WASH Sustainability

Project Partner: All Partners



Restoration Pilot Project

Ryan’s Well and our partners are working hard to ensure that the people we serve continue to experience the benefits of safe water, access to basic sanitation and improved hygiene for many years to come.   This takes skills, knowledge, funding, people power and co-operation.

We have been working mostly behind the scenes to determine how Ryan’s Well can best support partners and communities towards WASH Sustainability – ensuring long term benefits of water, sanitation and hygiene. Going forward in 2014, we have now moved WASH Sustainability into the forefront along with our ongoing project work.

Ryan’s Well and our partners will work together this year in three key areas towards WASH Sustainability:

  • Training and Capacity Building including two training workshops and a partner experience meeting to share expertise and build local knowledge for partners that reach the communities we serve.
  • Continuing the Project Look-Back Process to identify challenges with long term maintenance of wells, springs and rainwater tanks and determine ways to integrate this process into ongoing water and sanitation projects.
  • Restoration Pilot Project in partnership with Ryan’s Well and identified local partners and communities to determine how we can best provide longer term support for community managed water supply.


Learn More:

1.  Towards WASH Sustainability (Blog – August 2012)

2.  Update on the Project Look-Back (Blog – January 2013)

Haiti – Well Technician Training

We are happy to report that this training is now complete!

Taking Place September/October 2013

In partnership with Hôpital Albert Schweitzer (HAS) and Rotary of Ancaster, Ontario, this training will help to build skills of local pump mechanics.  The training will be lead locally by the team from HAS along with facilitators from  Direction Nationale d’Eau Potable et d’Assainissement (DINEPA).  DINEPA is the Haitian National Directorate for Water Supply and Sanitation in the Ministry of Public Works.

Trained mechanics with needed skills, tools and spare parts can then support handpump maintenance in the Artibonite Valley.   Ryan’s Well has partnered with HAS and Rotary to build over 30 wells in this region – a portion of the over 300 wells constructed throughout the Artibonite Valley by our partners.

This important training will be funded by generous donors through our 2013 Sustainability Project.

Burkina Faso – Promotion de la Santé Communautaire

We are happy to announce that this training is now complete!

May 13-17, 2013

rw-2014-wash-2In partnership with CAWSTand SOS Children’s Villages in Canada and Burkina Faso, Ryan’s Well is helping to build knowledge and skills for partners and local organizations.  This 5-day workshop engages men and women of 6 local NGOs and CBOs in creative learning about the mult-barrier approach to preventing water related diseases, sanitation and hygiene behaviour change, healthy learning environments and methods of promoting community health in vulnerable populations.

This amazing learning experience helps to raise awareness, knowledge and skills of local organizations who work tirelessly in rural and remote communities.  By building local skills, Ryan’s Well and our partners in this workhop are supporting long term change in the region.

This training allowed us to strengthen our capabilities in community health WATER, HYGIENE and SANITATION.  It was a great training we received during this five days in Ouagadougou.   It was topped by involving participants from various horizons of Burkina Faso.  DAP/LS thanks Ryan’s Well-Canada for everything you do for the development of people in the water, sanitation and hygiene.  DAP/LS is grateful of your projects in favor of disadvantaged people.
-Traore Aly, DAP/LS, Yatenga

With thanks to Orezone in Canada and Burkina Faso for their funding and logistical support for this important training opportunity.


Learn More

1.  Uganda – Community Health Promotion Workshop (Nov. 2012)

The purpose of this Restoration Pilot Project is to develop a process by which Ryan’s Well, our local partners, communities and local government can work together to provide longer term support for community management and maintenance of water sources and latrines.  The main priority is to empower the community or school to improve self-sufficiency for future management and maintenance of their water source and latrines.

Priority will be placed on engaging identified communities, re-training or re-establishing faltering water source committees in support of good management practices and carrying out repairs to restore functionality of water sources and latrines.  This engagement, or re-engagement, is an essential step towards addressing difficulties with management and maintenance within certain communities. Working with committed communities and local leaders to overcome these challenges and increase ability to manage important maintenance issues for the future is the goal.

Ryan’s Well is proposing a model where costs of repairs including spare parts and labour of pump mechanics will be shared between Ryan’s Well and the community with mobilization support by the local partners and local government.  Being a pilot project, we anticipate some “hits and misses” with the model however it will help us to develop a method that can work.   This is really the purpose of taking these steps as a pilot project – to learn how to keep improving results towards WASH Sustainability.

GHANA (Dona): Never Give Up: Challenges Revisited

As a result of our Project Look-Back, two sites in Ghana were identified as in need of repair. The first was a borehole (well) in Nyedeya. A previous conflict within the community had made it a challenge to mobilize the funds for operation and maintenance of the site. Ryan’s Well partner DONA is now working with the community to reorganize and train the water and sanitation committee.  The 120-foot deep borehole requires a new pump and pad as well as the blowing out of the piping going into the well. The second site in need of maintenance was a latrine and rain harvesting tank. This is located at Abodom Junior School, where there are 250 pupils and 12 teachers. Back-filling of the latrine, maintenance of the holding tank and health and hygiene training will be addressed, as well as helping organize the school administration to take care of ongoing maintenance.

In the case of both sites, the community and school are contributing to the costs of repairs.

Update: January 2014 – As a result of our look back process that took place in early 2013, the community members for both these sites were reengaged and trained on water, sanitation and hygiene issues. Committees have been reorganized to deal with maintenance and repairs. We have completed the rehabilitation of a well located at Nyededa and the rehabilitation of a latrine and handwashing station at Abodom Junior School.

UGANDA (Divine Waters): Bringing Hope after Chaos

In northern Uganda, the area in which we work faces much more than technical repair challenges. Years ago, communities of Lira district were uprooted and displaced because of rebel activity in the area. During that period, water facilities were abandoned. As our long-time partner Divine Waters explains, “Morale, cultural and spiritual assets were in a state of hopelessness.”

Families have slowly been returning to their land, but the logistics in this process are highly complex. Many younger people have had to step into roles that were traditionally held by elders. Conditions are extremely harsh. Economics plays a huge role; a large number of the people who live in this rural area rely on subsistence farming.

Six communities in various stages of disrepair were identified during the Project Look-Back. It is not an easy task organizing the community in rebuilding. But our partner understands the issues intimately, and is helping reorganize water committees and develop plans for repair and maintenance.

The communities in this area are still in survival mode; clean water and sanitation are critical.

Update: May 2014 – The Pilot Restoration Project in Uganda is complete. As a result of a review of villages in the catchment area of our partner, Divine Waters, six villages were located where the well infrastructure was broken. Divine Waters reengaged with local communities to identify and rectify problems.

The project began with an overall assessment and consultation with local governments. A situational analysis was carried out at both the villages and schools. Discussion took place on the challenges and reasons leading to the situation. An evaluation was then carried out regarding the seriousness and commitment of the communities with regard to reorganizing. Water and Sanitation Committees were reorganized and retrained, and the following communities and schools were reengaged: Bar Abogo, Otelonyor, Bar Nyang, Apua A, Ageo A, Angolo primary school.

Rehabilitated wells have now been completed at each site. With reorganization and updated training, these committees are in good shape to effectively manage their water and sanitation facilities to benefit their respective communities.