The EP year in review:
Communities that partner with El Porvenir play an active role in each project.
Women and men provide technical assistance, tools, and materials for theconstruction of wells, latrines, community wash stations, school hand-washingstations, fuel-efficient cookstoves, and tree nurseries. All of the communitymembers, including children, help with construction or with carefully tendingseedlings. Community members form committees to take responsibility for ongoing maintenance and repair of the completed projects.
Thanks to the commitment and support of our donors, the future is now brighter for the 10,414 villagers who partnered with El Porvenir in 2011.
They planted 71,995 trees and built:
•605 latrinesDownload EP_2011_annual_report
•75 fuel-efficient stoves
•30 water projects
•62 tree nurseries
•10 community wash stations
•9 school hand-washing stations
I spent a delightful day with some EP folks visiting sites in Nicaragua on 2 July 2012, then had a great dinner with Rob Bell, EP's remarkable Executive Director, and Susan M. Davis, founder of Improve International. The three of us spent a few hours talking about WaSH work - a most enjoyable and educational time.
Susan and I soon realized we had spoken before - on conference calls - but had never met. I was impressed with her. Her organization's work is intended to support the on WASH Sustainability Charter, particularly the reporting and knowledge sharing principles:
In order to ensure timely identification of service delivery challenges and to continuously improve our efforts, we will:
- Utilize appropriate and consistent metrics, evaluation criteria, and tools to monitor and measure performance relative to long-term service delivery throughout the solution life-cycle (including post-implementation phases).
- Share data and lessons learned – both from failures and successes – in order to provide continuous improvement throughout the sector.
- Adopt and use consistent financial and operational reporting frameworks.
She spoke passionately about indicators and M & E (monitoring and evaluation). As the banner says, 'Making international work...work better."
She also mentioned her goal: having every water point in the world geolocated. More power to her. We all posited about how that might be done, and the need for a heavy-hitting champion.
Serendipity strikes again! I've got a lot to ponder.
"People deserve safe water for life...and for generations." - Improve International