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National ENERGY GLOBE Award South Sudan 2018
The Safe Water Project, established by Enviro-Stewards, empowers communities to sustainably provide safe water. A social enterprise-based approach is used to teach people how to teach others: to build biosand filter water purification systems using locally available materials, to help residents understand how it is less expensive to purchase their own biosand filter compared to their family’s present cost to treat water related illnesses.
When the project started in January 2004, Southern Sudan was at war with Northern Sudan. Southern Sudan was never adequately developed prior to the war and any infrastructure that had been developed had been eradicated by several decades of war. Among other things, local residents suffered from a lack of employment, roads, water, sanitation, education and basic health care.
The Scope of the Safe Water Project is to empower communities to sustainably provide safe water. To do this, Enviro-Stewards Inc. brings in a trainer to train people how to train others to construct biosand filters and other appropriate technology. Enviro-Stewards Inc. then provides training in business fundamentals (break even analysis, production planning, sales management, etc.) and teaches the teams how to train community health agents to sell biosand filters in the local community.
The Safe Water Project’s Social Venture approach unleashes the local capacity for change. Similar to other projects, local residents are taught how to teach others how to construct biosand filters using locally available materials. However, Enviro-Stewards Inc. then teaches them business fundamentals and how to teach Community Health Agents (CHAs) who will then receive income by selling Biofilters to local residents for less than that family’s present expenditures on water related illnesses.