Our Nepal project is now in entering Phase II. After repairing the water system in Kabilash we are now assisting the locals as they install water lines to the lower part of the village.
In November, Steve, Aimond and Water for Life drilled 9 boreholes in Bondeau. The results were not what we hoped - with the salt level being much higher than we had hoped. We are working on Plan-B.
We focus on small communities. Many of these communities have never enjoyed modern utility services. Introduction of reliable water services is often a life changing event for a community. Before the introduction of electricity or clean water, we first work with each community to ensure they are capable of maintaining a water system.
People are at the center of every effort we undertake. We listen, learn and then share our perspectives and experiences in hopes of helping the communities we work with. Each project, each set of problems, and each community are unique. We take a participatory approach and work along-side the communities. We pass on knowledge and skills of all levels which instills pride and ownership in the accomplishments.
Since our incorporation in 2012 most of our effort has been in Haiti where we cataloged 27 wells, tested 19 wells, repaired 3 wells, installed one new well and the next one is underway. We completed phase I of our project in Nepal and Phase II is in the works. We established partnerships including Food For The Poor Inc. We are very proud of our list of accomplishments to date.
We take a common sense approach and apply lessons learned as quick as possible. No project is going to be perfect in settings like where we work. We must be flexible and be prepared to compensate for the unexpected. We work with locals, use local materials as much as possible and we design and scale our water systems based on the capabilities of the community we are helping.
We have been active in Haiti since 2009, and much more since the 2010 earthquake. We have cataloged wells, disinfected wells, repaired wells and installed new wells. We have also assisted with the installation of two solar arrays, repaired an electrical generator and constructed a pumphouse. We currently are in the last phase of a well construction project in Bondeau.
We built a spring box, concrete water tank and laid 1,500 meters of water pipe in Kabilash, Nepal. This surface water project routes water from a spring 1.6 miles down a mountain into the village of Kabilash. Phase II will include 1,100 meters more pipe to deliver the water to the lower village.
We have been active in Honduras for over 13 years working at Our Little Roses Family Ministries, an orphanage for girls. Rick and Cordella have lead mission teams to OLR where they perform lite construction projects and work with the girls in the home. This humanitarian effort is an excellent introduction to foreign service.
Our sustainable solutions can sometimes be repairing a well and training the locals how to maintain the handpump. New installations are designed to be durable and repairable by the locals. Sustainable means we consider not only the materials we use but also the resources we are consuming. We calculate the capacity of the local water system and scale it appropriately so as not to stress the local hydrology.
We cataloged the location of 27 wells in Haiti. We sampled 19 wells and map enabled a geologic ans seismic fault map of Haiti. These are examples of how we collect, assemble and publish data we have. We create Google KML files when possible or we upload viewable PDF files to share our data as easily as possible. We also consider manuals and schematics as data that is highly valuable but not always easy to locate.
Our projects require months of planning and sometimes just a few days to execute. Experiences are the unplanned things you learn along the way. Running a non-profit in addition to doing the field work has offered lots of chances to gain a few experiences. Don't ever travel without a mosquito net. When you install faucets for the first time, people may have never owned drinking glasses. Always have more gasoline on-hand than you expect to need. Beware if they put ice in your drink. Some items (sand) cost more to transport than they cost to buy.
Partnershis are essential. We can't do everything ourselves and it doesn't serve anyone well if they become dependent on your help. We have been fortunate to partner with many individuals who: let us stay in their homes, helped transport our equipment, donated time-money-effort, companys donated equipment, offered advice and lessons from teir experiences. We are blessed to have had help from many people and organization to help start our non-profit and to achieve our successes.
A major component of our organization is making sure our efforts are verifiable. We document and publish a journal or blog describing our efforts. We publish numerous photos of our projects. We publish data and maps documenting our work to share with others working on similar efforts. Verifiable results are important in building trust with the people who support our efforts.
Our efforts are modest in size but the planning and analysis we incorporate is intended to make sure we have a long term impact on the communities we assist. Our long-term vision is to help each community be self sustaining by maintaing their own water system. We work with each community to design and implement a system suitbale for their needs, abilities and available resources.
Education is a major component on every one of our projects. Our project teams learn valuable lessons in the field from the communities they work with as well as sharing their knowledge. Water education includes sanitation, ygiene, conservation as well as responsible resource management. We have held open discusions around wells with people on how to preserve and protect the well, how to care for and clean the buckets used to fetch water and how to apply tiny amounts of chlorine to ensure water is safe to drink.
Technical support may seem to be the highest importance but it can onluy be applied after partnerships are formed, education is shared and a vision is decided upon. Technical expertise is what allows us to finally solve a problem after the problem is understood. Our organization is fortunate to have volunteers with a wide range of prefessional degrees, valuable experience and an incredible depth of experience.
We are a group of concerned scientists, hydrogeologists, geologists, engineers, GIS programmers, mappers, geomatic engineers, database programmers, project managers and technical writers who want to make a difference in today's struggling world. We feel called to help improve the horrible water conditions we have seen first-hand throughout the world.Join Us Now!
Clean water from underground sources.
Redirecting water from lakes, rivers and springs.
Clean, safe water without contaminates.
Clean hands, clean containers and clean water.
There are over 1 BILLION people in the world who do not have access to clean drinking water. The UN declared clean drinking water a human right and any government that does not make some effort to provide clean drinking water to the citzens is in violation. This mostly was enacted to raise awareness of the issue but it also could block global funding, trade and international agreements which brings some pressure to on the governemnts to take action. We are a small cog in the system trying to bring about change.
Opportunity is when preparation and timing come together. Be ready. When an opportunity presents itself there may not be another chance like the one before you now. Prepare now. Be ready when the time arrives. Be ready to act.
You are among the most fortunate people in the world if you have a job that will offer you time-off, family or friends who will walk your dog or take in your mail, you have the financial resources to pay your room and board on a trip, you are in good health and you feel the desire to take action. Perhaps it is your time to join our efforts. Take action now.
We take what we think we know, gather new information from every available source, gain real field experience, examine what we see and feel and we often come to a realization we didn;t know as much as we thought we did. Water is vital throught many aspects of our lives from growing the plants we eat to washing our hands to cooling the radiator in our car. We will never know everything but about water.
Our efforts are not intended to be charity or a handout to needy communities. When people are in need they will accept an offer of help to overcome a difficuly and still ratain dignity. When people are capable they will offer to help others if they were once in need of assistance at some point in their own lives. Assistance is what our projects are intended to bring to communities who are stuggling to solve a water issue but may lack technical ability or resources.
We are a group of concerned scientists, hydrogeologists, geologists, engineers, GIS programmers, mappers, geomatic engineers, database programmers, project managers and technical writers who want to make a difference in today's struggling world. We feel called to help improve the horrible water conditions we have seen first-hand throughout the world.