History of The Living Springs
Along with her 17 years of professional experience abroad and 4 expatriations, Catherine Lanvers, founder of The Living Springs Association, finally orientated her career in 2009 in project management in international cooperation. She brought with her the setup of a consulting company in the Canary Islands, in Spain, through which she managed and promoted in collaboration with her Senegalese partner, 4 bilateral cooperation projects for both Spain and Senegal governments, as well as public institutions as for private entities like Iltesa-Danone.
This exciting adventure led her to study a master's degree in project management with a specialization in international cooperation, in La Salle Graduate School, in Madrid and in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. A year after her arrival in Switzerland in early 2008, she met the active members of the H2O Energies Association who were exhibiting in Geneva streets their humanitarian actions carried out in Cameroon and Kenya. It was on the occasion of the International Water Day.
Following this magical encounter, it had been obvious to her that her way was to continue on the path opened by H2O Energies members . She was elected some time later as a volunteer project manager and partner of the Geneva Association H2O Energies. She has been charged by the latter to carry out a plan of internationalization aiming to multiply water purification installations in the developing countries. She then undertook the same activities but independently. She founded The Living Springs Association counting on the technical support the association H2O Energies (until it was fully autonomous).
Seeking to develop TLS projects, she went over various African countries (Morocco, Egypt, Benin, and South Africa) and Asia (India) with the support of its own contacts network in the water field.
As of today, The Living Springs Association has identified and validated, with the technical support of H2O Energies, the feasibility of several projects in Benin, more specifically in Avrankou as well as in Les Aguégués municipalities. She had signed up 2 bilateral cooperation agreements with both municipalities.
Each prospecting visits were subject to local situations analysis.
But it was finally in India that the first access to drinking water project was completed in December 2012 in a rural area named Madugula located in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
To extend the association activities on site for a greater impact, TLS team decided to develop along the implementation of the safe drinking water access programs (installations of water purification units) in India, 2 training programs (meant for the maintenance of water treatment units, and water kiosks business management) as well as Awareness Programs on water sustainable management.
So, The Living Springs activities cover mainly 3 fields:
1- Sustainable and equitable Access to Safe Drinking Water Programs: installations development of water treatment and purification units for beneficiaries in pre-identified sites.
2- Training Programs in water resource management (economic models, maintenance) for participants and for all the projects stakeholders.
3- Awareness and information Programs on water sustainable management: awareness and communication campaigns for the concerned public or targeted groups.