On Dec 25, 2018
"Another flaw in human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance"-Kurt Vonnegut
To build is a beginning, to make it sustain is a continuous process which is exactly why ISAP conducted Village Maintenance Workers (VMW) training for the beneficiaries of Project for Improving Water Access (PIWA) Phase-I. A 3 day VMW training was provided to 16 Water Users Committee (WUC) members from 8 Water Supply Schemes (2 members from each scheme) in September 2018 to ensure the Water Supply Schemes continue to serve the beneficiaries in the absence of the organization.
Reflecting on the activities carried out in the field, it was not just us working for the communities that we had selected, it was a two way affair between ISAP and every member from the communities. The communities worked with us in every little way they could which led to the successful completion of Phase-I of the project and we are hopeful that the communities continue to work with us by preserving the water supply schemes that we have built together.
The first day of the training was mostly filled with introductory sessions where the participants gained an in-depth knowledge about Village Maintenance Workers and the important role they play in the sustainability of the water supply schemes which was followed by theoretical sessions on the construction process of water supply schemes, introduction to the materials used in the construction process, identification of the standard and quality of the materials used in the water supply schemes and their maintenance. In the second and third day the participants were taught how to use the tools through practical demonstration. The participants of the workshop were later taken to the nearby construction site where a Reservoir Tank was being constructed to give them a firsthand experience in on-site activities. The participants later attended a post-training evaluation test upon completion of which the participants were certified as Village Maintenance Workers. At present ISAP has 16 dedicated Village Maintenance Workers from 8 water supply schemes who have taken up the responsibility to maintain the water supply schemes in their communities.