Weekly water pick up in Bergnek
What does it take to pull a project together and implement it successfully?
The scope of the 'One Brick at a Time' project includes the research, analysis and implementation of identified needs around infrastructure development to support the community of Bergnek.
Drilling down into the core needs
Some of the biggest challenges the community faces and has clearly identified include water, sanitation, healthcare, food production and education.
What is the community saying?
The priorities established by the community members and the community council are focused on water and sanitation for the elderly, children and the general population.
The women in the community are quite jubilant about what is happening as there will be more water distribution points and the ability to get water on demand after the project is completed. This will be a first for the community of Bergnek.
Getting funding in place
Through our engagement process and once we know the extent of the core needs we begin raising additional funds to support community-approved initiatives. The funding comes from My Arms Wide Open volunteers, individual and corporate donors and grants. In most cases there is a formula as to where we raise the funds from and typically this is a requirement of a grant we may receive. In the case of the current Bergnek project to create a supply and distribution of 50 liters of water per day per person, we have received the support of Engineers Without Boarders, which we are truly grateful for. My Arms Wide Open acts as the sponsor of the project on behalf of the community and as such provides a level of funding. In addition to this we must raises 5% of the value of the project from outside and individual sources to support the project before we can proceed with full implementation of the first phase of the project.
What have we accomplished so far?
So far we have completed a number of site visits, and the site survey, assessment, analysis, and validation of the project. We have received approvals from Engineers Without Boarders for funding for the first phase of the project and they are now finalizing the plans for implementation of the project, scheduled for August 2015. We have come a long way over the past 12+ months.
To date this has taken quite some effort as well as funding to get the right professional resources into the community to do the assessments and the subsequent analysis. This has included third party resources to validate the data collected and the observations documented.
We must now raise the 5% of the value of the project in order to proceed and need to raise a total of $7,500 for all three phases and the ultimate completion of the project. Each phase is broken down into $50,000 increments for a total of $150,000.
The implementation phase of the project is scheduled for August of 2015, which does not leave us much time.
Your Contributions and Donations DO make the Difference
You can support the My Arms Wide Open, One Brick at a Time project and make a meaningful difference in the lives of the girls, women and children that we serve, by making a donation now or setting up a monthly recurring donation as well as sharing this report with your family and friends.
The children of Bergnek at the pump house