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 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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Nov 23, 2012

Update: Women and Water in California

Photos taken by Sara Cozolino on November 1, 2012
Photos taken by Sara Cozolino on November 1, 2012

When you look at the facts, what women stand to gain from access to safe drinking water is priceless - to themselves, their families and the world economy at large. Did you know that worldwide, it is estimated that on a single day women can spend over 200 billion collective hours fetching water? And yes, you guessed it, if they are lugging water, they certainly aren't tending to their families and they aren't in school or running businesses. 

But the fact that isn't as often profiled is that women aren't just the benefactors of clean water and sanitation, they are leaders that enable it rise to community discussion and action.

I'll take a moment here to talk about Community Water Center, a Blue Planet Network member, that is a prime example of the courageous work being done by women for woman.

Community Water Center (CWC) operating in San Joaquin Valley, California is bringing the public's attention to just how much work needs to be done in small towns, like Seville, CA, where the tap water system is laden with pesticides, nitrates from animal waste, and chemical fertilizers due to the heavy agricultural climate. The tap water is undrinkable and families resort to buying expensive bottle water - double the cost of tap water! Imagine needing bottled water to bathe, to wash clothes, to brush teeth? One might be tempted to drink from the tap once in a while to save a quick buck or some time otherwise spent lugging water jugs, however the negative health effects, such as thyroid disease, are just too risky.

Founded and directed by women, Community Water Center works to help families, such as Bertha Diaz's family of three women, featured here.  

Bertha Diaz, 43, discusses her frustrations with Abigail Solis of CWC regarding the water contamination in her home in East Orosi, CA, while her daughters Maribel Sanchez, 24, and Jessica Sanchez, 19, look on. The need for clean water is an emergency to Bertha, who has a spinal cord injury. She works long hours picking oranges in fields nearby, carrying buckets full of the fruit, which hurts her back. In addition, every 3 days she has to buy jugs of Sparkletts water and carry them, which adds to the pain. Her feelings on the need for clean water were clear when she stated (via translator), “When I go to any important meeting and speak to people of power and they ignore me because they feel my situation isn’t an emergency, to me it’s like a person being ignored when they go to the emergency room because the hospital doesn’t think it’s that bad and the person ends up dying because they were ignored.” Photos taken by Sara Cozolino on November 1, 2012

The bottom line here: with your donation you have enabled powerful Blue Planet Network members, just like Community Water Center, to do more than they could ever dream of doing alone.

And the pleasant dream of my neighbors drinking tap water without fear, just like I am privledged to do, is one dream I personally would like to make reality.

Thank you so much.

Photos taken by Sara Cozolino on November 1, 2012
Photos taken by Sara Cozolino on November 1, 2012

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