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FEATURE | CLEAN WATER WATER FOR inDiA iMPAct O PhOtOgraPhy by christina nurse ne year ago, Christina Nurse and Carolyn de Groot travelled to farm areas outside of Kolkata, India, to spend an inspiring week with the NGO Water for People (WFP), visiting their improved water projects as part of a planned WFP impact tour. North American donors and fundraisers were invited to participate. India was certainly worth the 19-hour flight. The people, the colours and the experiences we will never forget. To celebrate our arrival, we went for tea with the local travel organizer to an authentic local diner 40 | O N T A R I O P i P E L i n E | SPRING 2015 with terra-cotta cups that were thrown on the ground to become part of the earth again. Right away, we were conscious of some smart recycling systems. There were seven of us to experience the impact of "Water for People" projects in India. This group included Apurba Tribedi from Bentley Systems, who was originally from the Kolkata area, and acted as our second tour guide. We were the token Canadians amongst our new American friends. Where Water for People works differently than other NGOs is by building sustainable partnerships with governments and communities. Communication is key! They build partnerships with different levels of government for support financially, and respectively build partnerships with other NGOs to make viable projects happen. We met the Water for People India country managers, including Dipa Biswas (North 24 Parganas) and Sujata Tripathy (south of Kolkata, known as II block of South 24  Parganas District), who work with the communities and government on the ground to make the projects happen. Both these women live in greater Kolkata

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Ontario Pipeline - Spring 2015

From the Publications Chair
The OWWA Report
The OMWA Report
The OWWEA Report
From Our AWWA Director
Ontario’s Water Conference and Tradeshow
Acclamation of 2015–2018 OWWA Directors
Let’s Drink to That!
New Possibilities with Municipal Water Data
The NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Water Treatment at the University of Waterloo
Making a Mark
AWWAO Certification Week
Novel Use of Stabilized Hydrogen Peroxide in Drinking Water
Water for People India Impact Tour
Committee Reports
Certification Corner
Welcome New Members
Calendar of Events
OWWEA Member Listing
Index of Advertisers | Ad.com

Ontario Pipeline - Spring 2015