CDIP welcomed Eau et Vie (commonly known as Water and Life/W&L), a French nonprofit, at the University for a company presentation on November 1st, 2017. Eau et Vie aims to improve living conditions for families living in slums of developing countries, through the connection of houses to water network, sanitation trainings and services, waste management and fire- fighting. Today, Eau et Vie works in Philippines and Bangladesh and is starting a project in Ivory Coast. In Bangladesh, Eau et Vie started a social business, Shobar Jonno Pani (SJP) in 2010, with a mission to distribute clean water in slums in partnership with local water distributors.
The session, well attended by nearly 50 students from different academic levels, was facilitated by Mr. Gaspard Thomas, SJP Program Manager in Chittagong and Mr. Jean-Pierre Pujo, Project Manager for Water and Life Bangladesh (W&L). Accompanying them were Ms. Victorine Creahes, Project Officer, Mr. Sakib Nazmus, Operation Manager, Mr. Akter Hossain, SJP Branch Manager, and Ms. Rumi Barua, Finance and Admin Officer.
Mr. Gaspard showed a short video of an overview of the project Shobar Jonno Pani (SJP) in Bangladesh. He further explained the project’s innovative approach as a social business model which ensures sustainability by providing a cheaper solution adaptable to the population and through generating capital through its beneficiaries. Following the lead, Mr. Jean-Pierre spoke about the organization’s work in the Bhashantek slum since 2013 in Dhaka, emphasizing on its tremendous impact of having connected 7000 individuals to running water, training of 120 individuals on firefighting, establishing 12 fire fighting brigades, and conducting 124 hygiene promotion sessions in schools, courtyards and health centers until 2017.
The session ended with remaining team members sharing their personal experience of working on the projects and also discussing possible ways of AUW students to get involved in terms of internship and/or volunteering opportunities within the organization.
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The Center for Career Development and International Programs (CDIP) is organizing more engagements this SY 2017-2018 through strategic partnerships, mentorships, leadership & career development workshops and professional exposures, among others. For more information, or to start a partnership with AUW CDIP, email firstname.lastname@example.org.