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La Colorada Arriba Water System Tank Project - Dominican Republic

La Colorada Arriba Water System Project - Dominican RepublicThis project is the third project to be implemented under the Water Charity Ferro-Cement Tanks for the Dominican Republic and Haiti Program. It calls for the construction of a 50,000 liter ferro-cement tank for water storage to serve the community of La Colorada Arriba, Dominican Republic. It is the largest and most ambitious undertaking, and offers significant economies of scale as a result.

The project is under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer and Engineer Sarah Casey as part of a larger plan for a comprehensive water system for the community.

La Colorada Arriba is a rural community of almost 900 people, living without access to potable water. To meet their daily needs, families are left with no choice but to buy river water contaminated with diarrhea-causing parasites from passing trucks. Particularly in young children and the elderly, diarrhea can lead to serious health complications, including dehydration and malnutrition, or even death.

Community members, well aware of their need for potable water, have identified a sustainable solution—a water distribution system powered by a centrifugal pump. Water will be pumped from a protected spring to a storage tank located above the community. From there water will travel completely by gravity to the community below. The spring, with almost a liter per second of flow, provides sufficient water to meet the residents’ demands as well as those of the community centers: a schoolhouse and three community churches.

La Colorada Arriba Water System Project - Dominican RepublicTo ensure sustainability, the community has formed a water committee to manage the project through all stages: planning, construction, and maintenance. The residents of La Colorada Arriba will supply all necessary labor for construction as well as a monthly quota towards future system upkeep.

Additionally, each family is contributing $35 towards the purchase of materials. While the community is contributing in kind a large percentage of the overall project cost, they do not have the financial means to purchase the majority of the materials.

A significant part of the overall project is the construction of the storage tank, which will use the proven ferro-cement tank technology. The tank will have sufficient capacity to provide water on demand for the community during all seasons of the year and all hours of the day.

Project funds will be used to purchase materials, including rebar, wire mesh, cement, sand, gravel, wire, aluminum lids, plywood, tarp, paint and plumbing fixtures.

As part of the overall program, the construction of this tank will include the training of several Haitians who, immediately after completion of training, will go to Haiti to build additional tanks. As this is the third tank in the process, they have already gained substantial proficiency, and this construction of a larger tank will provide needed additional experience.

The construction of this tank is underway, and expected to take a week or so to complete.

To indicate your desire for your contribution to be allocated toward this project, please click the Donate button below.

The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust has graciously offered to provide matching funds for donations contributed for this project.

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

El Brison Water System Project – Dominican Republic

El Brison Water System Project – Dominican RepublicThis project is the second project to be implemented under the Water Charity Ferro-Cement Tanks for the Dominican Republic and Haiti Program. It calls for the construction of a 15,000 liter ferro-cement tank for water storage to serve the communities of El Brison and Las Batatas Arriba, Dominican Republic.

The project is under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer and Engineer Duncan Peabody, as part of a larger plan for a comprehensive water system for the two communities.

El Brison and Las Batatas Arriba, are located high in the Cordillera Septentrional in the north of the Dominican Republic. They have neither running water nor electricity, and access to the communities is difficult or impossible by automobile depending on the weather conditions. As a result the communities have been largely neglected and remain completely without infrastructure, apart from a one-room elementary school.

Duncan is working on an overall project for the construction of a gravity-fed water system with a spring catchment to provide drinking water to 49 homes. The water system will be complemented by the formation of a community water board to govern the water system, and health and hygiene promoters to teach the community how to use the water to improve their well. Work has already begun on the tubeline.

El Brison Water System Project – Dominican RepublicThe system is designed to serve the current population of 205 people, plus expected expansion. The source flow rate will be 3.5 gallons/minute, with water availability at 25 gallons/person/day.

A significant part of the overall project is the construction of a ferro-cement tank. The tank will store water during off hours so that during peak water demand there will always be water available in the pipeline.

Project funds will be used to purchase materials, including rebar, wire mesh, cement, sand, gravel, wire, aluminum lids, plywood, tarp, paint and plumbing fixtures.

As part of the overall program, the construction of this tank will include the training of several Haitians who, after completion of training, will go to Haiti to build at least 8 additional tanks. As part of the agreement for receiving training these workers will capacitate more workers in Haiti to continue to build these tanks, which are in high demand during the current crisis.

Most of the labor will be volunteer labor, with the exception that the trainees will receive small stipends.

The construction of this tank will take 5 days to complete, and is already underway.

This project has now been fully funded through the generous donation of Santevia Water Systems as part of their Santevia Gives Back Program, together with the matching funds provided by The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust.

Any additional donations using the Donate button below will be allocated to the construction of water storage tanks in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

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

Los Uveros Water System Project – Dominican Republic

Ferro-Cement Tank Construction - Dominican RepublicThis project constitutes the first part of the overall Water Charity Ferro-Cement Tanks for the Dominican Republic and Haiti Program. It calls for the construction of an 11,000 liter ferro-cement tank for water storage in the community of Los Uveros, Altamira, Dominican Republic.

The project is under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer and Engineer Gabriel Miller, as part of a larger plan for a comprehensive water system for the entire community.

The village of Los Uveros is located in the mountains of the Cordillera Septentrional in the Dominican Republic. The community suffers from a lack of potable water, and its inhabitants often have to walk long distances to obtain water, which is usually contaminated.

Residents experience severe illness resulting from poor water quality. For several years this community has been struggling to obtain clean water and has solicited the Peace Corps and other organizations for help with their cause.

Gabriel has worked extensively with the community to do a comprehensive assessment, and develop plans for developing a clean reliable water source.

A water committee has been formed and is in the process of being trained. The committee has shown remarkable motivation and commitment. The community has already been able to raise over a thousand dollars on their own. To ensure sustainability, the families have begun to collect user fees as a reserve for needed maintenance.

There are 110 people living in 42 houses who will be served by this project.

Project funds will be used to purchase materials, including rebar, wire mesh, cement, sand, gravel, wire, aluminum lids, plywood, tarp, paint and plumbing fixtures.

The construction of this tank will take 5 days to complete, and is beginning at once. In conjunction with providing a key component for the water system in Los Uveros, the construction of the tank will be used to train Haitian workers on the construction of inexpensive ferro-cement tanks.

To indicate your desire for your contribution to be allocated toward this project, please click the Donate button below.

The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust has graciously offered to provide matching funds for donations contributed for this project.

We acknowledge the generous donation of $1,000 from Henry Polgar, Dunfries, VA, USA, with the dedication:

This donation is made on behalf of the Panamerican-Panafrican Assoc (Japan office) and is inspired by the work of Tim McFarren who has for many years worked on sustainable technologies.

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

La Colorada Abajo Water System – Dominican Republic

La Colorada Abajo - Dominican Republic This project is to construct a water distribution system in a rural community in the Dominican Republic. Water from a protected mountain spring will be transported by gravity through a system of piping a distance of three kilometers to the community below.

Water Charity is participating in this project, which involves a number of other entities and individuals, by providing the final funding necessary to get the project underway.

The community of La Colorada Abajo, Municipality of Malmon, Puerta Plata, is home to more than one hundred people, who currently live without access to potable water. During the rainy season, the river often rises to prohibit vehicular traffic to the main road, thereby isolating the community.

To meet their daily needs, families currently collect rain and stream water that is contaminated with diarrhea-causing parasites. Diarrhea can lead to serious health complications, including dehydration and malnutrition, particularly in young children and the elderly.

The gravity-fed system outputs over seven gallons of water per minute, which is sufficient to meet the needs of the residents as well as those of the community centers: a schoolhouse, two community churches, and a local baseball park.

Work - Dominican RepublicTo ensure sustainability, the community has a water committee which was formed to manage the project from planning through construction and maintenance. The project will take approximately 5 months to complete.

The schedule calls for the purchase and transportation of materials, the digging of the trench, the assembly and burying of the pipe, and the construction of the tank, intake, river crossings, and standpipe.

The residents of La Colorada Abajo will supply all necessary labor for the project, amounting to almost 30% of total costs. In addition, all members will pay a biweekly quota toward system upkeep, and will pay to be connected to the system.

Project funds will be used to purchase the required materials. The project is being implemented under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Sarah Casey.

Sarah Casey - Dominican Republic Plumbers will be trained to maintain the system. Health promoters will train the community in hygiene and sanitation, and make home visits to ensure compliance. Sustainability will be insured by fiscal responsibility in the collection and disbursement of funds for maintenance.

Participants will gain leadership and technical skills, which will carry forward to future community projects, and may lead to employment opportunities for those who take part.

This project, arising from and supported by the community and progressing through the organizational and planning stages, has the elements needed to continue through the construction phase on schedule and within budget. It will lead to the elimination of water-borne disease, and empower the community to progress to other development projects.

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 Sarah Casey of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Sarah and/or those of her counterpart PCVs in the Dominican Republic.

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

Fruit Tree Reforestation – Dominican Republic

View - Dominican RepublicThis project will create a fruit tree nursery to facilitate the growing of reforestation trees. The trees will be planted in the mountains and at the source of water in order to ensure continued rain, and protect the water supply for the participating communities.

The project will be led by an association of 15 small farming communities in the San Juan Valley of the Dominican Republic. The project site is located between two of the communities, and will have an impact on all of them.

The project is being carried out under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer B. Saver.

The primary source of income of the communities is agricultural production. The clearing of land for agriculture has caused widespread deforestation, which has had a significant effect on the livelihood of the inhabitants.

Deforestation has caused soil erosion, the drying of rivers, and a decrease in rainfall. Soil erosion causes farmers to lose more of their land suitable for planting every year.

A fruit tree nursery will be created to provide place for villagers to buy grafted fruit trees that can be used to practice sustainable forestry techniques. A healthy biodiversity will be created, and soil conservation techniques will be implemented.

An additional benefit will be that the nursery will provide a supplemental income for those who are involved in the planting, maintenance, care, and sales of the trees.

The community members will do all of the work in starting the nursery, including clearing and preparing the land. They will build fences to surround the nursery, water the plants daily, and provide all necessary maintenance. Project funds will be used to purchase the necessary tools, seeds, and materials to establish to nursery.

The project will serve to protect the water source for the communities, and improve the use of the land upon which the people rely for their survival. Forestry skills will be taught to the villagers that can be continued and replicated. A single infusion of capital will have an ongoing impact, as the project will become self-sustainable.

To indicate your desire to contribute to this project, please click the Donate button below.

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

Latrine Construction Training Project– Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic SceneryThis project is to train a team of community members in the construction of latrines and in health and hygiene practices.

Water Charity is participating in this larger project to a small extent. A number of donors, and the community at large, have contributed the major portion of the necessary funding. While the vast majority of our projects involve “hardware”, this project involves education and training activities that definitely will lead to physical projects, and thus comes directly within our purview.

In addition, we are happy to provide the “last dollars” for this project, which was waiting for full funding before it could begin. With our modest contribution, this project is now underway.

This community in the Dominican Republic is located in the Northeast of the country on a peninsula and includes approximately 800 families. Most families are active within existing community groups and participate in projects for the community. The women’s group is active and dedicated to improving the lives of its community members.

Incomes are low, and improvements in health and sanitation are of prime importance. Most families do not have latrines, and for the few that do, they are in very poor condition.

The community is contributing 25% of the project costs.

The project is being coordinated by Peace Corps Volunteer E. Monteith, with the assistance of a second PCV. They will facilitate the training of health and hygiene education for the women and families in the community.

The women’s group, along with community leaders will be involved in supervising and maintaining the latrines upon completion of the project.

To make a donation for this project, please use the Donate button below.

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

Community Aqueduct – Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic MapThis project is to construct a new water system in Los Cacaos, a rural community in the Dominican Republic. A new community aqueduct will be built to bring potable water from a small spring 1 kilometer away to houses of the village.

The community is made up of 74 houses and 242 people. The community has a church, baseball field, two local stores, and a cooperative. The water source is presently used for bathing, drinking, and domestic use.

The project is being administered by Peace Corps Volunteer Andrew Gibbons, in collaboration with the community.

An older water system in the community became inoperative when there was a landslide, which destroyed the tank and much of the tubing. The community is taking precautions to prevent future landslides by placing gabions at the source, and planting trees and bamboo.

River - Dominican RepublicThe project plans includes building a new intake tank, replacing the majority of the old tubing, and installing new tap stands at the homes of the beneficiaries.

The community is contributing the labor and some funds, amounting to 57% of the total budget.

The community has formed a governing body, the Water Committee, to oversee and organize every aspect of construction, including labor and movement of materials.

As part of the project plan, the Water Committee will write statutes, collect the monthly quotas as well as any other funds, request materials from potential donors, and write contracts for beneficiaries. Thus sustainability is ensured.

Water Charity has advanced the final funding necessary to allow the project work to begin.

$0.00 - This project has been fully funded, through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

Any additional donations using the Donate button below will be used to fund other projects by this PCV and/or other PCVs in this country.

This project has been completed. To read about the concusion, CLICK HERE.




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