WEFTA was born from Waterlines, a non-profit organization also based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Waterlines provides funding and technical support for drinking water projects in small, rural communities where water sources are contaminated or distant. They have recently focused on projects in Kenya, Ethiopia and Panama. Waterlines has been a supporter of WEFTA projects since WEFTA’s inception.
The Wallace Genetic Foundation has been WEFTA’s most significant supporter and, along with SMA, a source of funding support covering the administrative and operational costs of the organization. This has made it possible to designate all other funding received to direct project expenses.
Engineers from AQUA Engineering, based in Bountiful Utah, have been involved in projects primarily in Peru and Bolivia. They have provided technical and financial support to the work of WEFTA, especially as it pertains to wastewater treatment.
Suma Jayma is a Bolivian NGO with whom WEFTA has worked on numerous water and sanitation projects since the very founding of our organization. Suma Jayma is comprised of Aymara indigenous persons from the altiplano region. They are involved in the design and implementation of projects for potable water, basic sanitation, health, education, agriculture, and environment.
Daughters of Charity International Project Services (DOCIPS) is a nonprofit service organization that helps sisters working in developing countries to obtain funds and resources needed for local projects. WEFTA has partnered with DOCIPS to provide technical assistance and develop ways to alleviate the problems associated with unsafe water supplies and inadequate sanitation for these poverty-stricken countries in Latin America and Africa.
Ethiopia has one of the highest maternal and neonatal mortality rates in the world. Village Health Partnership (VHP), a Denver-based NGO, works with local communities in rural Ethiopia to ensure that medical facilities and healthcare providers are adequately prepared to provide appropriate medical assistance. WEFTA volunteer engineers and hydrogeologists provide technical assistance to insure adequate water supplies are available to rural health clinics and hospitals served by VHP.
Wheaton Franciscan Sisters Ministry Fund provides financial support to the charitable works of other organizations whose mission is rooted in meeting the needs of the times. WEFTA is proud to partner with the Sisters and work together to fortify sustainability and improve access to safe water and proper sanitation for communities in need in Bolivia and Tanzania.
Sanitation and Water Action (SAWA) is an indigenous Tanzanian NGO. SAWA supports communities, government and the private sector to identify cost-effective, innovative solutions for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects and sustainable water resources management. WEFTA has partnered with SAWA on projects in Tanzania.
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has been one of the premier financial supporters of WEFTA’s potable water projects in Honduras since 2003. ACC has funded projects to bring clean drinking water to over 8,000 people. ACC also provided chlorine to Puerto Rico as part of the emergency relief effort in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
The Spirit of Christ Catholic Church of Denver, CO has teamed with WEFTA on community development projects in El Alto, Bolivia and is committed to an ongoing relationship with WEFTA in support of the poor of the altiplano region and their water and sanitation needs.
Civil Construction and Sustainable Ecological Sanitation (ConSES) is a small Bolivian organization dedicated to serving the basic sanitation needs of impoverished communities by developing and implementing innovative ecological sanitation options. WEFTA has partnered with ConSES since 2016.
Souder, Miller and Associates (SMA) supported the start up and on-going operations of WEFTA beginning in 2002. SMA provided administrative support and access to computers, software, and hardware necessary to get WEFTA up and running. SMA has provided access to a pool of volunteers used as resources by WEFTA and has a matching grant program which many employees have taken advantage of while working with or donating to WEFTA.
Save the Children Honduras (SCH) has been an instrumental partner with WEFTA volunteers since 1999. We have paired SCH’s local project administration expertise with WEFTA’s engineering experience to successfully complete multiple projects in Western Honduras.
Fintrac administers USAID funding for water projects in Honduras. Fintrac has partnered with WEFTA on multiple projects in which WEFTA provides engineering design and technical supervision, and Fintrac administers the USAID funds and organizes the project at the grassroots level.
WEFTA has worked with leadership from the Habitat national organization of El Salvador, Habitat para la Humanidad – El Salvador, in evaluating community water projects and developing potential solutions.
The Vinyl Institute (VI) has been a key active supporter of WEFTA’s work in Honduras. The VI has provided funding for projects in southwestern Honduras, resulting in access to clean drinking water for over 8,000 people.
Lutheran World Relief (LWR) works with local NGO’s to advance rural development. WEFTA has teamed with LWR in Colombia to provide technical assistance to ten rural community water systems near Colombia’s Caribbean coast.
Rodgers and Co., Inc. of Albuquerque, NM has provided invaluable training opportunities to our friends of Suma Jayma in the science and art of drilling water wells. The company has also donated many materials to the efforts in Bolivia.
Skolta’el Yu’un Jlumaltic, A.C. (SYJAC) has been doing important work in Chiapas, Mexico for decades. The organization was founded by Don Samuel Ruiz Garcia, the Catholic Archbishop who became world renowned for having helped negotiate the peace between the Zapatista rebels and the government of Mexico. WEFTA is proud to have collaborated with SYJAC on projects throughout the State of Chiapas.
WEFTA volunteer engineers and hydrogeologists have accompanied volunteers from United by Friendship on trips to Guatemala to work with rural communities with whom the organization has been working with for many years, while helping evaluate potential water sources and appropriate technology for wastewater treatment.
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Water & Health
Since 2002, WEFTA has been connecting donors, engineers, and communities in Latin America and Africa, all with the common goal of ensuring access to clean drinking water for everyone.
Sanitation & Environment
WEFTA engineers help communities make sound decisions and facilitate the dialog leading to the development of solutions for inadequate sewage treatment, and its associated environmental impacts.
Development & Sustainability
WEFTA volunteers work with the communities we partner with to develop the local skills needed to maintain and manage the water and wastewater systems constructed.