Empowering communities to stand on their own is fundamental to Safe Water Network's approach to solving the global water crisis. Many well-intentioned efforts fail because there is a lack of local skills to operate and manage a Safe Water Station. A cost-effective approach to ramping up community capability to successfully maintain an operation is a key success factor for sustainability.
We developed a comprehensive set of training materials called Tools for Safe Water Stations in 2013 with the help of PepsiCo Foundation. We also added a water quality protocol module with the help of Underwriters Laboratories. These manuals and tool kits include a step-by-step process on how to empower a community to own and operate a Safe Water Station for the long-term. These materials are in use in both Ghana and India.
Documenting our approach enables other organizations to learn from our experiences and to apply our model in new settings. It also enables Safe Water Network to expand our own operations effectively while maintaining high-quality standards.
Tools for Safe Water Stations is a living document that must be continually updated to incorporate the new achievements and refinements occurring in Safe Water Network’s Ghana and India programs.
Updating the existing Tool Kit involves the accumulation of materials from the field, adapting them to a uniform Tool Kit format, and making each available both for internal use and for others. Advances in customer activation and monitoring have occurred since publication of the original Tool Kit, and will be featured in the next update. We will also add a new module: monitoring and evaluating performance and impacts.
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To learn more about how you can help us further refine our community training materials contact: Poonam Sewak