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Celebrating 25 years of progress with Water For People

Over the past 25 years, CH2M has supported Water For People as they’ve successfully served 4 million people in 9 countries spanning across Africa, Latin America and Asia.

Did you know that 1.8 billion people across the globe lack access to safe, clean water? Or that more than 840,000 people die each year from water-related diseases? Water For People began in 1991 with a small group of people and a big vision—a world where all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and no one suffers from water or sanitation-related diseases. Through its Everyone Forever model, Water For People has worked to provide every family, every school, and every clinic in its targeted districts with continual access to safe water and sanitation.

Over the past 25 years, CH2M has supported Water For People as they’ve successfully served 4 million people in 9 countries spanning across Africa, Latin America and Asia. For the past 13 years, employees from more than 160 CH2M offices around the world have fundraised for Water For People through their annual Employee Giving Campaign which has raised nearly US$2 million for the organization.

Since the organization was founded by former CH2M senior vice president Ken Miller 25 years ago, CH2M employees have collaborated with Water For People by serving on local chapter’s boards and committees in the United States and Canada. Employees also volunteer their time by working with the Water For People World Water Corps and using their technical skills to help implement Water For People’s mission.

Our reason for supporting Water For People is simple. We believe Water For People’s approach is not only unique but also sustainable. The organization’s model is centered on collaboration and empowering communities. Water For People thinks about the long-term every step of the way as they want the communities they serve to be independent of ongoing foreign aid and to have reliable access to water and sanitation for generations. Additionally, Water For People’s market-based approach involves leveraging local businesses and entrepreneurs and encouraging them to see the value in sanitation services. The creation of new businesses, and consequently new jobs as a result of improved sanitation, is revolutionary in the non-profit water and sanitation sector, and it works.

Looking back over the past 25 years, it’s clear to see that Water For People is igniting its vision in many corners of the world. According to its 2014 Annual Report, the organization has witnessed the sustainability of water systems climb from 20 percent to 56 percent, putting them that much closer to freeing districts from a cycle of aid dependency. By aiming to provide coverage for everyone—every house, every clinic, every school—Water For People will make a long-term difference within every community in which they work. And the real end game? Water For People hopes to work itself out of business by creating a world where its services are no longer needed. Because of our passion for enhancing the well-being of communities, it’s a vision we proudly serve and support.

Interested in helping Water For People become one step closer to providing complete water coverage to Everyone Forever? Learn how to give here.

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