A unique blend of European, Islamic and Mediterranean cultures, the recently formed nation of Kosovo has rich human and natural resources. Sadly, most of the 2 million people still do not have access to safe water, waste water treatment or refuse removal. This is particularly true in rural areas, We finished a project in the village of Tushile, where all of the 53 wells are now upgraded and providing good water for the families living there. In a second village, Klodernice, a community of 1600 ethnic Albanians, we are working to upgrade over 200 family wells. The result? When they have reached their goals, every family will have water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and a small garden. Local officials oversee the stages of water development, including training the villagers so they can manage, maintain and repair their own water resources.
The villagers contribute financially to the well upgrades and help with the work, while we provide practical help, materials and finances until the project is finished. We do not just fix the problem and leave! We have formed relationships with the community which will continue after this project is finished. Sanitation is a future issue to be confronted by the community, and we will be there helping, Our two project operators are Albanian Kosovars who are on the ground, and relate directly with the people.