A FOCUSED GOAL
The mission of WfW is to provide the 56,000 residents of Waslala with clean drinking water. That is a focused, tangible goal that we know how to solve.
Waslalans, not temporary US volunteers, are in charge of designing, building, and maintaining their own water systems, which fosters community organization, empowerment, and sustainability. WfW simply assists the Waslalans achieve their goals through fundraising and knowledge transfer from our Villanova and local partners.
INFORMED BY BEST PRACTICES
WfW works in partnership with Villanova University’s Engineering and Nursing Departments. Professors and students visit Waslala twice a year to host training workshops, inspect systems, and foster critical health & hygiene education. Our access to state-of-the-art academic resources ensures that our systems are designed, built, used, and maintained according to best practices.
DEDICATED TO SUSTAINABILITY
WfW pledges that a one-time donation provides a lifetime supply of potable water. We are able to make this assertion by investing heavily on training: training communities to establish adequate maintenance funds and to keep their systems in good condition.
We collect data for each project throughout its lifetime to ensure that our systems are improving public health, educational attainment, and economic development in Waslala. When the data show that we aren’t achieving our goals in a given community, we adapt our approach until tangible benefits are realized.
Water for Waslala’s Executive Director, eight-member Board of Directors, and student volunteers from Villanova University raise the funds needed to construct potable water systems in Waslala. Most of our funds come from foundation grants, grassroots fundraisers in schools and churches, and community events like the Walk for Water 5K at Villanova University.
Despite the fact that WfW’s Board and student volunteers have full-time jobs or classes, their genuine passion for reducing poverty commits them to dedicating their free time to help the Waslalan people access the clean water they deserve.