GWA Project Empowerment Stories

Abriendo Llaves (“Opening Faucets”) 


Project: Urine-diverting dry toilets & composting pilot project in the rural/periurban, indigenous community of San Juan Tlacotenco, Municipality of Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico

Period: 2021-2023

Collaborations: Managed by SARAR Capacitación, in collaborations with University of Pennsylvania, Merced Foundation, Toilets Without Borders, Community of San Juan Tlacotenco

Project Champions: Samira Mehta (University of Pennsylvania), Tony Sauder (GWA), Shane McAleer (GWA), Debbie Heuckeroth (GWA)

Panyebar Water Project

Project: Water Supply Building in Panyebar, Guatemala

Period: 2019-2019

Collaborations: Penn Engineers Without Borders (PennEWB), San Juan Municipality.

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Making Maps: Reflection on Cameroon

Project: Water Supply Problems in Nine Villages in the Bome-Ngyenmbo region, North Western Province, Cameroon

Period: 2007-2014

Collaborations: In Cameroon: Mayor’s Office in Mbengwi, Meta Quality of Life Improvement Foundation (MQLIF), BADA, water committees. 

In the USA: University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, School of arts and sciences, School of Engineering; Netter Center (UNI) and Engineers without Borders (UPenn chapter), Wilkes University international Office, OICI (Phila office), UNA-GP

Project Champion: Dr. Godlove Fonjweng

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Uttar Amtalia Gita Rani Vidyabhavan High School, West Bengal

Project: School water, sanitation, and hygiene project at Uttar Amtalia Gita Rani Vidyabhavan High School, West Benga. 

Period: 2018-2019

Collaborations: SARBODAY SANGHA, AJAYA Organization,Mr. Amar & Mrs. Sheila Banerjee (Total Grant)

The project focuses on WASH education in schools. The goal is to ensure safer and more effective water, sanitation health and hygiene facilities for the students by providing both infrastructure and educational support geared to adopting better hygiene practices by the students and their teachers. The hope is that in addition to changing their own behavior, the students will bring these lessons home to their families thereby creating a positive societal change as well. Safe WASH facilities will lessen water-borne diseases and health hazards among the community members, resulting in a healthier society.

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Nimtala High School, West Bengal

Project: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene project 

Period: 2018-2019

Collaborations: SARBODAY SANGHA, AJAYA Organization

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