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In a market-place, money must exchange hands before goods are provided. Similarly, we have found that if wells are provided for free, there is little village ownership and the pumps will spoil and sit broken.
For projects to be successful in the long-term, community members must be willing to work together, share food & shelter with the Lifewater team, and give time, energy, finances & resources towards the project.
Villagers perform maintenance, raise repair funds and establish rules such as:
Lifewater works with community leaders to develop a Water Supply Agreement. Each project is customized to address local needs and capacity.
Each community designates a Well and/or Washroom Caretaker that is trained by Lifewater in daily operations.
For each project cluster, a repair technician is also trained. Required tools are left with the local village chief.
Plaques showing the sponsors name are normally not attached to the well since this diminishes village ownership of the project.
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