Water is an important source of life. It illustrates the true meaning of sustainable development. I came across a great non for profit organization called WaterAid that focuses on providing clean water and sanitation to developing countries. What I like the most about this organization is the fact that they engage the local communities by teaching them how to use and maintain the new low cost technologies they put in place. WaterAid doesn’t only focus on the now when it comes to providing clean water, it focuses on teaching the local communities to keep their water source clean and potable in the long run.
WaterAid is an organization based in London, England that has offices in Australia, USA, and Sweden. It was created on July 21, 1981 by the UK water industry as a charity trust. They bring fresh and safe accessible water and sanitation to developing countries all around the world. Their vision is to empower the poorest people access to safe water and sanitation. WaterAid currently helps 26 countries in Africa, Asia and Pacific region access potable water and learn about hygiene and sanitation. Their primary goal is to involve local communities in each project they work on. So this organization is in constant collaboration with local partners, local individuals and poor communities on how to use low cost, sustainable water projects that WaterAid staff members and volunteers create for each community. Also there is a strong emphasize in educating the local communities in the use of appropriate health and hygiene methods in order to maintain a sustainable environment for the long run. Sustainable development is about the legacy we leave for the future generation and WaterAid makes sure that everyone is involved in achieving that goal.
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