Water For People increases impact, revenues in 2007

Water For People had a record year in 2007, significantly increasing its impact in the developing world. The organization supported 188 communities, directly benefiting more than 108,000 people with access to safe water and improved sanitation. Thousands more received hygiene education that will ensure improved health for years to come. The organization is on target to meet the ambitious goals set forth in its five-year strategic plan (2007-2011) to reach 1,000 new people per day by 2011...

DENVER, CO, Feb. 5, 2008 -- Water For People had a record year in 2007, significantly increasing its impact in the developing world. The international development organization supported 188 communities, directly benefiting more than 108,000 people with access to safe water and improved sanitation. Thousands more received hygiene education that will ensure improved health for years to come.

Year-end beneficiary reports from each of Water For People's seven active country programs showed dramatic growth in the number of people and communities served over the course of the year. The organization is on target to meet the ambitious goals set forth in its five-year strategic plan (2007-2011) to reach 1,000 new people per day by 2011.

According to Ned Breslin, Director of International Programs at Water For People, much of the growth can be attributed to a strategic regional focus recently adopted in each program country. "Water For People is targeting county-sized regional areas in each country with the goal of 100 percent water and sanitation coverage within each region," he says. "As a result, we have become much more efficient and have been able to dramatically increase our impact."

In 2007, Water For People announced plans to expand into five new countries by 2011, including Ecuador, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Rwanda, and Uganda. Programs were successfully launched in Ecuador and Nicaragua in 2007 and the organization will begin work in Rwanda and the Dominican Republic in 2008. Work in Uganda is scheduled to launch in 2009.

The growth in services was matched by an equally impressive increase in donor support in 2007. Water For People 2007 revenues (unaudited) exceeded $5.2 million against a budget of $5.1 million, representing more than a 20% increase over 2006. "We are so grateful for the trust and incredible support of our donors who share our vision of a world where no one suffers or dies from a preventable water-related disease," said Colleen Stiles, CEO of Water For People. "Together, we are putting an end to the needless suffering and death that is devastating people in the communities where we are working. We are having a tremendous impact, and we've only just begun."

Founded in 1991, Water For People is a Denver-based private, nonprofit international development organization that supports safe drinking water and sanitation projects in developing countries.

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