Once approved, all HydrateLife projects start with a survey of the community. One component of this survey is interviewing members of the community to help HydrateLife understand the makeup of the community, their culture and values, and what aspirations they have for the project and their future.
Interview questions can include asking community members about the makeup of their household, about the health of the people in their household, and about the community, to more broad questions, such as what are their ambitions for the future. In addition to interviewing individuals, community interviews are held, including women only interviews.
At the same time interviews are taking place, the entire community and any infrastructure or resources will be mapped out. This is done with a process called participatory mapping which includes the community in the process, and can be done either by walking with a few members of the community and having them point out important resources or infrastructure, or by having the community come together and draw out the map as a group.
These maps serve to show HydrateLife what, if any, water and sanitation infrastructure already exists in the community. The maps can also show land ownership boundaries so that if pipes needs to be laid, we will know who to talk to, or areas we need to avoid. The locations of water collection points, and where people go to the bathroom, will also be labeled. These maps will be instrumental in developing a solution that will work for the entire community.