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Community-WASH


combining education and infrastructure improvement

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Community-WASH


combining education and infrastructure improvement

water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects designed with communities and tailored to their specific situations, ensuring that solutions are technologically and culturally appropriate and engineered for long-term, sustainable impact.  Learn more below.
 

 

The Situation


The Situation


Access to clean water and adequate sanitation has improved significantly since the end of the 1990s; however, there is still much to be done in order to ensure that everyone has access to these essential resources.  Around the world,

663 million people are without water

2.4 billion are without sanitation


The divide between urban and rural localities remains stark across much of the world.  Globally, 25% of individuals living in rural areas still practice open defecation, whereas this figure is only 2% in urban areas.  

As well, it is calculated that at the current rate, open defecation will not be eliminated in the poorest of rural areas by 2030.  Thus, in order to reduce these inadequacies, smart and targeted programming must be used to ensure maximum program reach.  

The Process


The Process


  • Determine Project Location

    In choosing the locations of our Community-WASH projects, we consider many different criteria to ensure that each project sustainably helps bring water, sanitation, and hygiene to those most in need. In making the decision, geographic location, level of need, organizational capacity, and community willingness are emphasized as crucial determinants of project location. As well, we are sure to communicate with local governments, other NGOs, and the UN system to ensure that our work is not duplicative.

  • Determine Project Type

    Following site choice, we move to choose the type of solution to be implemented. This process involves first ensuring that we have proper permission to complete the project from both formal municipal structures as well as indigenous systems.

  • Determine Project Type

    Next, we work with the community to determine the specific needs of the community as they relate to water, sanitation, and hygiene, and about how they propose solving each problem. This is accomplished through small community focus groups, which are chosen to represent all demographics as effectively as possible, including gender, age, religious belief, socioeconomic status, and geography.

  • Determine Project Type

    Following these focus groups, we synthesize the information gathered and formulate several potential projects that are culturally and technologically appropriate. In the same focus groups as before, we present the various proposals to the community for additional feedback, making the decision an iterative process. Given the uniqueness of each community, there is no “cookie-cutter” project, but they often include installation of new water sources and latrines, repair of existing infrastructure, and hygiene education training.

  • Design Project Implementation Plan

    Once we have finalized the implementation type, we create a project timeline and budget ensuring to utilize local materials and capacity so that repair can easily be accomplished when necessary. During this time, we decide the amount of project expenses that the community will “cost share” with Initiative: Eau. This determination will be based on available community resources and capacity to collect additional funds through income generating activities.

  • Carry Out the Project

    Depending on the type of project, implementation schemes will vary drastically. Throughout the process, Initiative: Eau coordinates the moving pieces so that the process occurs smoothly and efficiently.

  • Ensure Project Sustainability

    Our projects are designed to be sustainable in that they include measures to promote the constant maintenance and repair of the project. In many cases, this involves establishing WASH Committees (WASHComs), which are community groups responsible for maintaining newly installed infrastructure. Additionally, we work to train individuals from benefitting communities in how to repair such infrastructure as well, so that when projects fail, they can be quickly repaired.