Globally, 1 in 9 people still have no access to clean water. But in the economically depressed areas we serve, 9 out of 9 people have no access to clean water. A community that lacks access to clean water also lacks the ability to stay healthy, cultivate food, build housing or provide proper educational services with water and sanitation.
Finding water is a daily challenge for families in these areas. Providing a reliable and safe water source will help lift this burden and provide these communities the opportunity to begin growing themselves out of poverty.
Our Goal for 2020
COPAF is committed to raising adequate funds in order to begin educating communities on clean water, building new wells, rehab neglected wells, protect any fresh springs and install sand dams where appropriate. Our objective is to ensure these areas become self-sufficient, as we make sure they keep working through regular follow-up and maintenance.
Community education is essential to water and sanitation projects, and it has to happen before anyone can begin working. The local people must have a desire to get clean, safe water and become organized enough to begin the process of finding it. COPAF is committed to making sure the communities we plan to invest in are prepared to contribute and manage whichever water scheme is installed.
It is important for members of these communities to attend and participate in in learning sessions about hygiene and sanitation. In these sessions we can engage in group discussions and conduct house visits with the local people so they are able to learn new concepts of sustainable water access.
Once the initial community engagement and education has been completed, and community contributions have been collected, it is time to get the drilling equipment, locate well sites and obtain government permits to begin the process. Only after these final steps are complete, is the team ready to go. Our goal is to see water available and reliable in an entire area.