WE ENSURE SUSTAINABILTY



We are the only U.S.- based safe water cause that continues working with every village for 15+ years.

Ensuring sustainability is the primary goal after a well is drilled. Education on sanitation and good hygiene begins even before a well is drilled and it continues over time to permanently instill good health habits.

We aim for deep, lasting, generational change.

The roughly 15+ year time frame is long enough for children to "graduate" to adulthood and become community leaders of the next generation. They, in time, will be able to manage the change process with mechanisms they themselves have devised and funded.

Our long term goal is to empower the local community.

This type of long-term community development cannot be achieved from a distance. Through their consistent presence, our partner, World Vision, helps us to achieve this goal and create lasting social change through their monthly visits.

WHY DO WELLS FAIL?

Inappropriate technology
e.g. what PlayPumps International employed, which wastes many millions of donor dollars.

Poor construction
due primarily to the employment of inexperienced workers and the use of inadequate equipment.

Lack of rural community involvement
due primarily to a failure to properly train villagers in well maintenance.

Lack of follow-up
in the form of ongoing training and maintenance, funding for and access to spare parts, and access to professional support services.


THE FAILURE RATE OF WELLS IN
    SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA IS VERY HIGH

Source: The International Institute for Environment and Development.

Source: The International Water and Sanitation Centre in the Netherlands.

Source: World Vision in Ghana from October, 1995 - March, 2003.

HERE'S WHAT WE DO TO ENSURE SUSTAINABILITY

EDUCATE

We educate villagers on how to maintain their well. They are responsible for its operation.

CONTRIBUTE

Everyone contributes a small fee to the well maintenance fund. If anything goes wrong, they can pull from the maintenance fund for repairs.

MAINTAIN

Maintenance for the well is ongoing to ensure that it remains operational and safe for years to come.

MONITOR

Monthly visits to every village provides on-going education on good health and hygiene practices.