In addition to large government projects, communities around the world are working together to bring safe, clean water to their people. These smaller projects allow communities to address the specific needs of residents, including their unique climate, economy, methods of food cultivation, etc. Sometimes, organizations focus on helping a variety of different communities, adapting a successful model to fit the unique needs of different places. For more information on water issues in India, check out the India Water Portal, which seeks to provide “Safe, sustainable water for all.”
One such organization is Naandi Community Water Services in India, which in 2010 was present in over 400 villages, providing safe drinking water to 2.4 million people. The program was launched in 2006 by the Naandi Foundation, and they have one clear mission: “providing access to safe drinking water by supplying inexpensive professional services.” To measure their impact and carry out this mission, they have three main social objectives:
“Equality: Safe drinking water for everyone, regardless of class and caste, and access to drinking water in underprivileged areas, with women and children benefiting most.
Family life: Naandi estimates that each household will save around 4,500 rupees ($89) a year…Women and children account for 80% of the program’s consumers.
Living conditions: By late 2012, Newco estimates, 2000 sites will be in operation, directly or indirectly serving 5 million people. Income should increase significantly for the program’s 4,000 operators and “social mobilizers.”
By taking this community-specific approach and operating in-country (that is, the organization was founded in and operates in India), Naandi Community Water Services represents an interesting and unique water program. Do you have a great community water program where you live?