The World Health Organization (WHO
) estimates that persons with disabilities make up approximately 15% of the population in most developing nations. About 5% of these populations have limiting physical disabilities resulting in reduced mobility (notably transport or walking aid users and the visually impaired). Often little attention has been given to the needs of persons with disabilities in the community when implementing new structures such as wells, hand pumps, and domestic tools.
World Vision Mali's (WVM
) engagement with the West African Water Initiative (WAWI
) began in 2003, while WAWI
was in the process of drilling and placing approximately 200 boreholes, hand pumps, and associated structures among WVM
Area Development Program communities. To date, the WAWI
-Mali Rural Water Project (MRWP
) program is actively achieving its objectives relative to these goals. However, given increased dialogue among WAWI
partners with regards to the needs of persons with disabilities and in the interest of exploring enhanced access and use of these facilities in served communities of Mali, WVM
invited Messiah College in 2005 to join them in conducting an initial in-country assessment of existing conditions.
Messiah's Africa WASH
and Disabilities Study seeks to accomplish this goal and improve access to WAWI
facilities for persons with disabilities. We are able to do this only because of partnerships with World Vision Mali and with the assistance of a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
From 2005 to 2011 we did engineering. The first major part of our project is explained here.
In 2011 we expanded our application work! Here is where the business tasks started.