If you have been following us for a while, you know that we work towards a single goal: clean water for all. And that we do so in close cooperation with our implementing partners Amref Health Africa, Simavi and World Vision. Why? Learn more about why we outsource our water projects in this blog!
We want to work as efficiently as possible. That is why we consciously choose to keep our team small. This way we keep our focus on what we are good at: creating smart ways to generate funds for obtaining our mission: clean water for all. Also, by working efficiently, we are able to keep operating costs low, so that we can keep our promise that we will immediately allocate 20 cents of every donation of 30 cents to our water projects. Do you want to know more about how we do so? Then read this blog!
The implementation of water projects is very complex. It is about more than just building water taps. The context must also be considered. For example, in many underdeveloped areas there is little knowledge about hygiene and how poor hygiene leads to infectious diseases. You can construct a water point in such an area, but if the local people do not know how to use it, it will not produce anything. That is why during water project also people are being trained on hygiene. usually a number of people are trained who then take the responsibility to share their knowledge with the community. In addition, management committees are appointed and trained who will maintain the water tap. Only then can a water project become sustainable.
Furthermore it is important to look at the cultural context. “A system such as Said’s Water Vending Machine, where people throw money into a machine and water comes out, cannot be placed everywhere. In some areas, where people have absolutely no knowledge of technology, this will be seen as witchcraft, “says Selma, program leader at Simavi. Nanneke van Amref tells us a similar story. “We had built a water point in a certain area, but it was not used. When we investigated the cause, we discovered that the women did not use the tap, because the original water source where they got their water from, also served as a meeting place. They enjoyed meeting there and they continued to do so. “
In short, conducting of a water project includes more than just building a water tap. There has to be knowledge about what the needs are. This is of course only possible if you have access to the local community. That is the last argument to work together closely: our implementing partners have built up many local contacts over the years and therefore have not only the knowledge and expertise about, for example, groundwater, but also the trust of the population.
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