About Us

We Do Amazing Things!

Our projects help communities in desperate need of clean water.

Designing and delivering a water project takes real skills, hard work and dedicated team members. Our team members do this work becasue they care about the projects and the people they help. Our results are real changes in peoples lives and we are proud of them.

Water For Small Villages, Inc. is a IRS registered 501(c)(3) non-profit headquartered in Florida, USA, established in 2012. FL SUNBIZ link.

Details On What We Do and how we do it

Our Strategy

WFSV's strategy involves teaching residents of small villages how to maintain and protect their drinking water system, repairing drinking water systems, and sharing our experience and techniques. We also collect data and publish information to help others working on similar efforts.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to help bring clean drinking water to small communities around the world. WFSV would also like to unite the many non-profit water organizations around the world to achieve synergy and combine our efforts to achieve greater success on a global scale.

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How We Started

After years of volunteering, our founders, Steve and Rick, joined forces on a water project in Haiti. That effort lead them to formally establish WFSV to help them organize and expand their efforts so they could reach more communities in need of clean drinking water.

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How We Do It

WFSV provides consulting advice, design and project support on drinking water systems. We partner with communities and other non-profits to provide assistance on water projects and we also undertake projects on our own and then try to attract partners to join our effort.

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Our STRATEGY

Our strategy is based on the same approach used by Habitat for Humanity but instead of helping an individual family with housing, we help entire communities address drinking water needs. WFSV works with communities to help them help themselves. Our designs take into consideration availability of local materials, labor and capabilities of the local community.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help bring clean drinking water to small communities around the world. WFSV would also like to unite the many non-profit water organizations around the world to achieve synergy and combine our efforts to achieve greater success on a global scale.

How We Started

After years of volunteering, our founders, Steve and Rick, joined forces on a water project in Haiti. That effort lead them to formally establish WFSV to help them organize and expand their efforts so they could reach more communities in need of clean drinking water.

How We Do It

WFSV provides consulting advice, design and project support on drinking water systems. We partner with communities and other non-profits to provide assistance on water projects and we also undertake projects on our own and then try to attract partners to join our effort.

Our STRATEGY

Our strategy is based on the same approach used by Habitat for Humanity but instead of helping an individual family with housing, we help entire communities address drinking water needs. WFSV works with communities to help them help themselves. Our designs take into consideration availability of local materials, labor and capabilities of the local community.

WFSV takes what we think is a common sense approach to our projects. We evaluate a request or precieved need. We assess the current situation from many perspectives and calculate the likliness for success in our ability to help. As we gain nexperience from our own efforts and from lessons that can be learned from other sources we refine our approach and strategy. Each projectg is unique. We focus on a common set of needs for clean drinking water but each small village has unique characteristics and situation.
We always work with the local community. We insist on support from community leadersand residents young and old. We examine the surrounding area and neighboring communities to assess cooperation and competition among the community we about to help. We We enlist support from volunteers with professional skills, we partner with other non-profit organizations and we employee the services of local workers.
Culture is an important aspect to consider yet it can be difficult to fully understand. Water plays an important part in every culture, be it: ceremonial, religious, agricultural, transportation, defense or recreational. We consider every aspect we can think of and then work with he locals to make sure our efforts will have a possitive effect on the community.

Our MISSION

Our mission is to help bring clean drinking water to small communities around the world. WFSV would also like to unite the many non-profit water organizations around the world to achieve synergy and combine our efforts to achieve greater success on a global scale.

For us, the mission is to help bring clean drinking water to small communities. The guiding principle is to help in every aspect we can include in the water project. This includes educating, training, raising awareness, understanding and establishing relationships and partnerships. In between projects, our mission also includes providing data and information to share our experience and knowledge with others. Occasionally small projects, collecting data, repairing or disinfecting a well can also be undertaken in addition to our larger projects.

How WE GOT STARTED

WFSV was formally established in 2012. Prior to that Steve, Rick, Aimond and their familes had years of expereince volunteering on a variety of foreign service projects and mission teams. WFSV grew from a desire to combine their efforts and focus on access to clean water which is an underlying factor to so many of the crisis around the world.

We were founded by Steve, Rick and Aimond who were co-workers for over 15 years working on water projects in South Florida. In 2010 Rick was working in Haiti on a water project, Steve was working in Haiti on medical mission projects and Aimond had relocated back to living in Haiti. When they met and shared stories about their experiences in Haiti they realized they could achieve much more together combining their efforts.

We are a group of concerned scientists, hydrogeologists, geologists, engineers, GIS programmers and mappers, database programmers, project managers and technical writers who want to make a difference in today's struggling world. We feel called to improve the desperate water conditions we have seen first-hand.

In 2010 Rick and Steve, fueled by their passion put their skills together and made their first trip to Haiti. While there, they saw many relief efforts and questioned "why aren't things getting better"? We learned that technical data and assistance was not available in Haiti and many non- government organizations lack the technical knowledge and expertise to facilitate increasing the availability of a clean and sustainable water supply and educating the population regarding sanitary practices to ensure the water sources remain clean. And so, Water for Small Villages was born.

The Water For Small villages approach is to partner with established organizations in need of technical support to supply clean water. Our method is to complete projects through phases. We are currently working with orphanages, schools, medical teams, and other groups. All collected data is shared with our partners. We are a transparent organization and strive to help those who help others.

One of our goals is to help the local residents become self- sufficient regarding their supply of clean water. As we work with well drillers, we teach well drilling and well construction methods to produce clean and sustainable water. In our time at the schools, orphanages, and clinics, we demonstrate hygiene practices that will sustain the supply of clean water.

In the past several years, we have accomplished much in Haiti:

  • Cataloged, tested and mapped several public wells across the country.
  • Installed a new well and solar powered pump in Verrettes.
  • Repaired a community electric generator in Bondeau.
  • Installed two solar arrays in Bondeau.
  • Conducted a geological survey in Bondeau.
  • Tested a number of public water supply wells throughout Haiti for fecal coliform,
  • Educated local residents on the importance of hygiene practices and how to avoid cross-contamination in order to sustain their supply of clean drinking water.
  • Developed maps and water quality related databases to share our knowledge.

We have spent significant time at four areas in Haiti to enhance water supply:

Village of Bondeau
Disinfected the existing water tanks, completed generator repairs to the generator that supplies electricity to the guesthouse, orphanage, church and school which serves more than 200 children from the surrounding area. We served as general contactor overseeing installation of two 4,000watt solar arrays. We conducted a geologic survey to identify the best location for a new well. We prepared and shipped a 20ft shipping container fuilled with well equipment and water supplies which we could not purchase in Haiti.

The Star Orphanage in Gonaives
Tested shallow water supply wells for fecal coliform

Good Samaritan School and Medical Dental Clinic in Verrettes
Installed a solar powered water system that included a construction of a storage room for the pressure tank, chlorinator, and battery, sink installations at the school and clinic, disinfection of the existing well, trenching for the pipes, erection of a 20-foot pole to house the solar panels, trenching for the pipes, battery bank installation, and all necessary wiring.

New Life School & Orphanage in Port-au-Prince
Disinfected the existing well and completed repairs to the wellhead and pump to improve the water supply used by more than 100 children.

The Star Orphanage in Gonaives
Tested shallow water supply wells for fecal coliform

Steve Krupa, Chairman and President

Steve is a founder and the President of Water for Small Villages, Inc. and has over 30 years of experience as a hydrogeologist. In his work at the South Florida Water Management District, Steve is the Section Leader in Water Resources Evaluation. He is a licensed professional geologist and holds both a BS and MS in Geology and a BS in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University. Steve believes in sharing his knowledge and over the years has served as a mentor for a number of new engineers and hydrogeologists. He and his wife have hosted international students studying in the area for the past 10 years. Steve is dedicated to bringing a reliable and safe supply of water to those in need and has made numerous trips to Haiti in his work with Water for Small Villages, Inc.

Aimond Alexis, Vice President

Aimond is a founder and the Secretary of Water for Small Villages, Inc. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from the State University of Haiti and a MS in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University. Aimond has over 25 years of experience in the analysis and interpretation of hydrologic data, database development and maintenance, and project management and is currently an Environmental Engineer at the Direction Nationale D’Eau Potable Et Assainissment in Port-Au-Prince. The development of a reliable and safe supply of water to the remote areas of Haiti is particularly important to Aimond. He has been a key member of each Haiti project with Water for Small Villages.

Cynthia Gefvert

Cynthia is the Vice-President of Administration of Water for Small Villages, Inc. Cynthia spent more 10 years in human resources management and seven as a management consultant working with clients across the country. Cynthia chose to change careers, returned to school, and obtained a BS in Geology with a concentration in Hydrogeology from Eastern Michigan University. In her first position as a hydrogeologist in 1997, she was an intern with the US Geological Survey and her mentor was Steve Krupa. Cynthia is a licensed, professional geologist and is currently the Section Leader of Water Supply Planning at the South Florida Water Management District. Cynthia is a mentor in the Take Stock in Children program and is looking forward to participating in a project trip with Water for Small Villages, Inc.

Stacey Adams, Treasurer

Stacey is a new member on the Board and serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Water for Small Villages, Inc. She has a BBA from Valdosta State University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). In her past work as a civilian with the US Air Force, Stacey managed contracts in excess of $2 million each fiscal year, directed the efforts of contractors, managed financial tracking of the projects, assisted with budget review, and reviewed and authorized travel. In her ten years at the South Florida Water Management District, she coordinates the Cooperative Funding Program which includes coordinating with local governments and utilities, tracking financial data for inclusion in State reporting and performing financial analysis and reconciliation of all projects. Stacey enjoys travel and is also looking forward to participating in a project trip with Water for Small Villages, Inc.

How WE DO IT

WFSV provides consulting advice, design and project support on drinking water systems. We partner with communities and other non-profits to provide assistance on water projects and we also undertake projects on our own and then try to attract partners to join our effort.

Generous people with kind hearts often start a project to help a community such as a medical clinic, a school or orphanage. Part way through the project they become aware that drinking water is an important part missing from their plan. Through an internet search or by word of mouth, they contact us expressing the need for help with their water issue.

We will first try to help by examining their plans, data and current situation and offering advice. We can help calculate water needs, research data on local geography, hydrology and geology. We can help design a system and a project plan. We offer our data, manuals, plans designs and professional experience to help these organizations so to help them solve their problem.

When needed, we will partner with an organization and serve as a general contractor. We have a team volunteers with years of professional experience as engineers, geographers, project managers, electricians, hydrologists and geologists. We develop a plan and work with the local community and partnering organization to find a solution. Funding will come from several sources including the organization we are helping. We will raise funds, apply for grants and solicit help from other partner organizations. This will often include churches. We plan our work, locate supplies, equipment, form partnerships, organize labor and help implement the project.

WFSV will identify a community in need. Awareness often comes from associates who are familiar with a community in need or we may hear of the situation in a news story such as the 2010 earth quake in Haiti and the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. We will plan our own project as we are currently doing in Kabilash, Nepal. We take the lessons we have learned from previous projects and we apply the same strategy we use when working with other organizations. Every effort is taken to avoid working alone. We seek out other organizations to partner with.

Meet Our TeamTaking Action

Steve Krupa

Founder & President

Steve is a licensed Professional Geologist and Ocean Engineer with a Masters degree in Geology from Florida Atlantic University. His areas of interests included goundwater/surface water interactions and shallow and deep aquifer water resource investigations.

VACANT

Board Member

We are currently reviewing the need to expand our board of directors.

Aimond Alexis

Founder & VP Haiti Operations

Aimond is a Civil Engineer with an emphasis in Ocean Engineering. His technical expertise includes computer programming, database development and applications, routing and stormwater modeling, and groundwater and surface water modeling interfaces.

Stacey Adams

Financial Officer

Stacey is our Finance Director. She maintains meticulous financial records, diligently pursues every receipt, invoice and scrutinizes every transaction. As we grow and begin managing multiple silmutaneous projects Stacey's skill and experience will be critical in keeping us accurate in our accounting and managing our budgets.

Cynthia Gefvert

Board Member

Cynthia served on the board as our first treasurer from 2012-2016. Since moving to NM she is now a boardmember at large serving as our lead for communications.

VACANT

Board Member

We are currently reviewing the need to expand our board of directors.

Ruth Holmes

Chief Attorney

Ruth is a practicing environmental lawyer. As a boardmember she advises the board on legal matters concerning partnership agreements, contracts, liability and disclaimers.

VACANT

Board Member

We are currently reviewing the need to expand our board of directors.

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