33 Buckets began working in 2010 as a student project at Arizona State University. Since then, we have grown to provide safe water to thousands of people in 3 countries. Here is the story of how several engineering students decided they wanted to make a difference in the lives of others across the world and, over the course of several years, creating a solution to empower people across the world to solve global water issues.
the concept is born
2010 - 2014
Enamul Hoque, the founder of the Rahima Hoque Girls' College in rural Bangladesh, approached Arizona State University's EPICS program for support in providing clean drinking water to his school. Five students launched the team to design a technical solution to the school’s water issues.
On our initial assessment trip to Bangladesh in 2012, we were able to better understand the real problem behind lack of access to safe drinking water. Technical solutions for purifying water are already available around the world. However, a lack of startup capital, technical knowledge, and local management structures prevents them from reaching those who need them most.
Our first project completion
2014 - 2015
Four team members of 33 Buckets - Mark Huerta, Paul Strong, Vid Micevic, and Shardul Golwalkar - traveled to Bangladesh in December 2014. We formed a community Water Advisory Committee and installed a filtration system in partnership with the Green Dot Corporation in Dhaka. The team left inspired and humbled by their experience. They will never forget all of the beautiful souls they met that made the trip so special.
As of June 2018, the system continues to serve over 900 students at the Rahima Hoque Girls' College and thousands more in their families, neighboring schools, and the surrounding community of Baher Char. The College has since received government support and funding in part because of its tireless commitment to provide safe drinking water to its students and community.
2015 - 2016
We returned from Bangladesh excited and inspired to reach people across the world. Co-founders Mark Huerta, Paul Strong, Swaroon Sridhar, and Vid Micevic incorporated 33 Buckets later that year.
We soon connected with two partners in Latin America:
Schools for Sustainability in Dominican Republic, and The Green Program in Huillcapata, Peru. 33 Buckets opened its second and third clean water franchises in Peru and the Dominican Republic in June 2016.
2017 - 2018
We are currently working to build on these two pilot projects and greatly expand our reach. In the summer of 2017, we assessed the water situations of 7 communities near the cities of Cusco, Trujilo, and Chimbote in Peru, and identified 5 potential project sites. Our team is working to follow up and launch franchises at several of these sites in the summer of 2018.
We plan to grow our organization exponentially and implement over 100 sustainable community water projects over the next 5 years, starting in Peru and moving outwards to other countries.
We were also featured by Arizona State University in a commercial that aired during Super Bowl LI in the state of Arizona. Mark Huerta, our Chairman and Director of Programs, speaks on his experiences co-founding 33 Buckets: