What is "fostering?"
To foster means to support a good cause for a longer period, in stead of making a "one-time" donation. The advantage of "fostering" is that the implementing organization can count on a longer commitment for support.
We believe that it is very important to show the new generation how water supply can be made sustainable at low cost with the FairWater BluePump. Therefore we prefer wherever possible to start with schools. Most of the schools in rural Africa (over 90%) do not have a functioning water supply. Many donors in the past donated "charity" water pumps to schools, but also most of these school pumps don't work anymore.
For instance when we started our Burkina Faso school program, we asked our local contact partner if he knew any schools in his area that have a broken water pump, he started to laugh and said, "all schools here have no water and broken water pumps". When we asked what was the main reason for that, he replied: "The pumps broke down many times and the parents don't have the money anymore for the repairs, also the Governement is short opf money and cannot do anything". Of course this is a terrible situation. The best solution is therefore to rehab with a reliable BluePump that can be operated at practically no cost.
In the Fairwater Foster School Program, schools in The Netherlands as well as schools in other countries can link with schools in Africa and help them with the basics of every day. first, the water supply will be improving, generally by replacing a broken water pump by a FairWater BluePump in a BlueZone. After that, other follow up activities are possible, such as improving the Sanitation situation and helping with making a school garden.
In the "FairWater Foster School", the donor school starts with makes a commitment to support the African Foster school for an amount of 2.500 Euro to rehabilitate a broken water pump.
Every year, on World Water Day on March 23, the donor school can organize more and new activities for fund raising to sponsor "their" Foster School in Africa.
The obvious advantage of the FairWater Foster School Program is that the donor school will now know for sure how and where their donation will be used. This includes that in the following years, the donor school will receive on the occasion of World water day, an update about the situation of their water point and other activities that they have started for that school.
Once the BluePump is installed by our Water Service Provider (WSP), the pump and the school are linked to the FairWater BlueZone. This means that every year, the WSP makes a check-up visit to the school to monitor the performance of the BluePump. In a similar way, the other activities that the donor school wants to start up with the Foster school are implemented and monitored by the WSP.