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Our Mission and Partnerships

The mission of I Thirst International is to bring the blessing of clean water to the suffering 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.

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.

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.
Emergency Response

Clean water is vital to life, especially in times of emergency. I Thirst International emergency response teams are equipped to bring Sawyer Point One water filters to disaster zones on short notice. We partner with existing organizations on the ground to effectively distribute the filters where needed most.

"Give water, Give life"

Current Projects

Over half of the rural population in Cambodia lacks access to clean water according to UNICEF. The Sawyer PointONE™ water filter can change that statistic. We will be traveling in January 2015 with Impact Nations to help rescue and change lives. Please join us!

Since we provided emergency relief after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda (November 8, 2013), we have continued working in this country where people have amazingly resilient attitudes.

Kalonga, Uganda
Kalonga is a community of 20,000 - 30,000 people whose only water source is an open hole in the ground. This hole is filled with extremely filthy water that is also used by the animals. We are partnering with Impact Nations to bring 600 Sawyer PointONE™ water filters to this community.

We are excited to partner with Impact Nations to bring clean water to families in Haiti.