iThirst believes that we can have an immediate impact by partnering with established organizations already on the ground. These organizations have the desire, the ability, and the brain power to change the world. iThirst intends to be a significant resource in providing our water partners the resources they need to make a substantial dent in the problem.
Our Water Partners Include:
Marion Medical Mission in Marion, Illinois, began its focus by serving medical needs in Africa by providing volunteers and supplies. Since 1990, that vision has evolved to focus on preventative medical care via its shallow wells program. Marion Medical Mission has dug over 17,000 shallow water wells in Africa. 100% of all individual contributions and contributions from iThirst go directly to sponsor a shallow water well at a cost of $400 per well. The organization’s efforts largely hinge on preventing health-related problems by helping people access clean water in Malawi and other developing countries.
Water.org was co-Founded by Matt Damon and Gary White, is a nonprofit organization that has transformed hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation. Water.org works with local partners to deliver innovative solutions for long-term success. Its microfinance-based WaterCredit Initiative is a pioneering sustainable giving method, which brings water to people that need it the most, other developing countries.
Water 4 is focused no bringing hand drilling technology into mainly rural areas where hand digging for wells is commonly used and/or areas where the time, expense, and effort to bring a mechanical drill rig is prohibitive. Entrepreneurs in the local community are equipped and trained to dig and support wells in their own communities thereby promoting sustainability and economic development.
20 Liters was created by Pastor Rob Bell and Mars Hill Bible Church, as a separate organization to expand awareness and involvement with water issues to the global arena. Rwanda has been a main area of focus, along with simply raising awareness about the global water crisis.
Water For People operates on the principle of water for “everyone… every family, every school, every clinic.” The organization, much like iThirst, recognizes that 6,000 people die every day from water-related illnesses – the vast majority of them children. Water for People helps those in developing countries improve their quality of life by supporting the development of locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities, and hygiene education programs.