyre. One of these was a man named Matthias John.

How to Make Sanitation Sexy

Sherina Munyana | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact
Sherina Munyana

An estimated 2.5 billion people around the world lack access to working sanitation facilities and the statistics continue to soar every day. The knee-jerk reaction by humanitarian organizations has been to build free toilets for households and communities, and while this may offer some reprieve, it's a little like trying to drain the ocean with a teaspoon.

Want to Change the World Forever? Follow These Three Rules of Philanthropy

Dan Klinglesmith | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Dan Klinglesmith

Philanthropy wants to change the world: make it a better place, protect the environment, create social equality, end hunger, stop conflict. Here at Water For People, we want to ensure that people around the world have safe drinking water and a decent place to poop -- not just temporarily, but for generations to come.

The Innovation That Will Bring Water And Jobs To Africa

Kyle Westaway | Posted 10.11.2013 | Impact
Kyle Westaway

We just saw it out of the corner of our eye as we were bombing down a dusty road in the district of Kamwenge. Out here in Western Uganda, it's so norm...

A Fountain of Faith: Women, Water And The Hope Of New Life

Jennifer Danielle Crumpton | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
Jennifer Danielle Crumpton

At this time of year when we look inward and explore ideas of what it means to sacrifice, we are particularly reminded of Isaiah in anticipating Easter and spring rains, reflection and renewal. We find ourselves looking outward at the sacrifices millions of women make for something we take for granted everyday: a safe glass of water and a toilet.

Going with the FLOW to Achieve Impact

Keri Kugler | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact
Keri Kugler

If we really want to reach everyone with water and sanitation that will last forever, services must be monitored. While at first glance, Akvo FLOW might seem like another mobile application, in reality it has the potential to help solve the global water crisis.

Funding Innovation for Skoll Social Entrepreneurs

Jim Fruchterman | Posted 06.04.2012 | Impact
Jim Fruchterman

The constant theme is raising money for our social enterprises. But not just any money -- we talk about the most difficult money to raise: the unrestricted funding that is the lifeblood for a social entrepreneur.

SLIDESHOW: Top Causes To Watch in 2012

Posted 03.21.2012 | Impact

As we reflect on a year of climbing poverty rates, homelessness and other crises near and far, we recognize those whose good works have helped others ...

Edward Norton Joins 'Water For People' $2 Million Campaign Challenge

Posted 12.03.2011 | Impact

About 880,000,000 people don't have access to clean water. Ed Norton wants to help change that. Norton has thrown his support behind the "Donate to ...

Skoll Recipient Ned Breslin: Lives Are Transformed When Water Projects Aren't Allowed to Fail

Susan Skog | Posted 06.06.2011 | Impact
Susan Skog

Data from thousands of water points around the world is displayed on Water For People's online global map to signal whether a project is up and running, broken or on the verge of disrepair.

POPTECH 2010: How Not To Save The World

Droga5 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Arriving at solutions that have real impact, but more importantly, don't spawn new problems requires a profound commitment to getting it right. For corporations, this means a number of things.

Reflecting on World Water Day

Michael Deane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Deane

World Water Day provides an opportunity to celebrate how far we've come and reflect upon how much we have still to do. Today is a reminder of how we should treat this precious resource.

Water Crisis: Lack Of Proper Sanitation Choking World (VIDEO)

Yahoo Video | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

One in four girls does not complete primary school -- compared to one in seven boys -- and the lack of proper sanitation is partially to blame. ITT an...