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.
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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May 28, 2013

You did it with Blue Planet Network!

Women at the old water source
Women at the old water source

A special thank you again for your diligence in raising $6,500 for the Blue Planet Network member Watershed Organizational Trust (WOTR). These funds can now be distributed to WOTR who will begin the ground work to build a new water well, a 7,500-liter storage tank and several toilets that will serve the poverty stricken hamlet of Pawarvasti. The 139 residents will now have a sustainable source of clean water in order to lead healthier, more productive lives. 

Here is a clip of an interview with Sonali Pawar. Sonali is a young girl from Pawarvasti, one of three hamlets comprising the Darewadi village, whom you have directly helped!

Sonali Pawar

Sonali Pawar: Hi, my name is Sonali Shankar Pawar and I am an 11-year-old in the 4th grade. In order to attend school, I have to live with my grandfather and grandmother, and my younger brother, Ajay, in the Darewadi village. My parents are staying a few hours away in the City of Sangamner because they are both working as labors in the brick factory. Since my grandparents are old and they have to go for labor work every morning, I help to fetch water many times a day from a faraway well. I go every morning, usually making two trips, which takes me about one or two hours. Then I have to make another trip in the evening walking for about 30-45 minutes. Sometimes I miss school because of these trips and other times it makes it very difficult to study before class. It's also hard in the evening to study since we always have to fetch water. But even when the power is cut or when there is no home light, we still try to study using a kerosene lamp. It would make it easier for us if we had water close-by so we could study and attend school.

If you would like to learn about more peer reviewed projects from Blue Planet Netwkkork NGO members, like WOTR, that waiting for funding, please review this link and see the projects that we help our members showcase, track, monitor and share.

Thank you all again for your heartfelt support. We will continue to work with our network of NGO members to give you direct access to meaningful water and sanitation projects that yield immediate benefits and the opportunity to live the better life we all know is possible!


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Feb 27, 2013

Update: Blue Planet Network members operating in East Africa

GWWI in Moyo - Many hands make quick work
GWWI in Moyo - Many hands make quick work

Thank you so much for believing in Blue Planet Network. Your donation directly funds the water projects of our NGO members. Blue Planet Network connects donors and local communities to peer reviewed and vetted NGO member water projects. Our NGO members manage, track, monitor, and share the progress of their water projects on our online platform and those results are shared with you- the movers and shakers of the activist community! This level of collaboration and result sharing is our most effective means of providing scalable and sustainable safe drinking water and sanitation to the 780 million people around the world that are still in need.

Here we would like to take a moment of your time and present two NGO members whose programs and visibility are supported by Blue Planet Network.

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Spotlight on:

Global Women's Water Initiative & Tanzania Mission to the Poor and Disabled

Blue Planet Network members

Global Women's Water Initiative, fondly known as GWWI, is an astounding example of a Blue Planet Network member that is changing the world - one woman at a time. Since 2008, GWWI has supported women leaders in implementing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) solutions worldwide and has coordinated three impressive Women and Water Trainings that brought together 100 women from 11 countries in Africa and the United States. Participants left these programs equipped with all the skills necessary to successfully launch their own water service project from start to finish.

The photographs below, taken just 2 months ago, capture the community of Moyo, Uganda, building a rainwater-harvesting tank from the ground up. Graduates of GWWI's year-long training program lead the way and trained the villagers to do everything; from site planning and design, to mixing mortar and making bricks, to proudly laboring over the finishing details. Also included is routine need assessments, capacity training for residents and strategic networking that ensures environmental and financial sustainability. Here we see examples of how team work and determination form the bedrock of success. Teamwork in Moyo is not a tool, it's a way of life. 

Tanzania Mission to the Poor and Disabled, otherwise known as PADI, is one of Blue Planet Network's founding members. PADI began its work in 1999 operating in the Ruvuma Region of Tanzania, before expanding to the 21 regions that make up the country. The organization is undertaking essential development activities such as safe water programs, malaria control, entrepreneurship skills training, agricultural and small business loans, and bringing awareness to the vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, orphaned, disabled, and poor. Like GWWI, sustainability plans and local know-how rank high.

The photos below make us feel as if we are invited to follow the students of St. Gertrude Primary School back to campus after gathering water from the closest pond, two miles away round trip. The water will to be used for baths and the evening meal. St. Gertrude is situated in the village of Ndelenyuma nestled in the Tanzanian highlands, 200km outside the nearest city of Songea. While the school provides what it can for the children, all 450 students take turns making the arduous trip for water two to three times a day. Indisputably, it is a proposed location for PADI to build a well. A sustainable water source will surely bring a look of relief to these children's faces. This clean and convenient water source will afford them the basic privileges they deserve. Soon they will be able to devote more time and energy to learning and the things they love most.

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As always, Blue Planet Network will continue to keep you informed on our members work and the expanding services we offer to enhance water and sanitation programs worldwide. And mark your calendars for March 22nd, the 20th anniversary of World Water Day! If you are moved to participate further, an easy place to start is by simply sharing this page with a few friends, family members or colleagues. Thank you for making this all possible!

GWWI in Moyo- How to carry 5 gallons of water
GWWI in Moyo- How to carry 5 gallons of water
GWWI in Moyo - leveling each brick and each layer
GWWI in Moyo - leveling each brick and each layer
GWWI in Moyo- Metal wiring is applied for support
GWWI in Moyo- Metal wiring is applied for support
PADI/St. Gertrude- Filling up at the watering hole
PADI/St. Gertrude- Filling up at the watering hole
PADI/St. Gertrude - the walk with full buckets
PADI/St. Gertrude - the walk with full buckets
PADI/St. Gertrude- Challenging each other
PADI/St. Gertrude- Challenging each other

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