World Water Day will be on March 22, 2019. For us, that is always the time to determine how much litres of clean drinking water we have realized in developing countries so far. We are proud to announce that our water meter is at 4,878,160,000 litres of clean drinking water.
Thanks to the donations from our ambassadors, we have been able to realize nearly 5 billion liters of clean drinking water in developing countries! That also means that next month we will break the magical limit of 1,000,000 euros in donations. In 2019 we intend to add another 300,000 euros.
5 billion liters of water, that is a huge amount of water. But what did we actually achieve? Ultimately, of course, it’s about giving as many people as possible access to clean drinking water, as to give them a basis for a healthy life. Read here why that is so important.
In reality, of course, we don’t stand next to a water tap to measure how much water it is providing. It works the other way around: our projects provide water supplies that a certain number of people can use. We then calculate with United Nations standards how many liters of water they need: 20 liters of water per person per day.
So this means, according to these standards, that 4,878,160,000 liters of water guarantees access to water for 66,824 people for a minimum of ten years.
Our water projects are designed in such a way that the water supply also continues to work ‘when the battery runs out’. For example, committees are set up to maintain and manage the water supply. Often a small contribution is requested for the water so that money can be saved for maintenance and repairs.
We also provide sufficient hygiene information at all projects. That is important because if you tap clean water and then put your dirty hands in it, it doesn’t have the intended impact.
Local authorities are always involved in the projects. In this way, we not only ensure that the committees can do their work, but we also show the local government that the approach works. This way we hope to motivate the government to take up the challenge itself to do the same thing in a neighboring village. With this approach, we can actually claim that our water supplies will remain in operation for 20 years.
In the meantime, we are also conducting research with our project partners into the possibilities of achieving even more impact. In our most recent water project in Tanzania, for example, we are investigating together with a local consultant on how to scale up the project to other areas.