Surface water is retrieved from this old hand dug well in this 1,000+ member community.  many reports of waterborne disease were shared with our team during a visit to this area of uganda.  how would you solve this problem?

Surface water is retrieved from this old hand dug well in this 1,000+ member community. many reports of waterborne disease were shared with our team during a visit to this area of uganda. how would you solve this problem?

The Problem

One size does not fit all. All our international partners have difficulties and challenges that are unique to their location and their communities.  Even in the same country, each difficulty needs to be addressed in a unique and appropriate way.  But how do we effectively and appropriately meet these unique needs? 


our Process (A.D.D.I.E.)

Using our unique design process called A.D.D.I.E. allows our team to comprehensively evaluate each problem based on the cultureattitudesneeds: perceived and realsustainabilityleadership, and willingness to contribute for each partnership.

It is a method allowing Designs For Hope to tailor a solution to particular projects using observations and input of the community rather than a rigid and general approach to a problem.

In turn, this creates a relationship within the community that allows Designs For Hope to accomplish the overall vision of equipping spiritual leaders around the world to reach their community for Christ


A | Analyze

When resources are given without understanding of the true needs of the partner, it lacks real impact, which is why the analysis phase is crucial.

Our primary task through this phase is to ask questions so we can understand the current reality and to hear the vision and mission of the local church.

The outcome of this stage is a report that summarizes the issues, goals, and objectives know as a “Needs Assessment”.  Included in the Needs Assessment include (but are not limited to) an Organizational Analysis, Physical Needs Assessment, and a Spiritual Needs Assessment

we send an experienced team to work alongside local leadership to assess both PHYSICAL and spiritual needs.  together, we create a project plan that ADDRESSES the needs of the church and it’s community.

we send an experienced team to work alongside local leadership to assess both PHYSICAL and spiritual needs. together, we create a project plan that ADDRESSES the needs of the church and it’s community.


D | Design

Engineers are experts on the Engineering Design Process (EDP).  This is a systematic approach to innovative problem-solving. 

Because every country and community is different, even when the same needs are present, a team will critically look at contextual applications based on environment, resources, structures, etc. which will be used to design (alongside the partner) a solution that is appropriate for the end user(s) and their situation. 

The primary focus of this phase is to take the information gathered during the analysis phase and establish a Design Map that outlines the project(s) and their timeline(s) of implementation. 

Deciding what appropriate technology we need to use for each specific location is critical in truly meeting the needs of the people we serve.  the design phase leads our team towards the best solution available.  This picture shows a pastor holding up surface water in both it’s pre-filtered and post-filtered state.

Deciding what appropriate technology we need to use for each specific location is critical in truly meeting the needs of the people we serve. the design phase leads our team towards the best solution available. This picture shows a pastor holding up surface water in both it’s pre-filtered and post-filtered state.


D | Develop

Once a design has been finalized, defined deliverables must be developed according to the results of the Engineering Design Process. 

During this phase, a team will begin to find ways to produce the deliverables, to the clear specifications of the design, so that these tools can be placed in the field.  This will include appropriate process steps for the defined deliverable. 

Design calculations on the height of a water tower for a kenyan orphanage and it’s farmland.

Design calculations on the height of a water tower for a kenyan orphanage and it’s farmland.


I | Implement

During this phase, all work up this point is put into action.  If the planning prior has been done well, then the implementation phase will be a success. 

Depending on the skill level needed to successfully put a plan into place, various people will be asked or contracted to accomplish the task.  Once the solution has been put into place, transformation should begin.

if you know the true need, then design and develop an appropriate solution, the next phase is implementing that solution.  this is where we return to the community and make a true impact based on hard work that supports the mission of the local church.  in this photo we are drilling a deep water well on the property of a partner church in a community of 2500+.

if you know the true need, then design and develop an appropriate solution, the next phase is implementing that solution. this is where we return to the community and make a true impact based on hard work that supports the mission of the local church. in this photo we are drilling a deep water well on the property of a partner church in a community of 2500+.


E | Evaluate

Sustainability of "needs being met" is critical to the lasting impact of each project.  To know if the project(s) have solutions that meet or exceed their expectations an evaluation process will be designed and implemented for each key objective. 

These goals are as unique for each project and partner.  This evaluation process goes beyond the number of projects implemented and is designed to assess the impact the project has on the local church and its vision and mission

This phase is critical to help all organizations involved grow through data and feedback.  After project analysis has been conducted and evaluated, the results will be collected in an Evaluation Report to be shared with the partner(s).

evaluation is key to long term success.  for this project, we are monitoring a deep water well for the following: amount of water delivered, solar power voltage, and solar power amperage.  we can determine preventative maintenance cycles as well as daily water needs though this data.  we are communicating data daily using either SATELLITE or sms transmission.

evaluation is key to long term success. for this project, we are monitoring a deep water well for the following: amount of water delivered, solar power voltage, and solar power amperage. we can determine preventative maintenance cycles as well as daily water needs though this data. we are communicating data daily using either SATELLITE or sms transmission.