Water For Life Institute first came to Kosovo in 2008. They heard about the great need for clean water and proper sanitation in the village of Tushile, Skenderaj through a friend, soon after they started to negotiate with the people from the village how to improve drinking water, sanitation and to teach more about hygiene. The practical work started in 2009. They started with the families who were living in social support from government (75 Euros per month). In order to partner with us and receive assistance with their well, families must be willing to meet the following three conditions developed by Water for Life Kosovo: 1. Families must pay 10% of the cost of all materials used 2. Families must provide all the labor needed for completion of the project 3. Families must volunteer a member or members of their family to assist their neighbor with the repair of their well.
After the first village was finished in 2014, WFLK moved to next village with the same project.
WFLK’s main focus is to upgrade, rehabilitate and repair the wells that are used for drinking water. We do this by upgrading the infrastructure: building a cement ring with lid, paving with cement around the well for protection, installing an electric pump and building 500 liters water storage under the roof. In the end we bleach the well with chlorine and teach them how to do it on regular basis.
WFLK helps with sanitation (waste water) too. We help families to move their waste water from their houses to a septic tank.
WFLK gives a high priority for hygiene also by sharing important information with people in the villages.
In the last four years WFLK has been able to help improve water quality in the village of Kllodernice 129 families. At the moment is working in seven different projects in the village.
In 2013 WFLI was registered as Water For Life Kosovo, first organization in Kosovo with such mission, to improve drinking water and to help with sanitation.
Water For Life Kosovo was founded by:
- Board members: Daniel Hefley, John Chesnut, ImirGashi and Kjell Carlson
- Staff: Arben Hoti (project manager) and Besnik Hoti (project assistant)
- Projects: region of Skenderaj, villages Tushilë and Kllodernicë