WaterStep believes a sustainable water project should have broader vision than just setting up a water system. WaterStep views the community as a whole and addresses issues such as health and hygiene, sanitation, water distribution and long-term development.
Community development seeks to empower individuals and groups of people by equipping them with the skills they need to impact their communities.
- Bringing water to a community is good
- Bringing water and training to the locals is better
- Bringing water, training to the locals and health & hygiene is best
- Bringing water, training to the locals, health & hygiene and planning a follow-up is Community Development.
WaterStep takes intentional steps in Community Development including:
- A community assessment
- Installation of a mini-water treatment plant or hand pump repair
- Community health and hygiene classes
- Training locals to be water and hygiene specialist
- Empowering the nationals with the educational knowledge and materials
- Encouraging micro-business start-ups
- Track community health and successes
- Availability to WaterStep specialist