a child’s right Joins GWC, Launches ProvingIt

Around the world, children are forced to drink unsafe water at home and in schools,  orphanages and even medical facilities.  a child’s right (acr) was founded in 2006 on the simple belief that every child has the right to clean water. Their vision, as they say, is “a world with clean water for all children — and a museum telling of when it was not so.”

acr works in China, India, Cambodia, Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand and Ethiopia, partnering with local organizations that serve vulnerable children.  From the start, a joint team of acr and on-site staff work together to plan and install water purification systems, drinking water stations and hand washing stations.  To promote sustainability, acr guarantees ten years of safe water through ongoing support and monitoring of the project and offers minor support for the second project decade, once the facilities have shifted to local control.

They train local staff at each site (like school leaders or hospital staff), forging strong working relationships in the first ten years so that beginning in the eleventh year, the local owners of the water systems will be prepared to perform routine operations and maintenance of the system.  After twenty years, they will have built the knowledge and buy-in necessary to make clean water solutions endure.

acr recently reaffirmed their commitment to sustainability and transparency by launching ProvingIt, a website to track the impact of donations over the years.  The site not only tells how the money was spent, but also shows real time updates and quality reports, including if a project fails or anything goes wrong.

acr rigorously monitors their impact and constantly updates their beneficiary number to reflect only those who benefit from functioning systems at a given moment.  This number is not simply a cumulative count of all children ever served; it is a living number that goes up and down to show the number of the children who are actively drinking safe water as a result of acr projects.  This full transparency approach not only informs acr’s donors about their donation, but it also helps acr track progress, find out quickly when something goes wrong, fix it and learn from mistakes.

For more information on acr and ProvingIt, visit a child’s right’s website.

a child’s right and the Baluddhar school from a child’s right on Vimeo.

GWC, WASH Advocacy Initiative Convene Webinar on Post Implementation Monitoring

Last week GWC and the WASH Advocacy Initiative convened a webinar that brought together a broad spectrum of stakeholders interested in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector to discuss options for post implementation monitoring.  This event was aligned with the WASH Sustainability Charter and focused on providing attendees with several concrete and practical tools that can be used to monitor programs after implementation, including collaborative monitoring, circuit riding and remote monitoring. 

Each of the speakers gave their perspective on post implementation monitoring during the hour-long webinar.  The entire webinar can be viewed in the player at the bottom of the post.  The individual speakers begin at the timestamp after their affiliation.

  • Jae So, Manager of the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program (1:55), gave an overview of monitoring and discussed why it is so important for long-term program effectiveness.
  • Erick Toledo, Program Director at Millennium Water Alliance (12:55), outlined the circuit rider program that has been put in place in Central America.
  • Marla Smith-Nislon, Executive Director of Water 1st (23:45), introduced the concept of collaborative monitoring and introduced about the upcoming accountability forum that will pilot this model.
  • Eric Stowe, Founder and Director of a child’s right (32:25), gave a survey of remote monitoring technologies and options for interested organizations.
  • A question and answer session (39:00) followed the last presentation.

The webinar was moderated by Ned Breslin, CEO of Water For People

The video of the event can be found below. We invite you to continue the conversation at www.SustainableWASH.org.  Be sure to let us know what you think on Twitter and Facebook!

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