posted this on August 18, 2011 05:41 AM
We always spend 100% of your money on water projects in the field – and we’re committed to using those funds in the most effective way to fight the water crisis. This means investing in more than just materials to build a well.
Here are some of the things needed to complete a successful water project:
The hardware of the physical water project includes the all the basics: cement, pipes, pumps, solar panels, construction supplies, spare parts, and training manuals. We also fund the purchase of digital cameras and GPS devices so we can show you the work once it’s complete.
People make our projects run, so our costs include salaries and benefits for program managers; technical experts like engineers, surveyors, and hydro geologists; drillers and welders; and drivers. Wherever possible, we also fund hygiene and sanitation projects to help communities enjoy the full health benefits of clean water. This requires ongoing training from our partners so everyone using the new water point understands what actions they can take to prevent diseases.
Local staff and equipment need to get to and from project sites, so we include costs for vehicle rental and repairs, fuel, meals, and lodging for a good night’s sleep.
Local office program support costs.
Before, during, and after the construction of projects, our local partners need a home base. These costs includeoffice rent and maintenance, insurance, supplies, utilities, phones, and computers. They also cover key support staff accountants, grant managers, and office admins.