I know Radhika Darbari
has also chosen WaterAid so please go and check her post as well
are doing amazing things and they have a really sound strategic approach to their interventions. I've been reading about one of their projects in Konso, in southern Ethiopia, in the special issue of National Geographic.
Before beginning any project WaterAid asks the local community to form a committee of seven people, at least four of which must to be women. Water is highly gendered as an issue because in many communities it is women who are taking the burden of water carrying. The committee then works with WaterAid in planning the projects and organizing the local community's work on the project. That committee are the people who go on to maintain and run the project. This kind of design feature makes sure that WaterAid's projects are truly useful and even more important, useful in the long term so they don't become white elephants, littering the landscape for want of some essential maintenance.
There are fun resources and tips for everyone on the WaterAid website as well - drink more water!
I've been drawing attention to Wateraid through my Facebook page. I've also contacted someone who organizes musci and dancing about him helping me put on a fundraising dance party in aid of Wateraid. It's going to take a couple of months to get that done so I can't immediately report success. I wonder if I can make an opportunity to raise some money for them before then?