Partnering with a community
Our team of in-country experts work on conducting outreach and research to find communities and local organizations that are already committed to the wellbeing and future of their children. We have a rigorous vetting process that analyzes each community’s water and agriculture challenges. We know that successful projects require community buy-in so we ensure that every community contributes a portion of the project costs, receives training on maintenance, and shares quarterly updates.
Finding a solution
Depending on the region, challenges and needs of the community, we take our time in finding the appropriate long-term solution and technology to implement. We analyze the current situation – history, terrain, water source, water quality, resource availability and soil quality. All of this is done alongside community-leaders.
Once we decide on the appropriate solution, we work with contractors to establish a project budget, timeline and work plan. We use competitive bidding to select the right contractor from our network – one that is vetted, trusted and produces quality services. We ensure that our in-country team coordinates the implementation and is on-site so that communities have direct support from our team, before, during and after implementation.
We form water and agriculture committees for each project. The committees oversee the operation, maintenance and impact of the projects. Our in-country team has one seat on the committee to support with troubleshooting, reporting and sharing highlights. Every community is responsible for contributing a minimum of 40% surplus sales to education and a minimum of 10% to maintenance costs. This model ensures a sustainable future.
Monitoring, evaluation & learning
We build relationships with every community that we partner with. Our in-country team visits each site regularly to provide in-person support and follow-up. Site directors and committees in each community complete quarterly reports and share impacts stories on a regular basis. Donors that invest in their own project receive impact reports directly from us.
Sharing the impact
Every community has a story. We work alongside community leaders to share and amplify the stories of their members through our documentary films and communications. We keep our impact numbers up to date and pride ourselves on data-driven impact. We also map every water and agriculture project on our website using Google Maps so our investors can see exactly where their project is and what we have implemented.