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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 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.

Sustainability
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

Comments
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
$0.00

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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
$1,702.95

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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

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

Dollar Amount of Project
$795.83

Donations Collected to Date
$0.00

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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
$795.83

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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

Comments
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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Feb 26, 2014

Payuka Well Project - TogoLocation
Payuka, Oti Prefecture, Savanes Region, Togo

Community Description
Payuka is a small village situated in Togo's northernmost region, 10 km northeast of the regional capital of Mango. The climate is characterized by a short rainy season and an extended dry season, lasting from November until May.

There are approximately 475 people who live in the community, which is made up of primarily farmers and animal herders.

Problem Addressed
Water sources in the community are scarce, and during the extended dry season, the two wells in the community run dry. Therefore, community members are forced to search for water outside the village.

Payuka Well Project - TogoThe source of water where the people search is at the river located several miles away. This burden is typically left for the women of the community, leaving them little time to engage in other activities. Also, river water is not safe for consumption.

The community has seen the effects of intestinal illness and dehydration through diarrhea, and other water-borne diseases.

Project Description
This project is to build a well in the center of the most populated neighborhood of Payuka.

Under the direction of the Village Water Committee, a local technician will dig down approximately 10 meters. Then, dynamite will be used to uncover the remaining 5-7 meters.

Payuka Well Project - TogoThe well will be lined. It will have a metal cover with a lock, protecting it from outside contamination.

Water will be drawn using a bucket pulley system. There will be a well apron and enclosure built, with a trough handling all the runoff water.

Water Charity is providing funds for the materials in collaboration with the Peace Corps Partnership Program.

The community will provide the manual labor, and food and lodging for the technician.

Project Impact
The project will serve the entire community of 475 people.

Project Director
The project is being implemented under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Matthew Houser

Comments
This project will provide the community with its first clean, sustainable source of drinking water, considerably reducing the incidence of water-borne diseases.

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Feb 04, 2014

Guatemala City Garbage Dump Water Filters Project – Part 3This is a follow-up to two great projects completed in recent years in partnership with Safe Passage, a nonprofit operating in Guatemala City, to provide for the clean water needs of those living and working in Central America’s largest landfill, the Guatemala City Garbage Dump.

These garbage dump workers spend long days sorting through trash to find and sell recyclable items. They live in homes without running water and experience frequent health problems including gastrointestinal infections, parasites, and amoebas.

Safe Passage is a U.S. registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit with operations in Guatemala City. The organization provides approximately 550 children with education, social services, and the chance to move beyond the poverty their families have faced for generations.

Water Charity partnered with Safe Passage in 2009 in the Project for Garbage Dump Workers of Guatemala. The goal was to improve the health of families participating in Safe Passage’s programs. 46 ceramic water filters from were provided to 42 women enrolled in the Adult Literacy program, as well as one small filter for the Literacy classroom and three large filters, one for the Early Education Center and two for the main Reinforcement Building.

Guatemala City Garbage Dump Water Filters Project – Part 3In 2010, under the Guatemala City Garbage Dump Water Filters Project – Part 2, 35 ceramic filters were provided to new families. Safe Passage continued to work with the beneficiaries and provide education and training and to document the health benefits that have accrued from the consistent use of the filters.

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. The filters have been proven to last for 10 years with minimal maintenance.

The efficacy of the technology has been shown in various locations, including in the recently completed Water Charity Typhoon Haiyan Relief – Philippines.

With a continually changing population in need of clean water, and in consideration of the success of the first two projects, it was recognized that it was time for another filter project it partnership with Safe Passage.

Guatemala City Garbage Dump Water Filters Project – Part 3This new program is to assemble and deliver 50 Sawyer PointONE filters to families of children enrolled in the Safe Passage program.

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 program will provide safe water to over 300 people.

Recipient families will be trained in the use and maintenance of the filters as well as other aspects of hygiene and sanitation. Safe Passage will ensure that the filters are being used and maintained properly and will evaluate the health benefits that have been achieved.

To donate for this effective and worthy project, click on the Donate button below.

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

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