As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who worked in grassroots development, a volunteer in program management for a water resources development non-profit for over 18 years, and having made multiple trips to Latin American and the Caribbean to conduct water resources trainings and consultations, I feel I provide a significant contribution to this team. My background has also given me familiarity with several dozen organizations in India, and a sense of who among them rank the highest in terms of integrity and capability.
My experience in water resources development and development in general has taught me the importance of sustainable project design, and that merely providing safe water is not enough. There must be ready access to that water as well as enough of it. Environmentally sustainable sanitation goes hand-in-hand to prevent contamination of surface and groundwater while conserving water. A multi-faceted approach is needed, and for us, this includes dowsing to increase the odds of finding water, and finding it in good quantity and quality. Teaching this art empowers the rural people we work with in all aspects of their lives.