Friendly Water for the World

Friendly Water for the World has identified the seven most sought-after essential resources missing in struggling and impoverished African communities: large volume water security, clean water access, improved sanitation, water conserving gardening, hygiene products, safer cooking, and better building materials.

In response to these challenges, Friendly Water provides a 25,000-liter built-on-site rainwater catchment tank; renewable and affordable water filtration systems; composting latrines; permagardens; liquid soap; resource-conserving rocket stoves; and interlocking stabilized soil blocks (ISSB), a revolutionary product that can be used in place of a fired brick or concrete block (in fact, the rainwater catchment tank and composting latrine are built with ISSB bricks).

All these environmentally friendly technologies are taught by local staff and produced by members of the partner community. This partnership works because everyone has a role and the opportunity to work and make a living. The program is rigorous, lasts a minimum of five years, and is only initiated after a months-long process of community engagement where a series of open meetings are held with the village(s). Consensus is then reached on what can be done, plus how and when it will be done.

This year Friendly Water is on target to complete 1,000,000 liters of water storage in rural communities in Africa.

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