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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


The 7.9 earthquake in Nepal on April 25, 2015, devastated the region. I Thirst went to Nepal with 1,025 water filters in May 2015. Our goal was to bring 400 filters which would provide clean water for 8,000 people. Due to your generous donations, we were able to help so many more people! These Sawyer filters are not only helping with the immediate need, but will continue to provide a long-term solution for 10 years or more. Read more about the impact that was made in Nepal.

"Give water, Give life"

Current Projects

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.

The need for clean water in Uganda is great. Most of Uganda has access to water via ground springs or rainfall, but sadly most of it is contaminated. We have been working in Uganda since 2012, partnering with Impact Nations and the Ugandan Water Project, to bring clean water to these hard working people.

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