|Sustainability of SSAAP|
The purpose of sustainability in SSAAP is as follows: as a direct priority of SSAAP’s
mission, sustainability in all three countries where the project exists
(Zambia, Sierra Leone and U.S.A.) is mandatory.
In the U.S.A., for legal purposes in accordance with IRS tax laws as well as IRS
nonprofit laws, SSAAP must be a sustainable entity supported by a legitimate
Board of Directors. The IRS frowns upon organizations run by one or two people.
SSAAP is a 501(c) charitable organization, Tax ID # 27-2033029.
All donations are tax-exempt through SSAAP.
Additionally, SSAAP is registered with the Zambian government under the Republic of
Zambia Ministry of Home Affairs, Registration number ORS/102/47/515 as of
13 February 2009.
SSAAP has an approximate ten-year time span; the project was developed in 2008, and thus
by 2018 it should be completed in Zambia; it was developed in 2009 in Sierra Leone
thus ought to be finished in Sierra Leone by 2019. Funds and interest permitting, the
project has potential to sustain itself well-beyond that time-frame.
By 2018, Simwatachela ought to have sustainable water and means for sustaining itself in
the event that a problem with the water would occur. In the case of water via borehole,
the communities have borehole committees ['Cikuju Committee'] in charge of collecting
donations from households within the region where the borehole is found. These contributions
are put into a pool whereby in the event of a pipe breaking, or the borehole ceasing to work
the funds will pay for an expert to fix the borehole, or replace the pipe, etc.
Please note that without repair, the pipes in the borehole have a life-span
of approximately 7-10 years.
In the well-digging scenarios in rural Zambia and Sierra Leone, the sustainability factor is
contingent upon the community's desire for clean water. Wells require physical labor
contributions by beneficiaries of the wells; thus, the sustainability element rests in the
concept that those who have invested in the well will see to it that it remains useful and
sustainable. The contribution of physical labor is an investment whereby villagers can feel
pride in ownership of a project, and the chances of a higher sustainability rate thus increases
exponentially in this scenario.
Sustainability in the Micro-loan Program for Vulnerable People is ensured that as one loan is
re-paid, it will 'cycle' to another person in need, then to another, etc. The same money in the
'loan pool' will be recycled and passed from one needy person or group onto another after the
duration of the loan is completed.
Artisans ought to have sustainable means for selling their art and promoting their crafts by the
end of the project cycle in both African nations.