To meet our mission, the IHC has three main objectives:


Education:  The IHC develops presentations on international health issues that are presented at the annual education conference (AEC) and at regional WSEHA meetings.  Updates to this website include links to technical resources that WSEHA members can access to learn more about international health issues and best practices in basic water and sanitation.


Outreach:  The IHC is developing strategic partnerships with sister organizations, such as the Washington State Public Health Association (WSPHA), to better utilize resources to promote environmental health in an international setting. The IHC holds silent auctions on an annual basis at the WSEHA AEC and/or JCH to not only raise money for overseas projects but to increase awareness of international health issues.


Assistance:  WSEHA has worked with many different organizations to support projects related to environmental public health.  Each year, the IHC chair and WSEHA Board select a recipient for the IHC funds.  See the list to the right for project descriptions.

Mama and Two Children
Irenye Leya and children
President BioSand Fabricators
Kahororo Meeting
Tsunami 2
Tsunami 1
Los Manguitos 2001
Afghanistan-Ecuador 2004
Past IHC-Sponsored Projects

2021 IHC Recipient: Water1st International

Water1st International is a Washington based non-profit that currently works in low-income areas of Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Honduras. Their mission is to enable the world’s poorest people to implement and sustain community-managed projects integrating clean water supply, toilets, and hygiene education. Their international work includes the completion of 3,286 water systems that have benefited 236,593 individuals in five countries by providing household water and hygiene education. 

Visit their website ( to learn more about the organization and other ways to support their vision of a world where all communities are safe and healthy.  You may also visit to see a more detailed report of their work.

2021 Silent Auction & Raffle

We're still holding the Silent Auction and Raffle to support this amazing organization but it's going to be virtual (surprise!).  We'll miss seeing everyone roam the Silent Auction room and stake out their favorites and seeing the smiles of the winners.  But we're saving up for '22!


To keep it simpler, we're seeking gift cards to mail to the winners.  Silent auction items can be donated if they can be shipped by the donator or sent via email.  How creative can you get?

For more information or to arrange a donation, contact Steven Galvez, IHC Chair, at

Prefer a cash donation?  Use this button here to go to the PayPal donation site.



Donations received will be included in the total sent to Water1st International.  If you have questions about this, please contact

Not quite the same.....

....but who says it can't be as good?

2020 IHC Recipient:

Help Animals India

"Help Animals India is a United States based, non-profit 501(c)(3) charity organization dedicated to supporting efficient and effective animal protection organizations in India and Nepal. We strive to put our donor's generous contributions to work where they are needed the most.


Help Animals India develops close relationships with India's animal welfare NGOs (non-government organizations). This ensures that all donations made to save India's animals are transparent and do the most good. In short, we provide donors confidence that their donations are put to the best use."

from Help Animals India website,

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