Giving Clean Water: The Process
BEFORE THE WATER FLOWS
Selecting The Best Partners
Neverthirst chooses indigenous partners with proven experience in both water and health programs and who have shown success in project monitoring and financial management.
Of equal importance, these partners also possess strong relationships with communities, local government and local churches.
Designing The System
Once local partners are chosen, the team comes together with the communities to design the most fitting clean water solution and commit to fundraise the work.
GETTING THE WATER FLOWING
Location & Technology
Our team researches areas where the need for safe water is the most urgent. We work through community leaders and invite these communities to apply for a water project. The water technology — from a hand pump to a rain tank — must be chosen by the users. It must reduce time to collect water and contribute to reducing disease.
It is vital that those receiving water be involved in the process. To that end, we work with communities who are willing to contribute both labor and money. Before beginning a project, we require all families involved to raise funds for the future repair of the hand pump, rain tanks or bio-sand filters.
Once a water solution is decided and the community has raised the repair fund or contributed in labor, construction can begin. A typical project can take up to 18 months to complete. It’s not a fast process, but it’s a beautiful story of community connection. And in such thirsty areas, it’s an awe-inspiring experience to see fresh water flowing high into the air after a drilling rig hits deep water.
KEEPING WATER FLOWING
We place a high value on training the community in ownership, repairs and maintenance. It is vital that the community knows how to access their own repair fund and contact a local contractor to repair the pump when needed. Our team makes regular follow-up visits to ensure the hand pumps are working and to learn how we might improve the quality of our work.
Since completing our first Water Project with our local partner in Witto South Sudan in 2008, we’ve now completed over 8,575 projects and served over 467,454 people. With your help, we can continue to watch those numbers grow. Every water project represents thousands of lives saved.