While the results of CAWST's efforts over the past ten years have been excellent, the scale of the water and sanitation problems in developing countries is many times greater—close to a billion people do not have adequate access to safe water. Further scale-up in projects and initiatives is needed.
Funding for the first three years of the WET Centre Program (Oct 2008 - Sep 2011) was provided by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Rotary Club of Calgary and Encana Corporation. CAWST is now entering the second phase of this Program with an additional funding contribution from CIDA. Over the next three years (until Dec 2014), as part of the CIDA-funded Muskoka initiative, CAWST will expand from three to eight WET Centres located in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Haiti, Laos, Nepal and Zambia.
CAWST is in the process of seeking additional funding to support not only the Muskoka program, but also development of three Latin American WET Centres, in Honduras, Bolivia and Peru.
WET Centres Objectives
Under CAWST's guidance, and adopting CAWST's transferable model of service delivery, these independent centres of expertise will have strengthened organizational and technical capacity. They will provide leadership, training, technical consulting, educational resources and networking services to local NGOs, government agencies and community groups for the implementation of:
As a result of this successful program, there will be improved maternal and child health and childhood development through improved water, sanitation and hygiene in areas where the WET Centres are operating.
WET Centres Program Key Activities
WET Centres' Program Partners: