When people participate in their own change process, change is sustainable
Real, lasting change happens when communities actively contribute to the program. We spend time establishing relationships, listening, and discovering the resources that the community has right before them to bring about change. The result is lasting change, empowered people, and thriving villages.
“In community building, the producers must be members of the community. If outside actors are principally responsible for results, then the community will never change, be strengthened, or advance its capacity to deal with its own problems, solutions, and development.”
Robert D. Lupton
Training the leaders of change
We engage early adopters, trendsetters, and natural teachers to impact the health of their community.
Identify and Train
When a person is in a good position to influence their neighbors, our staff teaches them to teach others about water, sanitation, and hygiene behaviors (WASH) that will keep them healthy.
Lead by Example
These households serve as models in WASH that neighbors can imitate. Families model both the tools and behaviors for good health.
Teach and Influence Others
Once households become certified as Healthy Homes, they begin to teach and influence their neighbors how to follow in their footsteps of healthy WASH behaviors. Healthy habits spread from house to house.
Every water source has a water committee
A water committee, a small group of men and women selected by the community, is responsible for the continued operation of the water source. The committee is directly accountable to the community. It also serves as a model for how the community can organize for other changes it wants to see!
The Duties of a Water Committee
Each water committee is unique because it’s a product of each unique community, but some responsibilities are universal.
Collect user fees
The committee collects community-established user fees, deposits them in a savings account, and uses the savings whenever the water source needs maintenance or repair.
Monitor water source use
The water source needs protection from damage, abuse, and overuse. The water committee determines how this can be done best.
Every water source needs upkeep eventually. The committee must act quickly to make repairs, either with local help or using the community’s savings.