With the success of the WFL projects the organisation looked at tackling the water crises at a more personal level by providing running water to the door steps of the villagers. The lack of sanitation is a major source of health related issues and also has impact on the environment. Provision of good sanitation facilities will improve the hygiene practice of rural communities and ultimately with a direct impact on health and environment. Similarly with the success of AEC projects the organisations looked at providing electricity to each house and in streets thus eliminating the use of paraffin lamps which are hazardous to both homes and the health of people.
This problem is tackled by utilising the expertise developed in these 3 areas of technology to provide sustainable infrastructure across an entire village. Water distribution was achieved by using solar energy to pump water from boreholes into over-head tanks, from where it flows to houses. Further water generated could also be used for irrigation allowing villagers to grow crops for their everyday needs for 365 days of the year. The solar system would also provide light to each house hold including street lighting. Community needs would be addressed by construction a community centre catering for the education development of the locals.
To date 9 Model Villages have been completed each village serving a population of over 500 villagers. 5 further model villages are in progress serving a population of over 1000 per village.
These 'Model Villages' have had a huge impact on the lives of people, especially children who would have to travel miles every day just to quench their thirst In the deserts of Africa where this scheme is being carried out. The energy facilities and irrigation potential of these projects has allowed the villagers to focus on lively hood instead of traveling over 10 miles per day to fetch water for their families.
Model villages has been established in the following countries
- Sierra Leone
- Burkina Faso
- Ivory Coast