Thirsty Planet and Pump Aid are committed to sustainability through community ownership and empowerment, an economically and environmentally sustainable approach to maintenance as well a comprehensive programe of audit and evaluation.
community focused and culturally sensitive
Pump Aid is rooted in the African communities it supports. The charity has a deep cultural understanding of what is necessary to empower those communities as well as an appreciation of the complexities that need to be considered. Community input is central to the installation of any pump and by involving the community they feel ownership over the pump and its benefits.
committed to sustainability and accountability
When Pump Aid leave a project site the local community know how to maintain and repair the pump. This is largely why elephant pumps have an 82% functionality rate, which is well above the average 60% functionality rate for more complex pumps. The pumps are audited to ensure sustainability and to ensure the long term outcomes for economic development are maximised.