Abundant Water has been proudly progressing programs in Laos funded through the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Direct Aid Program. The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small grants program funded from Australia's aid budget. DAP projects engage a wide range of partners including community groups, non-government organisations, educational institutions and local governments.
DAP projects cover a range of sectors such as education, health, water and sanitation, environmental protection, women's empowerment and gender equality, supporting people with disabilities, economic livelihoods, food security and human rights.
These small grants enable organisations like Abundant Water to work with local communities in developing countries on projects that reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development consistent with Australia's national interest.
Complementing Abundant Water’s receipt of a DFAT Friendship Grant for our work in Timor-Leste this DAP funding for our team in Laos has already made a huge impact in the lives of hundreds of families across (insert region)
Abundant Water is eternally grateful for the DAP funding we have received from the Australian Embassy in in Laos. Thanks to the Embassy backing us in we have to date installed 200 water filter sets across two districts. We still have three more target districts to go across Oudomxay and Vientiane provinces and will look to have our filters installed through June. Delivering on the intent of DAP our project targets mostly poor families and share community spaces such as schools, village offices, and local health clinics. As is the Abundant Water way, we have worked in close collaboration with local District Health Offices in target areas to ensure that we deliver fit-for-purpose filter installation to acheive maximum benefit for local communities.
Our ongoing association with the Direct Aid Program in Laos and the Friendship Grant Program in Timor-Leste demonstrates a strong level of confidence in Abundant Water’s ability to deliver positive outcomes on the ground in Australia’s near neighbourhood. We are so grateful to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for this ongoing support which ensures we can get safe and clean water to those who need it most.