Water is a community problem.
WaterStep seeks to provide social transformation in every community in which we work.
Social transformation takes place through:
- Transformative Hope
- Equal Access
Multiple families gather water from a river outside of town that is used for laundry, washing animals, and bathing.
Children attend the school
where they drink water brought from home
or don't drink at all. Families attend the church
and go to the medical clinic when they're sick.
People complain of diarrhea, vomiting, and fever - adults can't work and children don't go to school because they are sick. These problems affect the entire community. Digging a new well or installing a chlorine generator is a great step, but this singular approach cannot solve the community's whole problem.
Every community has a unique mix of problems
that requires a unique set of solutions.
COMMUNITY MODEL. A problem that effects every person in the community needs a holistic solution. The community model addresses water problems at multiple levels: community, family, and individual. Multiple solutions paired with training strengthen the community's ability to take care of their own water supply and ensure long-lasting solutions.
A Typical Community Project
A teacher is trained to operate a chlorine generator at the school. Students now have access to safe water during the day, encouraging attendance.
Hospitals and Clinics
Hospitals and clinics use our chlorine generator (M100) to provide safe water, and use our Bleach Maker to create disinfectant.
A woman can carry twice as much water with less bodily harm using a water transportation tool. This means she can spend less time collecting water.
Students learn about hand washing procedures and proper disposal of waste at school. Children tell parents and cases of diarrhea decrease.
An open well is converted to a closed system that prevents contamination. Well repairmen maintain the well and make any needed repairs.
Safe Water, Better Health
Safe water leads to better health and sanitation.
Water projects are done one community, one family, one person at a time. And so the impact can be seen community-wide - there are fewer people at the medical clinic, more children in the school, and more people working to better their lives. Providing community solutions requires people like you. You can provide safe water to someone that needs it. We can't do this without you!