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Water 1st International
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Type Non-Government Organisation
Headquarters Seattle, WA - USA
Focus water, sanitation and hygiene education projects
Motto 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.

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 to date has supported the construction of 170 water systems in India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Honduras benefiting over 26,000 people. Water 1st has committed to funding an additional 75 projects serving 15,000 people in 2009. To help ensure long-term sustainability, the communities supported by Water 1st are involved in every step of the planning, implementing and financing of their projects. [Seattle Times]

Water 1st is a member of the End Water Poverty coalition [1] and Water Advocates [2]

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. Beacon Hill News In 2009, there will be multiple CARRY 5 events in Seattle and other locations worldwide [], [3]

Water 1st is working with schools to educate children about the global water crisis.[4] As part of this effort, they have created a media library on their website [5] and on YouTube.[6]


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