Decades of war and sanctions have destroyed water infrastructure in Iraq. The 2003 American invasion and subsequent war on Iraq decimated an already damaged infrastructure. Today 1 in 4 Iraqis do not have access to safe drinking water and waterborne illnesses continue to scourge the country.
Water for Peace began in 2004 when Iraqi parents were reluctant to send their kids to schools that had no safe drinking water. Through Water for Peace, Americans and Iraqis partner to make sure those schools (and hospitals) do have safe drinking water. Water for Peace is an opportunity for individual American and Iraqi citizens to take an active role in rebuilding Iraq and strengthening peaceful relationships between people.