Water For People

Everyone Forever

Greenwood Village, CO   |  http://www.waterforpeople.org

Mission

​Water For People exists to promote the development of high quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments. We envision a world where every person has access to reliable and safe drinking water and sanitation.

Ruling year info

1996

Co-CEO

Samson Hailu Bekele

Co Principal Officer

Mark Duey

Main address

7100 E Belleview Ave Suite 310

Greenwood Village, CO 80111 USA

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EIN

84-1166148

NTEE code info

International Economic Development (Q32)

Rural (S32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Water For People aims to end the global water and sanitation crisis in a sustainable way. 1 in 2 people globally don't have access to safe sanitation, and over 1 in 3 don't have safe drinking water. Our model aims to reach Everyone Forever - every person in defined geographic regions of work, with services that are sustainable forever.

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?

Everyone Forever

Water For People works in 35 districts across Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Bolivia, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, and India to promote water and sanitation services for every family, clinic, and school. We want Everyone to have water that lasts Forever.

Everyone Forever means water and sanitation services are sustainable for entire districts. This means empowering communities and governments so that Water For People doesn't have to be around forever, but water and sanitation will be.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2011

Skoll Award

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Districts that have reached every community

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

Adults

Related Program

Everyone Forever

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of districts that have reached every community with reliable water services.

Districts that have reached every school and clinic

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

Adults

Related Program

Everyone Forever

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of districts that have reached every school and clinic with reliable water services

Districts that have reached every family

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

Adults

Related Program

Everyone Forever

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of districts that have reached every family with reliable water services

Districts that have sustainable water services

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

Adults

Related Program

Everyone Forever

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of districts that have completed the Sustainable Services Checklist, which evidences that their water services meet eight critical sustainability measures.

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.

Established in 1991, Water For People exists to promote the development of safe drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments. Through strategically-focused programs in nine countries across Latin America, Africa, and Asia, we work to make these services sustainable for every family, clinic, and school in each of the districts where we work. Through the development of community drinking water systems, household sanitation, water resources management, hygiene education and integrated programming for clinics and schools, Water For People strives to build the capacity of communities to manage water and sanitation systems and to advocate for improved systems. We simultaneously work to foster businesses to provide products and services that can root basic services in local economic relationships. The goal is to establish a strong network of civil society, markets, and government that can sustain water and sanitation for the long term, independent of foreign aid.

We call this model Everyone Forever, and we believe it is the solution that will fundamentally shift the industry's approach to the water and sanitation crisis. Everyone Forever offers an ambitious but simple framework, adaptable to the assets and challenges of any country context.

Water For People is applying the impact model of Everyone Forever to break the cycle of water and sanitation poverty. Everyone Forever is a successful model based heavily on partnership with local communities, governments, and institutions. We work together with these partners to reach universal access - Everyone - in a district. But it's not enough just to reach Everyone. We want to make sure water and sanitation services are sustainable. Forever means empowering communities and governments so water and sanitation services are sustained for the long term. On the community level, we develop businesses, train entrepreneurs, and support water committees. Nationally, we make sure governments protect water supplies and have institutions and service authorities in place to manage water systems even after we complete our work in a district.

Forever is the far more difficult half of Everyone Forever – and the piece that is often missing from water sector work. But we know it’s critical from the very beginning, because we want to make sure our districts – and eventually entire countries – will never need to rely on a water and sanitation NGO again. We are actively trying to influence the sector to adopt a model that emphasizes sustainability, and we are working with governments and other NGOs to scale this type of model across four countries - Bolivia, Peru, Rwanda, and Uganda.

As our name suggests it all comes down to people. Our mission is about people and our work is for people. And the most important resource we have to succeed at our mission is the incredible people who work for and in conjunction with us.

Since 2011, 3.3 million people in 35 districts have been impacted by Water For People's Everyone Forever model. As other partners replicate our model, an additional 1.1 million people have been impacted with reliable water services.

We measures progress toward reaching Everyone at the community, family, and public institution (schools and clinics) levels each year. As of 2018, 11 districts have reached every community with reliable water services. Seven districts have reached every school and clinic, and five districts have reached every family. Three districts (San Pedro and Villa Rivero in Bolivia and Asuncion in Peru) have reached all three levels - Everyone in those districts has reliable water services!

We measure progress toward Forever through a tool called the Sustainable Services Checklist that assesses eight different sustainability indicators. In 2018, San Pedro, Bolivia became the first district to complete its Checklist. The district's service authority and service providers are maintaining water services without direct support from Water For People. We will maintain an oversight-only role before exiting completely, once we are confident that water will flow Forever.

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.

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Financials

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Operations

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

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Water For People

Board of directors
as of 04/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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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 ? 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 4/1/2022

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

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data