Together with volunteers, many small donors and large sponsors, the non-profit WaterFoundation has launched numerous projects since it was founded in 2000, providing tens of thousands of people with drinking water and enabling many families to live in dignity.
After successfully implementing numerous projects in Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Chile, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Morocco, Nepal, Palestine, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Uganda, and Uzbekistan, the WaterFoundation has been focusing its activities in the project areas of water supply and village development on the countries of Ethiopia and Eritrea since 2018. Since 2020 Bolivia, Peru, and Tansania are additional focus areas. (Due to the political situation in Eritrea no new projects can be started there.)
Many schools, rural health stations, entire villages and countless people do not have sufficient clean drinking water. The WaterFoundation therefore initiates numerous smaller and larger spring tapping projects, builds walls, concretes the place where the spring water comes to the surface, drills or digs wells, builds water tanks and installs pipelines to transport the drinking water. Where water pipes cannot (yet) be laid, the WaterFoundation distributes donkeys to carry the water.
Due to climate change, the groundwater level is dropping dramatically in many areas of Africa. Wells are drying up and the distances to the still open water points are long. Traditionally, it is women and girls who walk for hours with heavy canisters or calabashes on their backs to fetch drinking water to supply their families. With the distribution of specially equipped donkeys, this deplorable situation can be remedied quickly and inexpensively. The physical exertions are ended, girls can attend school instead, women can work in the fields and take care of the family.
For many years, the WaterFoundation has been researching the use of fog collectors. The CloudFisher is the result of several years of joint development work with Munich-based industrial designer Peter Trautwein. The first series-produced fog collector that can withstand high wind speeds of up to 120 km/h, it is quick and easy to install, requires no energy and is extremely low-maintenance. The CloudFisher supplies high-quality drinking water at low cost in suitable regions. In addition, water extracted from fog can be used in agriculture, livestock and reforestation projects. So far, the CloudFisher is located in Morocco, Tanzania and Bolivia.
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Good sanitation is a prerequisite for hygiene and the prevention of diseases. It thus contributes not only to people’s health and, in particular, to the good development of children. Rather, beneficial effects on economic strength are also the goal of countermeasures. Loss of productivity in the communities or absenteeism from school due to illness can be prevented. For this reason, WaterFoundation is building hand-washing facilities and toilets in the project regions.
Because a functioning water supply is closely linked to healthy terrestrial ecosystems, the WaterFoundation’s commitment in poorer regions – especially in Africa and South America – serves also to preserve or restore healthy soils, thriving vegetation and thus biodiversity and climate protection. The designation of nature and water conservation areas, reforestation projects, the terracing of eroded soils and their sustainable irrigation and cultivation help to preserve the basis of life for people and animals.
In addition to financial, technical, and practical support, the transfer of know-how is particularly important in order to secure the successes achieved in the long term. That is why our project work includes teaching basic knowledge about ecological interrelationships in schools as well as the proper use of drinking water, toilets and hygiene (WASH).