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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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Apr 21, 2014

Mwatisi Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project - TanzaniaLocation
Mwakaleli, Busokelo District, Tukuyu, Mbeya Region, Tanzania

Community Description
Mwatisi Secondary School is located in Busokelo District in Mwakaleli, Tukuyu, between the Livingstone and Rungwe mountain ranges, approximately three hours away from Mbeya town.

The school is a government- and community-owned day school, so funds are collected mainly from the community and the government of Tanzania.

The school community and board members consist of students, teachers, administrative staff, cooks, guards, carpenters, wardens, community leaders, and parents of students.

Mwatisi Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project - TanzaniaProblem Addressed
Students and teachers at the school need water every day for cooking and drinking. Currently, non-potable water comes from a tap on the school grounds and is disinfected by boiling. However, the tap runs dry for months at a time during the dry season (with a rainfall average of only 13 cm). Students are taken out of class to walk at least two kilometers to fetch water from the closest spring or the river, which is contaminated with debris and bacteria.

With low access to clean water, students resort to drinking unsafe water. Practically every day, at least one sick student is sent home.

There is an average of over 60 cm of rainfall during the rainy season, but there is no capacity for water storage.

Project Description
This project is to build a rainwater catchment system at the school.

The system will consist of two 5,000 L plastic SIM tanks installed on concrete stands, a guttering system on the classroom buildings, and piping to connect the components of the system.

Mwatisi Secondary School Rainwater Catchment Project - TanzaniaA committee that has been established to oversee the project, with membership including school board and community members as well as the skilled workers who will implement the project.

The concrete stands will be built at two corners of two different classroom buildings of the school. Gutters will be installed on two sides of each building. The gutter system will be made by bending aluminum roofing material to direct the water into the tanks.

The implementation will include the purchasing and transporting of materials to the school (within 1-2 weeks), construction of the tank stands and roof gutter system (within 1-2 weeks depending on the weather), and installation of tanks and water taps at the bottom of the tanks (within less than a week). There will be a day during installation and a day after the installation for an assembly to train students and teachers on the usage, conservation, and importance of water.

The tanks will be purchased from Mbeya town (3 hours away from the village) and transported by a lorry from Mbeya to Kandete village (in Mwakaleli), and then to the school.

The school’s carpenters and construction workers will be responsible for building the tank stands, installing the tanks and roof and gutter system, and for repairs and maintenance.

The community will provide transportation of all materials to the school, gravel for the stand construction, a portion of the tank costs and labor costs.

Water Charity funds will pay the remainder for the purchase of the tank, materials, and labor costs.

Over the course of the rain season, which usually lasts about four months at a time (February to May), the tanks will be filled. The water will not require chemical treatment or boiling, but will be filtered to remove residual debris.

After the system is completed, the committee will evaluate the project and maintain the improvements through periodic checks on the tanks' water levels, cleanliness, and repairs when needed.

Project Impact
Over 500 people in the school community, including the project committee, school administrators, staff members, teachers, cooks, guards, and students, will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Belle Archaphorn

The project will make water available during the entire dry season, thereby reducing the frequency of illness caused by drinking unclean water and decreasing the amount of time students spend out of the classroom fetching water.

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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.

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Apr 19, 2014

Health Hut of Guague Cherif Well Project – SenegalLocation
Guague Cherif, Departement Foundiougne, Region Fatick, Senegal

Community Description
Guague Cherif is located in the Saloum River Delta, 12 km from Foundiougne, and 7 km from Djilor. It is a 60% Ethnic Serer community, with minority populations of Wolof and Serakhole, with nearly 1,000 inhabitants.

Problem Addressed
There is a lack of fresh, potable water for the community. All but one of the wells in the village are too salty to drink. The villagers must pull water from a well 2 kilometers away from the village, and store it in their homes.

The health hut does not have its own water source and it is the responsibility of the health workers to fetch the water they need to do their jobs.

Health Hut of Guague Cherif Well Project – SenegalIn addition, the rainy season leads to stagnant water in the compound and the surrounding area.

Project Description
This project is to provide a well for the Health Hut of Guague Cherif, as well as to make the area in and around the clinic safer and more functional during the rainy season.

The project will be implemented under the direction of the Comité de Gestion de L'eau, and the work will be completed by a local well digger and 2 or 3 local masons.

The project will begin by putting a concrete slab in the bottom of the latrine, which currently has a dirt bottom. This will protect the water source from contaminants.

Next, the well will be dug in the northeast corner of the compound. The water table is between 4 and 7 meters, and the well will be constructed with longevity as the goal. It will be one meter in diameter, and will have a concrete apron both to protect the quality of the water and the sanitation of the area immediately around the well. The well will also be fitted with a metal cover that hinges in the middle, allowing for full or partial coverage.

Health Hut of Guague Cherif Well Project – SenegalThe well will provide fresh water that the health hut can easily access, as well as provide fresh water for the neighborhood. Water pulled from the well will be filtered and treated by the health workers when they draw it, and it will be used for hand washing, births, and other clinic needs.

Then, the land in and around the clinic will be re-graded to help divert rainy season floodwaters.

PCV Hannah Macfarlane and PCV Alex Wohlgemuth, along with 10 men from the village, will use earthworks techniques to build a contour berm and diversion swale to direct water around the outside of the compound into an existing reservoir. Vetiver grass, and trees such as moringa and pigeon pea, will be planted inside the swale along the berm for soil conservation and stabilization.

A drainage system will be installed to eliminate standing water in the compound. It will drain into the aforementioned reservoir or swale. In addition, a gutter system will be installed on the 4 roofed structures to catch rainwater and divert it to the swale, outside of the compound.

While the 10 men who volunteer their labor for this part of the project are participating, they will be trained in ways to use these technologies in their fields to help prevent crop loss due to flooding. By providing them with this training, and a diploma, they will become resources for the community.

Lastly, the health workers will hold a sensitization and training for people of the village on proper practices at the well, and water treatment at home. The WASH training will culminate with the participants receiving a certificate stating that they have learned proper well management and water treatment practices.

Water Charity funds will pay for all of the materials for the project, including cement, rebar, PVC piping, and the metal well cover. It will also pay for the labor of the well digger, and materials for the WASH training.

The village is contributing transportation for all materials and all of the labor for the latrine and earthworks portions of the project.

Project Impact
This project will benefit about 400 people in the neighborhood, and will provide immense assistance to the 6 health workers.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Hannah Macfarlane

The project will result in a clean, fresh water source for the health clinic and the neighborhood. It will increase the number of people with access to safe water, educate the community on proper well management, water safety, treatment, and storage, and increase the utility of the health hut during the rainy season.

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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.

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Apr 11, 2014

Anketrakabe Pump Project - MadagascarLocation
Anketrakabe, Diana II, Madagascar

Community Description
Anketrakabe is a fokontony (village organization) located 47 km from Diego, with about 10 other communes connected. Anketrakabe has the biggest population of about 995 to 1,200 people, including small children and new babies.

Founded in 1916, Anketrakabe is known in the region of Diana II for farming corn.

Market is held in the village every Thursday, but there are rarely vegetables. When there are vegetables offered, they are overpriced and/or spoiled from transport.

Problem Addressed
The village has the soil and the means to farm its own vegetables, but the issue that keeps them from having a healthy variety of food is the lack of nearby water sources.

For two months each year the village rations the water, allowing it to be accessed for only two 4-hour periods each day.

Anketrakabe Pump Project - MadagascarMen and women carry jugs of water almost a mile just to water three bushels of tomatoes; then they have to walk to the stream and do it again.

Project Description
This project is to install 6 pumps for the use of 6 fikambananas (cooperatives), including the rice cooperative, garden cooperative, and women’s gardening group, to irrigate their crops.

The W~3~W (Water 3rd World), a company working through Madeole, is providing the water pumps, which will be used to transport water from far-away streams.

The pumps are made of cement and have wooden handles. They weigh about 17 kg each, with two holes at the top. When the pedals are in motion, water is released.

The pumps are placed about 10 ft off the ground (to provide pressure) and held in place by wooden poles and boards. A hose connects to the pump from the back end and draws the water from the 2 ft-deep streams. It then runs into a 200 L barrel which is connected to PVC pipes to transport it to the fields.

The cooperatives will supply the cement and sand, and the pumps will be transported to Anketrakabe. With the help of the W~3~W workers the pumps will be put in place within two days.

Anketrakabe Pump Project - MadagascarEach of the cooperatives will sell 25% or more of its yield for low prices within the village.

Water Charity funds will be used to pay for equipment and materials.

Project Impact
995 people will benefit from the project.

The village will check the pumps regularly and maintain them as needed. Money will be set aside every month for maintenance and anticipated replacement. Similar pumps in other areas have been working regularly for over 3 years.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Case Santos

This project will substantially increase the crop yields in the community, leading to health improvements from better nutrition. It will improve food security, increase income for the participants, and make the village more self-sufficient.

Dollar Amount of Project
$ 1,702.95

Donations Collected to Date


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.

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Mar 27, 2014

At Toyyibin Boarding House Sanitation ProjectLocation
Rabyian, Sampang District, East Java Province, Indonesia

Community Description
Madura is a small island placed just to the northeast of the island of Java, in the East Java province of Indonesia. Madura is split into four regencies. Within the Sampang regency lays the small village of Rabiyan.

Rabiyan is located 40 km north of Sampang Kota, the regency capital, and 80 km east of Surabaya, the provincial capital of East Java.

The population of Rabiyan is approximately 1,500 people. Most households in Rabiyan make a living either farming or fishing. The regional government classifies 670-700 people in the community as living in poor conditions.

At Toyyibin Boarding House Sanitation ProjectProblem Addressed
According to the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) 43% of the Indonesian population does not have access to sanitary toilets. This is especially true in rural areas, where 60% of the population has limited access to sanitary toilets.

The lack of access to sanitary toilets leads many to open air defecation and improper disposal of waste. This exposes this portion of the population to many different fecal-borne illnesses such as typhoid and diarrhea. Every year in Indonesia there are 120 million disease episodes and 50,000 premature deaths due to poor sanitation.

Currently many families in Rabiyan either have improper pluming or do not have access to toilets. This has led to waste being disposed in irrigation canals or in the ocean.

At the At Toyyibin boarding house, the residents only have access to one toilet and an outdoor washing facility that has no sanitary plumbing. The waste runs directly into a nearby stream.

At Toyyibin Boarding House Sanitation ProjectProject Description
This project is to build a new toilet and washing facility for the residents of the At Toyyibin boarding house.

The building will house 2 rooms. The first will be 2 x 2 meters, with a squat toilet. The second will be 2 x 3 meters, and will contain a "mandi", a large cement tub that holds water for bathing.

The structure will be free standing and will have plumbing connected to a septic tank. It will be constructed in the location of the facility currently in use.

Water Charity funds will be used to pay for the materials, including cement, stone, tile, PCV pipe, and a septic tank.

The owners of the boarding house will provide and pay the labor costs for the project, and will provide the ongoing maintenance.

A hygiene presentation will be given by the Pukesmas, the local health clinic. It will consist of teaching good hygiene practices to the residents of the boarding house. They will be provided with the knowledge of proper hand washing and cleaning techniques to reduce their exposure to illnesses.

Project Impact
69 residents between the ages of 13-19 living at the boarding house and 9 adults who help to run the boarding house who will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Olivia Clark

This project will improve the sanitation of the facility and greatly improve the health and wellbeing of the residents.

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Donations Collected to Date


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.

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Mar 14, 2014

Conclusion of Guatemala City Garbage Dump Water Filters Project – Part 3This project has been completed under the direction of Andrea Marroquín, Public Relations for Safe Passage. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

This project was to assemble and deliver 50 Sawyer PointONE filters to families of children enrolled in the Safe Passage program.

Andrea reports:

Safe Passage received 50 Sawyer PointONE Water Filters from Water Charity. The filters were granted to 50 families of children enrolled in Safe Passage programs. The Department of Social Services helped identify those families that were in biggest need and/or had little children.

The families received a training at Safe Passage facilities about the proper use and maintenance of the filters. Enrique Diaz, from Cosas Mejores, provided the training to the families and highlighted the benefits and the importance of having clean water at home through these filters.

Conclusion of Guatemala City Garbage Dump Water Filters Project – Part 3Safe Passage’s Social Services Department will follow-up and ensure the families are using this filters properly and to evaluate results.

The recipients showed a high level of interest in the benefits of using the filters. The families were very grateful for receiving them. They learned that by consuming filtered water, the risk of diseases such as diarrhea and cholera will be reduced.

Thanks to Water Charity for partnering with Safe Passage to help provide a better quality of life for families from Zones 3 and 7 through these filters.

To read Andrea’s complete report, including more pictures and a list of beneficiaries, CLICK HERE.

We are grateful to Andrea for completing this important project. We applaud the work of Safe Passage, and are thrilled that we were able to complete another successful project together.

Conclusion of Guatemala City Garbage Dump Water Filters Project – Part 3Conclusion of Guatemala City Garbage Dump Water Filters Project – Part 3

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Mar 12, 2014

Senegal Water Filters ProgramOnly 62 percent of rural Senegalese have access to safe water. Even in areas where the supply of water is plentiful, waterways, wells, storage tanks, and piping systems are often contaminated.

In 2012, Water Charity recognized the evolving technology becoming available to purify contaminated water, and started the Filters for Life Program – Worldwide. The program uses the Sawyer filter technology, involving carbon nanotubes to remove all known pathogens, bacteria, cysts, protozoa, and even the smallest viruses. All Sawyer Hollow Fiber Membrane filters are small, portable, easy-to-use, reliable, inexpensive, and can last a lifetime without needing to be replaced.

The filters can be set up in a matter of seconds. They have a high flow rate, eliminating the need to store water, reducing the chances of water being contaminated after it is filtered.

The efficacy of the technology has been shown in various locations, including in the recently completed Water Charity Typhoon Haiyan Relief – Philippines, and is currently being deployed by Water Charity in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.

Senegal Water Filters ProgramIn partnership with Peace Corps Senegal, this new program is to assemble and deliver 100 Sawyer PointONE filters throughout Senegal for use in public areas, including clinics, schools, and community centers. If an average of 20 people use the filters, 2,000 people will have access to clean water.

Beneficiaries will be trained in the use and maintenance of the filters, as well as other aspects of hygiene and sanitation. Follow-up visits will ensure that the filters are being used and maintained properly and will be utilized to evaluate the health benefits that have been achieved.

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Mar 11, 2014

Conclusion of Santa Apolonia Composting Latrines Project – GuatemalaThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Ellen Ostrow. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

This project was to build composting latrines in Santa Apolonia, Chimaltenango, Guatemala.

Ellen reports:

My favorite thing about the construction of the composting latrines, which Water Charity generously helped make happen, was that the women had to construct the latrines.

At first, the men in the village made a few jokes and remarks as the women began construction, but as the construction progressed the men saw the progress and started to help. Although it was a community effort, I was rather proud when a group of three women triumphantly announced to me that the latrine they were working on was built entirely by women.

Conclusion of Santa Apolonia Composting Latrines Project – Guatemala Each family had to pick a location for the composting latrine, and many commented on how nice it was to have a location closer to their home. Then we laid the block, the tablet for the floor above the composting area, the toilet, and then the shed.

At the completion of the project, the mayor was invited to town and cut the ribbon on the first latrine. After the completion, one woman said that her children no longer went to the bathroom out in the field by the house, but were using the composting latrine without fear.

Unfortunately, a tropical storm came through the village and triggered several landslides. Fourteen people were buried alive and 1,000 homes were destroyed, which needless to say included several of the composting latrines. It's difficult for me to discuss.

We are extremely grateful to Ellen for completing this project and relating her heartfelt elation, followed by the despair over the devastation. We again send our thanks to the SLOW LIFE Foundation (formerly The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust) for providing the funding.

Conclusion of Santa Apolonia Composting Latrines Project – GuatemalaConclusion of Santa Apolonia Composting Latrines Project – Guatemala

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Mar 01, 2014

Mansa School Borehole Project - ZambiaLocation
Ntoposhi Village, Mansa District, Luapula Province, Zambia

Community Description
Luapula Province is located in the northeastern part of Zambia, sharing a border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

There are 3 schools in the catchment area. The schools serve as venues for HIV/ AIDS education projects, VCT events, hygiene and prevention sessions, peer educators, and male and female youth club. There are projects involving permaculture, gardening, and appropriate technology. These activities focus on crop diversification, progressive farming methods, and alternative fuel initiatives.

Problem Addressed
The schools facilitate students living in rural villages from pre-school to grade nine. The schools currently lack appropriate water sources. As a result, students, teachers, and members of surrounding communities travel long distances to obtain water for consumption and frequent unprotected water sources, such as local streams.

Mansa School Borehole Project - ZambiaThe lack of a clean water source results in the frequent illness of students and teachers from waterborne diseases and creates problems of sanitation within school facilities.

In 2009, an NGO installed play pumps with water towers. However, the pumps only worked one year.

Project Description
This project is to install a new borehole at each of 3 schools.

A borehole is a deep well with a hand pump, and can last a lifetime with proper maintenance. Afridev hand pumps will be used, and are capable of lifting water from depths of about 45 meters.

The work will be done by skilled technicians. Some of the existing structures will be utilized. On the first day, there will be some demolition and installation of the pedestals. Then, after one week, allowing the pedestals to cure, the pumps and PVC piping will be installed

Mansa School Borehole Project - ZambiaEach installation will include a runoff area, drain, and soak pit.

Water Charity is participating in cooperation with the Peace Corps Partnership Program, and is providing funds for the materials.

The community will provide the sand and perform the unskilled labor.

The communities have created action plans regarding borehole maintenance, budgeting for spare parts, security, and sensitization of students, teachers, and surrounding communities.

The three primary schools have plans to host school orchards and gardens, and to complete construction projects which have been delayed due to a lack of water.

Project Impact
2,000 students will benefit from the boreholes and 4,000 people in total will benefit within the first year of use.

Project Director
Emily McKeone, Peace Corps Volunteer

The project will impact the three communities by providing access to a clean water source, thereby improving health and sanitation, leading to improved school attendance.

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