We now have 22 projects uploaded into the Akvo system, and the good news is these are distributed more widely around the world than originally expected. Our first projects were either in Africa or in Asia, but our partner Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) has changed all that. WECF is a network of women's and environmental organisations and operates throughout Central Asia and Europe. With their contribution of five projects (located in Armenia, Romania, Georgia, and Ukraine) we now have a geographically diverse package of projects to offer.

(Photo: Project supported by WECF concerning water delivery to Svedlov Village in Armenia)

WECF is a great addition to our network. The development issues facing Eastern Europe are often overlooked – many people still have no proper access to clean water or sanitation. Adding to that are the gender issues which have proven to be crucial in addressing development sustainably. WECF is a partner of Women for Water Partnership (WfW) which is an organisation that has some similarities to the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP). I hope we are able to explore options to collaborate.

Akhila Jambagi has been helping me gather all the projects into a working format for the Akvo database. Akhila is still in high school and is using her vacation time to help us out here. Her contribution has become essential in getting the work done in time.

On July 24th we held a meeting here at the Akvo office in Delft with all the main partners. We were able to show them how their projects sit in the Akvo system and the feedback was extremely useful.

Further to Mark's recent blog about Africa Interactive, the team pulled it off – two films produced in two weeks. The first project, supported by PRACTICA in Cameroon, is aimed at the sustainable local production of ceramic filters to address water borne diseases in the area, and is still in need of funding.

Introduction of ceramic water filter production in Bafoussam Cameroon

(and a YouTube version)

The second video concerns a school sanitation project supported by Simavi in Tanzania. This project already has some funding, but Simavi intends to expand the project scope to other schools in the area.
It really is incredible that within the African context a short video report can be made within 2 weeks. I’d like to thank the people at Africanews for their work, and of course the local partners for letting the reporters come by and make the reports. Below is the link to the other video, so enjoy!

Improving water and sanitation in the Osunyai school, Arusha Tanzania

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(and a YouTube version)

One more update: WECF is providing us with another project and Aqua for All will deliver 4 projects by the end of the week, making the total 27!

Luuk Diphoorn is partner coordinator at Akvo. He coordinates Akvo's project activities with our NGO partners across the world.