Aquassistance is the international aid organization of the SUEZ Group staff providing support to populations in need in the areas of water, sanitation and waste. Populations are offered on-the-ground and remote access to the professional skills of their volunteer members and to appropriate material and financial resources, in cases of development aid or emergency response.
" Aquassistance was founded in 1994 as a result of action by a small number of Lyonnaise des Eaux employees who established potable water supplies for displaced populations in Rwanda. "
Two areas are concerned:
The emergency humanitarian help after disasters, to supply drinking water to affected populations, refugee camps, health centers mostly thanks to the implantation and the operation of mobile drinking water units
The development aid in drinking water (drinking water supply, refurbishment of plants, advice, training…) in wastewater (expertise, latrine construction, rainwater collection…) and in waste management (waste treatment, creation of landfills, awareness raising…)
They are currently managing 80 projects and achieving 60 missions per year.
They always operate with one or more partners (NGOs from North or South, national associations, local communities, water agencies, religious communities,…) with whom they sign partnership agreements.
They are very careful to ensure long lasting quality to their actions. They involve the populations as much as possible so that they take ownership of the projects and they provide training for the management and maintenance of the units.
Their funding is provided by a grant from the Fonds SUEZ Initiatives, by fees and donations from their members and by grants from other financial donors associated to specific projects.