One out of every five people on earth do not have clean water–the most basic ingredient needed to sustain life. Two out of every five people do not have access to basic sanitation. The resulting illnesses caused by lack of these basic necessities causes the deaths of over 5 million people each year. The most outrageous consequence is that the majority of deaths are of children under five.
Water 1st was organized to support the implementation of well-designed, community-implemented, and community-managed sustainable water supply and sanitation projects through our local partner organizations. We believe that water and sanitation projects are essential for the health and dignity of poor people.