Because it's not just what you do... but how you do it.
Through vigorous research, the staff and directors of ActiveWater understand that many times charity can become a problem in and of itself. Recipient communities can become very frustrated and left feeling hopeless with organizations who, with good intentions, bring lifesaving supplies and equipment to improve their quality of life, only to quickly abandon them and move on to their next quest.
That is why ActiveWater networks with partners, Blood:Water Mission and Lifewater International. These organizations have proven themselves over many years to have shown strength in addressing needs in a holistic and ongoing relationship, empowering and equipping communities to take their health into their own hands through the development and installation of clean water solutions, improved sanitation projects, hygiene training, and medical attention. Development work such as training, drilling, and repairs are done through locally-hired staff of our partners, SHIP (Seeds of Hope International Partnerships) and CHO (Cambodian Hope Organization). We feel that working with partners who are physically located within our project sites is imperitive. Experience shows that communities respond better to training when the leadership comes humbly from someone who both understands their need and has a physical stake in the future of the community.
Furthermore, ActiveWater's international partners, SHIP and CHO are also reaching out to communities through their own funding. In Zambia, SHIP teaches improved irrigation techniques to farmers, offers welding and sewing classes to people desiring useful trade skills, and will soon offer HIV testing and distribution of anti-retroviral therapy drugs. In Cambodia, CHO responds to multiple needs, including but not limited to, hosting a safehaven to children recovered from human trafficking, teaching desireable trade skills such as sewing, and offerring micro-finance loans to hopeful entrepreneurs. Although ActiveWater only funds water, sanitation, and hygiene aspects of their development programs, we are very proud to work with partners who are daily seeing and addressing these other needs.