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 Haiti, providing the tools and education to establish sustainable safe water, sanitation and hygiene education programs.
We envision a world in which all people have safe water, proper sanitation and the knowledge to sustain it for future generations.
Community | Education | Trust | Commitment | Integration
COMMUNITY Community engagement, empowerment, and ownership are foundational to all of our work. EDUCATION All programs incorporate layers of comprehensive WASH training to create long-term sustainability of safe water and sanitation tools and healthy hygiene practices. TRUST Responsible stewards of all donor investments (charity watchdogs have awarded us their highest ratings) and trusted partners with those we serve. COMMITMENT Focused on generational impact, years of monitoring and evaluation supports the correct and consistent use of the WASH tools and practices and ensures lasting change. INTEGRATION Projects are designed in collaboration with community leaders, local government entities, and other community-based organizations to meet the unique local needs of each community.
In 1994, an orthodontist from Brattleboro, Vermont traveled to a small village in El Salvador. Moved by the poor living conditions, including the lack of access to clean water, he vowed to make a difference. After rallying colleagues in his Vermont-based Rotary Club, a group of five passionate Rotarians, who would become fondly known as the ‘Water Rats’, embarked on a mission to bring potable water solutions to community members.
The success of this movement outgrew the Rotary Club’s capacity, and, in 1999, Pure Water for the World, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, was born. Pure Water for the World is based in Rutland, VT with offices in Tegucigalpa, Trojes and Maraita, Honduras, and Limonade, Haiti.
Through the provision of safe water and sanitation tools and extensive educational training, we continue our commitment to end the senseless suffering and death among children and their families caused by preventable waterborne diseases.