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This guide is intended for anyone who is interested in questions of water and sanitation. It was a volunteer effort and was created with the idea of sharing different experiences and all the practices that we have seen used with as many people as possible, all over the globe and in particular with those who need that information the most.

This work was carried out under the direction of Patrick FLICOTEAUX Project head for the International Action and Advocacy Department of Secours Catholique, and a member of Coalition Eau (a platform that brings together 25 French NGOs) and the Board of Directors of PFE (Partenariat Français pour l’eau, French Water Partnership) and it was coordinated by François AVELINE and André MOLLON, all three former head engineers in the water sector. The vast majority of the work came from the active, volunteer participation of an international team of young engineering students, in particular :

- 10 engineering students at the Ecole Centrale de Paris, a highly respected engineering school :
Pedro-Henrique AFFONSO NOBREGA, Antoine BENSE, Estelle CAPELLO, Kevin CASTEL, Li CHENGBIN, Matthieu GOMBEAUD, Romain ILIOU, Camille LESTERLIN-VENDAT, Hugues-Loup ROBEDAT and Arnaud SCHULKE.

- 5 engineering students from Université de Paris, Polytech’Paris-UPMC who are also members of the “Ingénieurs sans frontières" (Engineers without borders) non-profit association :

with the participation, through a sharing of documents and skills and validation of the files, of 11 Caritas diocesans or African colleagues (Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cap Verde, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Mali, Niger, Togo, DRC, Rwanda and Senegal) and many experts who volunteered their time to proofread some of the files.

But Wikiwater would never have been possible if it were not for the financial support of Fondation Caritas France, and, for the English translation, the ONEMA (Office national de l’eau et des milieux aquatiques ,French National office for water and wetlands) and the Agence de l’eau Adour-Garonne, and we would like to express our most sincere thanks to them.

Secours Catholique, the French branch of the international network Caritas Internationalis (165 member countries) is a not-for profit organisation founded in 1946 by Monsignor Jean Rodhain. It was recognised by the state for its public utility in 1962 and declared a great national cause (grande cause nationale) in 1988 ; Secours Catholique provides assistance to the poor without distinction of race, religion or nationality in keeping with the spirit of Christian charity and works to promote social justice. The organisation also regularly provides assistance in humanitarian emergency situations, political or social crises and in underdeveloped countries. Its actions for humanity are made possible by 61,000 volunteers organised by the association’s diocesan delegations and its nearly 1000 employees.

The Fondation Caritas France was created in 2009 by Secours Catholique and recognised for its public utility that very year. The foundation’s objective is to combat poverty and marginalisation in France and in the world, without distinction of race, religion or nationality and to provide a structure for other foundations. Caritas France finances projects carried out by Secours Catholique and Caritas. It also supports innovative ideas developed by many local associations and social or solidarity businesses that lack the financial means to carry them out. It concentrates financing on programmes related to essential needs – Water, Health, Food Security, Training.
The technical development of WIKIWATER site and its online format were done by the ONE HEART agency.

ONEMA is a public establishment charged with restoring and preserving wetlands. It also plays a role in providing information for several ministries. In cooperation with many partners including the Agences de l’eau, it helps improve public information and increase the public’s knowledge about waterways and fresh-water biodiversity.

The Agence de l’eau Adour-Garonne is one of 6 public offices charged with combating pollution and protecting water and wetland environments.
Funded by fees for water pollution and water use, the agency provides financial assistance to contractors and those working with water to help them purchase necessary equipment or take part in international development programmes.

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