that each person …
that each family …
that every ONE should have access to clean water, education, improved health care, and economic opportunities.
Start With One’s mission is to create sustainable and empowering change by developing local inputs, utilizing current technologies, and leveraging partnerships.
We also believe in transparency and accountability. Our FORM 990's are public record and we invite you to see them here: FORM 990s
In the US, a water crisis is a major news story. In many other parts of the world, it would be daily life. Every year more than 2 million people, mostly children, die from waterborne disease. Fifty percent of all the illness in the world is caused by unsafe water. Globally, unsafe water kills more people every year than violence, including war. Children are the worst affected because they don’t have the resilience to fight water borne illness.
As if the numbers on death and disease weren’t sufficiently compelling, many people in developed nations are shocked when they begin to comprehend the vast number of people in the world who have no access to any water at all.
Clean water is at the root of many challenges that face most of the world. Some eye opening data points:
When we started providing clean water to communities we chose water filtration as the best economic means. We would enter into communities and provide a hundred filters here and a couple of hundred there. The question that we asked ourselves is “what lasting impact are we leaving in each community?” The need was so great and a few hundred filters was literally a “drop in the bucket.” The next question we asked ourselves was, “how can we change either product or process or both to create the lasting impact and change that we want?”
We did both. Instead of a few hundred here or there, we chose to select an area and to work with local authorities, train local leaders, and to cover the area so that every household - every person has access to clean and safe water.
In 2016 we worked with the authorities of Lanet, Kenya and its leadership and provided approximately 12,000 Uzima UZ-1 filters. Not only did the health of the area change, but the economic and educational benefits were evident as well. (see below the data results)
In 2017 we chose 4 islands of Lake Victoria and partnered with a local organization Great Lake Foundation and provided approximately 8500 Uzima UZ-1 filters. In 2018 we are looking forward to replicating the process and the results by working in the area of Rongai, Kenya where there are approximately 15,000 households.
We need your help to make this possible for the people of Rongai.
To help improve lives one can feed and clothe children but without education very little will change their meager situation in life. Knowledge learned is never lost; however, it can also be the key to reducing poverty, preventing needless illnesses and deaths along with fostering peace. Education stimulates and encourages students to think, ask questions, and explore new ideas, which allows for additional growth and development providing better opportunities in life.
We encourage a “one sponsor to one child” relationship because it promotes friendship and responsibility. Some sponsors in this program have come to visit the child they sponsor nurturing that one on one relationship. In these relationships each sponsor commits to ensuing that the child’s educational costs are met annually. The sponsorship costs are from $600 per year per child. (some cases may be more depending on the child’s situation)
Your tax-deductible contribution of an estimated $50/month connects you to a child living in poverty. You can show your sponsored child love by giving them a chance.