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.
Dec 10, 2013

Our commitment to the Trojes school community

Photo by Maria Bartrum
Photo by Maria Bartrum

The goal that all of us share is to prevent the unnecessary suffering of children that results from consuming contaminated water and improper hygiene habits. Blue Planet Network collaborates with water funders and implementers to create sustainable water programs that prevent ill-health and death. To this end, we are raising funds for Pure Water for the World (PWW), a long-time Blue Planet Network member, to build clean water facilities and bacteria testing kits for the schools of Trojes, Honduras. What makes Pure Water for the World a leader in water, sanitation and hygiene development is that they employ three highly effective techniques that ensure sustainability. Those are:

  1. Community engagement
  2. Effective and affordable technology
  3. Long-term monitoring

Here's more about Pure Water for the World's unique approach:

When you support PWW, you are supporting a water, sanitation and hygiene project implementer that focuses on working with a community rather than for a community. PWW ensures recipient communities, such as Trojes, gain the skills and leadership necessary to repair and maintain water infrastructure on their own for years to come. For example, community members such as homeowners, school leaders and students, work along-side PWW staff in filter installation and latrine construction for a more complete, hands-on understanding. PWW asks communities to select their own community agents who receive continued education to oversee the project.  PWW staff conducts visits to monitor project installation and meetings with community agents. PWW also engages the community to provide small contributions for filters which instills a sense of ownership.

PWW measures their success through long-term monitoring. For the schools in Trojes, PWW will measure the number of lives they have improved permanently by the number of children who no longer get sick day after day. Additional metrics include  the elimination of diarrheal disease in homes and communities and by school attendance. Typically attendance rate has increased from 50% to 100% for other school projects. PWW will continue to interact with local health centers to collect data and provide consistent updates like they have done for projects on Blue Planet Network in the past. Project data for past projects are available on Blue Planet Network if you'd like to learn more.

In terms of affordable solutions, Sawyer filters will be installed in schools and Bio-sand filters in some homes. Sawyer filters are budgeted around $70 USD as the simple filter requires minimal maintenance. PWW has budgeted $220 USD for hand-washing stations and parasite treatment at just .65 cents a unit. It's amazing to consider how low the cost is compared to the great impact on health, education, and development it will have.

Thank you so much again for helping the children of Trojes to live a healthier and happier life. 

Sep 4, 2013

Blue Planet Network members bringing opportunity to rural Guatemala and India

Preparing the pit for the septic tank in Quechip
Preparing the pit for the septic tank in Quechip

Spotlight on Agua Para La Salud in Guatemala

Agua Para La Salud (APLS) has been a Blue Planet Network NGO member since 2008 and has approximately 125 water and sanitation projects featured on Blue Planet Network's technology platform. From the BPN platform, APLS monitors, tracks and shares its projects so all Blue Planet Network members can learn. APLS is committed to identifying sustainable building techniques and community involvement practices. APLS also engages in Blue Planet Network's Peer Review service that encourages members to vet water projects collaboratively and assess their long-term sustainability. This crowd-sourcing process empowers members to learn from one another and exchange critical knowledge about planning, implementing and sustaining water programs. Blue Planet Network empowers its members to connect, collaborate and share innovative ideas so the water sector can observe, replicate proven models, and celebrate stories of success. Funders often choose to invest in our member projects due to this service. 

APLS focuses on improving health and sanitation facilities in the underserved health clinics in four very rural villages of Xepiun, Vipecbalam, Quechip and Tujolom in Ixil region of western Guatemala highlands. Previously, these clinics lacked basic sanitation infrastructure, forcing residents to rely on their rudimentary home resources. In developed nations, it is hard to imagine not being able to wash your hands before entering into a doctor's office. APLS built, for each clinic, the much needed hand-washing stations, septic systems, bathrooms and sidewalks --immensely helpful in the wet season, and often overlooked.

The impact of APLS projects has been huge. UNICEF estimates that diarrhea diseases are responsible for claiming the lives of 1.1 million children globally every year. According to Inter-American Development Bank, the water and sanitation sector in Guatemala is characterized by low coverage, poor quality services, and deteriorating physical assets related to a need for increased investments in basic infrastructures. Population growth, agricultural expansion, unevenly distributed services, and polluted sources have contributed to the inability of citizens to access adequate amounts of clean water and basic sanitation. 

Agua Para La Salud is working to remedy these limitations, working directly with the rural communities in dire need to save lives and build healthier and brighter futures for thousands of families and children in the hardest to reach areas of Guatemala. Approximately 2,562 people now have access to the hand-washing stations and clean water thanks to APLS. APLS' health clinics are self-sustaining and community-led; taking the strain off the national hospitals in the nearby municipality of Nebaj. 


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Spotlight on Palmyra in India

Palmyra is appreciated by local and state governments for its pioneering efforts in water conservation and rural development across India. Palmyra partners with Blue Planet Network to share best practices of its ten water and sanitation projects totaling nearly $2,938,000 in cost. These projects are tracked and monitored on Blue Planet Network’s platform. Palmyra has also embraced Blue Planet Network's SMS-based monitoring service in its mission to help India's rural poor with clean water and sanitation. India’s population of 1.2 billion is made up of 929 million mobile phone users — a colossal 77% of the population. Blue Planet Network’s SMS-based service enables communities and member organizations equipped with cell phones, to monitor and report on safe drinking water and sanitation installations. Palmyra's personnel working in remote areas can send in field status reports from their cell phones. This simple solution to a fast-changing society allows Blue Planet Network members to track progress and address project-related challenges in a new way. This service has greatly empowered Palmyra and its beneficiary communities to take charge of their water systems and allows entire organizations to learn and share efficiently.

Palmyra is quick to SMS update on its project profile page of construction stages, factors that may delay prospective work, impact evaluations, and more. Most recently Palmyra has submitted notes for the Sanitation Facility of Endiyur Village of Marakkanam Block of Villupuram District, Tamil Nadu, India. These maintenance indicators couldn't be more important.

Palmyra's project has done much more than build 25 new toilet facilities for Endiyur. Palmyra has held training programs to foster learning of key community personnel, namely women groups to become self-help groups for Endiyur for years to come. These self-help groups proved to Palmyra that intimate knowledge of the local environment can significantly contribute to sustainable water project designs. For example, local beneficiaries were able to identify Palmyra's original design for Endiyur as flawed. The first design did not include both showers and toilets. It was determined, however, that combining the two could help rid the community of water stagnation near homes which is a breeding place for mosquitos which often cause malaria and dengue fever in the area.

Women quickly became integral to the planning, design, construction, operation, allocation and management of funds for Endiyur's sanitation projects. The empowerment attained through these new leadership and managerial skills is directly responsible for women contributing more to the economy; further lifting the village out of poverty. This sanitation project is a true example of how safe drinking water and sanitation is at the center of health, happiness and opportunity. 

Blue Planet Network is proud to feature Palmyra and its work across rural communities in southern India.  

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Thank you so much again for donating directly to the safe drinking water and sanitation projects of our members on Blue Planet Network. We will continue to work hard and show you the progress and opportunity your financial contribution makes possible. Please visit our website at www.blueplanetnetwork.org to see the full scope of the impact we have on the water, sanitation and hygiene sector.
Hand-washing station in Quechip
Hand-washing station in Quechip
Bathrooms in Quechip
Bathrooms in Quechip
Sidewalk keeps bathrooms & wash station accesible
Sidewalk keeps bathrooms & wash station accesible
Proud beneficiary family of Endiyur Village
Proud beneficiary family of Endiyur Village
Community group in Endiyur Village
Community group in Endiyur Village
Bathroom in progress, Endiyur Village
Bathroom in progress, Endiyur Village
Home before toilet, Endiyur Village
Home before toilet, Endiyur Village

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May 31, 2013

Accomplishments over a year with Blue Planet Network

Hospital water needs met in Pallisa, Uganda
Hospital water needs met in Pallisa, Uganda

Since March 2012, Blue Planet Network has grown from 84 members working in 1,130 communities across 21 countries to 102 members working in 2,400 communities across 27 countries. In addition, Blue Planet Network has supported its members who have worked tirelessly to bring clean water to over 1,100,000 people in 2013, a significant increase from 825,000 people since early 2012. 

One project we are celebrating is the successful pilot implementation of H2O Health Plus (H20+), a multi-use initiative that seeks to ameliorate the dire health and socio-economic situation confronting impoverished villagers in Uganda, especially women and girls. H20+ is demonstrating the unique power of sustainable safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation to provide measurable improvements in health (particularly childbirth safety, maternal health and early childhood health), health clinic capacity, economic vitality and education. Blue Planet Network leaders will train H20+ participants to use our peer-to-peer collaboration and online technology services. Namely H2O+ will use SMS reporting technology to send progress reports and ongoing project data to Blue Planet Network’s technology platform, which will serve as H20+’s planning, monitoring and evaluation system.

Thanks to our generous funders, H20+ was piloted in 2012 successfully in Pallisa, a district in Eastern Uganda. The project brought clean water to rural populations and improved capacity to underserved health clinics as well as communities. International Lifeline Fund, a member on Blue Planet Network's platform, drilled H20+'s borehole wells and have partnered with Africa Ahead to launch Community Health Clubs. Five borehole wells were constructed near health clinics providing 6,392 villagers living in these five communities with direct access to clean water. Additionally, those traveling from afar to these clinics have access to this clean water, which calculates 4,000 visitors per year per health clinic. Because of the strategic placement of the wells, the program will benefit 25,600 people annually. For more on H20+’s pilot results and the creators behind the model, see this washfunders.org article.

Filling up at a new well in Pallisa, Uganda
Filling up at a new well in Pallisa, Uganda
Pallisa hits water!
Pallisa hits water!
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It's a child's role to fetch water
Community Health Club in action
Community Health Club in action
Queue for a new well in Pallisa, Uganda
Queue for a new well in Pallisa, Uganda

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