Community Members Participate in the process
In constructing a hand-dug water well, the community members are involved in the process; either by digging the hole themselves or by providing local materials, such as bricks or sand, needed in the construction of the well. Then EATBETA uses funds raised through donations, to build the water well and to purchase materials which the villagers cannot afford—such as cement, hand pump, water tanks, pipes, etc. Involving the villagers yields two important benefits. Firstly, villagers take ownership of the project and they feel engaged in the process. Secondly, it helps to minimize the construction cost to about $2,000 per well.