What It Takes to Serve One Person

Since 2008, neverthirst has been on mission to bring clean and living water to the unreached through the local church.

Our work takes us to some of the furthest and hardest-to-reach places on the planet. Places that have never seen clean water nearby and remain unreached by the gospel.

As our work is growing to serve more unreached communities than ever before, our average cost to serve one person is changing. For the last 8 years, our collective data has shown that $25 could give one person access to clean and living water. 

Drilling for water in Africa

How is this per-person cost determined?

This cost is derived from an average cost of every water solution (view every project type here) and the number of people we serve annually. This average takes into account every country we work in—from the harsh desert of Niger to the mountains of Nepal—and the geographic complexities to bring clean water to different regions. 

As neverthirst has grown, our approach has shifted in two ways:

  1. We're focused on serving unreached and extremely remote areas. As we serve more unreached communities, the cost to travel to and bring materials into more remote locations is higher than serving areas closer to cities.
  2. We're investing in higher quality water projects with lasting sustainability. For example, serving clean water in the deserts of Chad and Niger means investing in sophisticated solar-powered projects—our most expensive projects to date, partially for the equipment needed in the desert to keep water flowing for years to come.

Additionally, rising costs from around the globe affect our average—factoring in rising costs of pipe casing, cement, fuel, hand pumps, and more.

Taking all of these factors into account, we're adjusting our average cost to $40 to serve one person with clean and living water.

We are extremely grateful for your partnership. Your stewardship is bringing clean and living water to some of the most unreached regions in the world—through high-quality water systems that last and help end the water crisis. 

We couldn't do this without you!

"The poor and needy search for water, but there is none;
their tongues are parched with thirst.
But I, the Lord will answer them, 
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them."
- Isaiah 41:17


Have further questions? Contact us here.

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