Vision of a Healthy Village

Everyone participates in a healthy village - moms, dads, teachers, kids, church leaders. But how does it all fit together?

Local Government

Officials are committed to the program and provide support for ongoing maintenance of water sources.

Handwashing Device

A device made from locally available materials that uses a small amount of water, with soap or ash attached.

Latrine

A clean and dignifying place to go to the bathroom, made from local materials that every family can afford.

Drying Rack

A clean place high off the ground to dry and disinfect dishes in the sun, away from animals and garbage.

Safe Water Storage and Use

Households store and use their water safely in clean and covered containers. This may include boiling and filtering drinking water.

School Latrine

A safe and clean place for students and teachers to go to the bathroom. School latrines encourage attendance, especially for girls.

School Health Clubs

In addition to safe water and latrines, local schools have WASH clubs that encourage students to practice healthy behaviors.

Health Promoters

Community members trained by Lifewater national staff to share health messages at each household.

Water Committee

A group of local leaders that maintains and manages the new water source. The committee saves water user fees for repairs.

Water Source

We provide a community with a safe water source that is managed and maintained by a local water committee.

Church

We walk alongside the local church to bring physical and spiritual healing and well-being to remote, unengaged communities.

School Water Source

A safe water source at the school so students can be healthy and learn.

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Vision of a Healthy Village

Everyone participates in a healthy village - moms, dads, teachers, kids, church leaders. But how does it all fit together?

Healthy Village Illustration

Drying Rack

A clean place high off the ground to dry and disinfect dishes in the sun, away from animals and garbage.

Handwashing Device

A device made from locally available materials that uses a small amount of water, with soap or ash attached.

Latrine

A clean and dignifying place to go to the bathroom, made from local materials that every family can afford.

Safe Water Storage and Use

Households store and use their water safely in clean and covered containers. This may include boiling and filtering drinking water.

Water Source

We provide a community with a safe water source that is managed and maintained by a local water committee.

Water Committee

A group of local leaders that maintains and manages the new water source. The committee saves water user fees for repairs.

Health Promoters

Community members trained by Lifewater national staff to share health messages at each household.

Church

We walk alongside the local church to bring physical and spiritual healing and well-being to remote, unengaged communities.

School Latrine

A safe and clean place for students and teachers to go to the bathroom. School latrines encourage attendance, especially for girls.

School Water Source

A safe water source at the school so students can be healthy and learn.

School Health Clubs

In addition to safe water and latrines, local schools have WASH clubs that encourage students to practice healthy behaviors.

Local Government

Officials are committed to the program and provide support for ongoing maintenance of water sources.

 

The Process

House by house, we walk alongside families as they start to make small health changes. Small changes result in large health improvements.

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Baseline Survey

We ask people questions about their lives, health, and their experiences. We compare these first answers to answers they give later on to see how their lives have changed. Our field staff start to build relationships with families in the area.

 

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Community Led Total Sanitation

Our field staff guide the whole community through exercises that show them how their current practices are making them sick, like identifying all the places where feces is contaminating their households and environment. It’s uncomfortable, but it opens the door for immediate changes.

 

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Open Defecation Free

When each household builds their own functioning latrine and everyone is using it, a community can earn an “Open-Defecation Free” (ODF) certification. It’s something to be proud of! The community did this on their own, and they are feeling healthier already.

 

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Healthy Homes

Each household has the goal of using safe water and storing it safely, using a latrine, washing hands, drying dishes safely, and keeping a clean compound. When a family demonstrates that it does all these things, it earns a “Healthy Home” certificate, making their improvements official (and getting them well on their way to continued good health).

 

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Healthy Schools

Schools are a vital component of good health for vulnerable children and families. Providing access to safe water, dignified latrines, and good hygiene helps kids stay healthy and keeps them in school. Healthy schools are places where kids can learn and grow.

 

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Water Committees

Respected members of the community, men and women, are selected by the community to be responsible for the full-time function of the water point. They set and collect user fees, which are saved and used when maintenance is needed. Field staff follow-up with water committees to monitor savings rates and water source functionality.

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Water Access

Finally, a sustainable source of safe water – a well, capped spring, cistern, or other appropriate source – is constructed in the village. The water source is partially paid for by the community and all celebrate at its completion! Each water point is logged into our database, including detailed construction information.

 

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Evaluation/Impact

We ask people to tell us about their lives and experiences again, using real-time data and personal reports to measure the impact of the program and continuously improve.

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