WATER FOR PEOPLE COMMITTEE
Too many water and sanitation programs stop short of full coverage, helping some but not others, due to poor planning. Often the areas skipped, are the poorest and hardest to reach communities. That's unacceptable.
Atlantic Canada Chapter
Who we are:
Water For People Canada is an independent Canadian charitable non-profit organization organized to implement drinking water and sanitation projects that improve the health and welfare of local, regional and national populations in developing countries.
Information on upcoming events is shown below. Please check back often for the latest news and information on these events.
Water For People benefits from the considerable resources of the AWWA and WEF, which have designated Water For People as their charity of choice.
Through the fundraising efforts of our local Water For People committee, money is raised to support Water For People international programs.
Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles
Water For People works to build a world where all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and where no one suffers or dies from a water or sanitation related disease. This is our vision.
We’re on a mission. We work with people and partners to develop innovative and long-lasting solutions to the water, sanitation, and hygiene problems in the developing world. We strive to continually improve, to experiment with promising new ideas, and to leverage resources to multiply our impact.
Four Guiding Principles. One Human Need.
We believe in people:
We respect the dignity of all people.
We keep it local:
We believe that water, sanitation, and hygiene problems are most effectively solved using local resources.
We keep good company:
We search out trusted partners who share our vision and work together to build long-term relationships based on trust.
We keep our promises:
We believe we owe it to the communities we serve, our volunteers, staff, and donors to act with integrity and manage our resources effectively and efficiently.
Help Water For People – Atlantic Chapter raise money for water and wastewater solutions in developing countries by joining a local activity group. We currently have established volunteers in Halifax and Saint John. We are always looking for volunteers in other locations and have had interest in Moncton, Fredericton, Charlottetown, and St. John’s. Contact Sean MacIsaac (email:
) to see how you can become involved in your area, learn about ongoing events, and join our mailing list.
EVERYONE....are you in?
Everyone - a simple word that we use everyday in casual conversation. Water for People has taken that word and given it a more complex meaning, one that asks us to take part in a more serious conversation.
The EVERYONE campaign asks us to imagine a time when everyone - every family, every school, every clinic has access to safe water. We would like you to imagine a time when organizations like Water For People are no longer needed. Ambitious? Absolutely.
Just take a look at one of the countries that has made this pledge with Water For People. The Rwandan Government committed in October 2010 to have safe water coverage for 265,000 people in 494 villages in the Rulindo District by the end of 2014. Safe water access for Everyone. Every Family. Every School. Every Clinic - http://www.waterforpeople.org/everyone/rulindo-challenge.html. Imagine.
Water For People has developed a unique model within the nongovernmental organization (NGO) water and sanitation sector. We are not interested in providing “handouts,” we believe in giving a hand up. We don’t believe in 100% funding of projects, we believe that success is founded on empowering local communities and government to build and sustain their own reliable safe water systems. We don’t have beneficiaries, we have partners.
Our commitment to sustainability is more than just words, we will stay and monitor all of our projects for at least 10 years - and we will not be satisfied with anything less.
We have developed a revolutionary tool to do just that - FLOW (Field Level Operations Watch). FLOW measures what is working . . . and what is not working. Data is collected and analyzed by a dedicated group - the World Water Corps - who volunteer their time at their own cost to travel to our program countries. Check our Water For People-Canada webpage and meet the Canadians who volunteer with the World Water Corps. And, track our progress at http://watermapmonitordev.appspot.com/.
The Everyone Campaign, the commitment to monitoring and sustainability, Water For People’s talented staff, the dedication of our local committees throughout North America, and our World Water Corps team have made Water for People an organization to watch in the NGO sector. We attracted the attention of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that recently gave Water For People a $5.6 million grant for the Sanitation as a Business Program, and Ned Breslin, Water For People’s dynamic CEO, was awarded the 2011 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
All of this has happened because Water for People is changing the conversation about ending water and sanitation poverty, forever. So, are you interested in being part of this conversation? Are you interested in being part of Everyone?
Well, here’s how you can join in:
- Take the Everyone pledge - sign on at www.waterforpeople.org/everyone
- Sponsor a local committee event. Check our webpage regularly for up to date Committee information
- Develop a workplace giving program and organize activities in your office to support the Everyone campaign
- Donate to Water For People-Canada to support Everyone initiatives in our 11 program countries - Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, India, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru
Indra R. Prashad, P.Eng.
President, Water For People-Canada
Everyone. Every family. Every school. Every clinic.
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