How we do it

Community-Driven Process

Every APLV project begins with a formal, written request from the community. That request is followed up by the community providing various technical information over months on source water flow and related topics, and the community must form a water committee to organize the project. Read more about project development.

Project Technical Leadership and Oversight

During the application phase, APLV provides technical and community organization support to the community. Once the project is approved and funded, APLV provides technical leadership, community health workers and organizers, and construction experts to help it to completion.

Built by the Community

The community provides all of the manual labor for the actual water project and for the building of latrines. Each family commits to between 50 and 150 person-days of work on the project, an amazing commitment.


Because the community builds the water system, and because the community committee overseeing it is trained in ongoing maintenance, water projects can continue in successful operation indefinitely, even without the monitoring and support that APLV provides over the years. An average committee will maintain and repair water system issues with no involvement by APLV.