This video by Water for People demonstrates why how matters on this Blog Action Day 2010 for access to clean water. When “solutions” are delivered to disadvantaged people without sufficient thought about how community ownership, maintenance, and long-term access to water and sanitation will occur, here’s what can happen:
Don’t the people who need the access to clean water and sanitation deserve more? Water for People refuses to be satisfied with these unfortunate results.
Water for People focuses on:
100% coverage in a region, rather than community or household water points;
leveraging government and private sector investment to ensure real sustainability; and
integrity by measuring and sharing their results with communities at 3, 6, and 10 years;
all with vital intention of “figuring out how to make a complex network of people work better together…and building local capacity” to unleash the power of innovative thinking. (To learn more about Water for People’s leadership in the sector, see: Rethinking Hydro-Philanthropy. See also water.org’s model that focuses on demand-driven projects by grassroots organizations.)
No more dysfunctional and now dangerous wells. No more inoperative pumps. No more overflowing and abandoned latrines. No more failed projects. And no more lost hope.
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