Untapped projects are set up to last. Not only do the communities we serve share the cost but they are also active contributors to the project design and implementation. We’ve learned that when we empower a village to own the solution it has a much higher likelihood for sustained success. The greatest contribution we can provide a community is giving them the tools to eliminate dependence on organizations like our. In short, we get excited by working ourselves out of a job!
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Every project we fund requires the recipient community to share the cost. This serves an important purpose – it gives the project value. This principle also gives the community ownership of the new solution which increases accountability well after our project has ended. The average local contribution for our projects is 23% of the total project cost.
Our partners recruit volunteers from the community to contribute to every step of the project. Not only does this drive engagement and excitement for the new water solution, it ensures that the project is designed to fit the unique and lasting cultural needs of that village. We average 28 community volunteers for each school-based project!
We operate in tight collaboration with the local government health agencies. It is important that we are complementing, not competing, with our solutions to end the water crisis. This is particularly important as our efforts directly support keeping schools COVID-free.