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ONE ATTA TIME

Provide Clean Water Now

aka ATTA   |   Truckee, CA   |  https://oneattatime.org/

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Mission

To provide families around the world access to clean drinking water, one atta time.

Ruling year info

2014

Principal Officer

Sean Kappauf

Main address

PO Box 1690

Truckee, CA 96160 USA

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EIN

46-5753275

NTEE code info

International Relief (Q33)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Water connects every aspect of life. Access to safe water and sanitation can quickly turn problems into potential – unlocking education, work opportunities, and improved health for women, children and families across the world.

Today, 1 in 9 people lack access to safe water. Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water related illness. We can change this. Let's work together to make the power of water available to all.

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?

El Salvador

We are currently providing clean water to rural and coastal communities all across El Salvador.

It is estimated that 90 percent of the surface water bodies are contaminated. Nearly all municipal wastewater (98 percent) and 90 percent of industrial wastewater is discharged to rivers and creeks without any treatment. The lack of access to water and sanitation in rural areas has a demonstrably adverse effect on infant and child mortality.

Population(s) Served
Children
Infants and toddlers

We are training up leaders and sending them out into the communities to distribute and maintain water filtration devices for families with children in need.

Diarrhea is one of the leading causes of morbidity nationwide, with some 250,000 hospitalizations every year. As many as 44 percent of Vietnamese children are infected with whipworms, hookworms or roundworms, according to recent estimates. As a consequence, Vietnam has one of the highest rates of child malnutrition in East Asia.

Population(s) Served
Families

We have provided access to clean drinking water in three disaster areas: Puerto Rico, Texas, and Kauai.

Puerto Rico: Hurricane Maria had a catastrophic effect on the people of Puerto Rico. Quickly after the hurricane hit we were connected with a local school for boys called San Ignacio de Loyola. We partnered with the students of the school to distribute filters to the most affected areas. We now have a close relationship with the school and have since gone back in result of the ongoing need for access to clean water.

Texas: When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in in 2017 it left thousands of people without access to clean water and we could not sit back and watch. We formed a team, made contact with some local Texans, packed up a car filled with hundreds of filters, and drove to the heart of where Harvey hit. What we saw impacted us and opened up a door for ATTA to partner with people in emergency situations.

Kauai: In 2018 extreme flooding left hundreds of people in Hawaii effected and without access to clean water. We partnered with some local people to get filters to some families in the more rural areas of the North Shore of Kauai. Thanks to the generosity of our donors many families now have access to clean water.

Population(s) Served
Families

We are currently distributing in southern and northern areas of Colombia. Access to clean and safe drinking water is scarce in these locations and the families are in desperate need.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We are currently providing rural families in the North West and North East parts of Honduras.

Population(s) Served

We are just beginning in partnering with local leaders in smaller rural areas in Guatemala.

Population(s) Served

We have partnered with Vera Bradley and Giving It Back To Kids to provide 1,100 factory workers access to clean drinking water. We are also looking to expand in other areas of need across the country

Population(s) Served
Families
Children
Infants and toddlers
Families
Children
Infants and toddlers
Families
Children
Infants and toddlers
Families
Children
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of filters installed.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Giving families access to clean water directly correlates to providing a filter to each family that previously did not have access to clean water.

Number of countries we are working within.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The more countries we are working in equals more families having access to clean water.

Number of people who are not continuing to be ill from water borne illnesses

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of people receiving safe drinking water from community systems

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Year results are based on 1 filter being provided to a household of 5 people.

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.

Our Process

Unity
We are better together. This saying is something that we we strongly believe which is why it is important for us to know those we partner with and for them to know us. When unity exists and the roles of the relationship is defined clearly, there is so much we can do together.

Education
It's one thing to give someone a filter, it's another to educate and train our local leaders how to use it. Sustainability is a huge factor for us. We have over the years learned best practices in making sure the filters are continuing to being used and maintained appropriately.

Clean Water
Over 700 million people live without access to clean drinking water. Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause more deaths each year than all forms of violence, including war.* Children are especially vulnerable to this -- their small bodies can’t handle the intense dehydration from diarrheal diseases.

"Some 829,000 people are estimated to die each year from diarrhea as a result of unsafe drinking-water, sanitation, and hand hygiene. Yet diarrhea is largely preventable, and the deaths of 297,000 children aged under 5 years could be avoided each year if these risk factors were addressed." - W.H.O. (https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/drinking-water)

We have found a viable solution that can last a long time. All we need is for people like yourself to come alongside and help provide clean water now!

Below is the strategy to providing clean water to those in need.

We provide local leaders with water filters. Those local leaders go out and distribute to their people.

The Filter?

The water filter we use comes from Sawyer. The filter is, USA EPA Tested & Approved
It is also the fastest, easiest, and most cost efficient way to get pure potable water to people in need.

Filter life is 1 million gallons; has the potential to last 20+ years

Simple Design And Construction
As simple as it gets. No more digging wells if there is a water source, no constructing sand filters and no more purification chemicals. Families are able to construct and adapt their filter in literally minutes to locally found containers. The kit includes everything you need to attach the filter to any plastic bucket or container.

We have a few driving principles that take shape in the different areas around the world.

Relationships
We are not just here to give something to help someone. We are here to foster relationships with those we are serving. Relationships provide for both of us trust and sustainability as we continue to bring clean water and maintain clean water in the areas that we serve.

Hands on Training
Training starts with the local leaders sharing how to use the filter properly and how to maintain the filter properly. Each Trainer goes through our WASH program so that they are experts in teaching the families receiving the filters. When the filters are handed to the family it is very important that at least one family member demonstrates all the necessary steps needed to operate the water filter before the distribution is over.

Follow Up
Behavior change is vital to sustainability. Continuing education and refreshing the families training on how to use the filter is another key component to our success. Which is why all of our Leaders go back to the distributed location to check on the filters and how the families are doing. Our goal is for this to happen every 1-3 months. Granted not all follow ups are possible due to dangerous locations but we have key point people who are available to be reached in case issues arise with the filtration.

Tracking
Starting in 2020 we are now tracking all filters that we distribute through GIS technology. This enables us to see in real time where the filters are located and gives us important data to the success of the filter and the health of the family.

Scientific Evidence
We are partnered with a team of Scientists who are experts in their fields, integrating water quality data with assessment of health and economic indicators. This partnership will help us ensure that we choose the best intervention for providing clean drinking water. On top of that they provide both pre- and post- intervention assessment of health and water quality to ensure long-term success

We have domestic teams and in country partners to helps us achieve our mission. Each country: Colombia, Uganda, El Salvador, Vietnam, Mexico, and the Caribbean have designated leadership domestically (in the United States) and in country. This allows on going communication, brainstorming, planning, improving, and follow up. We also have an amazing partnership with Sawyer (filter manufacturer) that enables us to receive filters on a timely manner so that we can continue our efforts in bringing clean water to families in need.

We have 8 places we have partnered with: Colombia, Vietnam, Cambodia, The Caribbean, Honduras, Guatemala, The United States, and El Salvador. In all the locations we have been able to provide thousands of filters to families in need. Which means a few hundred thousand people have been impacted by our efforts. For us we are continuing what we have been doing while improving our current ways of distribution and follow up. There's more work to be done in each location that we serve and we are looking forward to continuing our efforts of providing more families access to clean water, one at a time.

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

    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

  • 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 get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, 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, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ONE ATTA TIME

Board of directors
as of 01/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Norm Bennett

24 Carrots Catering

Josh Roque

Norman Bennett

Markita Roberson

Joshua Pinto

Becky Brown

Lizzy Whitfield

Debbie Collette

Board leadership practices

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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 ? Yes
  • 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 5/23/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/23/2023

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

Data
  • 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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.