What would you do without water in your house? More than half of the world’s people don’t have access to enough safe water in their homes – about 4 billion people – and at least 2.5 billion people don’t have decent toilets. A lot of organizations with good intentions are working on this massive problem, but unfortunately an unacceptably high percentage of water and sanitation systems fail within a few years after they were built. In the past few decades, billions of aid funds and charitable donations have been spent trying to solve these problems and often community members contribute labor and cash to the solution. So when a water system or toilet fails, poor people actually get poorer.
Building clean water systems and toilets that last is really tough, but we know we can do better. We have to do better for the kids, moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who wake up every morning wondering if they can find water and whether it will make them and their families sick.
Improve International was founded in 2011 to find ways to improve the responses to the water and sanitation crisis. We believe that people deserve to have high quality water and sanitation services, not just for life, but for generations.
By promoting learning and innovation, we help improve the work and coordination of international development organizations so that generations can enjoy their basic human right to safe water and convenient toilets.