Water for People has long found success developing clean water solutions for the world’s poor. The NGO uses an urban, municipal approach to developing safe sources of clean water and implements them in poor rural areas. One of the areas where Water For People has had in impact is in Cuchumuela, Bolivia. In addition to three other rural Bolivian communities, Cuchumuela benefited from Water for People’s professionals and partners who worked together to build safe running water systems. Going far beyond digging a well, Water for People has built a legacy of clean water systems that local people could eventually maintain and operate on their own. With one in eight people lacking access to clean water, more work like this is crucial to avoid the spread of disease--as well as empower rural poor.

Without water, nothing else, from carbon to climate change, matters.

[Image credit: Water for People]

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.