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Emma Robbins, Executive Director of DigDeep’s Navajo Water Venture, Departs After 7 Years of Transformative Leadership


Emma Robbins served as the primary Executive Director of DigDeep’s Navajo Water Venture, which has introduced clear working water to 1000’s of individuals on the Navajo Nation.

Throughout her tenure, Robbins’ relentless work led the expansion of DigDeep’s Navajo Water Venture, and introduced clear ingesting water to 1000’s on the Navajo Nation

I’m immensely proud of what we now have achieved over the previous a number of years. I used to be impressed to hitch DigDeep and construct the Navajo Water Venture out of a deep want to assist my group.”

— Emma Robbins, Executive Director of DigDeep’s Navajo Water Venture

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, June 23, 2023/EINPresswire.com/ — Emma Robbins, the primary Executive Director of DigDeep’s Navajo Water Venture, might be departing the human rights nonprofit after a seven-year tenure during which she led the growth of water entry throughout the Navajo Nation in Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. Emma can also be a Diné artist, activist, and the founder of The Chapter Home, an arts area that fosters Indigenous empowerment and group.

As one of the primary staff of DigDeep, Robbins was instrumental in rising the Navajo Water Venture to just about forty area workers. In her position, she led the strategic planning and implementation of the Navajo Water Venture’s area work, improvements, and coalition-building with native authorities and different frontline group companions.

Over 30% of individuals on the Navajo Nation reside with out working water or a flush rest room at house. Native Individuals are 19 occasions extra prone to reside like this than White Individuals, in keeping with analysis by DigDeep and the US Water Alliance. DigDeep based the Navajo Water Venture in 2014 to deal with this hidden water disaster.

DigDeep’s Navajo Water Venture is Indigenous-led, and staffed by native members of every group it serves. They work to put in clear working water into properties with off-grid Residence Water Methods, which use solar energy to attract water from 1200-gallon underground water tanks which are buried exterior the house and refilled by DigDeep’s community of water vehicles. The Navajo Water Venture can also be investing in simpler septic techniques. To this point, the Navajo Water Venture has put in almost 600 Residence Water Methods, and begun hooking households as much as important water traces.

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, when lockdowns compelled DigDeep to halt in-home installations for the protection of their staff and shoppers, the nonprofit pivoted to emergency aid. The workforce deployed over 1,450 water storage tanks to properties. Additionally they coordinated the donation and distribution of over 2 million kilos of bottled water, which was delivered by a community of volunteers from nonprofits, mutual help teams, well being clinics and Navajo authorities companies, some even driving the ‘final mile’ to elders, and other people below quarantine. The Navajo Water Venture workforce didn’t cease there: they invented the ‘Suitcase’ Residence Water System, which was engineered for zero contact set up and to resist the desert’s excessive temperatures.

The ‘Suitcase’ Residence Water System earned honors in Quick Firm’s 2021 Innovation by Design Awards, which acknowledges the individuals, groups, and corporations that remodel society by design​​. DigDeep’s Navajo Water Venture can also be the winner of the 2018 US Water Prize, which celebrates excellent achievements within the development of sustainable, built-in, and inclusive options to our nation’s water challenges.

“I’m immensely proud of what we now have achieved over the previous a number of years,” says Emma Robbins, outgoing Executive Director of DigDeep’s Navajo Water Venture. “I got here from an arts background, however was impressed to hitch DigDeep and construct the Navajo Water Venture out of a deep want to assist my group. My unimaginable Navajo Water Venture workforce, in collaboration with different group leaders and officers throughout the Navajo Nation, has helped convey this endeavor to fruition. I’m assured the workforce will proceed to do nice work within the years to come back.”

The Navajo Water Venture workforce might be led by Cindy Howe, who’s being promoted to Director from her present position as Deputy Director, during which she manages the mission’s 40-person sturdy area workforce. Howe has labored with DigDeep since 2018, becoming a member of the nonprofit from one of DigDeep’s first group companions, the St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and Faculty in Thoreau, New Mexico.

“I’m grateful to Emma for her stewardship of the Navajo Water Venture over all these years,” says Howe. “She has been instrumental in increasing water entry for our individuals, and constructed deep and lasting relationships with residents, group leaders and different native organizations who share our aim of making certain all individuals on the Navajo Nation have entry to scrub water and sanitation. I look ahead to persevering with this work in my new position.”

“The influence Emma has made by her management of the Navajo Water Venture is difficult to place into phrases,” says George McGraw, founder and CEO of DigDeep. “Emma took a leap of religion to hitch DigDeep as our third worker, at a time when our work on the Navajo Nation was simply getting began. It’s as a result of of Emma’s imaginative and prescient and tenacity that the Navajo Water Venture has grown to serve 1000’s of Navajo Nation residents throughout three states. Emma’s legacy will reside on each time one of them activates the faucet.”

Robbins might be leaving DigDeep to pursue a brand new alternative as Managing Director at Planet Ladies, a nonprofit that approaches environmental conservation by women-led options.

“One of the issues I most loved in main DigDeep’s Navajo Water Venture has been working with different Indigenous girls and girls of coloration to take care of our group members and get them the sources they want,” says Emma Robbins. “I’m excited to proceed this at Planet Ladies, the place I’ll hold collaborating with frontline organizations like DigDeep to make sure everybody has entry to primary human rights, particularly on Native nations.”

Robbins will even proceed in her position as founder of The Chapter Home, an arts area that uplifts Indigenous Peoples and encourages convening and collaboration, and the pursuit of her personal arts. By her images and mixed-material installations, Robbins strives to boost consciousness round essential points going through Native peoples.

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