IAMH2O is focused on combating the global water crisis on two fronts:
(1) Working to establish sustainable projects in global communities that are most highly impacted by water scarcity and;
(2) Working locally to raise awareness of worldwide water security issues.
Working Overseas in the African Communities
The IAMH2O team is establishing partnerships with various African communities in need of development assistance.
Prospective partners are being identified in a variety of ways, including connections established through conference attendance, previous overseas work, and academic environments dedicated to development research.
The use of online forums devoted to water security, including IAMH2OвЂ™s own Facebook page, has also proven valuable as a means of establishing contact with potential partner communities.
Once overseas partners have been identified, cooperative development work will proceed through a five-phase action plan, which addresses the 5 pillars of development.
The idea of sustainable development grew from numerous environmental movements in earlier decades. Summits such as the Earth Summit in Rio, Brazil, 1992, were major international meetings to bring sustainable development to the mainstream.
However, the record on moving towards sustainability so far appears to have been quite poor. The concept of sustainability means many different things to different people, and a large part of humanity around the world still live without access to basic necessities. (Sustainable Development Introduction)
IAMH2O is committed to working with communities to create a 5 phased plan to utilize clean water for sustainable development and human capacity building.
PAYING IT FORWARD: THE RIPPLE EFFECT
Members of the local community will be involved throughout the development process, but it is in the final stages that they will become completely responsible for the projects that have been implemented in the previous phases.
During the implementation of each prior step, individuals will be trained in the maintenance, repair, and any testing that may be required, so that these can be properly performed without the presence of an IAMH2O team member.
Following the successful implementation of Phase V, IAMH2O will begin the process of phasing out its presence, and leaving the partner community fully responsible for its further development. This will occur following a mutual decision between IAMH2O and the community leadership.
IAMH2O will maintain frequent contact with the community, but will no longer direct the implementation of further development projects.
Throughout IAMH2OвЂ™s engagement, it is anticipated that individual members of each partner community will be educated in aspects of the development process and will become capable of duplicating those projects, thus replicating the model and even potentially generating income for themselves and others.
IAMH20 champions the process of replication in neighboring communities as a means of ensuring greater security and sustainability of the projects implemented throughout our engagement and beyond.
This rippling effect will create a greater sense of community within a region, as well as the support systems necessary for continuing advancement.System.StringSystem.StringSystem.StringSystem.String System.String