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Water Charity
Crestline, CA

Water Charity is a 501©3 nonprofit that implements practical solutions to provide safe water, effective sanitation, and meaningful health education and public health services to those in need.

To date, Water Charity has implemented 1,300 projects in 60 countries.

Water Charity, in concert with project managers on the ground, surveys the needs, drafts the plans, assembles the resources, implements and manages the projects, and evaluates the results.

Water Charity is a 501(c)3 organization.

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Sep 02, 2014

Comedor Popular and Vaso de Leche Water and Bathroom Project - Peru Location
Pueblo Nuevo de Conta, District of Nuevo Imperial, Lima Region, Peru

Community Description
The district of Nuevo Imperial is located along the southern coast of Peru, about 140 km south of Lima. Specifically, the project will take place in the annex of Nuevo Conta de Roma, which is located about 20 minutes from the main city center of Nuevo Imperial and has a population of about 2,500.

The majority of the population works in agriculture and livestock and many live below the poverty line. In order to combat malnutrition, the local government has implemented two nationwide programs in the annex, called Comedor Popular and Vaso de Leche, which function daily out of a municipal building.

In the morning, the building functions as a Comedor Popular, serving a nutritious lunch to over 30 adults at little to no cost.

Comedor Popular and Vaso de Leche Water and Bathroom Project - Peru In the afternoon, the building functions as a Vaso de Leche, where children of all ages come to receive a free snack and a safe place to play until their parents return home from work. Currently the Vaso de Leche receives about 40-50 children a day. All participants are registered by the state and confirmed that they are living below the poverty line.

Problem Addressed
The annex of Nuevo Conta de Roma is rapidly growing in population, which means that the number of children and adults requesting the services of Comedor Popular and Vaso de Leche is growing as well. Currently there are no bathroom facilities in the building.

At this time, the facility only receives water twice a week, which the staff stores in large bins, to be used throughout the week. The bins are often left without lids allowing the water to be easily contaminated, with associated health ramifications.

The staff is very concerned about the health of the members and has requested trainings from the local health post on how to reduce illness and contamination in food preparing process. It has been repeatedly suggested they purchase a large water tank to store their water more appropriately, but unfortunately do not have the financial means to do so.

Comedor Popular and Vaso de Leche Water and Bathroom Project - Peru Since 2012, the Municipality of Nuevo Imperial has worked on a project to put in water and sewer systems in the annex of Pueblo Nuevo de Conta. The project has recently been completed, and the building now can be connected to a reliable water source and sewer system.

Project Description
This project is to provide running water to, and construct a functioning bathroom for, the facility housing two important community programs.

A wooden platform structure will be built to a height of 3 meters. A 600-liter tank will be purchased and placed on the structure.

An electrical pump will also be purchased to supply water to the tank. Appropriate piping will be installed to connect the pump and tank to the municipal water system.

Comedor Popular and Vaso de Leche Water and Bathroom Project - Peru The bathroom will be two by three meters and will contain a toilet and a sink. The walls of the bathroom will be constructed from drywall and the floor will be made of cement.

The water tank will be connected to the toilet and sink.

Water Charity funds will pay for the electric pump, water tank and its supporting structure, all of the bathroom fixtures (toilet, sink and necessary piping), and the structure of the bathroom of itself.

The municipality will pay for the installation of the water tank and bathroom and connection to the local water system, along with the skilled labor of the plumber.

The municipality will also pay the electric bill each month for the electrical pump to function properly.

The members of Comedor Popular and Vaso de Leche will help with the manual labor of building the water tank structure and other installation work.

After construction, weekly trainings will be held with the members on themes such as hand washing, consumption of safe drinking water, trash management, and maintenance of the bathroom.

Project Impact
85 people, including 35 adults from the Comedor Popular, 40 children from the Vaso de Leche, and 10 staff members, will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Katherine Hanson

Monitoring and Maintenance
The staff members of Vaso de Leche will be responsible for the everyday maintenance of the bathrooms.

The building currently receives monthly visits by the municipality and bi-yearly visits by the national government to ensure that the programs are functioning properly and that there is no misuse of funding. These visits will continue and include monitoring on the new water system.

After all of the trainings are complete, random inspections by the Peace Corps volunteer will be made to ensure that the new installations are being maintained and the members are continuing to use them correctly and consistently.

The mothers of Vaso de Leche have also promised their support in reinforcing the good hygiene practices that will be stressed throughout the project.

Comments
This is an important infrastructure project that will provide significant improvement in the health and wellbeing of the community.

Dollar Amount of Project
$600.00

Donations Collected to Date
$0.00

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Dollar Amount Needed
$600.00

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Aug 31, 2014

Goundaga and Lengewal Latrine Project - SenegalLocation
Goundaga and Lengewal, Kolda Region, Senegal

Community Description
The villages of Goundaga and Lengewal (population 350 and 300 respectively) are located in the Kolda Region of Senegal. The villages are comprised of mostly farmers whose fields look onto the seasonal river nearby.

The children of the villages study either at the school in Goundaga or in the larger town of Kunkane about five kilometers away.

As you walk through the villages, you can't help but notice the large expanse of trees and agroforestry techniques adopted by the villagers, evidence of previous Peace Corps volunteers in the area. It is clear the people of these villages are hard workers and know how to best use volunteers to their advantage.

Goundaga and Lengewal Latrine Project - SenegalProblem Addressed
Sanitation within Goundaga and Lewngewal is lacking significantly. The few latrines in these villages have filled up, requiring people to go to the fields or forest to relieve themselves.

A common problem seen is allowing young children to relieve themselves in the middle of the compound because the alternative of taking them far away is too much work. People often neglect washing their hands because it is not readily available after they relieve themselves.

Project Description
This project will bring 15 latrines to individual households in Goundaga and Lewngewal.

Water Charity funds will pay for materials, including cement and rebar, and the labor of skilled masons. The masons will be employed within the village to build the latrine heads. In the process they will gain knowledge and experience, and pass the technique on to villagers, allowing for continued proliferation of latrines in the area.

Goundaga and Lengewal Latrine Project - SenegalThe beneficiaries will do the unskilled labor, including the digging of the holes. They will also gather their own sand and gravel to be mixed with the cement, as well as transport the cement and rebar at their own cost.

In addition to the latrine construction, the Peace Corps volunteers, along with their health worker counterpart, will conduct a series of sanitation trainings, including washing with soap, water sanitation, and the construction of Bidon Handwashing Stations.

Project Impact
650 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Stephanie McAlexander

Monitoring and Maintenance
At the project's completion, the Peace Corps volunteer will ensure each latrine has been built accordingly and that people are implementing proper sanitation practices.

Over the long term, the community health worker will report to the Peace Corps volunteer about latrine quality and sanitation within the community.

Comments
This is an important infrastructure project, with sustainability built in to provide for maintenance and expansion of model concepts.

Dollar Amount of Project
$482.65

Donations Collected to Date
$0.00

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Dollar Amount Needed
$482.65

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Aug 26, 2014

Conclusion of Pakour Pre-School Well Project – Senegal This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Courtney Ruble. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to build a well at the pre-school.

Courtney reports:

The well has been completed.

The project was started without much incident. We began digging, and slowly brought in the materials to the pre-school as they were needed. Because of the high water table and the low-lying placement of the well, it turned out to only need to be ten meters deep instead of the projected twelve.

The well was then lined and the façade was finished.

The remaining funds were used to buy a cover for the well in order to prevent contamination.

The community contributed a lot of the labor, feeding the workers and keeping them accommodated.

The pre-school now has a ten-meter, cement-lined well that is fully functional. The community was very grateful for the contribution and has promised to maintain the well.

Shortly after completion, I was evacuated from my site and re-assigned elsewhere. I had previously gone through the WASH educative materials with the teachers at the pre-school so that they were familiarized with the program we were to implement in the upcoming school year. They were left to complete this component on their own, but were fully equipped to do so.

Water Charity is grateful to Courtney for completing this important project, which we saw personally on our recent trip to Senegal. We again extend our thanks to the donors to date.

Conclusion of Pakour Pre-School Well Project – SenegalConclusion of Pakour Pre-School Well Project – Senegal

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Aug 19, 2014

Conclusion of Hope For Happiness School and the Cambodian Weaving Village Angtasom Water Project – CambodiaThis project has been completed under the direction of Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Stewart Mills and Peace Corps Volunteer Stacy Biggs. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to expand the water collection and storage capacity at the school.

Stewart reports:

Although the school had a pump, it did not produce enough water for the students, especially during the dry season. The project sought to create a rainwater catchment system whereby water would be captured during the rainy season and made available for all of the water needs of the school.

A foundation was made of cement and bricks. A 5,000-liter tank of the type commonly used in the area was purchased locally and transported to the site. The tank, which came with a cover and faucet already in place, was installed and secured on the foundation.

Rain gutters were purchased locally and installed on the edge of the roof of the school to capture the water. PVC piping was run between the gutters and tank.

Water Charity WHOLE WORLD Water Program – Cambodia funds were used to purchase the tank and materials, as well as pay for the work of the skilled craftsmen. School staff and several community members contributed their time and effort to assist with the work.

School staff and students were instructed as to the use and maintenance of the system as well as the proper storage and treatment of collected water. They expressed gratitude to all those responsible for making the project a reality.

In addition to the immediate benefits, the new water source will enable the school to engage in needed development projects, including a new bathroom.

The large tank now provides both organizations and the surrounding homes with enough water for drinking, sanitation, and irrigation of the gardens.

We are grateful to Stewart and Stacy for completing this project, and again extend our thanks to WHOLE WORLD Water for providing the funding.

Conclusion of Hope For Happiness School and the Cambodian Weaving Village Angtasom Water Project – CambodiaConclusion of Hope For Happiness School and the Cambodian Weaving Village Angtasom Water Project – Cambodia

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Aug 17, 2014

Conclusion of Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project – CambodiaThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Christin Spoolstra. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to build a new well with a pump, and install a piping system and 3 water filters throughout the facility.

Christin reports:

The project is now completed and has greatly benefitted the over 21,000 people in the 21 villages that the health center officially services.

With generous help from the Water Charity WHOLE WORLD Water Program – Cambodia, Kandieng Reay Health Center in Svay Rieng Province was able to build a well, construct a water tank, and install water filters. This project resulted in water to re-open 3 bathrooms and 1 shower as well as to provide water to pipe into the operation room and overnight patient/staff room. The funding also provided three water filters for clean drinking water for use by the patients and staff.

Conclusion of Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project – Cambodia The Health Center Director and one of the midwives bought the tank and necessary materials from Svay Rieng Town (14 km from the village) and hired a drilling team from just outside of the provincial town. The team spent half a day drilling, going down a bit more than 40 meters until the water came out clean and without residue.

After they hit clean water, the drilling team inserted the pipe and constructed the cement area around it. They then built the platform, installed the tank, and connected the two pumps, one of which is powered by hand and the other motorized.

This new well can be pumped directly into a bucket by the hand pump or pumped with the motorized pump into the new 2,000-liter water tank, which takes less than one hour to fill.

The health center staff and the hired mechanic also buried PVC piping to bring running water to selected locations around the health center. To keep up with water needs, the water tank needs to be refilled about once every 10 days.

Conclusion of Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project – Cambodia One unexpected challenge came with the buried PCV pipes. They originally laid the pipes too shallow and when the rains softened the land, the weight of the water buffalos which graze in the area broke the pipes. The health center staff then used their own personal funds to buy 20 new pipes and bury them deeper than before.

The Water Charity WHOLE WORLD Water Program – Cambodia funds also went to purchase 3 water filters. One of the health center’s midwives reports that people have been happy to use these filters instead of having to purchase bottled water across from the health center.

The health center is committed to operating, maintaining, and repairing the water system. They have spare piping on hand to repair breaks if necessary. They have started a fund to pay the well professionals for servicing and repairs as required.

Community members who have visited the health center since the completion of the project have had extremely positive reactions and are happy about the cleaner, better environment. In particular, the maternity patients who stay somewhat longer term and need to cook at the health center are happy that there is now a cleaner water source and that they no longer need to cook with water taken from the bathroom.

We are grateful to Christin for completing this project, and again extend our thanks to WHOLE WORLD Water for providing the funding.

Conclusion of Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project – CambodiaConclusion of Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project – Cambodia
Conclusion of Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project – CambodiaConclusion of Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project – Cambodia
Conclusion of Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project – CambodiaConclusion of Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project – Cambodia
Conclusion of Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project – CambodiaConclusion of Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project – Cambodia

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Aug 14, 2014

Conclusion of Sololá Water Filter Project, Phase 2 – GuatemalaThis project has been completed under the direction of Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Carolyn Daly. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to install 41 Sawyer filters in three partner communities at the homes of the volunteer mother leaders.

Carolyn reports:

Scope of the project
The Sololá Water Filter Project, Phase Two provided 41 Sawyer filters to mother leaders and their families in three Mil Milagros (MM) partner communities. The filters are now delivering safe water for 240 family members.

Specific work done
Filters were given to each mother leader in the three partner communities to be installed in their homes and used by their families. They were instructed and assisted in the installations, and taught about maintenance, health, and hygiene.

Progression of project
MM staff members trained the mother leaders in the setup and maintenance of the filters as well as expectations for continued use. After setting up one filter, the staff then supervised mother leaders in the installation of the rest of the filters and taught them how to clean the filters as well. The mother leaders then took responsibility for the maintenance and use of filters daily. MM staff continues to conduct regular visits to ensure proper use and care as well.

As a part of the endeavor, the Water Charity donors who had purchased the filters for the project traveled to Guatemala to assist in the installations. Lenora Hunter, and her son Aidan, worked with recipients to demonstrate the attachment of the faucets, tubes, and filters and help in setting them up.

Young Aidan, and his brother Zach, founded and run Aztech Labs, a nonprofit dedicated to providing clean water for those in need.

End result of project
Since the installation of the filters in the school kitchens and classrooms (through a prior project with Water Charity), the mothers have seen the children embrace the habit of drinking water instead of sugary drinks. The mothers had asked us if it were possible to provide filters to the families, since the children, having been introduced to clean water at school, were asking for water at home.

After receiving her filter, a mother from Nuevo Progreso told us, “Now our children will be able to drink (clean) water at school and at home. Thank you so much!”

We are grateful to Carolyn for completing another important project in partnership with Water Charity. We again express our thanks to Aztech Labs for providing the funds and helping with the installations.

Conclusion of Sololá Water Filter Project, Phase 2 – GuatemalaConclusion of Sololá Water Filter Project, Phase 2 – Guatemala

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Aug 11, 2014

Pakour Pre-School Well Project - SenegalLocation
Pakour, Velingara department, Senegal

Community Description
Pakour is in the Velingara department with a population of about 2,000. It is located to the side of Kolda closest to Tamba and geographically next to Kedougou. It is about 30 km off the route national on a laterite road which takes about an hour to drive.

Pakour village is Pulaar - both Pula Futa and Fulakunda - intermixed with an ethnic group called Badiaranke which is related to the Basari group in Kedougou. There are other diverse ethnic groups in in the village as well, due to the proximity of the roads leading to Guinea Bissau and Guinea Conakry. Villagers from outlying areas come through Pakour in transit, for market days, and to attend the schools (pre-school through high school).

Problem Addressed
L'Ecole des tout Petit is a pre-school serving the community, located in the Christian neighborhood of the village, next to the church's compound. It is lacking a water source, and all water must be brought to the school from a long distance away. The students and faculty need water for drinking, cooking, sanitation, hygiene, and irrigation.

Project Description
This project is to build a well at the pre-school.

The well will be lined and covered, and will be protected from contamination by a wall and a cover. It is anticipated that water will be reached at a depth of 12 meters.

Project Impact
100 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Courtney Ruble

Comments
This is an important infrastructure project that will improve the lives of the students in the pre-school as well as the staff and parents.

Dollar Amount of Project
$432.21

Donations Collected to Date
$120.00

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Donations of any amount will be appreciated. The full amount will give you "naming rights", if that is something you would like.

Any contributions in excess of the Dollar Amount of Project will be allocated to other projects directed by this PCV and/or projects of other PCVs in this country.

Dollar Amount Needed
$312.21

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.

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Aug 10, 2014

Sololá Water Filter Project, Phase 2 - GuatemalaLocation
Sololá, Guatemala

Community Description
Sololá, in the western highlands of Guatemala, is the second poorest of Guatemala’s 22 departments, where 94% of people live on less than $3.00 per day. 98% of the population of Sololá is indigenous Maya.

Mil Milagros (MM) is a U.S.-based charity with a local presence. Its mission is to ensure that all children in Guatemala graduate from sixth grade healthy, literate and prepared to continue their education.

Problem Addressed
It is estimated that over 90% of the water supply in Guatemala is contaminated.

In the Sololá School Filter Project – Guatemala, filters were installed in 6 schools to provide the children with access to clean water for drinking, hygiene, and sanitation. The families of these children now need a way to provide for uncontaminated water in their homes.

Sololá Water Filter Project, Phase 2 - GuatemalaProject Description
This project consists of 3 individual projects with 5 separate locations, community descriptions and problem descriptions.

41 Sawyer filters will be installed in three partner communities, to be given to the mother leaders who volunteer to prepare meals each school day.

MM will train the mothers on the installation, proper use and maintenance of the filters.

Locations of Projects
1. Paraje Nuevo Progreso, Canton Pahaj, Santa Lucía Utatlan, Sololá Guatemala 2. Aldea Chutinamit Pacaman, San Andrés Semetabaj, Sololá, Guatemala 3. Canton Pahaj, Santa Lucía Utatlan, Sololá, Guatemala

Descriptions of Communities, Problem Descriptions and Filters to Install

Paraje Nuevo Progreso, Canton Pahaj, Santa Lucía Utatlan, Sololá Guatemala

  1. Nuevo Progreso is a small, rural community in Santa Lucía Utatlan.  Families in this community saw the danger of sending their children to the closest school, where they would have to cross a busy highway, and asked each family in the community to put a small amount of money toward renting a two-room schoolhouse.  The school has 26 children, 2 teachers and 19 mother volunteers.
  2. Problem Description:  Nuevo Progreso is a community with a serious water problem.  There is currently no water in the school or the majority of the homes so water is carried in jugs from a nearby river. (A pump is being installed in a new school well under a separate project to rectify this.)
  3. Filters to Install:  7 water filters will be installed in Nuevo Progreso, one for each mother leader.

Aldea Chutinamit Pacaman, San Andrés Semetabaj, Sololá, Guatemala

  1. Chutinamit Pacaman is a small community that was displaced during a tropical storm in 2010.  Since then, the 22 families have been living in tents and tin shacks on a soccer field while they push government leaders to purchase the land needed to rebuild.  MM feeds all children year-round in this community due to their preciarious circumstances.  The community has 34 children, 2 teachers and 19 mother volunteers.
  2. Problem Description:  The community has water from the local town government and when there is no water, they use rain water catchment systems to ensure they have enough water.  However, the water is contaminated.  The children in this community have really latched on to drinking water regularly as they have had access to water filters that now need to be replaced.
  3. Filters to Install:  22 water filters will be installed in Chutinamit, one for each family in the community.

Canton Pahaj, Santa Lucía Utatlan, Sololá, Guatemala

  1. Pahaj is a larger community outside of the main town of Santa Lucía, with a large population of men who are in the United States.  Many are unable to send money to their families.  The school has 400 children, 19 teachers, and 220 mother volunteers.
  2. Problem Description:  Pahaj has very little water and the water sources are unreliable.  They have been lobbying to receive another water source.
  3. Filters to Install:  12 water filters will be installed in Pahaj, one for each mother leader and her family.

Sololá Water Filter Project, Phase 2 - GuatemalaProject Impact
About 240 people, comprised of volunteer mothers and their families, will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Carolyn Daly is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, living in Sololá, serving as In-Country Director for Mil Milagros.

Carolyn previously completed the Sololá School Filter Project – Guatemala, and is working on the Nuevo Progreso Pump Project – Guatemala.

Comments
This project expands the concept to include filters in the homes of the students so that the students can share the benefits of clean water with their families and continue to engage in healthful practices.

In building on the success of the first phase of this project, the effectiveness, sustainability, scalability, and ease of implementation and evaluation are demonstrated.

This project has been fully funded by Aztech Labs.

If you like this concept and would like to sponsor a similar project, just let us know. There is a tremendous need for clean water in Guatemala, and we would love to continue our work there.

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.

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