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 Santa Apolonia Composting Latrines Project – Guatemala

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.

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Mansa School Borehole Project - Zambia

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.

Payuka Well Project - Togo

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

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

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

Guatemala City Garbage Dump Water Filters Project – Part 3

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.

This project has been fully funded through the generosity of Michael and Carla Boyle, of Nelsonville, OH, USA.

Additional donations for this effective and worthy project will go for other projects in Guatemala.

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

Conclusion of Water Charity Typhoon Haiyan Relief – Philippines

Conclusion of Water Charity Typhoon Haiyan Relief – PhilippinesThe emergency response aspect of this project has been completed. A total of 266 Sawyer water filters were delivered and put into use.

To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was initiated to provide aid to stricken areas within days after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. Looking back, the impact on that country, with 99 million people, is hard to comprehend:

•    14.9 million people affected
•    4.13 million people displaced
•    6,100+ reported dead
•    26,233 reported injured
•    1.2 million damaged houses

The project was implemented by Water Charity in partnership with Wine to Water, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit engaged in water projects worldwide. It was managed by Kyle Lomax, Wine to Water’s International Projects Manager, and Doc Hendley, its Founder and President.

Kyle reports:

After Typhoon Haiyan struck, humanitarian aid from the international community sought to provide the most basic needs of survival (water, food, shelter, and medicine) to as many of the victims as possible. Many water systems were destroyed or contaminated with fecal coliform.

Conclusion of Water Charity Typhoon Haiyan Relief – Philippines Due to the extreme devastation, logistics, transportation, and the enormous number of people in desperation posed problems. Water bottles were air dropped, expensive water purification systems were set-up, and water trucks began moving to distribute water.

Unfortunately, this initial aid reached as few as one quarter of the population in places like Tacloban City. In places on the outskirts of towns, more remote areas, and many smaller islands, no aid at all has yet been provided.

We chose to utilize an amazing water filter, called the Sawyer PointONE water filter. With the technology derived from kidney dialysis, Sawyer worked to improve this hollow fiber membrane technology, giving it better filtration rates and longevity. The result was “U” shaped micro-tubes, with tiny pore holes at 0.1 micron in size. This makes it impossible (99.99999%) for harmful bacteria, protozoa, or cysts like E. coli, Giradia, Cholera, and Typhoid to pass through the Sawyer filter.

It is the perfect filter to use for disaster response. Not only is the filter the most effective, it is very small (4x2 inches) and efficient (1 liter per minute flow rate). Each filter simply attaches to a container, usually a 5-gallon bucket, and is capable of producing over 200 gallons of clean water per day. It can provide water for several families for up to 10 years!

After a situation assessment on the ground, four locations around Tacloban City were chosen:

1.    Diit, Mercyville (Barangay 99) – 100 filters
2.    Upper Nulatula (Barangay 6) – 100 filters
3.    Divisoria – 33 filters
4.    Purok 1 – 33 filters

They were picked because they were some of the most in need and getting only “temporary relief” in the form on Hypsol chlorine solution or water trucks. These relief services were only lasting for a short period. Then, the locals were forced to go back to getting standing water or going to their contaminated wells.

The approach to the implementation was “relationship” driven. We worked from the bottom up and the top down within the communities, called barangays, to develop relationships and gain trust.

It started off with meeting with the barangay captains to mobilize all the heads of the households to meet at the barangay hall, which usually has a basketball court, perfect for doing training on the filter. Here we discussed the importance of clean water and sanitation, how it translates into better health and livelihood, and how to properly use/maintain/clean the filter. The goal was to make things fun and interactive, and, most importantly, to ensure that the filter would be properly used.

Filthy brown water was run through the filter and perfectly clean water could be seen by all. We drank the clean water along with the barangay captain and locals in the crowd. This allowed us to gain trust and make people feel comfortable to ask any questions and have discussions.

Then, we distributed the new filters and containers to the people, recorded their information, and let them know we would be checking to make sure everyone understood and used the filter.

In total, Water Charity provided 266 filters and containers, supplying an estimated 2,660 people with clean drinking water throughout Tacloban City! This is such a lasting impact that will totally transform these peoples’ lives forever. The cost for having this clean water comes out to be less than $0.50 per person, per year!

There remains a tremendous amount to be accomplished in the devastated areas, but the project has now moved on to a development phase. The extent to which we are able to continue with this important work is dependent solely on our success in raising funds to pay for same.

We again wish to thank the SLOW LIFE Foundation for their contribution to this project. We also extend our gratitude to Michael and Carla Boyle, Elmo Foundation, CannedWater4Kids, Dr. & Mrs. Gary Fraser, Carol Host, Elena Kramer, Diane Ray, Robert & Sandy Barrett, Gail Strasser, Desmyrna Taylor, Irving Ostrow, and all of the other donors for providing the funding that made this project possible.

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Sololá School Filter Project - Guatemala

Sololá School Filter Project - GuatemalaLocation
Sololá, Guatemala

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

Mil Milagros (MM) is a U.S.-based charity with a local presence. Its mission is to ensure that all children in Guatemala graduate from sixth grade healthy, literate and prepared to continue their education. To achieve this goal, MM implements three programs in six communities serving over 1,100 children:

  1. Nutrition which consists of an early childhood nutrition program and a school-based feeding program;
  2. Education which includes the provision of textbooks, school supplies for all children and teacher supplies for all teachers, since the Guatemalan government gives very little funding to educational supports;
  3. A robust health and hygiene program to ensure that the children remain healthy and learn important hygiene habits such as washing hands, brushing teeth, using toilet paper, and consuming filtered water

The strategies of MM have succeeded in nearly eliminating the drop-out rate and improving school graduation rates. USAID states that only 40% of children in Guatemala graduate from sixth grade. Over the last three years, 96% of MM sixth graders have graduated.

Sololá School Filter Project - GuatemalaOverall Problem Addressed
It is estimated that over 90% of the water supply in Guatemala is contaminated. The children in the partner schools need access to clean water to be able to brush their teeth and to drink water, rather than sugary drinks prepared by their mothers.

In 2013, MM challenged its partner schools to include water in their lunch menus and to stop serving sugary drinks to the children. The schools are now seeing the value of drinking water but do not have filters to make it practical in their communities.

Project Description
The project consists of six individual projects with separate locations, community descriptions and problem descriptions. However, the overall project within the five communities is similar. In order to be able to be healthy and able to participate in a successful health and hygiene program, the children need access to clean water.

50 Sawyer filters will be installed in six partner schools, to be used in the classrooms and kitchens by the children, teachers and mother volunteers.

MM will organize child, mother and teacher leaders into hygiene commissions at each school to ensure regular and proper use of the filters. Also, MM will track attendance in each school, to measure the impact of the filters on water borne illnesses.

Descriptions of Communities, Problem Descriptions and Filters to Install

Canton Chichimuch, Santa Lucía Utatlan, Sololá, Guatemala

  • a.    Chichimuch is a small, rural community in Santa Lucía Utatlan where over 90% of the inhabitants are Quiché Maya.  Most are day laborers working in the fields to support their families.  The school has 135 children, nine teachers and 80 mother volunteers.
  • b.    Problem Description:  In Chichimuch, the school is the last along the pipeline for water, which only arrives on Tuesdays for two hours.  Many weeks, there is little to no water by the time the rest of the community has used its water and the children are unable to brush their teeth and wash their hands.  The water that does arrive is not clean and needs to be filtered to be consumed.
  • c.    Filters to Install:  Chichimuch will receive eight water filters, one for each classroom and one for the kitchen.

Paraje Nuevo Progreso, Canton Pahaj, Santa Lucía Utatlan, Sololá Guatemala
  • a.    Nuevo Progreso is a small, rural community in Santa Lucía Utatlan.  Families in this community saw the danger of sending their children to the closest school, where they would have to cross a busy highway, and asked each family in the community to put a small amount of money toward renting a two-room schoolhouse.  The school has 26 children, two teachers and 19 mother volunteers.
  • b.    Problem Description:  Nuevo Progreso is a community with a serious water problem.  There is no water in the school or the majority of the homes, so mothers have to get water from other sources and carry large jugs on their heads to provide water for the school and their homes.  Nuevo Progreso joined Mil Milagros in 2013, so it has not yet received any filters from MM and would need new filters.
  • c.    Filters to Install:  Nuevo Progreso will receive eight four water filters, one for each classroom and two for the kitchen.

San Juan la Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala
  • a.    San Juan la Laguna is a beautiful town with an unmatched spirit of collaboration.  Many of the families work on local coffee farms and many of the children have to help their parents pick coffee during harvest.  This is a Maya community where the predominant language is Tzutujil.  The school has 300 children, 21 teachers and over 100 mother volunteers.
  • b.    Problem Description:  San Juan la Laguna has several sources of water.  It is the only partner community that rarely has issues with water supply.  The water, however, is contaminated, so in order to drink it, it must be filtered.  The school in San Juan will be entering into a partnership with Mil Milagros in 2014 and will need water filters as it currently has none.
  • c.    Filters to Install:  San Juan la Laguna will receive eight 18 water filters, one for each classroom and two for the kitchen.

Aldea Chutinamit Pacaman, San Andrés Semetabaj, Sololá, Guatemala
  • a.    Chutinamit Pacaman is a small community that was displaced during a tropical storm in 2010.  Since then, the 22 families have been living in tents and tin shacks on a soccer field while they push government leaders to purchase the land needed to rebuild.  MM feeds all children year-round in this community due to their precarious circumstances.  The community has 37 children, 2 teachers and 19 mother volunteers.
  • b.    Problem Description:  The community has water from the local town government and when there is no water, they use rain water catchment systems to ensure they have enough water.  However, the water is contaminated.  The children in this community have really latched on to drinking water regularly as they have had access to water filters that now need to be replaced.
  • c.    Filters to Install:  Chutinamit will receive four water filters, one for each classroom and two for the kitchen.

Aldea Xecotoj, San Andrés Semetabaj, Sololá, Guatemala
  • a.    Xecotoj is a diverse community whose residents were displaced in 2005 after a hurricane destroyed their homes along a local river.  The school has 55 children, four teachers, and 30 mother volunteers.
  • b.    Problem Description: Xecotoj has serious problems with lack of water and went two months in 2013 with no water at all.  Local governments have piped dirty water into the community once a week.  The water is contaminated and the school needs new filters to be able to implement the health and hygiene program successfully.
  • c.    Filters to Install:  Xecotoj will receive eight six water filters, one for each classroom and two for the kitchen.

Canton Pahaj, Santa Lucía Utatlan, Sololá, Guatemala
  • a.    Pahaj is a larger community outside of the main town of Santa Lucía, with a large population of men who are in the United States.  Many are unable to send money to their families.  The school has 400 children, 19 teachers, and 220 mother volunteers.
  • b.    Problem Description:  Pahaj has very little water and the water sources are unreliable.  They have been lobbying to receive another water source.
  • c.    Filters to Install:  Pahaj will receive eight 20 water filters, one for each classroom and two for the kitchen.

Sololá School Filter Project - GuatemalaProject Impact
This project will benefit 953 children, 65 teachers, and 470 volunteer mothers in 6 schools.

Project Director
Carolyn Daly is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, living in Sololá, currently working for Mil Milagros.

This is a great program due to its effectiveness, sustainability, scalability, and ease of implementation and evaluation.

Please give generously to this ongoing program. We will accept what you can afford, but we will give special recognition for donations of $100 or more. Any contributions in excess of the amount needed for the project will be allocated to other projects in Guatemala.

Special Recognition
Michael and Carla Boyle, Nelsonville, OH, USA - $2,500

S A Escott - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - $100

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

Madrassa Bouadia Latrine Project – Morocco

Madrassa Latrine Project – MoroccoLocation
Village of Bouadia, Beni Mellal Province, Tadla-Azilal Region, Morocco

Community Description
Bouadia is a small village located several kilometers from the foothills of the Middle Atlas Mountains in central Morocco. The residents speak the Imazighn dialect.

Comprised of less than 150 families, for a total population of approximately 700, Bouadia is a farming community where income is generated through agriculture and the raising of livestock.

At present, there are 30 girls and 25 boys that attend Madrassa Bouadia, the local primary school.

Problem Addressed
There are no bathrooms or washbasins for the students to use. As a result, many students are forced to relieve themselves in nearby fields, behind or in a defunct school building, or simply wait until they return home.

Madrassa Latrine Project – MoroccoStudents are prone to obtaining urinary tract infections, diarrhea, and intestinal parasites directly related to their lack of healthy and environmentally conscious choices when it comes to using the bathroom.

Girls especially are impacted the by the lack of facilities. Due to the conservative nature of rural Morocco, girls are often not at liberty to relieve themselves in public as boys do. This severely affects their concentration and ability to focus in classes, and even more devastatingly prevents some girls from coming to school at all.

Project Description
This project is to build 3 latrines and 2 washbasins at the school.

Water Charity is participating as part of a larger construction and education project being implemented under the Peace Corps Partnership Program.

The building and related facilities will be built under the direction of the Association des Parente Et Tuteure des Eleves a Bouadia.

A septic tank will be dug and the building constructed. The fixtures will be installed and connected to the tank, and a water supply will be established.

Water Charity funds will be used for the purchase of fixtures, including 3 sqat toilets, and 2 sinks and faucets. They will also pay for materials, including iron, rocks, bricks, cement, sand, gravel, tile, paint and piping and fittings. Finally, they will pay for the skilled masonry, plumbing and electrical work.

The community and school will contribute the unskilled labor in the construction of the septic tank and building, rocks and bricks to create a pathway from the school to the bathroom, and food for the workers.

With the cooperation of the faculty and association members a health fair will be held following completion of the toilets. Lessons will be given on the topics of hand washing, dental hygiene, environment, physical fitness, disability awareness, and nutrition.

After completion of the latrines and health fair, an evaluation and follow up will take place to discuss how to move forward and ensure the sustainability of the project.

Plans will be made regarding long term maintenance and use of the latrines and washbasins as well as the idea of incorporating more health education into the school's curriculum.

Project Impact
61 people, consisting of 25 boys, 30 girls, 5 teachers, and 1 staff support member will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Melanie Kondrat

This project will provide the students and faculty with access to functioning latrines and washbasins. It will encourage students and faculty to adopt behaviors and practices that will reduce illness and reflect healthy choices.

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$0.00 - The participation of Water Charity in this project has been fully funded through the generosity Tony Young.

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

Caimital Solar Well Pump Project - Panama

Caimital Solar Well Pump Project - PanamaLocation
Caimital, Corregimiento de Tulu, Distrito de Penonome, Provincia de Cocle, Panama

Community Description
Caimital is a rural community in the Penonome district of Cocle with a population of 175 people.

There is a primary school with one teacher for all six grade levels, one through six. Several committees exist within the community including Parent Teacher Association, Water Committee, Electrification Focus Group, Catholic Committee, and several sports teams.

The majority of residents work in Penonome, which is located just a 25-minute bus ride from Caimital. Many residents maintain small agricultural plots near their houses for family sustenance.

Caimital Solar Well Pump Project - PanamaProblem Addressed
The community developed a clean well-water source that is sufficient to serve the entire population. A 150- foot-deep well was dug in 2007, and a diesel turbine was installed.

All houses in the lower part of the community are connected to the aqueduct system. However, due to lack of reliability of the old diesel turbine for pumping, and the high cost of fuel, the low-resource community currently has access to running water less than 2 hours per week.

Residents are forced to seek out water from other sources, most of which are unprotected and of questionable quality.

Project Description
This project is to install an 850-watt solar panel array and electric pump to pump the water to the community storage tank, where it will then be fed by gravity to the homes below.

Caimital Solar Well Pump Project - PanamaThe project is being implemented as part of the Peace Corps Partnership Program by the Water Committee of Caimital. The committee will work with experienced technicians from Luz Buena on the installation.

The community contribution will include all unskilled labor, and some masonry work as needed to rebuild the pump housing and construct a protective fence around the solar panel array. The community will also provide concrete, sheets of zinc, and the majority of raw construction materials.

Food for work days will be provided and prepared by community members.

Water Charity funds will be used for the purchase of ten 85W panels, a Lorentz 1200 pump, associated parts, and skilled labor.

In order to ensure project sustainability, a Water Committee Seminar will be held to train the water committee and all interested community members in the maintenance, management, and troubleshooting of rural aqueducts. There will also be a seminar introducing the community to solar power systems and explaining basic function and maintenance.

Caimital Solar Well Pump Project - PanamaThe community will collect small fees monthly to be saved for maintenance or replacement parts for the system. The community will independently operate and perform basic repairs on the system as needed.

Project Impact
131 people in 27 households will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Lindsay D’Amato

After the implementation of this project, all of the residents in Caimital 'abajo' will have running water in their homes 24 hours a day. The school and church will also have water available for the first time.

Sanitation practices will improve significantly with the arrival of daily running water in each house. It will no longer be necessary to bathe or wash dishes in the dirty River Marica, a development which will have a positive impact in overall health of the community. The monthly household expenditure for diesel fuel will drop, allowing those funds to go toward other pertinent family needs.

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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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Njoben Health Clinic Water Project – The Gambia

Njoben Health Clinic Water Project – The GambiaLocation
Njoben Wolof, Central River Region, North Bank, The Gambia

Community Description
The Njoben Health Clinic is located on the paved road outside the village Njoben Wolof and close to the village of Jallow Kunda. The clinic provides care to the surrounding villages, including villages in Senegal.

The Holland Rotary Club built the clinic to provide health services to the area. There is a solar-powered Lawrence Pump system that provides clean water for patients and those living close to the clinic.

Problem Addressed
Currently the pump is not working. Water is now hauled in from the village of Njoben (open well) and also from another pump about 1/4 mile away close to Jallow Kunda.

Njoben Health Clinic Water Project – The GambiaA woman who delivers her baby must travel home to wash. The staff members living at the clinic do not have clean water for drinking and personal hygiene.

Project Description
This project is to replace the pump at the Njoben Health Clinic.

The water system for the clinic consists of a Lawrence Pump, powered by solar panels, two holding tanks, and piping connecting the components.

The tanks and solar panels are mounted on an elevated platform. The panels provide electricity to the pump, which is submerged in the well. The larger tank supplies the clinic while the smaller tank supplies the communities in the area.

The pump raises the water to the level of the platform, and running water is available for the clinic powered by gravity. There are spigots at each end of the back yard of the clinic.

Njoben Health Clinic Water Project – The GambiaThe new pump is available locally, and the installation will be done by a skilled worker.

Water Charity funds will pay for the pump and other necessary materials.

The clinic staff will help support the project by donating about $185.00 US.

Project Impact
This project will benefit the almost 1,000 patients per month who come to the clinic for services, plus the six staff members who live at the clinic.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Lisa Helm

The project will provide the patients and the staff at the clinic with clean water for drinking, washing hands, and the bathing of women after deliveries.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded through the generosity of friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Lisa Helm.

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

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Water is the only drink for a wise man.
Henry David Thoreau
US Transcendentalist author (1817 - 1862)