WaterPartners International envisions the day when everyone in the world can take a safe drink of water. It is easy to take for granted ready access to a safe supply of drinking water. Yet, more than one billion people lack this most basic commodity. Creating accessible, safe water supplies in developing countries liberates people to live healthier, fuller, more productive lives.
To inspire people to act; develop high quality, sustainable water projects; and enable donors to invest wisely. We exist to create a global awareness of the water supply crisis and to help people respond.
WaterPartners International’s primary activity is facilitating drinking water supply and sanitation projects in communities in developing countries. WaterPartners does not build water systems for people. We help communities through partner organizations based in the developing world. We believe that local people best know their own needs and the partner organizations selected reflect this philosophy. We use extensive evaluation programs to select and monitor both our partner organizations and water projects. We mentor our partners and help them keep abreast of current issues related to international water supply and sanitation. We also consult to other organizations by evaluating and selecting partner organizations.
WaterPartners International also has an innovative microcredit program called the WaterCredit Initiative™. In developing countries, access to credit becomes a tool communities can use to finance the cost of building safe drinking water systems and sanitation facilities. Credit is provided through existing water supply organizations and microcredit organizations. Organizations repay loans with funds generated by water fees, which will be far less than the price paid by the world’s poor to private water vendors. WaterCredit becomes a tool to generate funds which can be re-loaned for new water projects, stretching limited dollars.
Few things are more basic to changing and saving lives than helping people establish safe, reliable water sources. The communities we support learn to take charge of their lives. They are treated with dignity and given the opportunity to solve their own water supply and broader health problems. Health training provides parents a better understanding of what they can do to safeguard their children’s health. Financial training allows the local water committee to manage the finances of their water system. The watershed management training helps to ensure that the water supply will be safe and abundant for the future.
Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Ghana
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