Real transformation can only come from within a community. Lifewater works with the strengths and skills already present in a village, empowering leaders to create lasting change from within.
When local leaders encourage their neighbors to make life-saving sanitation and hygiene changes, the entire village rises. Children become healthy. Mothers and fathers have more time to work, and safe water flows in abundance from the community water source.
- Our staff show villages how their current practices are making them sick. The process creates communities who are knowledgeable about their health and willing to make critical changes.
- Local leaders undergo a series of trainings to become water access, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilitators. Once certified, they’re assigned a group of homes, and they begin teaching families how to practice life-saving healthy habits and unite for safe water.
- Villages elect respected leaders responsible for collecting user fees and managing the new water source. Women are the most knowledgeable about water collection, so they hold at least 50% of the seats.
- Once a village has reached its minimum of 90% healthy homes, the water source can begin construction. Our team engineers a custom water source for that community and construction begins.