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
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
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.