Mar 04, 2014

One Drop, Water for People Develop Sustainable Programming

Collaboration will impact more than 650,000 people in India’s Sheohar district

One Drop Water For People Partner Water Sanitation Poverty Sheohar India Funding

One Drop and Water For People announced a strategic partnership to help solve one of the most pressing and urgent social and economic challenges humanity faces — the eradication of water and sanitation poverty. The two large players in the water and sanitation sector are collaborating beyond the scope of individual programming to ensure sustainability and increase the scale and impact of their work.

“We share the belief that sustainability and economic empowerment are the foundation of international development,” said Catherine B. Bachand, CEO of One Drop. “This partnership will demonstrate ways the water sector can collaborate to increase the return on investment of funding, and, ultimately, achieve the mutual goal of delivering sustainable solutions at scale.”

“We are excited to pool our talents and resources in the interest of vulnerable communities, families and children specifically in the Sheohar district of India,” said Ned Breslin, CEO of Water For People. "This partnership has the potential to shift how philanthropy and international aid is approached to permanently resolve the water and sanitation crisis in the developing world.”

The partnership, which aims to impact more than 650,000 people by 2018, leverages One Drop and Water For People’s core organizational strengths. The investment over the five-year period is estimated at $10.8 million, with Water For People contributing $5.8 million and One Drop contributing $5 million. This investment builds on the considerable investments Water For People has already made in the district of Sheohar.

One Drop brings its expertise in ensuring the sustainability of its water, sanitation and hygiene programs by combining access to water, access to microcredit and impact on behavior change through social arts.

Water For People brings its experience in working with governments and communities to provide sustainable access to drinking water, market-based solutions for access to household sanitation, comprehensive school programming on hygiene education, and institutional capacity building in order to achieve full (district-wide) water coverage in every household, school and clinic.