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Water For People Selected for $1.56 Million Project in Africa
Date:9/30/2009

e Water Board and Water For People will benefit from each other's expertise."

Within Lilongwe and Blantyre, two cities in this small South African nation, approximately 70% of the population lives in unplanned areas. Half of these residents do not have regular access to water supplied by the Blantyre Water Board, and only 13% have access to improved latrines that meet basic government standards. The EU and EIB provided the funds to the Blantyre Water Board to meet its goal of increasing water and sanitation access by 50% within four years beginning November 1, 2009.

An important component of Water For People's plan for long-lasting results is the organization's concept of "Sanitation as a Business." This portion of the plan will build the link between local entrepreneurs and the residents' need and desire for sanitation services. Over time, sanitation is sustained through financial gain to the local economy, and as demand for services grows, improved sanitation will extend into surrounding areas naturally.

"Our goal is to build the capabilities and resources of the local private sector, local NGOs, and the government so that they can continue to provide services in the long term. We want to ensure that they will be in a position to successfully manage these programs when the contract with Water For People is complete," Chimulambe said. "We will help the Blantyre Water Board to build their own capacity, allowing them to provide and increase services continuously into the future."

"Water For People is honored that the Blantyre Water Board selected our innovative program model to expand their work in safe water and sanitation access," said Ned Breslin, Water For People CEO. "Our proposal challenged the common approach of building more latrines and drilling more wells in an unsustainable way.

"Major organizations such as the Blantyre Water Board are interested in levera
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