Water Centric (WC) is a social entrepreneurship organization that is a ‘bridge’ between geographic areas that are in the most urgent need of improved water, sanitation and hygiene and the international agencies, foundations, corporations, technical experts and individuals committed to changing the situation. WC connects local solutions with international funding and expertise – and quickly brings practical and sustainable ideas to scale.
WC is aware that most solutions to the challenges of water/sanitation today are well established. Rather than focus on a ‘miracle technology’ to solve the world’s water problems or to reinvent the wheel, it strives to find the ‘right fit’ of technology that is effective and culturally appropriate to the context. Some examples: rainwater harvesting to increase water access, improved design of pans to keep latrines clean with very little water and inexpensive technologies to purify contaminated water supply at the point of use.
Water Centric (WC) continues to develop a strong team of engaged Board members, passionate volunteers and partner NGO organizations around the world.
Our Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors brings together talented and caring individuals that are passionate about finding ways to address the growing global problems of lack of water sanitation and hygiene education in schools in the developing world.
Lotika Shaunik Paintal, Founder and Executive Director, brings her personal experience and extensive network of water and sanitation professionals in the US and developing countries to Water Centric. She has worked in senior management positions in US based international development organizations (Oxfam America, World Education, Education Development Center) for over 10 years. She has also partnered with small implementing organizations in developing countries. Having grown up in India, she is familiar with the culture and ways of getting things done in South Asia. Lotika was on the William J. Clinton Foundation 5-person team, tasked with advising the Foundation on whether to make water, sanitation and hygiene education into an area of priority. The team met with experts and officials representing more than 120 entities that work in the water and sanitation sector around the world. She has a MEd-International Development (Harvard University), a MA-Intercultural Relations (Lesley University), a License-Molecular Biology from (Université de Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France) and a BSc - Botany (Delhi University)
Arti Kirloskar lives in Pune, India. She devotes her time to supporting and serving on the boards of several NGO's. She works with Plan India, one of the oldest and largest international development agencies in the world. Plan is in 49 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas and directly supports more than 1.5 million children and their families. She heads up the Pune chapter of Intach which is a nationwide, non profit organization to protect and conserve India's vast natural and cultural heritage and revive dying craft traditions throughout India. She is a trustee of Kirloskar Foundation. The Foundation provides scholarships and has been encouraging cleanliness and hygiene for the last 40 years through an annual competition called 'Clean and Beautiful schools'. She is a keen lover of the arts, Indian dance and design and has helped to curate a number of art shows and exhibitions. She studied Graphic Art from Delhi College of Art and received her Masters in Fine Arts.
Raj Melville has over 25 years of product management, marketing and consulting experience at four start-ups, and several larger organizations. He currently provides marketing and strategy consulting services to emerging social entrepreneurs focused on building bottom of pyramid solutions. Some of his previous responsibilities included managing the overall product strategy and features for nTAG Interactive, a spin off from the MIT Media Lab; marketing and product management direction at mobile software vendor Vaultus; directing product management at Be Free Inc. (now Valueclick), a market leading affiliate marketing e-commerce solution; and managing the launch of two high-end Internet server products at Electronic Book Technologies (later acquired by Inso). His early career included stints at Microsoft, Digital Equipment and Booz Allen & Hamilton. Raj has an undergraduate engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, a M.S. and D.Sc. in Engineering from MIT, and a M.S. in Management from the Sloan School at MIT.
Jim Wilson PhD is recently retired from Cabot Corporation. He has worked for 26 years for major chemical companies as a research analytical chemist, project manager, business/quality manager and department manager. He plays the five-string bluegrass banjo and loves to cook. He has a PhD in chemistry from the University of New Mexico, NM.
Diane Perkins Johnson has over 25 years of experience in marketing executive roles in both for-profit and not-for-profit companies. She has held responsibility for online communications, social media, direct marketing, corporate identity, advertising, public relations, lead generation, and events marketing and has won multiple awards for her work.
Our Volunteers continute to do amazing work for Water Centric. Whether it is helping us write our newsletter and brochures, design our website, raise funds for our schools or just spread the word about the work that we are doing, we are fortunate to have a small but growing cadre of committed volunteers.
If you would like to learn more about ways that you can help Water Centric go to: http://www.watercentric.org/help.html
Our Partner Ngo's
Our Partner NGO’s are well respected, responsive and effective local NGOs, that buy into the idea of a comprehensive approach to providing water, sanitation and hygiene education to schools and have an established presence in the communities where we work. These local NGOs ensure the participation of the local community when starting an initiative and simultaneously build the capacity of the local governments, and other Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to take the work forward. Our NGO partners have a goal of raising 30% of the necessary funds for the projects from the local government, corporations and school community. This will ensure community and local government buy-in of the project and its eventual sustainability
Sakshi is our local NGO partner in Delhi. We are working together on the proposal to provide water, sanitation and hygiene education to 10 Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) schools. This 10-school urban initiative has a high scale-up potential since there is a mandate, from the State, to provide this sort of service to the 1800 needy MCD schools that exist in Delhi.
Swami Vivekanand Youth Movement (SVYM) is being considered as another local NGO partner in Karnataka, India. We are planning to work together on the second initiative to provide water, sanitation and hygiene education to 150 schools in this rural area..
Our US Partners:
In the US we are also partnering with the nonprofit H2O for Life. They have committed to raising $15,000 in matching grants this year to help us commence work in five Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) schools. H2O for Life has secured five schools in the US that are going to partner and partially fund our water, sanitation and hygiene education activities in the five Indian schools.
What will help ensure our success
Water Centric (WC) is in a unique position to tap into the interest and renewed commitment to deal with the crisis in water and sanitation around the world.
WC believes that most solutions to the prevailing challenges related to water and sanitation are well established. Rather than focus on a ‘miracle technology’ to solve the world’s water problems or to reinvent the wheel, it strives to find the ‘right fit’ of technology that is effective and culturally appropriate to the context. By maintaining regular contact with international agencies, foundations, corporations, technical experts and individuals committed to changing the situation, WC can help connect local solutions with international funding and further expertise – and bring practical and sustainable ideas to scale.
WC is based in Boston and is well linked to the international community, funding organizations and academics working on this issue. It is starting implementation in India, where it has strong relationships with a broad network of professionals working on water within the National and State Governments, International NGOs, and smaller implementing NGOs. In addition, within India, it is in dialogue with organizations that have developed innovative and inexpensive solutions appropriate for meeting the challenges in resource poor settings.