Collaboration will impact more than 650,000 people in India's Sheohar
NEW YORK CITY, Feb. 27, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Today ONE DROP and Water For
People announced a strategic partnership to help solve one of the most
pressing and urgent social and economic challenges humanity faces - the
eradication of water and sanitation poverty. Two large players in the
water and sanitation sector are collaborating beyond the scope of
individual programming to ensure sustainability and increase the scale
and impact of their work.
"We share the belief that sustainability and economic empowerment are
the foundation of international development," said Catherine B.
Bachand, ONE DROP's Chief Executive Officer. "This partnership will
demonstrate ways the water sector can collaborate to increase the
return on investment of funding, and ultimately, achieve the mutual
goal of delivering sustainable solutions at scale."
"We are excited to pool our talents and resources in the interest of
vulnerable communities, families, and children specifically in the
Sheohar district of India," said Ned Breslin, Chief Executive Officer
of Water For People. "This partnership has the potential to shift how
philanthropy and international aid is approached to permanently resolve
the water and sanitation crisis in the developing world."
The partnership, which will impact more than 650,000 people by 2018,
leverages ONE DROP and Water For People's core organizational
strengths. The investment over the five-year period is estimated at
$10.8 million, with Water For People contributing $5.8 million and ONE
DROP contributing $5 million. This investment builds on the
considerable investments Water For People has already made in the
district of Sheohar.
ONE DROP brings its expertise in ensuring the sustainability of its
water, sanitation, and hygiene programs by combining access to water,
access to microcredit and impact on behavior change through social
Water For People brings its proven experience in working with
governments and communities to provide sustainable access to drinking
water, market-based solutions for access to household sanitation,
comprehensive school programming on hygiene education, and
institutional capacity building in order to achieve full
(district-wide) water coverage in every household, school, and clinic.
Despite decades of development activity by nonprofits and governments,
between 780 million to 1.2 billion people in the world do not have
sustainable access to safe drinking water.
Water for People and ONE DROP have been active in developing sustainable
water and sanitation access programs in India since, respectively, 1996
Through its "Everyone Forever" model, Water For People provides every
household, school and clinic in the districts where they work with
sustainable access to water and sanitation. By developing partnerships
with local governments, the local private sector and the community
Water For People promote capacity building and water system governance
at a local level with the end goal of empowering the communities to
achieve independence from foreign aid.
ONE DROP works towards sustainable change through its unique ABC
approach—by focusing on A - access to safe water for consumption and
agriculture, B- behavior change through locally-inspired social arts
initiatives to address the cultural challenges of water, sanitation and
hygiene and C-capital and skills training to improve the economic
well-being of communities.
About ONE DROP
ONE DROP—a non-profit organization created in 2007 by Cirque du Soleil
Founder Guy Laliberté—strives to ensure that water is accessible to
all, today and forever. ONE DROP significantly and sustainably improves
living conditions through innovative projects which promote
self-reliance in communities worldwide. To learn more, visit www.ONEDROP.org.
About Water For People
Water For People is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to
providing access to improved water and sanitation systems and services
in developing countries. By working with local governments, the private
sector, and partners, Water For People ensures that everyone in a
specific region has these basic needs met forever. This innovative
approach reaches every family, every school, and every clinic,
catalyzing transformative change for better health and economic
development to occur. Learn more at www.waterforpeople.org.
SOURCE: One Drop
For further information:
Gabrielle M. Lee