What does “going the second mile” mean with water programs?
First and foremost this means taking the time to build meaningful relationship with whom we work. Relationship acts as a cornerstone to support the trust, accountability, understanding, knowledge, transparency, and learning that must exist to ensure a water project or program is sustainable.
Striving for Regional Water Coverage
While we have a broad focus of “helping marginalized people in developing countries gain access to clean, safe drinking water”, our current initiative focuses on the Jalapa Valley of North-Central Nicaragua. We want to ensure all 47,000+ people in the Jalapa Valley who do not have access to clean drinking water obtain access forever. To do this we are developing and implementing thoughtful appraisal methods to ensure our water intervention strategies take into account the complex tapestry of dynamically interacting constraints and resources that exist within the Jalapa Valley.
Below are a few of the ways we are and will continue to be engaging within the Jalapa Valley with water programs:
- Working with Local Government – We will work hand-in-hand with local municipalities through the formation of mutually beneficial and empowering partnerships that build capacity within the governing body to best serve the people they represent, and to ultimately take over the project when we have finished the facilitating process.
- Formation of Strategic Partnerships with In-Country Organizations – We will work to leverage our efforts through the formation of strong, mutually beneficial and effective partnerships with existing local organizations.
- Capacity and Dignity Building – We will be committed to facilitating communities and their associated water committees to utilize the resources they already have, and realize their full potential to change their own lives for the better.
- Foster Transparency and Accountability – With what we are calling “Second Mile Connect”, we will continually stay connected with donors, partners, and communities through rigorous monitoring and evaluating systems along with cutting edge adaptive learning and reporting plans, with the purpose to facilitate accountability and transparency at all levels.
- Strive for Economic Sustainability – To ensure economic sustainability we will work to construct appropriate system payback, maintenance and overhaul plans functioning within affordable community household tariff structures and saving schemes. We will create a locally managed business within the Jalapa Valley composed of “Circuit Rider Networks” (CRN), a cooperation of mobile mechanics whose sole job will be to operate and maintain groups of community water systems. We will investigate more effective supply chains for the provision of water system materials in order to ensure broken systems are fixed quickly and effectively.
- Protecting and Monitoring Water Vital Watersheds – To make sure clean water continues to flow, we will work to ensure water quality and quantity are not adversely impacted by future development within the Jalapa Valley watershed.
We Are in for the Long Haul:
With our 100% model, we are ensuring that each and every community in each region we work gains access to clean, safe drinking water. Thanks for being a part of this with us!