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Organization: Global Brigades USA
Program: Water Brigades
Water Brigades' mission is to empower communities to access sufficient clean water through infrastructural development, water treatment, community leader training, and education. UC Davis Water Brigade members assist in implementing new clean water systems in communities to prevent water related illnesses in communities with limited access to clean water. Volunteers work side-by-side with community members to construct all parts of the system, from digging trenches, installing pipes and faucets, and building dams and tanks. In addition, volunteers work together to educate the community on specified health and sanitation issues.
Water Brigade volunteers will spend 7 days in Honduras implementing a water system to prevent water related illnesses in a community with limited access to a sufficient quantity and quality of clean water. Volunteers receive a comprehensive introduction to the water issues by seeing the community\\\\\\\'s current water situation first hand, and meeting and discussing the issues with community members and leaders. With a holistic understanding of the community\\\\\\\'s challenges and the Water Brigades\\\\\\\' solution, volunteers work side-by-side with community members to construct the new water system. Volunteers may work on a piping system, water storage unit, small dam, water treatment unit or another infrastructural project. Additionally volunteers partner with the community\\\\\\\'s Basic Sanitation Committee and provide education and training to proliferate knowledge about proper water use, and proper sanitation and hygiene practices. With a sufficient quantity of properly treated water and proper sanitation and hygiene practices, community members can cut off the connection between water and illness and ultimately live healthier and more productive lives.