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Ouèssè Commune Water Project - Benin

Ouèssè Commune Water Project - Benin

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Location
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Xxxxxx, Ouèssè Commune, Collines Department, Benin

Ouèssè Commune Water Project - BeninOuèssè Commune Water Project - BeninCommunity Description
The village of Xxxxxx is an agricultural heavy community and is located in the Collines department of Benin. The majority of the village’s inhabitants are farmers or tradesmen. The population of the Ouèssè area is approximately 19,000.

Xxxxxx is an isolated village situated 26 kilometers off the north - south interstate. The small dirt road from Xxxxxx to the interstate is surrounded by nothing but agricultural fields. Due to its rich, diverse, and considerable agricultural production, Ouèssè is known as the breadbasket of Benin.

This project will take place at the Xxxxxx 3 Middle School. The school is located on a large cashew plantation several kilometers from the heart of Xxxxxx. There is no electricity or water on campus. The school has 8 classrooms, 6 of which are tents with tin roofs and sand floors. The other two classrooms are unfinished concrete structures with two walls, a tin roof, and sand floors.

The Middle School has an enrollment of 650 students ranging from 6th to 9th grade. The school’s enrollment has continued to increase significantly every year since it was founded in 2012.

Problem Addressed
The school needs potable water on campus. There is currently no public water source available within 1.3 kilometers (0.81 miles) of the school. This distance of potable water from campus leaves students, teachers, and administration without access to drinking water during the school day. Consequently, students and faculty go all day without drinking water and often suffer from dehydration and headaches. This is especially dangerous during the hot season when daily temperatures reach 103 – 106 degrees Fahrenheit.

This lack of water also has serious consequences to hygiene and sanitation. Students and faculty have no means of washing their hands after defecating or before eating. This includes food vendors who are unable to wash their hands before serving food and cannot clean dirty dishes. The distance of water from campus has stymied attempts to install hand washing stations and hygienic practices at school. As a result, students sometimes fall ill and are forced to miss class.

Ouèssè Commune Water Project - BeninOuèssè Commune Water Project - BeninProject Description
This project will construct a water tap at the Xxxxxx 3 Middle School, which will provide potable water to the school and surrounding community. This will be done by extending a existing municipal tap to the school’s campus.

Xxxxxx has one water tower which provides the village with potable water. Water is treated and pumped up into the tower which services the village’s 15 municipal taps. There is currently a municipal tap at the Kpassa Primary School, one kilometer (0.63 miles) from the Xxxxxx 3 Middle School, which will be extended to the campus. A one kilometer trench will be dug and 2.5” polybutylene pipe will be used to extend the water service line. The new tap will be located on the campus, near the food vendors, and will include a hose bib and overhead tap.

The community recognizes and understands that this project requires substantial work and commitment on their part. The school administration has organized various meetings with the Parent Teachers Association (PTA), local leaders, as well as the school’s teachers and students. These meetings have 1) ensured the project aligns with the needs of the community 2) gauged community interest in, and commitment to, the project, and 3) clarified the community’s role and ensuring they can provide the necessary support to complete the project. The community has committed to doing all the project’s manual labor. This includes digging and backfilling the 1-km trench for the water service line and gathering sand and gravel. This in-kind contribution covers 33% of the total project cost.

Project funds will be used to purchase the necessary project materials, such as concrete, pipe, pipe joints, and faucets. The funds will also cover the skilled labor costs of the plumber and mason. The plumber will connect the service line to the existing tap, lay and join the pipe in the trench, and install the faucets. The mason will construct the concrete structure necessary to install the faucets.

Project Impact
850 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
T. Caruana

Monitoring and Maintenance
To ensure the community continues to benefit from the project well into the future, steps will be taken to ensure the tap remains functional. The administration at the school will be vital in maintaining the tap. The school budget has already been adjusted to accommodate the cost of using and maintaining the tap. The school will hire a manager responsible for maintaining the tap and distributing water to the larger community. The tap manager will be responsible for ensuring the tap is used properly, allocating water to students and community members, and monitoring the tap’s condition.

Comments
Once the tap is completed, the availability of clean drinking water will continue to benefit the schools’ students, faculty, and the surrounding community. Students and teachers will be able to stay hydrated and healthier, allowing them to perform better in class. Local community members’ daily commutes to retrieve water will be drastically reduced.

The project will also empower the school to execute other projects, such as hand washing stations, health and hand washing sensitizations, and a school garden.

Fundraising Target
$4,900

Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects in the country.

Donations Collected to Date
$0

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Komiguéa Borehole Project - Benin

Komiguéa Borehole Project - Benin

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Komiguéa Borehole Project - BeninLocation
Komiguéa, Commune of N'Dali, Department of the Borgou, Benin

Community Description
The village of Komiguéa is 5 km from the large city of Parakou, in the northern half of Benin on the main road towards Niger. The population is composed of a mix of ethnic groups including Bariba, Biali, and Zerma, practicing religions including Islam, Christianity and animism.

Situated close to the equator, the climate is characterized as tropical savanna and is hot all year around. There is one rainy season from June to October, and a dry season from November to May.

Almost all of the residents earn a living in agriculture and animal husbandry, their main crops being soy, maize, cassava, yams, and cashews, and the domestic animals being cows, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, rabbits, and guinea fowl. Many people also process agricultural products, primarily soy into tofu, cassava into gari, and shea nuts into shea butter. A smaller number of people practice market gardening during the rainy season, producing chili peppers, carrots, cabbage and lettuce among other things. Many people sell their agricultural products in nearby Parakou.

Komiguéa has a primary school, a secondary school serving the surrounding area, and access to electricity. However other infrastructure such as municipal water, health centers, and financial institutions are lacking.

Komiguéa Borehole Project - BeninProblem Addressed
While many students do attend primary school, far fewer enter and complete secondary school because of lack of financial resources and administrative documents (namely birth certificates), and failure to perform well enough on the periodic entrance tests. Girls are particularly vulnerable to dropping out of school early because domestic obligations lead to them perform worse on tests, and because families tend to prioritize limited resources on boys' education.

Poverty and malnutrition are on the rise in the Komiguéa compared to previous decades due to drops in soil fertility, leading to falling agricultural productivity and reduced family income. Many families are forced to sell their land assets and venture further to find fertile land. Growing poverty and stagnating education combine with an exploding youth demographic, resulting in increases in challenges like youth unemployment and undesired pregnancies (leading to more girls leaving school).

These problems mean Komiguéa struggles to keep up with the regional, national and global pace of development, and they are all exacerbated by the lack of reliable potable water sources. While there are many wells and rainwater storage tanks due their low cost of construction, none of them provide potable water and they all run dry at the onset of the dry season.

The village has three boreholes equipped with foot-powered pumps, but they are laborious to operate, have a low flow-rate, suffer from frequent mechanical failures, and are also prone to running dry. As a result, especially during the dry season, the village's water sources are overcrowded and the acquisition of water becomes excessively burdensome.

Those looking to save time, money and effort resort to drawing drinking water from the wells and rainwater storage tanks, or even marshes and stagnant pools to satisfy their needs. These sources are often contaminated and cause illness, reducing physical capacity to farm and diverting financial resources to pay for treatment.

Women and girls are the ones who bear the greatest burden in acquiring water and therefore suffer the greatest consequences. The time and energy spent acquiring water is time and energy that could be spent on income generating activities or studying, so women are less able to afford essentials like food and education, and girls perform worse at school and are prone to dropping out.

Komiguéa Borehole Project - BeninFinally, as Komiguéa is close to the large town of Parakou, the market gardeners have access a large market for their produce. Unfortunately, water is only sufficient for gardening during the rainy season when produce prices are at their lowest and the gardeners end up profiting little from the activity.

Project Description
The goal for this project is to alleviate the burden of water acquisition and create new economic opportunities for community members. This will be accomplished by constructing a borehole as a permanent water source that quickly and efficiently delivers potable water to community members for drinking and other domestic uses, as well as other activities such as irrigated market gardening and fish farming.

A location for the borehole has been chosen near the northern edge of the town in a low-lying area where drilling costs and the risk of running dry will be reduced. There is ample available land nearby which is already used by market gardeners and fish farmers. The water storage tank will be approximately 200 meters from the borehole in a spot along the main road that is convenient for community members to access water for domestic uses.

The first step is to drill the borehole, which will be done by a team based in Parakou. Next, a plumber will install the associated pumping and water storage equipment, which includes a 750 W submersible pump at the bottom of the borehole to bring water to the surface, a 750 W surface pump to move water horizontally to the location of the water storage tank and up into the tank, and the 5,000-liter water storage tank itself. A mason will construct a 6-meter-high tower made of reinforced concrete on which the tank will be situated.

Komiguéa Borehole Project - BeninFinally, community members will install a 5 kW gasoline-powered generator to provide the electricity to power the pumps, and will construct a security fence to protect the borehole, generator and surface pump.

Echelle Africaine de Développement is a local organization that will assist in project implementation and long-term maintenance.

Project funds will pay for the drilling, plumbing equipment and labor, and water tower materials and labor. The community contribution will cover materials and labor for the security fence, pay for the gas-powered generator, and contribute to materials and labor costs for the plumbing.

Given the frequent power cuts in the community, the use of a gasoline-powered generator will ensure that there are no breaks in water access. The high-capacity elevated water storage rank will make water extraction easy and quick for domestic users. And the proximity of the borehole to ideal gardening and fish farming land will provide a substantial economic opportunity, making highly-profitable off-season vegetable and fish production possible.

This project will directly or indirectly benefit all members of the community. Many will use the water storage tank as their primary source of potable water due to its rapidity and ease of use, while others who use one of the other water sources will benefit via reduced traffic at the other sources.

Komiguéa Borehole Project - BeninProject Impact
5,901 people will benefit from the project.

Volunteer Directing Project
Clinton Lee is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Benin from 2012 to 2015. He is a member of the National Peace Corps Association and the affiliate groups Friends of Benin and Minnesota Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

Monitoring and Maintenance
In order to know whether this project has attained its goals of alleviating the burden of water acquisition and creating new economic opportunities, and in order to ensure sustainability of the project, the partner organization Echelle Africaine de Développement will perform a baseline and follow-up survey of households, as well as manage water sales and long-term maintenance of the equipment and infrastructure.

For the household surveys, they will gather information on the sources and costs of water acquisition. In addition, they will observe existing water sources to gather information on wait-times and monthly water source functionality. These surveys will be performed at monthly intervals before the completion of the water source proposed in this project, as well as after its completion to provide a view of the impact of the project.

Komiguéa Borehole Project - BeninLong-term sustainability of the water source will be ensured by the partner organization, who will hire an employee to manage the sale of the water and perform basic maintenance of the equipment. Sales revenue will be used to pay for the employee's salary, maintenance and repairs requiring a technician, and future improvements.

Let Girls Learn
In this community, women and girls are the ones primarily responsible for the acquisition of water. When water becomes scarce and acquisition becomes more onerous, women and girls suffer the most. Worse, the time period when water is most scarce coincides with the school year. For girls trying to perform well in school, water acquisition is a significant drain on time and energy better spent studying.

Many girls are forced to begin collecting water well before sunrise in order to finish before school. Others, upon arriving home at the end of the school day go directly to the pump and work until after dark. Meanwhile, their male counterparts are free to study during these hours, and girls fall behind their brothers at school. This phenomenon creates the false impression among community members that girls are less intelligent or not worth the investment in their education, and the gender gap persists.

Komiguéa Borehole Project - BeninMuch needs to be done to achieve gender equality in Benin, but as long as women and girls are weighed down by poor water access, they remain handicapped from attaining their educational and economic potential. This project aims to reduce the burden placed on women and girls by allowing much faster and less energy intensive water acquisition. Girls will have more time to spend more time studying, they will perform better in school, they will begin to change the perception of their potential, and they will move closer to gender equality.

While this project is not a part of the official Let Girls Learn program, it contains the same elements.  Therefore, we have given it our Let Girls Learn Plus designation, and made it a part of our Let Girls Learn Initiative - Worldwide.

Fundraising Target
$5,800

Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects in the country.

Donations Collected to Date
$740

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Gbaka Community Water Project - Benin

Gbaka Community Water Project - Benin

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Location
Gbaka, Benin

Gbaka Community Water Project - BeninCommunity Description
Gbaka is a small agrarian community, consisting mostly of paid laborers or subsistence farmers. Very few of the community’s children attend school. Malnutrition and waterborne illnesses are reported to be significant problems by neighboring health center staff.

Problem Addressed
The community has very limited access to water. Currently, community members spend as much as several hours each day walking between 4-6 km to neighboring communities and carrying water back on their heads. Even then, the water they are consuming is contaminated, and it is usually improperly stored.

Project Description
This project is to build a water system for the community. A 3-kilometer water line will be run from the water source, and two water stations will be built, each with 3 faucets.

A community water management committee has been formed to spearhead the project. They have already worked with the local mayor’s office and surveyor to measure the distance for the pipeline and develop the budget.

The piping will be connected and buried by the regional plumber and his staff. The local mason will make bricks and build the water stations. The community will contribute unskilled labor of digging and assisting the masons, and provide local materials, totaling 25% of the total cost. They will also provide food for all those involved in construction.

An educational program will be developed to engage local inhabitants on the importance of basic sanitation and safe water storage practices.

Project Impact
400 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Sarah Rhodes

Monitoring and Maintenance
The water management committee will monitor the system and provide maintenance and repairs as needed.

Comments
Women and children are the main beneficiaries of this project, as they typically bear the physical, time-consuming burden of retrieving water for their households. While not an official Let Girls Learn project, it carries with it the same attributes, relieving young girls of the burden of retrieving water, and thus making it easier to remain in school. Therefore, we designate it a Let Girls Learn + project.

Let Girls Learn
Women and children are the main beneficiaries of this project, as they typically bear the physical, time-consuming burden of retrieving water for their households. While not an official Let Girls Learn project, it carries with it the same attributes, relieving young girls of the burden of retrieving water, and thus making it easier to remain in school. Therefore, we designate it a Let Girls Learn + project.

This project has been made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

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Fetekou Windmill Water Pump Project - Benin

Fetekou Windmill Water Pump Project - Benin

Location
Fetekou, Kerou Commune, Atacora Region, Benin

Community Description
Fetekou is a small community in the northwest of Benin, comprised mostly of farmers and local merchants. With less than 2,000 inhabitants, it provides vegetables for the entire commune of Kerou, as well as two other communes in the surrounding area.

70% of the population is under 20 years old. There is no electricity or mobile phone service.

Fetekou Windmill Water Pump Project - Benin

Fetekou has no running water only one river and few wells as water resources.

There is one main garden, which is cultivated by three women’s groups. There is a small stream that provides water to the garden. On each side of the stream, women cultivate gardens for about 10 meters.

The mayor of Kerou has drilled holes deep enough to reach the local aquifer but hasn’t provided amenities to extract the water. During the last two to three months of the hot season there isn’t enough water for the women to maintain their gardens.

Project Description
This project is to build a windmill water pump to provide water for the women’s garden of Fetekou.

During the dry season there is plenty, if not too much, wind. The water pump will extract water from the already drilled holes and store it in a reservoir that is 10 meters away from the stream. This will allow the women to not only have water during the dry season, but also cultivate another ten meters of farming space.

During wetter seasons, the windmill can also be used to spray water onto the garden, thus lowering the women’s burden of watering the garden by hand, which is usually done with a basin carried from the stream and a bowl which is used to disperse the water.

The Peace Corps Volunteer will work with Hubert Sanni Gbiribou, a local farming expert who was trained at the Songhai University and works for the Mayor of Kerou, to build the windmill.

The Mayor’s office will be providing 60% percent of the funding for the entire project. They will be paying for the transport, lodging, and per diem for the technician who is building the windmill.

Also, the Mayor’s office will be funding the construction of the reservoir.

Kerou Commune High School has identified five of the best science students, one of whom is from Fetekou, to start an apprenticeship to learn how to build the windmills. The Mayor’s office will be paying for the apprenticeship, as well.

Fetekou Windmill Water Pump Project - Benin

Project Impact
The three women’s groups, comprising 75 women, will benefit from the project. The food they will be producing affects the entire commune of Kerou, 60,000 people, and three surrounding communes.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Brandon Tarbert

Comments
Fetekou, Kerou Commune, Atacora Region, Benin

Dollar Amount of Project
$530.00

Donations Collected to Date
$530.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded, through the generosity of the Elmo Foundation.

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Dassa Family Latrine Project - Benin

Dassa Family Latrine Project - BeninDassa-Zoumé is a burgeoning community located at the crossroads of Benin, in the region known as the Collines. Due to its unsurpassed beauty, ideal location, and availability of resources, population rates have been rapidly increasing, leading to overcrowding in poorer neighborhoods.

Nearly 3/4 of the 12 neighborhoods in Dassa have a shortage of latrines, while in 5 of these neighborhoods latrines are rare. Thus, public defecation is the norm in certain areas.

This project is to construct 25 pit latrines for low-income families in the community.

The project will serve 500 people.

The project is being carried out under the technical direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Brigitte Pohren, working in partnership with DCAM/Bethesda, a leading NGO for hygiene and sanitation in Benin.

Dassa Family Latrine Project - BeninProject funds will be used to purchase the materials. Labor and some materials, including sand, will be provided by the families that benefit from the project.

Participating families will begin by digging 1-meter-diameter holes, with a 4-meter target depth. A mason coordinating the project will purchase the supplies and oversee the digging of the pits. Cement bricks and cement covers will be made and put in place. Actual construction will be done by the team, moving from one neighborhood to the next.

Informational sessions are a part of the project, and will include the importance of using latrines, latrine maintenance, and proper handwashing practices.

The project offers a solution to the sanitation crisis plaguing certain zones of the community. The plan to install sanitary facilities was community initiated as a means to achieve better hygiene and a satisfactory standard of living. It will greatly contribute to the long-term health of the community and improvement in the living environment of the villagers.

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 Benin.


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

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Latrine Building Project – Benin

Akodebakou, BeninThis is a project to construct eight family latrines in a rural community in Benin. It is being carried out under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Dennis Chon, together with members of the community.

The construction will take place at Akodebakou (ah-ko-deh-bah-koo), a thirty minute bike ride from where Dennis lives. Latrines will be built in four neighborhoods.

The process was started with the designation of the families that will participate. A significant commitment was required of the families, which included not only a contribution of labor and materials, but also participation in health and hygiene instruction. Topics will include proper hygiene, the importance of latrines, and proper maintenance and usage.

Benin ProjectEach family will provide the labor for the digging of the pits and other materials, such as stones and gravel, according to ability.

The construction technique incorporates concrete blocks, which will be made on-site, for use as inner walls within the pits. Two teams will work cementing concrete blocks and placing latrine covers on all latrines built.

Project funds from Water Charity and other participants will be used to pay for the water (for mixing cement), sand, gravel, and cement. In addition, it will pay for the masons, the transportation of a latrine/building specialist, and PVC pipe to help aerate the latrines.

Benin Latrine ProjectOnce the latrines are built, families will be required to create a “wall” structure for their latrine to provide privacy. Most likely this will consist of reeds and/or palm leaves thatched together.

It is estimated that the family latrines will serve more than 50 people. These beneficiaries would not otherwise have the means to build the latrines for themselves. The result will be a significant decrease in gastrointestinal disease in the community.

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Camaté -Shakaloke Pump Project - Benin

Waiting for Water - BeninLocation
Camaté -Shakaloke, Benin

Community Description
Camaté -Shakaloke is in a beautiful part of Benin with large, tree- and farm-covered hills. It is located in the center of the southern quarter of Benin, about five miles to the northeast of Dassa, the nearest large city.

It can be described as a poor rural West African village. There are two primary revenue-generating activities in Camaté: One is breaking rocks by hand to sell to construction projects and the other is farming.

There are only about 2000 residents, split into two different neighborhoods, and the community is not located within a reasonable walking distance to the nearest large city.

Broken Pump - BeninVery few people have water faucets connected to municipal water sources outside of their houses, and even fewer have running water inside their homes. Even those are regularly turned off and not working during the dry season. That leaves the overwhelming majority of residents completely dependent on the water pumps in the village.

There are also many spaces in village where gardens used to thrive, but due to lack of water, residents are forced to abandon those projects.

There are four water pumps interspersed throughout the village, but three are non-functional. Residents are forced to wait in very long lines for the only working pump, especially during the dry season. The burden for water collection falls primarily on young children and women.

Project Description
This project is to repair three non-working pumps in the village.

After the pumps are fixed, the Mayor’s Office will collect a small tax on the water used, and thereafter use the revenue for upkeep, maintenance, and repairs. Girl Waiting for Water - Benin

The pumps will be fixed by a team of individuals, consisting of one technician and four apprentices, from the Mayor’s Office.

A ceremony will be scheduled by the two Chiefs of the Village upon completion of the project. Information will be disseminated about proper use of the pumps to extend their useful life. In additon, health and safety teqhniques will be taught on such topics as covering open water sources, positioning water drainage to minimize standing, unused water, and keeping water clean enough to drink.

Project funds will be used for the materials to repair the water pumps.

The Village and the Mayor’s Office will provide all of the labor for the project.

Project Impact
2,000 people in the village will gain access to clean, dependable water.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Anthony Uhl

Tony Uhl - BeninComments
This project achieves tremendous impact from a small amount of funding, as it utilizes what is in existence, and makes it functional. Clean and continuous water will be available in adequate quantity to serve the needs of the village.

Hours of traveling great distances and standing in line will be saved by having a sufficient number of pumps conveniently located for the needs of the people.

Sustainability has been built into the project, as users will be charged a nominal amount, and the govenmental agency has assumed responsibility for upkeep.

Dollar Amount of Project
$343.74

Donations Collected to Date
$343.74

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded, through the generosity of Thomas Dawson, of Madison, WI, USA.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Anthony Uhl of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Anthony and/or those of his counterpart PCVs in Benin.

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

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Family Latrines Project - Benin

Benin MapBenin, formerly known as Dahomey, is a country in West Africa, with Togo on the west, Nigeria on the east and Burkina Faso and Niger on the north. It has a short coastline on the south leading to the Bight of Benin.

About a third of the population lives below the international poverty line of $1.25 per day. The main sources of income are subsistence agriculture and cotton.

Bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever are the primary food and waterborne diseases, and malaria and yellow fever are the primary vectorborne diseases in the country.

This project is being implemented in Bagou, a town and arrondissement in the Alibori Department of northeastern Benin.

The project is to construct 50 individual dry-pit latrines for families in the community. Each participant family will contribute the labor to build its own latrine. About 350 people will be served.

The project is being carried out under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Elliot Grochal, together with community delegates.

Project funds from Water Charity and other participants will be used to purchase the materials.

Participants must take part in the accompanying educational component to increase their knowledge about health and hygiene, and thus ensure the success of the project in impacting upon disease.

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 Benin.

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Waste Management Improvement Project - Benin

Benin MapLocation
Benin

Community Description
Pollution from six surrounding communities currently enters the nearby lake. This must be alleviated to clean the lake which provides needed water for the communities.

Project Description
The project will augment awareness of the effects of lake pollution, motivate community members to reduce waste, and implement a plan to remediate the pollution and manage waste in the future.

A 4-month clean-up competition will be established in each village to reduce waste. Funds will be utilized to purchase and transport tools to be distributed to the groups in the three winning villages at the end of the competition.

Funds will be used to purchase seeds and award them to the winning village. This will greatly help the community with erosion control.

Benin CountrysideCommunity contribution, amounting to 49% of the project cost, includes labor and tools related to trash collection and consolidation during the competition, and labor for tree planting at the project’s end.

Project Impact
The project is expected to reduce the presence of inorganic waste by 50%.

120 people will be affected by being informed about lake pollution and options for individual waste reduction, and assisting them in implementation.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
S. Chace, PCV

Comments
This project builds upon an existing structure by using groups presently responsible for cleaning public areas. This makes it more probable that the community be left with a sustainable waste management system. Successful strategies can be replicated in other communities.

Dollar Amount of Project
$462.00

Donations Collected to Date
$462.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of the Elmo Foundation.

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

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

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