Water Charity Meets with Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Water Charity Meets with Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Water Charity Meets with Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Water Charity’s co-founder and COO Averill Strasser, and Executive Director, Beverly Rouse, had the opportunity to meet with Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet when she was in Long Beach this week.

At a presentation at Cal State University Long Beach (CSULB), Director Hessler-Radelet, along with CSULB President Jane Close Conoley and Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, unveiled a new program that will allow students to serve in the Peace Corps and earn a master’s degree in geography or linguistics.

Since the Peace Corps was established, 777 alumni from CSULB have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers, with 31 alumni currently serving.

Peace Corps Volunteer Danica Campos appeared remotely from Costa Rica and addressed the audience. Danica previously directed a Water Charity project, María Agüero Water System Project – Costa Rica.

In her remarks, Director Hessler-Radelet also referred to former CSULB student, Socorro Leandro, who is serving in Senegal. Socorro is currently working on a Water Charity project, Sinthian Medina Cherif Latrine Project – Senegal.

In a recent trip to Senegal, Averill and Beverly had the opportunity to meet with Socorro at her village and consult with her on the work being done.

After the presentation, the Director met informally with members of the Board of Directors of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Los Angeles (RPCVLA) and several other Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) to discuss the plans the Director has for the future of Peace Corps, and how local RPCV groups can better assist Peace Corps in its mission.

Averill Strasser is an RPCV, having served in Bolivia from ’66 to ’68. He serves on the Board of RPCVLA as Liaison to the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA).

Director Hessler-Radelet acknowledged the role that Water Charity is playing in helping serving PCVs around the world to do water and sanitation projects.

Water Charity & the National Peace Corps Association form Official Partnership

Water Charity & the National Peace Corps Association form Official Partnership

Water Charity & the National Peace Corps Association form Official Partnership

NPCA & WC Partnership!

Last month, the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION and WATER CHARITY entered into a historic partnership.  Pictured above are our COO Averill Strasser and NPCA chief Glen Blumhorst signing the partnership agreement in Washington D.C. during the week of Peace Corps activism which took place there.  Together our two organizations will work to increase the number of water and sanitation projects being done by Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) around the world, making the Peace Corps stronger.

The NPCA made their announcement here:  http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/2015/04/national-peace-corps-association-and-water-charity-announce-new-partnership/

Water Charity hit the ground running, and has already implemented a few dozen worthy projects around the world under the partnership!  All of these projects represent low-cost, efficient “fixes” to problems that come from the community, and are done with local labor.  PCVs and RPCVs help these communities to help themselves and solve their water and sanitation issues with sustainable solutions using appropriate technology.

RPCVs are helping to serve PCVs by providing training and technical support, resulting in a steady flow of projects that are then funded under the partnership.

Here is a link to a good NPCA blog post about the partnership: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/2015/04/more-clean-water-with-water-charity-peace-corps-community/#comment-242330

complete and updated list of projects attributed to the partnership can be found here:
National Peace Corps Association Partnership Projects

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Announcing the Water Charity Global Awareness Intern Program for 2014-15

Announcing the Water Charity Global Awareness Intern Program for 2014-15

Announcing the Water Charity Global Awareness Intern Program for 2014-15

Water Charity is proud to announce the Water Charity Global Awareness Intern Program for 2014-15.  Three interns will be selected to assist Water Charity to create a global awareness of the need for safe water and effective sanitation around the world, and implement programs and projects to address that need.

Applications will be accepted from undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni of The Zapara School of Business at La Sierra University from October 16 through October 23, 2014.  Selections will be made at the close of the period, and internships will start immediately and run through the academic year.

To see a full description of the Water Charity Global Awareness Intern Program for 2014-15, and to access the Application, CLICK HERE.




Water For Everyone! (an initiative of Water Charity)

Water Development Alliance

Water Development Alliance (WDA) is an organization that coordinates and amplifies the work being done throughout the world by nonprofits, businesses, and governmental entities in the effort to give everyone access to clean water.  Our member organizations work tirelessly to achieve tangible development progress in the WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) Sector.  We are not yet another “awareness raising” group with a lot of ambitious talk.  Each and every member of WDA is actively involved in current water development work (from water filtration and pump repair to distribution systems and new borehole drilling.

WDA is an umbrella organization that facilitates the work of water development organizations committed to the following principles:

  1. Use of best practices in all stages of planning and development
  2. Use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology
  3. Implementation of a border-to-border strategy

WDA assists participant organizations to:

  1. Create strategic alliances
  2. Share resources and technical support
  3. Plan programs that adhere to governing principles
  4. Carry out public relations activities
  5. Raise funds for the programming
  6. Implement the programs
  7. Monitor compliance and measure outcomes
  8. Certify completion of border-to-border strategies


With our entire focus on doing low cost, high impact projects, Water Charity built upon successes, and grew without much fanfare. Now we are not only doing projects all around the world, but we are doing bigger, and even more impactful projects as an official partner of the National Peace Corps Association.  Please join us as we push to scale up our already impressive achievements, and make a really substantial impact on the World Water Crisis!

Water Charity has been doing projects in many countries for quite some time. This new initiative, Appropriate Projects, is designed to do a lot of very small projects very quickly.

In this section you will see the details of projects as they are submitted, when they are funded, and upon their completion.

Come back often, and watch our list of completed projects grow.



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