THIS IS HOW WE OPERATE

Currently active water projects are displayed on the map. Look for made blue icons on the map.
We choose to operate in areas coping with permanent water stress and within relatively stable (political) environments.
Together with local partners we are working on lasting change.

METER READING

Our total impact realized since the start of made blue in 2014 is displayed below. We register the number of people given permanent access to clean water and hygiene, multiplied by a minimal daily use of 20 litres of water per person, according to United Nations reports.

15,329,043,385 LITRES

That is our meter reading.
We have now created so much clean drinking water in developing countries and with that we are also making this enormous impact:

Impact mensen

209.987

people got access

impact co2

107.303

tons of CO2 saved

Impact plastic

153.290

tons of plastic waste prevented

impact bomen

2.299.357

trees saved

We promise access to clean water and hygiene for at least 10 years after completing a water project, of course working hard to make our impact last even longer. We’re fair about potential risks involved. Therefore we’re aiming at reaching more people than being targetted, making sure reported impact is even bigger in real life.

Each project is checked before and during execution. We receive help in this from Aqua for All, the agency that has also been checking the water projects of the Dutch government for many years.

LASTING CHANGE

Unfortunately, many well-intentioned initiatives did not live up to expectations. In sub-Sahara Africa it is estimated that about 50% of water pumps once installed by charities are no longer functioning. That is a tragedy! Obviously, that’s not how it should be at all and that is why we’re very serious about making impact last.

Therefore every project we engage in is thoroughly screened and fitted with a business model and ownership structure guaranteeing operation and maintenance for at least 10 years to come. This often means that users pay a small contribution for the water fetched at the facility, funds that are being used as savings for future repairs or even expansion.

That results in lasting change and a more sustainable society. The sustainability factor is even bigger as direct access to clean water often also means no longer having to boil polluted surface water over open fire or having to buy packaged water.

Of course sustainability is key in our own operation as well, developing solutions that contribute to lowering water footprints of products and services of the companies supporting our work.

Innovation

As there’s always room for improvement we also invest time and resources into optimizing the way we work towards access to clean water and hygiene for all. For example by running a pilot project with a water vending machine in Tanzania.

We’re aiming at challenging local communities not only taking ownership, but also coming up with new ideas and approaches towards access to clean water and hygiene for all. That is a conscious policy.

In the end we work towards the clear objective to make as much impact as possible with every Euro being invested.

knock-on effect

Water projects are fitted with a business model and ownership structure. This often means that users pay a small contribution for the water fetched at the facility, funds that are being used as savings for future repairs.

We often see that local communities are able to create additional water supplies on their own initiative based on modest income. Water points also attract other entrepreneurs. This creates a knock-on effect that has much more impact.

Active projects

These are currently ongoing projects enabling access to clean water and hygiene for all.

Water for remote villages in India

By constructing 10 borewells in the Kadapa District in India, we are giving 1,165 families direct access to water in their villages.

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Water by Women

In Nepal, we restore water supplies and teach women to manage them as a business.

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WASH & LEARN

In this sequel to the water vending machines, innovation and girls are central to achieving access to clean drinking water together with the local community.

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Max Tap Water

We are back in Bangladesh with an entrepreneurial project in which we build water networks for households.

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We often see that local communities are able to create additional water supplies on their own initiative based on modest income. Water points also attract other entrepreneurs. This creates a knock-on effect that has much more impact.

Frank van der Tang, co-founder Made Blue

Latest updates

7 borewells in 5 months

In 2024 we are supporting a project in India in which we will build 10 wells. 7 of these have already been realised in the first quarter of the year.

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Visiting Uganda

In October 2023 we traveled to the area around Fort Portal in Uganda with a group of ambassadors. There we were able to see the results of the hard work of local entrepreneurs with our own eyes. We…

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Water by women Nepal: Final phase

We are nearing the end of our project in Nepal. A lot of work has been done. From constructing the water systems to ensuring a sustainable future for these water points, no stone has been left…

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Washable sanitary towels – by and for everyone

A nice detail of the WASH program being implemented in Ethiopia is the production and distribution of washable sanitary towels. This obvious product makes a big difference in the lives of women and…

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Finished projects

We recently successfully completed these projects.

Making water everybody’s business

An enterprising water project in Ethiopia lasting five years in the slums of large cities such as the capital Addis Ababa.

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Clean drinking water for minorities in Vietnam

Finally access to clean drinking water for a disadvantaged minority group in Vietnam, the Muong, in collaboration with World Vision.

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Water and sanitation at ánd around schools

Children in Ethiopia will get access to water and sanitation at school and the neighbourhood benefits as well. In collaboration with Amref and Castalie.

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Said’s water vending machine

Innovation and entrepreneurship in clean drinking water in Tanzania through the smart Water Vending Machine in collaboration with Simavi.

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Frequently asked questions

Is there an annual report?
Yes of course. We want to be as transparent as possible. In the annual report you will find everything about the donations and expenditure of the completed calendar year. The annual report can be found here.
How are new projects being selected?
We only select water projects that: realize a measurable amount of water, are ecologically and economically viable, are cost efficient & sustainable, take education and training into account, work with local communities, take place in regions where we truly make a difference, This way we know that we are making a real impact and that our water supplies will continue to work in the future.
Are water projects implemented by made blue?
We work with local partners who have been active in the communities for decades, such as: Amref Flying Doctors in Ethiopia, World Vision in Vietnam and Simavi in Tanzania. We only use local knowledge, manpower and materials. This means that all value creation remains local, materials and knowledge always available on site: also in the event of future expansion or repairs.
How can you be sure things remain operational?
Project sites are being visited regularly, also (years) after completion. As we’re paying lots of attention to local ownership and management, water structures remain in place and functional for a very long time into the future.
Where is the made blue office located?
We’re working with a small team and with full focus on effectiveness and transparency. This way we can invest as much as possible in our water projects. As central office does not work for us, we’re happy to meet you at any of our ambassador’s locations.
Can I suggest a water project to support?
Yes. However we adhere to a strategy that is about scaling what works: putting additional means to scaling water projects that have been proven effective in the past.