One of the thousands of beneficiaries of the work of Water for Waslala. This gentleman lives in the Waslalan community of El Guabo.
Water for Waslala provides families with access to clean drinking water via a faucet installed right outside each family's home.
After a water system is funded and built in a rural Waslalan community, clean drinking water is available 24/7/365.
The water is sourced from natural springs located high in the mountains of Waslala, ensuring that it is free from contamination.
Without access to clean drinking water, young children under three suffer from chronic diarrhea and other waterborne illness.
A Water for Waslala faucet located just outside the home of one of the residents of El Guabo.
A family from El Guabo in front of the beautiful flower garden in their front yard.
Virginia, Iain, and Denis comprise three of our four full-time staff in Waslala. Here, they stand in front of the storage tank in El Guabo.
Our team stops to discuss how the water system is functioning with one of the beneficiaries in El Guabo.
In the fall of 2012, WfW began constructing a new water system extension in Santa Maria Kubali. Here, Iain and Virginia meet with community members to discuss the project.
Iain, WfW's project manager, works with Chelsea Mackie, a recent Villanova engineering graduate volunteering in Waslala, to design a river crossing in Santa Maria Kubali.
A new definition of "working remotely": Iain designing a river crossing for the Santa Maria water system in the home of one of the residents of the community.
The site of the new river crossing in Santa Maria Kubali. Iain is showing where the water pipe will hang over the river, suspended by a steel cable and concrete pillars on each side of the river.
Two weeks later, the same location looked like this. Dozens of community members had worked very hard without compensation to prepare the site for the river crossing.
Iain and Chelsea marking the site of a concrete pillar on one side of the river that will support the river crossing.
The president of the Santa Maria Kubali water system leadership team helps to mark the site of a concrete pillar supporting the river crossing.
Ernesto, the water system maintenance leader in Santa Maria Kubali, climbs a tree in the way of the river crossing to cut down its branches with his machete.
Fearless, Ernesto climbed WAY above the river to clear any branches that could fall on the water pipes once they are hung across the river.
Women from Santa Maria worked to cut down a tree on the other side of the river with their machetes.
Iain works with Denis, WfW's construction manager, to measure the length of the steel cable that will hang over the river supporting the water pipe.
Iain and the President of the Santa Maria Kubali water system leadership team sign off on the delivery of materials to the community in preparation for construction.
A beneficiary of Santa Maria signs a contract signaling his compliance with the stipulations needed to receive a Water for Waslala water system.
In October, Jordan Ermilio, a member of WfW's board of directors, visited Waslala with a group of engineering students. Jordan works with Iain on the design of the river crossing in Santa Maria Kubali.
Villanova engineering students worked together with the residents of Santa Maria Kubali to mix concrete for the river crossing pillars.
Iain and Jordan Ermilio work with the residents of Santa Maria Kubali to dig a hole where the concrete pillar will stand on one side of the river.
Community members worked hard to prepare one side of the river for the pipe crossing.
Villanova students helped the residents of Santa Maria prepare one side of the river for the pipe crossing.
Women from Santa Maria Kubali washed rocks that will be mixed with concrete to form supporting anchors for the steel cable that will hang over the river.
Chelsea Mackie and Villanova engineering students work with Santa Maria residents to lift rocks into place on one side of the river. The rebar shows where the steel cable will attach on one side of the river.
Nora Reynolds, WfW Vice President, relaxes during lunch with Villanova engineering students and residents of Santa Maria Kubali.
Iain, Matt Nespoli, and Nora Reynolds held multiple strategic planning meetings during Matt and Nora's visit to create the basic framework for a five-year strategic plan in Waslala.
The plan includes stretch goals to improve the sustainability and effectiveness of our drinking water solutions.
Iain, Nora, and Matt also created a 2013 operational plan that includes doubling the number of Waslala-based staff over the next 12 months.
For most of 2012, Water for Waslala staff had been working in the Waslalan community of Yaro Central to build a new water system. Here Iain and Denis stand on the new storage tank in Yaro, which was painted just weeks before this photo was taken.
When Matt and Nora visited Yaro, some houses had already begun receiving clean drinking water. Here is one of the new beneficiaries of the Yaro water system.
A family in Yaro poses with their neighbors in one of the houses that now has 24/7 access to clean drinking water.
Iain enjoys a drink from the new Yaro water system.
Members of Yaro digging the trench for a pipeline to an additional set of neighborhoods in Yaro waiting to connect to the new water system.
Denis works with residents of Yaro to build a stream crossing. Denis is attaching the water pipe to a series of steel cables hanging above the stream.
Erin, a VU engineering student, is hoisted onto the shoulders of one of her classmates to measure the angle between the two stream crossing pillars on each side of the stream.
Denis works to thread the galvanized pipe that will hang over the stream in Yaro.
Back in the town of Waslala, Matt and Nora visited Lissette and her family, who received a ceramic filter in 2011 during a WfW pilot project.
The ceramic filter removes 99.9% of all contaminants from the water the family receives from the municipal water system. Lissette told us that her children almost never have diarrhea after receiving the filter.