Because Ingomar Living Waters (ILW) donors, who we call World Changers, directly invest in individual water projects, they often invest large sums of money in water projects. They want to be assured that their investments are not put at risk due to fraud and that their investments are efficiently used to bring the gift of clean water to as many people as possible. To that end, we often get asked questions about how ILW is protecting against being defrauded. And over the years, ILW has required that key information be provided which helps us detect potential fraud and assure our donors about steps takens to help prevent fraud.
Two key pieces of information required to help prove that the project was implemented where and when expected are Before & After Photos and accurate GPS location of the project. GPS information allows us to capture before and after satellite images of the project site. We expect to see an undeveloped location in the “Before” satellite images and then see evidence of the project in the “After” satellite images, whether it be a concrete well apron, storage towers, solar arrays, etc.
Satellite imagery can be very effective but has limitations based on the timing of available satellite imagery, where time cycles are often measured in years, not months. Therefore, more recently, we are asking partners to also provide Before & After Photos depicting landmarks in the background, such as buildings and large trees. What we expect to see in the Before Photo is a picture of the project site with background landmarks but without the implemented project. Then what we expect to see in the After Photo is a picture of the project clearly implemented (a handpump well and apron, or storage towers, solar arrays, tap stands, etc.) with the SAME landmarks in the background as the Before Photo.
We understand that taking digital photographs at the project site adds overhead and that at the time of project initiation, the exact drill location may not be known. Therefore, it is perfectly acceptable for the Before Photo to be taking during the drilling process of a borehole well. Just make sure that landmarks clearly identifying the exact location are in the background of the drilling photo. The After Photo can be taken any time from the wrap-up of the project work (after cement apron is poured for a handpump borehole well for example) to the opening ceremony or afterwards. Again, just make sure the exact same landmarks appear in the background of the After Photo that were in the Before Photo.
Below are some example Before & After Photos. As you can tell, the most important thing in the photos is the common landmarks appearing in the Before as well as the After Photos.
The Before & After Photos above have common landmarks including the palm trees as well as the barn-like structure in the upper right of the photos and also the awnings in the background.
The Before & After Photos above start with a Before drilling photo. And the After Photo shows the handpump well and apron clearly in the same position with the same building as well as trees in the background as landmarks.