With nearly thirty years of experience in nine countries around the world, we have seen how water changes everything.
Access to water fuels health, hope, education, optimism, and prosperity. It boosts opportunities for everyone, especially women and girls. Children stay in school longer. Fewer people die of illnesses caused by contaminated water. Increased education and improved health bring economic prosperity to entire regions. Families have more time to work, play, and simply spend together.
Meet the people
These are the many faces of people impacted by safe water and sanitation services. If you'd like to read more about Water For People's global stories of impact, visit the global site.
A Sanitation Revolution
Pablo Terceros Vargas is sparking a sanitation revolution in his rural community in Bolivia. Pablo has lived in the district of Tiraque, Bolivia for his entire life. For the first 32 years of his life, he didn’t have a bathroom.
"Now I only boil water to make tea"
Isidora Calderon Vargas rests in the shade of her porch while her five-month-old son Abel naps inside. Sober-faced Isidora grew up in this small community in rural Bolivia. At age 35, you can see in her serious eyes that she faced more than her share of life’s difficulties.
When Jorge Arnez gets an idea in his head, nothing can stop him. A silver-haired farmer, Jorge talks a mile a minute. His passion and energy for taking care of his tiny community of Saca Sirca in the district of San Benito, Bolivia is clear.
"I lived in a nearby community, then I got married and moved to Monte Monte," says Carolina. "But there was no water here."
Meet Mayor Dunia
Mayor Dunia Rojas is a force to be reckoned with.
Standing four and a half feet tall with long twin braids down her back, Dunia Rojas is the mayor of the district of Arani, Bolivia. She’s not afraid to face a challenge head on – like getting every person in her district safe water.
The Town of Thagoni
Está muy lejos, they tell us. Thagoni is very far.
Thagoni is so far away, so deep in the mountains, and so spread out that national programs for water access never would have reached it. Just the cost to get a rig up there to drill a well would be prohibitive.
Small in stature but big in heart, Amadeo Rojas will do anything for his community to make sure they have water.
A Drop of Determination
Dry and rough to the touch, Don Guillermo’s hands tell stories of sacrifice, hard work, and pride. With a shovel gripped tightly, and a smile across his face, the 66-year-old is determined to build his family a toilet.
Students are Part of the Solution
Both Maribel and David are dreaming of going to university next year – Maribel wants to be a nurse or social worker, and David plans to study mechanics. One of the reasons they are able to dream about heading off to university is because they go to a school that has safe water and sanitation. They never had to miss school due to fetching water or being sick from water-borne diseases.
EXPLORE THE DATA
Everyone Forever Tracker was born out of our core value of transparency. It allows you to visualize the impact Water For People is having globally by seeing our progress in each district and country where we work.
Explore all the data points and measurements that lead us toward a future where everyone has access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions.
Visit the Water For People global site to interact with the Everyone Forever Tracker dashboard.