Conclusion of Lenny’s “Pilas” Project

As Lenny’s project moves to completion, it exemplifies a premise that we believe in: “A project is only the beginning of a process.” Once started, your initial goal may be reached, but your successes lead to more good things. Lenny reports: All of the pilas are in place, and most of the people have built roofs over the pilas to protect them from the sun, as I requested. I have supplied everyone with 2 meters of tube to use as a drain. Yesterday, March 11th, the water and... + read more

Water Charity Humanitarian Award to Jim Thebaut

We are pleased to announce that the 2009 Water Charity Humanitarian Award for Filmmaking will be given to Jim Thebaut in recognition of his lifetime achievement in the production of documentary films that advance the causes of humanity. The Lake Arrowhead Film Festival (LAFF) will take place Thursday, April 2 through Sunday, April 5, 2009 at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, where the entire festival will be held under one roof. This is the tenth year of LAFF. It is known as an... + read more

Update on Katie M’s Latrines: She Made the Challenge!

Katie McKenna reached her goal of raising $5,400, and the money continues to come in. As reported previously, a generous benefactor, Bruce Bain, donated $2,000, contingent upon Katie receiving matching contributions. With a tight time limit of one week, there was a public outpouring of support for Katie and the project, and she raised the funds with time to spare. Katie reports: “This Friday and Saturday we will be receiving material for 40 more latrines and doing some interactive... + read more

Urgent Challenge to Complete Katie’s Latrines

We previously reported on the urgency of the need to raise funds to complete Kate McKenna’s project to provide latrines for the entire community of Chuisac, Guatemala. The latest news is that all of the holes have been dug for all of the latrines in the community! This increases the urgency, to say the least. An extremely generous donor, Bruce Bain, has stepped up to the plate, and issued the following offer: He will match all donations, dollar for dollar! However, the donations must... + read more

Katie B's School Project

In this section, we present a project of Peace Corps Volunteer Katie Bovitz, serving in El Zapote, Guatemala. The project involves the completion of a new school with the installation of 8 handwashing stations and 4 latrines.
Katie M's Latrines - Program - Guatemala

Katie M's Latrines - Program - Guatemala

  In this section, we present a project of Peace Corps Volunteer Katie McKenna, serving in Chiusuc, Guatemala. The project was to build latrines for the entire town!  In all, 91 latrines were completed!
Progress Report on Katie M’s Latrines

Progress Report on Katie M’s Latrines - Guatemala

Katie reports that the first 20 latrines have been completed, and that holes have been dug for 20 more. That really puts the pressure on us to keep up, as we have told her that we won’t stop until the whole town has latrines. With your help, we can do this. Here is a note from one of our donors: “I am hoping to be able to keep fund raising and whenever I get enough money for a latrine I will send it. This money is being donated by the operating room staff and physicians at... + read more

Update on Katie B’s School Project

Katie is getting ready to complete her extended Peace Corps tour the end of April, and the she still needs to finish the handwashing stations and latrines for the school. The school will then be certified as a Safe School, under a program run by the Guatemalan government. Katie was getting so anxious to move things along, she actually started to buy the materials from the hardware store on credit! Yesterday, we gave a presentation before the Crestline-Lake Gregory Rotary Club, and they... + read more

Katie Bovitz, Volunteer in Paraje El Zapote

Katie Bovitz is a Peace Corps Volunteer, serving in Paraje El Zapote, Pachilip in the Municipality of Joyabaj, Department of Quiche, Guatemala. She is serving under a 9 month extension to her original Peace Corps commitment of two years. Katie will be leaving Guatemala in April, and asked if we could fund a last project she wanted to do before she left. After reviewing her proposal, we committed to the project, within her timetable. We told her to start acquiring the materials, as the funds... + read more

Progress on Lenny’s “Pilas” Project

This is a progress report on the “Pilas” project of Lenny Van Boven, Peace Corps Volunteer, serving in Chicocox, Guatemala. You can read about this project HERE. During the planning stage, Lenny determined that it would be less expensive to purchase fabricated pilas than to build molds, purchase the materials, and pour them in place. Lenny planned the implementation as follows: The community participation will be in the form of transportation. They have already formed into two... + read more


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