When we work with a community on a clean water project, we:
- Assess the community’s need for water.
- Design and Implement appropriate water projects, based on a sound technical evaluation of the local conditions. We balance the need with what can be reasonably managed, maintained, and afforded by the community.
- Engage the community from the beginning in design and cost-sharing. We make sure each family registers as a member of the water project.
- Train the Water Management Committee.
- Involve key stakeholders, including: Women are empowered through membership in Water Management Committees. This encourages them to have a say in the management of the resource most important to them – water. The heavy burden of chores, plus traditional male domination, has been a barrier to women’s empowerment.
- Train Water Project Members in skills that will help them boost their family incomes, which supports sustainable water supply.
- Visit the completed project to monitor impact and provide additional training as needed.
- Mentor leaders who manage the water supply, resolve conflict, and identify and solve problems.
To see our project area and locations of our water projects, go here.
To see the lists of water projects we have completed, go here.
What's our special sauce?
While developing these water projects, we also develop the fundamental resource: people. Leaders emerge and are mentored, get practical experience in leadership, problem solving, building consensus, and conflict resolution. We offer training opportunities for largely illiterate men and women, strengthening innate talents while introducing crucial management practices. These skills can then be used to solve other community problems. These people often become leaders in school, church, and local politics. They then teach others what they have learned.