What we do

Millions across Eastern Europe and the Balkan region lack access to safe drinking water, proper hygiene, and sanitation, especially in rural areas. This scarcity results in chronic health issues due to contaminated water sources. Many schools lack safe drinking water and appropriate sanitation facilities, including those designed for menstrual hygiene management. While large cities are mandated to follow a comprehensive water safety planning approach in 70 steps (WHO guidelines), smaller communities often lack the capacity to do so.

To address this gap, we’ve tailored the safety planning methodology to suit the needs of smaller communities. Our simplified approach, known as the “Water and Sanitation Safety Planning Compendium” (WSSP), consists of 10 practical steps. It engages local decision-makers and young individuals in identifying risks, pollution sources, and affordable solutions. We provide training for local stakeholders, test drinking water sources, and map pollution sources.

Furthermore, we advocate for government support to guide small municipalities in implementing the WSSP methodology effectively. Our initiative also offers financial support to facilitate the adoption of WSSP in Eastern Europe and the Balkan region.

Focus areas

In our dedicated efforts, we engage with various stakeholders from the education, administration, and political sectors through a range of educational activities. Building upon previous projects, we conduct training sessions in North Macedonia and Albania, aiming to expand the reach and impact of our initiatives. Notably, we are introducing our WSSP compendium in Serbia for the first time, enriching the region with innovative water and sanitation safety planning methodologies.

To amplify our reach and foster social awareness, we employ media campaigns and robust public relations strategies, enlightening local communities about the significance of our cause and empowering them to take responsibility in this vital field.

Additionally, we’re taking strides in Romania, North Macedonia, Albania, and Serbia by creating online educational portals dedicated to water, sanitation, wastewater, and environmental subjects. These platforms serve as valuable resources for educators, enabling them to seamlessly integrate WSSP into their curricula. Furthermore, our North Macedonian partners actively champion the adoption of WSSP at both national and local levels, engaging in constructive dialogues with political decision-makers to drive meaningful change.


Romania, North Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Aquademica Foundation, Journalists for Human Rights, Woman in Development, Milieukontakt Albania, Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development, Ekotim