Water for People
Bringing safe water and sanitation to 4 million people.841166148
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Water For People began working with the Honduran district of San Antonio de Cortés to ensure that everyone has sustainable access to water. Today, they have a protected water source and metering to ensure that the resource is long-lasting. This system is fully managed by a local Water Board who charges a monthly fee of $2.50 per subscriber in order to maintain a sustainable and lasting project through generations. "Children suffered diarrhea at all times, before. Now they are not getting sick because the water we have at home is drinkable,” Yani said. "Now, I can spend more time taking care of them, helping them with their homework and doing my home chores," she said.
Updates from the field:
783 million people lack access to clean water and a staggering 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation facilities.
What we do
Water For People has developed a successful work model based on partnership with local institutions, universal coverage for any population they work with, the use of donor funds to leverage and grow local financial capacity, and advocacy to influence government and other water and sanitation agencies to replicate their successes.Our strategy, an ambitious but simple framework, is adaptable to the assets and challenges of any country context and flows from five principles: Everyone (gaining WASH access), Co-Financing, Monitoring, Aid Independence, and Replication.
What distinguishes us?
Through the development of community drinking water systems, household sanitation, water resources management, hygiene, and integrated programming for schools and clinics, Water For People works to build the capacity of communities to advocate for themselves to their elected leaders, and for those governments to be responsive to their people’s needs. They simultaneously work to foster businesses to provide products and services that can root basic services in local economic relationships. The goal is a strong network of civil society, markets and government that can sustain water and sanitation for the long term, independent of foreign aid.