Pure Water for the World is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to improve the health and livelihood of children and families, living in underserved communities in Central America and the Caribbean, by providing effective tools and education to establish sustainable safe water, hygiene and sanitation solutions.
We envision a world in which all people have safe water, proper sanitation and the knowledge to sustain it for future generations.
In 1994, a dentist from Brattleboro, Vermont traveled to a small village in El Salvador to provide medical services. Moved by the poor living conditions, he vowed to make a difference. After rallying colleagues in his Vermont-based Rotary Club, he returned with a mission to bring potable water solutions to villagers.
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 and Trojes, Honduras, and Port-au-Prince, 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.
For several years members of the Colonie-Guilderland Rotary Club have participated in work projects in Honduras and Haiti. Volunteers pay all their own travel and lodging expenses.
These projects have included the installation of water filters, construction of sanitation facilities and and washing stations in remote villages without access to clean water.
In 2017 the Colonie-Guilderland Rotary Club made a $3500 contribution in support of a 4 to 1 matching grant for a clean water project in Honduras generating $17500 towards the $130,000 needed to complete the project.