What goes into a water project exactly?

A lot of time and effort – and great concern for each and every human person we serve. Each water project is unique, but here are some factors to consider:

Construction and Equipment. The bulk of funds cover construction costs (like drilling or excavating), equipment costs (like pumps, tools, etc…) and costs related to water trucking and the exploration and engineering of water access points.

Labor. Covers salaries and benefits for our local water techs, project managers and contractors. Sometimes this includes bonuses or a staff celebration.

Partner Costs. Project partners like local government or community-based organizations generally cover their own costs related to a project, but we may help from time-to-time with gap support or a big purchase.

Program Support Costs. The time (as a % of employee’s salary) and resources (as a % of office use) spent on the program. Program Support Costs include housing, meals and travel for multi-site crew, volunteer trips, site visits for partnership or community-building, conferences, meetings with local leaders, regulatory agencies, and research costs.

Sanitation Training. Part hardware and part software. In addition to investing time and equipment into bathrooms, hand washing stations and other sanitation measures, DIGDEEP gives local communities the training they need to ensure that their water source will stay clean and protected for generations.

Hygiene Training. Access to water can cut disease rates by about 20%. When combined with adequate sanitation facilities and basic hygiene education, however, that number can more than double. Hygiene is about avoiding disease by changing behavior – including body cleanliness, hand washing, and food cleaning / storage.

Human Rights Work. Communities are empowered to claim and protect their rights in the future. Our activities help create basic mechanisms for rule of law (like water councils) and build awareness around location-specific human rights-based entitlements.

Information Collection and Reporting. Whether the data is coming from partners, DIGDEEP staff or independent photographers, videographers and journalists, this covers the time and equipment used to report on a water project to its supporters and the public.

Monitoring and Maintenance. Covers the cost of equipping a community to care for their own water source. Generally, long-term maintenance costs are borne by the local community, but occasionally some funds are used to re-visit project sites or assist communities with repairs that they are unable to cover themselves.

Program funds are not used for fundraising or for operational expenses like operational salaries, fundraising expenses, web development, and other costs associated with building and maintaining the organization.

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