March 21, 2014
East Meets West and Blue Planet Network merged in order to have an even greater impact on issues, like water and energy, that we are committed to. With your support, we're working with local partners to incorporate clean energy sources into our water programs:
East Meets West is teaming up with a local water company in Vietnam's Mekong Delta to equip existing piped systems with solar energy panels, eliminating the use of fossil fuels in providing clean water to poor, rural communities.
Blue Planet Network's member clean water initiative in Uganda includes training for women micro-entrepreneurs to promote the use of clean burning, fuel-efficient cookstoves in their communities.
These kinds of innovative, collaborative approaches get the clean water/clean energy balance right. EMW's experience in the field, combined with the knowledge sharing on Blue Planet Network by its 100+ member organizations, reinforces the value of partnering with local agencies and private enterprises, supporting innovative financing, verifying results, and using established networks to promote proven solutions that last.
This World Water Day, and every other day, we thank you for supporting our work to empower more people, in more places, with clean water.
PS Here are some great ways to get involved in World Water Day, Saturday, March 22: