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Our Mission and Partnerships

The mission of I Thirst International is to bring access to clean water in the developing world primarily through water filtration, pump repair, and well drilling. David and Cynthia Pearson, founders of I Thirst, grew up in neighboring Central American countries where they saw first hand the need for clean water. After they married, David worked with other non-profit water organizations before starting I Thirst in 2009. Cynthia has training in hygiene and sanitation. Together they deliver water filters and train teams in developing nations.

Filters for Nepal

Nepal has many rivers, lakes and springs, but struggles with unsafe drinking water which causes health issues like diarrhea because of parasites and bacteria. During monsoon season, Nepal experiences flooding and landslides which further contaminate water sources.

A Sawyer water filter is a quick answer to the problem. They have been very well received and maintained since the 2015 earthquake when we first started working here.
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Filters for Nepal

Water Facts

783 million people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water, roughly 11% of the world’s population.

Around 700,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation. Almost 2,000 children per day.

At any one time, half of the developing world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from diarrhea.


"Give water, Give life"

Sawyer Water Filters


Past Projects

The following countries are ones in which we've been able to work in the past:
Uganda, Cambodia, Kenya, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, India, and the Philippines.
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Sawyer Water Filters

To provide clean water to families in need, we have found an excellent solution - Sawyer water filters. These filters are portable, inexpensive, long-lasting, and remove all harmful bacteria. Using dialysis technology, their proprietary filter was designed to remove harmful bacteria and contaminants. The filter uses gravity and can be attached to any bucket or bag. The extremely fast flow rate and compact size allows individuals to filter water in their own homes as they need it, eliminating the need for a large water storage system as well. The filter is easily cleaned with a backwash syringe.
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How to set up a Sawyer water filter.