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OPEC bulletin 3–4/17

The project has created a transformational change in

the communities it has reached.

InBolivia, the communities involved tookup the chal-

lenge to support better water sustainability by creating

potable water associations.

Quality water at a reasonable price

David Mariscal, President of the Samaipata Water

Cooperative, explained: “Nowthatwehaveprovidedpota-

ble water, we have established a solidarity fee amongst

all, which allows families access to quality water at a

reasonable price.”

The fee has enabled cooperatives to maintain their

operating expenses and invest in improvements and

extensions to other families in the areas, Mariscal added.

In Haiti, the project promoted a sense of strong

accountability and ownership within the community.

Many residents voluntarily gave a helping hand during

the construction stages by digging and carrying water

for cement.

Moreover, after completion of the project, local Safe

Water Committees were established to ensure resources

are properly managed, going forward.

The governments of both countries have placed pri-

ority on ensuring the reliable delivery of water services

is a reality for all.

One of the many problems faced by Bolivia and Haiti

hasbeen thepoormanagementofresources. Itisanespe-

cially pertinent problem for the rural poor. Many people

still lack access to adequate sanitation facilities.

However, OFID’s project shows the potential for suc-

cessful development where resources are correctly tar-

geted and managed.

OFID’s awareness workshop for

school children in San Antonio

de Lomerío, Bolivia.