Community members: active project participants
Recipients of Eau et Vie projects are considered as actors implementing activities. Being active players in improving their living conditions, communities are involved at various stages of decision making.
If a community is not yet organised, Eau et Vie helps it getting organised thanks to the election of volunteer representatives. These representatives are regularly met in order to define which activities must be implemented and thus, ensure that these projects perfectly MATCH WITH PEOPLE NEEDS. Representatives relay information to the community, seek solutions to problems encountered and are actively involved in activities.
Trainings offered to community (fire prevention, water and sanitation awareness raising, as well as hygiene promotion) contribute towards strengthening slums social and political organisation (acquisition of knowledge and skills, increased self-esteem, group cohesion...).
Projects are thus adapted to people needs as they are designed and developed by the community, and so ensuring actions sustainability.
People, as they are actors of a project, feel satisfaction for its success and thus strengthen their self-esteem. Impacts are substantial: realising that it can participate to its living conditions improvement, the community finds motivation and desire to fight for other issues.