What does a water solution look like?
A water solution can include a bore hole; a solar powered well, water dam, latrines (toilets), water and hygiene education in a school, or many other solutions besides. We identify a community in need of safe water, and talk with them what solution would matter most to them, and in that way we decide together how best to solve their water crisis.
How can I be involved?
Because we’re building a whole solution, instead of a small well which helps only a few or easily breaks down, the overall cost is often high. We ask our supporters to work together to ensure we can provide these solutions, by becoming a Water Solution Shareholder, and contributing the cost of one or more shares, at the cost of $1000 a share.
When you become a Water Solution Shareholder, you’ll receive an initial confirmation email and receipt. Once enough Shareholders have committed, we’ll notify you which community you will be assisting, what the water solution will be, and when the water solution will be completed. Following that date, we’ll send you a Shareholder’s Certificate, with pictures of and information about your Water Solution.
If you would like to adopt an entire Water Solution, please contact us to discuss options.
Why does it take so long?
Building a small and cheap water well (under $1000) may take just three to six months, but our internal learning shows that these wells are ineffective, only assist a small number of people, and break down easily. We’re committed to the best solutions, rather than the easiest, and often this means taking the time to achieve the best results.
A water solution takes longer because firstly we require enough Shareholders to join (up to 6 months), during which time we’re talking with local communities and identifying their needs and practical constraints or opportunities. We then start a project, which can take between 6-12 months to complete, from purchasing the lowest cost high quality supplies, having the engineers create plans, building infrastructure, testing water quality and purpose, running community education and awareness programmes, and allowing a “test period” where we can identify any unexpected problems.
Following the completion of the project, we create a final report where we honestly appraise the success of the project, ask engineers to create a technical report and ask the community to tell us if it was beneficial and what lessons we can learn for the future, which can take up to two months. Following this, we will be in contact with Shareholders once more to provide them with a Shareholders Certificate, with pictures and information about their Water Solution.