Blue Planet Network

Blue Planet Network is a global network of experienced water groups, funders and grassroots communities working to bring sustainable safe drinking water to people in rural communities around the world. Beyond health, accessing clean drinking water is the critical first step for communities to rise out of poverty, to gain education, and to ensure economic and political stability. To date, our network of members has enabled more than 1,500,000 people with clean drinking water and improved sanitation. However, we CANNOT stop there. Our goal is to enable safe drinking water for 200,000,000 people in the next 20 years and we need your help.
Apr 18, 2014

Stories of Blue Planet Network - See our new videos!

Meera Hira-Smith of Project Well
Meera Hira-Smith of Project Well

What's the common thread among these interviews? 

Sabore Ole Oyie, Dr. Meera Hira-Smith, John Nguyen, Dave Meader, Rudi Dundas, Jin Zidell and Lisa Nash recognize that it's unconscionable to allow 768 million people without safe drinking water to fend for themselves. As a result, each of these individuals have chosen to become part of the solution. Our members profiled above work in different regions and specialize in sustainable techniques of project implementation, but they all come to Blue Planet Network with the shared values and commitment to being a part of something bigger.

Blue Planet Network helps connect over 100 water implementers, funders, and grassroots communities through our innovative online platform and award-winning programsWe allow our members to track and manage their projects online and help them to continually monitor and analyze project milestones for long-term success. We work hard to meet the demands of our members so they can design longer-lasting, evidence-based programs and serve even more people in needTogether, with your support, we will continue to provide the online tools and programs that drive sustainable water and sanitation projects and bring disadvantaged people out of survival mode and into the world of opportunity.

Please read about all of our members and their project data being tracked and shared on Blue Planet Network.

Thank you so much for choosing to support Blue Planet Network and our member water projects here on GlobalGiving.

 

Sabore Ole Oyie of Sabore
Sabore Ole Oyie of Sabore's Well
John Nguyen of East Meets West
John Nguyen of East Meets West
Rudi Dundas of Drop by Drop
Rudi Dundas of Drop by Drop
Dave Meader of SV2
Dave Meader of SV2

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Mar 26, 2014

Meet the people and process behind clean water for Trojes!

Family - still of video produced by Craig Downing
Family - still of video produced by Craig Downing

Click here and meet the real people, challenges and process behind clean water for Trojes, Honduras!

  • Did you know that 70% of households in Trojes do not have access to safe water? Instead they use water directly from the highly contaminated river nearby.
  • Did you know that 1/2 of the population of Trojes does not even have a toilet? This leads to open defecation which directly pollutes the drinking water supply. 
  • Did you know that workers in Trojes survive on less than $1 a day?

The good news is that, thanks to you and your donation to Blue Planet Network's member Pure Water for the World, these statistics are improving. Through this campaign you are supporting Pure Water for the World's main objective to improve health by reducing the instances of diarrhea across schools in Trojes.

Pure Water for the World engages in simple and sustainable local latrine and filter construction coupled with community hygiene and health education in order to empower Trojes and lift the region out of poverty. Through the video link above you can see first-hand the 4-step process of planning, implementation, construction and health follow-up. You will see demonstrations of how contaminated, murky water is effectively cleaned through simple concrete filters filled with sand, gravel and pvc piping to produce between 5 and 15 gallons of safe water per hour. Most anyone can operate these filters. We don't need rocket science to change people's lives. Long-term success in health and water systems in Trojes is being made possible through the building of community ownership and applying simply, cost-effective technology that is routinely maintained.

What makes Pure Water for the World such a valuable Blue Planet Network member is that they take the critical steps of identifying challenges and continue to monitor the success of solutions. For example, in the video you will learn about community education, how local terrain and road conditions affect transportation of resources, and the need for follow-up anti-parasitic medicine.

What's more is that Pure Water for the World substantiates their process and challenges by:

This transparency and willingness to critically analyze their work increases their effectiveness and helps everyone learn with them.

Pure Water for the World has built 200 latrines in Trojes to date and has helped more than 120,000 people in Honduras and El Salvador. But we can't stop there. There are 198 villages in Trojes, yet Pure Water for the World has only reached 36 so far.

We invite you to continue your work for Trojes by listening and sharing the testimonials of success.

Thank you so much!

Video and all images here produced by Craig Downing for Pure Water for the World. 

Still of video produced by Craig Downing
Still of video produced by Craig Downing
Still of video produced by Craig Downing
Still of video produced by Craig Downing
Still of video produced by Craig Downing
Still of video produced by Craig Downing
Still of video produced by Craig Downing
Still of video produced by Craig Downing
Still of video produced by Craig Downing
Still of video produced by Craig Downing
Still of video produced by Craig Downing
Still of video produced by Craig Downing

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Jan 3, 2014

Water project success! More people, more efficiently.

Pure Water for the World. Photo by Jim Baker
Pure Water for the World. Photo by Jim Baker

What brings us all together today is the power of water. Water changes everything. Time and time again it is proven that access to clean water and sanitation makes the greatest difference in the lives of people that need it the most. Blue Planet Network is working tirelessly to help communities rebound from serious disease and socio-economic setbacks related to contaminated water and ineffective hygiene habits. We thank you so much for joining our team.

Still, 780 million people around the world are without access to clean water. Women and children suffer disproportionally. Collectively, they spend 200 million hours each day hiking long distances, only to lug back water that is contaminated more often than not. The question becomes, "How do we bring water to more people, more efficiently?"

Blue Planet Network has researched the global water crisis, listened to the needs of communities and has acted by building a collective action network. Together we can make the greatest impact. Blue Planet Network works by bringing the global water, sanitation and hygiene sector together as a transparent, close knit community focused on the longevity of water projects. Our global technology platform empowers our 109 members, funders and implementers alike, with the tools to plan, track and monitor projects. Blue Planet Network now hosts 1,900 water and sanitation programs that benefit over 1,500,000 people. Specifically, we would like to share the sustainable results of our SMS Text Monitoring tools and collaborative Peer Review service.

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Spotlight on

 Pure Water for the World

Since 2009, Pure Water for the World (PWW) has partnered with Blue Planet Network to increase the impact of their thirteen water projects, six in Haiti and seven in Honduras. PWW uses Blue Planet Network’s tools and services to gain best practices within the water sector shared by other members of the network. They also showcase their projects to global partners and interested funders using a comprehensive and attractive dashboard, one of the features of Blue Planet Network’s platform.

In 2012, PWW submitted two water project plans for Peer Review to Blue Planet Network. Through a collaborative online process, including many questions from a panel of 4–6 members, and thorough responses by PWW, both project plans were approved. By participating in Peer Review, Blue Planet Network members help each other plan high-quality programs designed for sustainability. One such program is PWW's water project in Port-au-Prince, Haiti that helped 1,000 children gain access to clean drinking water by installing water filters in 16 schools. These children are now attending school regularly and living healthier lives, free of water-related diseases.

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Spotlight on:

Palmyra

Palmyra is appreciated by local and state governments for its pioneering efforts in water conservation and rural development across India. Palmyra tracks and monitors ten of its water and sanitation projects on Blue Planet Network, totaling nearly $2,938,000. 

In 2012, Palmyra launched a women-led water, sanitation and hygiene project to provide 250 rural villagers with clean drinking water and latrines in the Karasanur Village of southern India. Palmyra submitted the project for Peer Review and received high ratings by five Blue Planet Network members with key experiences. Like PWW, this quality control process and sharing of best practices provides funders with a high level of investment confidence. 

Palmyra also utilized Blue Planet Network’s SMS Text Monitoring service for its Karasanur Village project to report impact. Palmyra’s personnel texted 35 SMS status reports available on Blue Planet Network’s platform. Project stakeholders were able to easily follow the project’s milestones and celebrate its successes.

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We are excited to continue offering even more innovative online services to scale the impact of water programs, and look to our supporters to help make that happen. We thank you for being part of our vision to increase the opportunities that sustainable clean water brings and to saying yes when people need us the most.


Pure Water for the World. Photo: Jeremy Jeziorski
Pure Water for the World. Photo: Jeremy Jeziorski
Palmyra. Photo by Dean Forbes
Palmyra. Photo by Dean Forbes

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