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 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.

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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.

Conclusion of Kindergarten Catchment Project – Ghana

Kindergarten Catchment Project – Ghana This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Alan Ruge. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The overall project was the construction of a Kindergarten/Nursery School in KwakuSae, a community in the West Akim District of the Eastern Region of Ghana. The involvement of Water Charity was for the rainwater collection system.

After the building was largely completed, with walls, roof, floors, and ceilings, the work was done on the water tank. The plumber installed a tap and prepared the tank for installation next to the school.

Kindergarten Catchment Project – Ghana The tank was placed on the concrete stand, and the gutters were then put up and connected to the tank.

The building was then completed with doors, windows, and paint. It was then dedicated, and put into use!

Alan expressed his gratitude and that of the community:

We want to thank you all again for helping to make this whole project possible. The town and students are all very excited about the new facility, and we are very happy to be able to offer this project to help improve the life of the students in KwakuSae.

After the conclusion of this project, Alan undertook the renovation of one of the classrooms in the JSS (Junior Secondary School) that had been condemned for safety reasons. This amply demonstrates the momentum that derives from successfully finishing a major endeavor, and building on that base of community support.

Alan and his wife Marian are completing their Peace Corps service and heading home. We owe Alan a debt of gratitude for completing this ambitious project, and continuing to do more.

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

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Conclusion of School Water Catchment and Piping Project – Tanzania

School Water Catchment and Piping Project – TanzaniaThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Emilia Myers. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to provide safe water to 200 students of the Kwemvumo Secondary School by reconstructing a water catchment tank, connecting it to the school, and running piping to various locations throughout the school.

Emilia reports:

Overall, the project ran very smoothly. The only major setback was that there were construction delays of 1.5 months due to the rainy season.

In addition to the managing the construction, Emilia held a seminar for students and teachers about increasing awareness and knowledge of water-borne diseases, and water users’ rights and responsibilities.

We are grateful to The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust for providing the funding for this successful project.

Conclusion of El Brison Water System Project – Dominican Republic

El Brison Water System Project – Dominican Republic This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Duncan Peabody. To read about the beginning of this project, CLICK HERE.

This project to build a ferro-cement tank for storage was the second to be implemented under Water Charity’s Ferro-Cement Tanks for the Dominican Republic and Haiti Program.

Duncan reports:

Work was recently completed on the 15,000 liter ferro-cement tank in the rural community of El Brison in the Dominican Republic. The tank will serve as the main storage tank for a water system that is being constructed to serve 45 homes in the village.

The construction was also the second of three ferro-cement tank trainings in which three Haitian masons are being trained in the design and construction of this technology. The three Haitian workers will then go to Haiti where they will build more tanks and capacitate more masons in the country.

El Brison Water System Project – Dominican Republic As this is the second tank in the training process the Haitian workers were put in charge of the actual construction with the Peace Corps volunteer and a master of construction overseeing their work.

Work brigades, each with eight men from the community of El Brison, worked each day to support the masons in their work. They helped with mixing the mortar, transporting materials, etc. Because El Brison is a very remote village with very little access, all of the materials had to be transported to the work site with mules.

Duncan reports on the process:

The ferro-cement tank construction is a five day process. On the first day the plumbing is placed and the floor is poured. This is the only day in which concrete (the cement mix contains gravel) was used on the tank. The floor is about 10cm thick and has 3/8” rebar inside it.

On the second day a cage is constructed of a mesh of soldered ¼” rebar covered on either side by chicken wire. The cage is constructed in a long 10 meter piece and then placed on the floor in the shape that the tank will take. The cage is wrapped tightly on the outside by tarps. Then a cement and sand mortar is applied to the space between the two layers of chicken wire. This first layer of mortar is about 3 cm thick.

El Brison Water System Project – Dominican Republic On the third day a second and third layer is applied to the inside and the outside of the first layer to cover the chicken wire which is still exposed. By this time the walls are almost at their full thickness of about 6 cm and are very sturdy.

A plaster coat is applied to the inside of the tank on the walls and the floor on the fourth day. The plaster coat contains a cement additive called Sika which makes it impermeable to water. This coat is extremely important for the tank to function correctly.

The roof is constructed on the final day of the tank construction. A support structure is built using wood beams and plywood. As soon as the structure is in place the tank can begin to be filled so that the floor and walls cure correctly. The tank will never be left without water in it after this point, except for a yearly cleaning. The roof is poured on top of this structure and left to dry for about a week. After a week the tank is entered through a door on top and the wood structure is deconstructed and removed from inside the tank.

Duncan comments on the technology:

The ferro-cement tank has several advantages over a cement block tank of equal size. Because the walls are only about 6cm thick the tank uses significantly less materials. This cuts costs by nearly one half and makes transporting the materials to difficult locations much easier.

Despite using less materials, the tank is structurally superior to a block tank because it is round. Block tanks generally leak from their corners. Furthermore the mesh cage that holds the cement makes the walls flexible so that they are much less susceptible to breaking in the case of seismic activity. For all of these reasons we are trying to spread this technology to Haiti where water is such a dire need at this time.

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

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Naranjo Dry Bathroom Project – Peru

Naranjo Dry Bathroom Project – PeruNaranjo is an agricultural community of 60 families located in the highlands of northern Peru. It is situated at over 7,000 feet above sea level in the fertile hills of the northern department of Piura, Peru.

The community has a health post, a primary and secondary school, and a recently-renovated gravity-fed water system. However, it lacks basic sanitation infrastructure.

As is the case with most villages in the district, there is a high level of water and soil contamination resulting from human and animal defecation in the open-air, or in poorly-designed pits. Chronic gastro-intestinal illness and childhood malnutrition are a direct result.

This project is to construct 60 “dry bathrooms”, one for each family in the community. It will benefit 300 people.

Naranjo Dry Bathroom Project – PeruDry bathrooms use no water, do not fill up the way that pit latrines do, and produce usable compost and liquid fertilizers for use in agriculture.

The project has been planned and will be coordinated by a project committee, composed of five dedicated community members (three men and two women).

Peace Corps Volunteer Matt Inbusch will direct the project.

Each participating family will provide the sand, gravel, and rock for the concrete mix, as well as wood beams for the roof, 500 adobe bricks for the hut, and manual labor during the construction phase.

Naranjo Dry Bathroom Project – PeruRecipient families will prepare home gardens, micro-landfills, and small corrals for their domestic animals before receiving their construction materials.

Also required will be participation in a series of training workshops regarding various aspects of the project. In this way, the project will encompass more than sanitation alone.

In addition to the public health benefits derived from proper sanitation, the project also addresses the issues of nutrition, solid waste management, and environmental protection.

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.



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