Pure Water for The World, Inc.

Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All

aka Pure Water for the World   |   Rutland, VT   |  www.purewaterfortheworld.org


Pure Water for the World’s mission is to improve lives by empowering people with access to life’s most basic necessities…safe water and sanitation. We do this by partnering with underserved communities, in Central America and the Caribbean, providing the tools and education to establish sustainable safe water, hygiene and sanitation programs.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Nathalie Pratt

Main address

P. O. Box 55

Rutland, VT 05702 USA

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NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Urban, Community (S31)

Economic Development (S30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

2.2 billion people lack reliable access to safely managed drinking water. 4.2 billion people have no access to safely managed sanitation. 3 billion people still lack basic hand-washing facilities at home. Pure Water for the World is focused on reducing these numbers by empowering children and families, living in underserved communities of Haiti and Central America, with the critical tools and essential education to establish sustainable safe water, sanitation, and hygiene programs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Safe water, hygiene education and sanitation for Honduras

Currently, our efforts in Honduras are focused on the area surrounding Trojes, El Paraiso and Maraita. Pure Water delivers a package of services — including safe water filters, sanitation, and hygiene education- to homes and schools in communities that are often rural and underserved. We also have an extensive hygiene education program that trains teachers, family and students. We also include menstrual hygiene management for schools and communities

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Pure Water for the World provides safe water and hygiene education to communities in the greater Port au Prince area, Cap Haitian area and surrounding rural regions. Our work in Haiti initially started in 2008 in partnerships which focused on schools and orphanages. Currently we employ a total community program which focuses on reaching all the community ( schools and homes) rather than schools alone. This approach provides access to safe drinking water wherever children might be in their community rather than at one sole location.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

PWW provides workshops focused on implementation of sustainable WASH projects to communities and organizations working in Central America and the Caribbean. In addition, we also provide consulting services to organizations and water analysis .

Population(s) Served

Where we work


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Affiliations & memberships

CAWST - Certified WET Center (2015-current) 2021

Millenium Water Alliance 2021

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Pure Water for the World’s organizational goals are focused on empowering people with sustainable access to life’s most basic necessities: safe water and sanitation.

Our 5-year strategic plan includes:
1. Expanding the implementation of PWW’s operating model (which incorporates safe water and sanitation tools, with critical hygiene and sanitation education and long-term follow-up and monitoring) in Haiti and Honduras. Existing work incorporates comprehensive programs in family homes and schools, serving entire communities.
2. Expanding PWW's operating model to incorporate institutional WASH, particularly for WASH in health care facilities.
3. Become a leader in comprehensive WASH impact and evaluation.
4. Grow our impact in Central America, through existing and expanding WASH training and consulting services, to build the WASH capacity of other entities.
5. Engage with other entities and government agencies to establish more expansive disaster/emergency relief plans, to serve people needing emergency assistance in alignment with our mission and vision.

In alignment with our goals, we have defined objectives and strategies to reach the goals. In brief summary, they include (but are not limited to):
*Expanding our presence in Honduras and Haiti, working with local government officials and other stakeholders to target and serve new communities with appropriate WASH solutions.
*Further developing, evaluating, refining, and codifying our practices for institutional WASH services as well as working with local and national government entities to support the integration of WASH into school curriculum.
*Developing and implementing PWW’s monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) framework for short- and long-term impact evaluation and program improvement, as well as sharing best practices and contributing to WASH conversations on both regional and global platforms.
*Offering and delivering WASH training and educational programs to other nonprofits, educational institutions, government agencies, water boards, businesses, and others learning how to effectively implement sustainable WASH programs.
*Evaluating, refining, and codifying our policies and practices for cooperating with international, national and local institutions for emergency and disaster response services.

PWW has strong, well-established teams of local staff members in both Honduras and Haiti, who have worked with the organization for years. Their institutional knowledge and extensive experience enables them to help PWW grow existing programming to reach toward the new goals, all of which ultimately address SDG-6. Additionally, our well-established Water Expertise Training Center enables us to share our WASH experience and expertise with other organizations and entities, enabling our collective reach to extend far beyond the capacity of our own staff. The result is more families and communities are empowered with the tools and education to experience reliable, sustainable safe water and sanitation programs.

Over the past 22 years, PWW has served over 250 communities, reaching over 750,000 individuals. We've expanded WASH programs, from simply providing clean water filters to addressing all of the WASH components, to meet the critical needs of children and families.

PWW WASH and WASH training programs incorporate a wide and expanding variety of safe water and sanitation tools, along with essential education and sustainability measures. These include (but are not limited to):
*Water Tools: Water Filters (biosand, ceramic, other); Rainwater Harvesting Systems; Community Water Systems; Community Water Filters/Community Biosand Filters; Piping from Water Source
*Sanitation Tools: Home Latrines; School/Community/Healthcare WASH Stations (gender-specific latrines with handwashing stations)
*Education & Training: Environmental Hygiene/Water Source Protection; Home Hygiene; Personal Hygiene (including proper handwashing); Menstrual Hygiene Management
*Sustainability Measures: Community Partnerships (local government/leaders, community leaders); Organizational Partnerships; PWW Community Agents (volunteers in communities who are trained and serve as an extension of the PWW team); Water Board Training & Support; Long-term Monitoring & Evaluation; Water Quality Analysis; Carbon Credit Programs with Monitoring

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Pure Water for the World serves people living in very rural and underserved communities of Honduras and Haiti. These communities typically have no services, including no electricity, no running water and no sanitation services. Few, if any, other NGOs work in these locations and government services often leave these community members underserved. Familes subsist on incomes falling well under the poverty level, most living on income of $1.25-$2/day. Education levels are low. Incidences of malnutrition and waterborne illnesses are high, especially in young children.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Community Water Boards and local Government officials,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our team is working in a completely new community. Based on results found during our first round of monitoring, we realize that more training is needed for our new implementers and community agents to sustain the high level results we strive to achieve. The training program will be modified to include additional layers for deeper understanding. Continued monitoring will help us measure results of the additional training.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We have regular formal and informal engagement with members of communities in which we work. As each community has different people and dynamics, we strive to understand the variances. As the programs are intended to be owned and managed by the community members, their buy-in and understanding has to be comprehensive. Regular communication helps our team understand where additional support may be needed. A specific recent example wold be a community in where there was conflict regarding the water source and its perceived impact on the project. We brought all community leaders together to discuss and work to resolve the issue, rather than trying to remedy it on our own.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,


Pure Water for The World, Inc.

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Pure Water for The World, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Robert Mohr

Pure Water for the World

Term: 2016 -

Board co-chair

Wade Bradford

Charlene Seward

Michael Reed

William Donberg

Paul Sofka

William Meub

Wade Bradford

Barry Poppel

Rye Thompson

Ann Porter

Richard Cate

Barbara Carris

Carolyn Meub

Kathryn Gray

Brian Reed

Paulina Bendaña

Anna Murray

Alice Urban

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/28/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/28/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.