Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Juliana heard about AquaAid through a neighboring community, which successfully established a sustainable water and sanitation project. Juiliana had a shallow uncovered well and 3 children with severe diarrhea. Juiliana recognized the lack of clean water and basic sanitation were the root of her family’s problem. After reaching out to the neighboring community, Juiliana met with an AquaAid field strategists. In collaboration with AquaAid and the local alcaldia (mayor), Juiliana organized a water committee, comprised of an equal male to female ratio. From water, to sanitation, to water education integration, the water committee, AquaAid, and the community designed, implemented, and monitored a sustainable, healthy future.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
In 2014, AquaAid provided 600+ people with sustainable access to clean drinking water and taught 200+ kids about hygiene practices, clean drinking water, and water in the environment. In the next year AquaAid will assist 50 families in building latrines, provide 3,000 people with access to clean water, and teach 2,000 kids. In a preliminary round of project result measurement, AquaAid community partners discussed the outcome of water filtration technology and education services with the community. The review focused on one simple question: had families noticed a reduction in the prevalence of diarrhea? The father of the Celestino Family said he observed no reduction in prevalence. However, his son piped up and said it was “because daddy doesn’t wash his hands.” This illustrates that children can be agents of change for their families and an internal motivation for community development.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
The main spread strategies moving forward to come closer to a world with universal access to clean drinking water include but are not limited to: scaling the community driven development model, expanding AquaAid's geographic scope to Guatemala, Madagascar, and Papua New Guinea, integrating water education in national primary schools curriculum, and expanding AquaAid's responsible tourism partnership program. For AquaAid to achieve its full impact potential collaboration with all sectors and the ability to pivot are essential.