Gravity Flow Systems
Our award-winning water programs start with one of the most sustainable, drought-resistant ways to deliver water in the world: Gravity Flow Systems (GFS). The GFS provides clean water to a wide range of villages in Uganda. We find a water source
in the hills above the communities, protect that source, and then through the building of a network of pipelines, reservoirs, and accessible tap stands we can deliver clean water to several villages.
Once the system has been created, no manual labour (such as pumping water) is required. Gravity does the work!
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Training (WASH)
What good is clean water if it goes into a dirty jerry can? Or why provide clean water if no one knows how to wash their hands?
When we surround clean water with the best in hygiene practices, we make sure 100% of that clean water reaches 100% of its full potential. We make this process a community issue, using social pressure, and group activities in the community, as well as in the school where we build latrines in partnership with parents and the government. Local partners help the communities work together to accomplish huge milestones in health standards – a key part of our programming.
Healthy Hygiene Villages
We work with every family, every school and institution to bring the community up to our Healthy Hygiene Villages Standard. This is a rigorous process so that by the end of our twelve months, every household has built a pit latrine, food prep area, and handwashing station. Most importantly, they are practicing safe, healthy hygiene practices. In schools, we build latrines and train staff and kids in the critical importance of sanitation and hygiene. Once a community is ready, they undergo a verification process by the local, district and even national governments. In Uganda, this term is called Open Defecation Free Village, but it is about so much more!
Monitoring & Evaluation
We aren’t satisfied with claiming industry statistics as our own. Our small but strong team gathers both qualitative and quantitative data from the field and submits it using a best-in-class digital platform where we track progress and compare results. This culture of Monitoring, Evaluation, Assessment, and Learning is perhaps one of our greatest strengths.