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SUSTAINABLE ACCESS TO SAFE WATER

Access to safe water is one of the most efficient ways to support individual and collective development. However, water projects can fail due to the absence of an integrated approach. Problems can range from inappropriate initial design to broken pumps, no maintenance training and contaminated water points resulting from lack of sanitation facilities and unhealthy hygiene practices. To prevent and help solve these problems, ONE DROP™ has developed the unique A∙B∙C for Sustainability™ intervention approach, a winning combination of strategic and operational initiatives designed to address sustainable access to safe water.

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BEHAVIORAL CHANGE
THROUGH SOCIAL ARTS

To achieve true long-term sustainability, simply providing access to water is not enough; we believe in the combined power of providing access to safe water while inspiring behavioral change towards water and proper hygiene practices by creating a lasting understanding through social arts. By touching an emotional chord within communities, you can truly impact people and help change unhealthy behaviors. These are the essential conditions needed to enable communities to break the cycle of poverty. Our award-winning approach builds on communities’ existing cultures and beliefs, using culture-centric art forms to ignite a spirit of involvement and ownership. This allows people to feel enabled, energized and empowered.

Manifesto

WATER IS AN ACTIVE FORCE.

IT IS POWERFUL AND WHEN USED WISELY,
IT CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.

WE BELIEVE THAT PROVIDING ACCESS TO WATER
IS NOT AN END IN ITSELF.

IT IS A MEANS OF ACCELERATING COMMUNITY
DEVELOPMENT.

IT IS ABOUT SECURING FUTURES.

We turn
water
into
action.

COLLABORATIVE INTERVENTIONS

Providing infrastructure adapted to communities’ needs and increasing awareness of sound hygiene habits are the kinds of community support that are essential for enabling people to achieve self-reliance. With this goal in mind, we bring together local leaders, organizations and citizens to empower people through active participation in our projects. Water committees are created to ensure infrastructures stay operational and become an integral part of community life. By developing easy-to-maintain, water-access solutions that meet their needs, and by providing the proper training, we protect all stakeholders. Our interventions take an average of five years of work in the field, because creating long-term, sustainable change takes time. Better health, better food, better sanitation, better incomes—they can all happen right now.

What we do

Community Water Center

Community Water Center

A community water center gives access to safe water for consumption and daily chores.

Water Mural

Water murals are painted by children to raise awareness of local water issues.

Community Well

Community Well

A community well gives hundreds of peopleaccess to safe water.

School Garden

School gardens provide fresh food for pupils.

Workshops

Workshops are held to train local populations on money-management strategies.

Energy Efficient Stove

Energy-Efficient Stoves

Energy-efficient stoves allow families to cook in a more sustainable and healthy way.

Family Garden

Family Garden

A family garden now flourishes thanks to better access to safe water and an efficient irrigation system, even during the dry season.

Fruit Trees

Fruit trees

Fruit trees are planted to provide fresh fruit to entire families.

Market Microloans

Market Microloans

Microloans allow small entrepreneurs to increase their production.

Microloans for Fish Farming

Microloans allow families to invest in fish farming.

Latrines

Latrines

Latrines are built to prevent water contamination and protect the health, security and dignity of many people.

Potable Water Filter

Potable water filters ensure the water is free from bacteria and safe for consumption.

Microloans for Poultry Farming

Microloans help to build hen houses and support poultry farming.

Social Arts

Multidisciplinary shows are created in local communities to raise awareness of local water issues.

Well Drilling

The drilling of wells gives local populations access to safe water.