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Change the journey to community health

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Our goal
Employ a range of community-led solutions to promote health and well-being
The Challenge

An integrated approach to community development has to begin with water and sanitation

The journey began with a single decision. Twenty-six women from the village of Mahuge, in South Kivu Province of Eastern Congo showed up on the first morning of the five-day BioSand Filter training in Kasunyu, miles from their homes. They hadn’t been invited. There was no advance word. No one had planned for them. There was no food for them, no equipment or materials.

They made it clear they weren’t going to leave until they were allowed in.

They had taken the first step following a tragedy, and sought empowerment. Waterborne illnesses struck their village with a vengeance in the past year, and 18 of their children had died of cholera. In this area of the world wracked by war, violence, unspeakable attacks upon women, and children kidnapped to become child soldiers, no one was going to help them. So they came seeking ways to deal with this themselves.

They had heard of the radical success of Friendly Water for the World’s international award-winning Women of Minova project some 40 miles away, where waterborne illnesses had been virtually eliminated. Cholera epidemics had been stopped in their tracks. Children went back to school. And women could now earn school fees by producing BioSand Water Filters.

The Women of Mahuge stayed and learned for five days, and returned home, ready to take the next steps to transform their community.

Our Solution

Community-based solutions based on simple affordable technologies transform the lives of communities

We offer solutions that make it possible for communities themselves to tackle major public health problems: water access and water quality (BioSand Filters and rainwater catchments); health and sanitation (MicroFlush Toilets and liquid soap); basic construction techniques to build toilets, catchments (and clinics and schools) (non-fired soil stabilized bricks); indoor air quality and respiratory problems especially among children (rocket stoves); better nutrition (PermaGardens).

Taken together, these solutions represent the journey to good health. We don't do it for people, but rather provide the skills, tools, knowledge, and training for people to do this for themselves. Friendly Water places a priority on working with the most marginalized and disadvantaged populations: widows; people with HIV; victims of wartime rape and sexual violence; refugees and displaced people; former child soldiers; orphans and survivors of genocide, people with albinism; unemployed youth.

Through the solutions we offer, people are building the road as they travel. Just as no two communities are the same, so their water and sanitation needs may differ. What we know, and what communities have taught us, is that better health and sanitation are the lynchpins of integrated community development, and with the access to knowledge and training, they can take charge of this themselves.

Your Impact

By donating, you join in this journey to better health for all.

Through surveys, through interviews, and, above all, through listening, we seek to match solutions to community health and sanitation-related needs and aspirations. Our solutions are proven to work, but it is only through working with people that together we can achieve our common goals – healthy children, vibrant families, productive communities.

A donor has come forward to match this Caring Crowd campaign. For every dollar you contribute, Friendly Water for the World projects will receive $3.

$25,000 Minimum Funding Goal
  • 52%-Tools used in construction

  • 28%-Starter materials

  • 16%-Training materials

  • 4%-Credit card fees

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