The mission of Water Charity is to implement immediate, efficient, and practical projects around the world to provide safe water and effective sanitation to those in need.


Conclusion of Maui North Shore Beach Cleanup – USA

Positive H2O Beach Cleanup - Maui, HI, USAThe Maui North Shore Beach Cleanup has been completed, under the direction of +H2O.

They reported:

Great turnout for this event, in partnership with Community Work Day and Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter.

We picked up truckloads of trash AND pulled about 8 cars out of the cane fields.

Great job everyone! More +H2O events to come.

After the final count, we got this report:

Just what was recorded at North Shore Clean Up:::::4 hours-169 volunteers-4 miles-13,400 pounds of trash of solid wastes and metals including 8 recovered cars-1713 cigarette butts-drug pipes and syringes-212 food wrappers-159 plastic bags-339 caps and bottle lids. The North Shore of Maui is now a much cleaner, and safer, place. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.

To see photos of the event, CLICK HERE.

Maui North Shore Beach Cleanup - USA

Positive H2O We are extremely pleased to announce a new partnership between Water Charity and Positive H2O (+H2O). To kick off the collaborative relationship, on October 24, 2010, Positive H2O will host a Coastal Cleanup on Maui’s North Shore as a part of Community Work Day’s island-wide “Get the Drift and Bag It” campaign.

In addition, clean up participants, as well as the community, will attend an evening Fundraiser, with proceeds going towards the +H2O Water Charities Fund, contributing to future +H20 clean water projects.

Pascal Bronnimann - Positive H2O Positive H2O is a team of four professional windsurfers, international athletes and watermen, bound together by a passion for their profession, love of the water and desire to make a difference in the world.

Positive H2O has committed to putting on events, sponsoring and implementing projects, and raising funds to assist Water Charity in our worldwide effort to provide water and sanitation to those in need.

To date, Water Charity has initiated over 300 projects in over 60 countries. This collaboration will allow us to continue to impact upon death and illness resulting from waterborne diseases and to provide access to safe water for everyone in the world.

Positive H2O has already begun to raise money for Water Charity through a campaign to encourage donors to Donate on the Water Charity website.

The work of Positive H2O and their relationship with Water Charity is further described in a new article that appears in Windsurfer International magazine.

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

Conclusion of Community Health Hut Construction Project – Senegal

Community Health Hut Construction Project – SenegalThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Olivia Kenna. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to construct a new health hut to serve the villages of Foulamory Demba, Foulamory Yero, Saere Djiba and Saere Sawaly, in the Kolda region of Southern Senegal. Water Charity participated in the construction by providing funding for the water and sanitation parts of the project.

Olivia reports:

The primary goal of the project was to create a community health structure for the four rural villages where I worked, so that people would be able to seek timely treatment for their injuries and illnesses, and so that women would have a safe place to give birth assisted by a trained midwife.

Community Health Hut Construction Project – SenegalThe community contribution was to make the clay bricks to form the walls of the structure, as well as to carry water to the worksite and assist the masons with their work.

The structure was completed, and services were commenced. Olivia describes how the project was received:

The health hut is currently functioning extremely well, and the two mid-wives chosen by the community are about to start a six month training in the nearest city of Velingara.

The community will have access to immediate diagnosis and treatment of their health issues, and will be referred to the larger health clinic in the area for treatment of more complex health problems.

The community of Foulamory is very grateful, especially the women who now do not have to travel the 5 km to the nearest larger health clinic to find medicines for their children.

Thank you very much for your contribution to the project!

In addition to this project to build the health hut, Olivia also completed the Foulamory Health Hut Well Project - Senegal under our Appropriate Projects initiative during her service. She is looking to do another project before completing her service in Senegal

We are grateful to Olivia for the great work she is doing.

We again wish to thank Six Senses Resorts & Spas for providing the funds for this project.

Olivia Kenna, PCV - Community Health Hut Construction Project – SenegalOlivia Kenna, PCV - Community Health Hut Construction Project – Senegal

Corinto Water Project – El Salvador

Corinto Water Project – El SalvadorThe municipality of Corinto, a community of 17,000, is located in the highlands in the northeast corner of the department of Morazán, in the northeast of El Salvador. Corinto borders Honduras, the department of La Unión, and the municipalities of Cacaopera and Joateca.

Corinto is a secluded community, removed from nearby cities by mountains and horrible roads, giving the community a nest-like feel. Pine trees, banana and coffee trees, and cornfields color the landscape.

Improving the quality of the water in Corinto is a high-priority issue because of the high incidence of water-borne disease.

Corinto Water Project – El SalvadorPeace Corps Volunteer Mark Gruen has been working with the Asociación Comunal Pinares de Corinto (ACOMPINCO), the communal water association. That organization has received funding and technical support from Living Waters for the World (LWW), a U.S. based NGO.

A 100-meter deep well has been dug on a small lot near the center of town to provide the water source. An adjoining small building has been constructed that will house the water purification system and the pump.

Water will be purified and transported in 5-gallon jugs to houses that do not have access to clean water, and sold at a greatly reduced rate.

Corinto Water Project – El SalvadorACOMPINCO ran out of money to complete the final stages of the project, and sought funding from Water Charity to complete the project. Our project funds will be used for the installation of the pump.

3,100 residents of Corinto who currently do not have access to clean water will benefit immediately from the project.

We are pleased to be able to jump in quickly and assist in the completion of this critical project.

The participation of Water Charity in this project has now been funded, through the generosity of Six Senses Resorts & Spas as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

Any donations using the Donate button below will go toward additional water and sanitation projects in El Salvador.

Conclusion of Coxjac School Latrine Project – Guatemala

Coxjac School Latrine Project – GuatemalaThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Casey Kittredge. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to construct three latrines for a school system in rural Guatemala.

Casey reports:

The Community of Cojxac came together to construct 3 latrines, using old 500 ml bottles, for the elementary, middle, and weekend middle school students. Each family that had at least one student in the elementary or middle school was asked to donate 5 stuffed (with inorganic trash) 500 ml bottles, 5 Quetzales and 1 day of work.

The 500 ml bottles were used instead of cement blocks for the walls of the latrine. The 5 Quetzales was used to pay for the Mason. The day of work included tasks such as stuffing bottles with trash, collecting and washing trash to be stuffed in the bottles, digging and constructing the wooden frame.

The construction of the latrines took a total of 14 days.

Casey expressed the gratitude of the community and the students:

The mayor of the town came to the inauguration where he told me that:

"The community of Cojxac and its students greatly appreciate the time and effort you and Water Charity have put forth in the construction of these latrines. If it weren't for you, the school would be closed due to the health violations related to the previous latrines. Thank you"

We are grateful to Casey for completing this important project, which demonstrates a new technology that is extremely beneficial to the environment.

We again wish to thank The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust for providing the funding for this project.

Coxjac School Latrine Project – GuatemalaCoxjac School Latrine Project – Guatemala
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Conclusion of La Colorada Arriba Water System Tank Project - Dominican Republic

Colorada Arriba Water System Project - Dominican Republic This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Sarah Casey. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

This project, to build a ferro-cement tank for water storage, was the third to be implemented under Water Charity’s Ferro-Cement Tanks for the Dominican Republic and Haiti Program. It was the largest to be undertaken to date, and built upon the technology developed during the construction of the prior tanks.

Sarah reports:

In the community of La Colorada in Maimon, Puerto Plata, a ferro-cement reservoir tank was constructed with a capacity of 50,000 L. The tank is part of a water system that will provide potable water to 135 households, three churches, and a primary school.

The construction, which took place over a five-day period, was part of a program to train masons in ferro-cement techniques, with the aim of popularizing this low-cost method to more effectively meet water needs in underserved communities, particularly in Haiti.

The pictures demonstrate the construction process. Through the construction of these three tanks, the Haitians have gained proficiency in the technology, and are now capable of replicating the process in various locations in Haiti that are in dire need of water storage capacity.

We again wish to thank Six Senses Resorts & Spas for providing matching funds for this project. Without their commitment, this project, and the entire ferro-cement tank program, could not have become a reality.

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Huanaco Community Latrine Project – Peru

Huanaco Community Latrine Project – PeruHuanaco, Peru is a community of approximately 140 households and 600 inhabitants. The vast majority of the adults in the community work in the fields of agricultural companies, from sun-up to sun-down, six days a week, for approximately ten U.S. dollars a day.

Eighty-two percent of the homes have a latrine that was built by an organization called FONCODES thirteen years ago. Many of these latrines are no longer in working order. The other eighteen percent has no form of hygienic services.

Nineteen percent of the population in Huanaco has had a severe case of diarrhea in the past month and had to seek treatment. The three crucial components to reducing preventable cases of diarrhea are first and foremost building proper hygienic services facilities, then washing hands at critical times, and finally, improving the quality of drinking water.

The current situation creates a health, environmental and sanitation risk, which the community members fully recognize. However, the inhabitants are unable to put forth the money to construct new bathrooms for a future sewage system, nor do they have the funds to build new household latrines.

Huanaco Community Latrine Project – PeruThis project is being implemented under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Frieda von Qualen. Frieda worked with the Development Committee to elect the Hygiene Commission for Huanaco, made up of three men and three women. The Hygiene Commission will carry the project forward, with the support of the district municipality.

This project is to build two public bathrooms (each bathroom having a men's and a women's room), for the use of the entire community.

The project will also include educational sessions, to be attended by the entire community, to raise awareness of public health issues. These will include the construction, use, and maintenance of latrines, the importance of proper hygiene, the maintenance of a clean water supply, food preparation, and recycling.

The community has located the appropriate site for the two public bathrooms.

The community will supply the bricks, which have already been acquired. In addition they will also provide a portion of the roofing materials, unskilled manual labor, and the tools for the project.

The community made arrangements for the bricks for the buildings, and they are now available in anticipation of the start of construction.

The municipality will transport the materials to the work site, and the construction of the bathrooms will begin. An engineer from the district municipality will appoint a head worker to lead the construction.

The families have all agreed to pay a nominal monetary amount to help with the costs of the roofing materials.

The community is planning to have a faena (a day where the whole community works together on a project) to build the bathrooms. Each family will lend the tools from the household for the construction.

In total, the community is contributing approximately 34 percent of the project costs. The district municipality is also contributing approximately 17 percent of the costs through transportation of materials and skilled labor.

Maintenance of the facility by a paid person will ensure that standards of cleanliness are maintained and that the use of the bathrooms will be sustained.

This project not only provides the physical structures that will enable a more hygienic and healthier community, but also delivers an educational component that will ensure the necessary behavioral changes.

The participation of Water Charity in this project has now been funded, through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

Any donations using the Donate button below will go toward additional water and sanitation projects in Peru.

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

Vaipu'a and Fogasavaii Primary School Fruit Tree Project - Samoa

Vaipu'a and Fogasavaii Primary School Fruit Tree Project - SamoaVaipu'a is a beautiful village on Savai'i Island in Western Samoa. The Vaipu'a and Fogasavaii Primary School serves 180 to 200 students from both villages, and is staffed by 8 teachers.

The project is to plant and provide irrigation for sixty fruit trees within the Primary School’s campus fence for the benefit of the students.

The tree planting will be organized and supervised by Peace Corps Volunteer Elisa Law along with the Primary School teachers.

Ministry of Crops Division employees will head the actual tree planting. All the labor, including digging, weeding, and planting, will be done by the students in order to provide them with hands on experience. The students will also be responsible for watering and maintaining the trees.

Vaipu'a and Fogasavaii Primary School Fruit Tree Project - SamoaAll tools will be contributed by the village. Orange, Rambutan, and Mango cuttings and saplings are harvested from a Ministry of Crops Division research facility in a village on the same island.

While accomplishing this project, the children and teachers will learn about agriculture and will become familiar with how to plant and grow fruit trees successfully.

Once the trees are planted, all students and staff of the school will exclusively be able to access the fruits of the trees at no cost. This will provide a healthful and nutritious addition to their diets, and save them the money they must presently spend for snacks. An additional benefit is the reduction of plastic wrapper waste.

This project is sustainable and will continue to supply the students of Vaipua and Fogasavaii Primary School with healthy and free lunch options for as long as the trees bear fruit!

Through opportunity, encouragement and education the students will learn healthier eating habits that will be carried home and spread throughout the entire the community.

This project has now been funded, through the generosity of Six Senses Resorts & Spas as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

Any donations using the Donate button below will go toward additional water and sanitation projects in Samoa.

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

Malobi Rainwater Harvesting Project - Suriname

Malobi Rainwater Harvesting Project - SurinameThe village of Malobi in the District of Saramacca is located in the heart of the Surinamese rainforest. Due to its remote location, work opportunities are scarce and access to basic necessities, such as clean drinking water and electricity, is inconsistent.

This project is to provide clean drinking water for the 600 residents that live in the village. The goal is to implement an accessible, sustainable, and easy-to-maintain system that will provide clean drinking water throughout the village.

To achieve its objectives, the community has planned a rainwater catchment program based on rooftop water collection and storage. The concept was arrived at after careful consideration of all of the options available to the village.

The project is intended to reduce the incidence of frequent gastro-intestinal illness prevalent due to the current use of contaminated water from the river. It will be carried out under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Amber Ray.

Malobi Rainwater Harvesting Project - SurinameThe project will utilize large, round, covered tanks, commonly known as “duro tanks”. These tanks are popular in the region, easy to maintain, and sustainable.

A total of 46 rainwater-harvesting tanks, each with a capacity to store 400 gallons, will be installed at convenient locations throughout the village.

Project funds will be used to purchase the tanks, gutters, fixtures, and materials.

Each of the 36 sections into which the village is divided will provide the labor for the installation and maintenance for each water system. The sections will also contribute the sand to make the concrete for the foundation of the stand for the tank.

Malobi Rainwater Harvesting Project - SurinameThe community will also contribute the labor for loading and unloading all materials and the use of the boat.

Each section will also communally donate a monetary contribution of 50 SRD (about $20 USD) per tank.

Members of the water committee will help train other villagers in proper maintenance of the duro tanks, which will expand their longevity to 20 years.

Basic sanitation concepts relating to clean water will also be taught to all the people of the village.

In providing readily-accessible safe water to the entire community using this appropriate technology, the standard of living will be improved, the work of retrieving water will be reduced, and illness will be drastically decreased.

The Water Charity participation in this project has been fully funded, through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Amber Ray of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Amber and/or those of other PCVs in the country.

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

Cotabato Water System Project - Philippines

Cotabato Water System Project - PhilippinesWater Charity is starting its second project in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines, designed to serve the needs for clean water in low-income communities in the Philippines. The project follows on the successful completion of the Matinang Spring Water Project – Philippines.

This project will serve 114 homepartner families and other members of “Peace and Development Communities” located in two low-lying barangays (villages) in North Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines. The houses in these communities were built with international funding. However, funding for a water infrastructure was not included, and they are left without a water supply.

Cotabato Water System Project - PhilippinesThe project to bring potable water will utilize 12 Jetmatic pumps, each serving several dwellings from a centralized location. These hand pumps of Philippine manufacture provide the appropriate technology for the specific need, as rainwater catchment systems would not serve well in this climatic condition.

The two communities to be served are:

Nalapaan 47 families approximately 264 persons
Nes  67 families approximately 322 persons

Each of these communities has a profound need for a ready water supply. Presently villagers must retrieve water from a substantial distance away, rely on contaminated sources, or be forced to purchase water from vendors at exorbitant rates.

The project is being carried out in collaboration with the Office of the Governor and the Midsayap Habitat for Humanity, Inc.

Cotabato Water System Project - PhilippinesThe project for the installation of the water systems will begin immediately, and will lead to vastly improved health, sanitation, and productivity.

A commitment for funding was made by The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative. The project was subsequently withdrawn, with no expenditure of funds.



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