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Rincon Claro Latrine Project - Dominican Republic

Rincon Claro Latrine Project - Dominican Republic

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This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.

Rincon Claro Latrine Project - Dominican RepublicLocation
Rincon Claro, Sabana Grande de Boya, Monte Plata, Dominican Republic

Community Description
Rincon Claro is an isolated, rural community in northern Monte Plata and is 23 kilometers away from the closest hospital. Monte Plata is one of the 5 poorest provinces in the Dominican Republic, and the community is in one of the furthest, most hard to reach corners of the province.

The land is flat and has surrounding mountains. It rains often and makes access in and out of the community very complicated. The area is surrounded by former “bateyes,” which were communities where Haitians were brought to cut the surrounding sugar cane. The descendants of these sugar cane cutters still live in these rural, largely isolated communities.

The land is now used for agriculture and cattle raising and the people living in the communities tend to the land, when it is available to them. The majority of local residents work on farms and sustain just enough income to take care of family expenses such as food, water, and travel to the farm fields where they work.

Rincon Claro Latrine Project - Dominican RepublicThe community has a small rural clinic, and a very motivated doctor who lives in the community. There are also a few local health promoters, who are also community leaders. Finally the community also has a school that goes up to eighth grade.

Problem Addressed
In a community diagnostic done by the local clinic of all 400 homes of the area, 44 homes were identified as not having latrines. Reasons for living under these conditions include lack of funds or assistance to build new latrines.

Project Description
This project is to build 16 ventilated pit latrines in the community.

Due to soft terrain, the latrines will be built on a base of cement block (2 lines of block). The holes will be 3 meters deep, and lined with rock to at least 1 meter, and the concrete plates will be made with a local mold. The latrine itself will be 1 square meter, and the walls will be made of zinc, with a wooden frame.

There will be some modification to the construction of the individual latrines based on the terrain. Care will be taken to avoid contamination of the groundwater by ensuring that the pit is at least two meters above the water table.

The Health Committee has conducted several meetings regarding issues such as hygiene, sanitation, and sexual health. Recently, a Latrine Committee was created, consisting of the Volunteer and 4 active health promoters, and the local doctor.

Rincon Claro Latrine Project - Dominican RepublicThe Latrine Committee will survey all 44 families in need and will make a list that selects and prioritizes the 16 who would benefit most from the assistance. The committee will use an assessment survey (created by the Volunteer and edited by the committee) to conduct home visits. Homes without latrines and mothers with children under the age of 5 (13%) will be given priority.

Before starting the project, the 16 beneficiary families will participate in and graduate from both a health training and latrine maintenance course, taught by the health promoters of the latrine committee.

The families will be responsible for paying the mason directly for his labor and providing someone in the family to assist the mason in construction. This laborer will learn the skills required to construct and maintain a latrine. In conjunction with the latrine committee, the families will be responsible for preparing and storing certain materials for construction and providing food and water for the all laborers.

Project Impact
80 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Hope Tambala

Sustainability, Monitoring and Maintenance
This community-driven project has a strong sustainable foundation. Since the families must provide their own labor and obtain a mason for the entire project, the physical work involved with the project stays in-house and the community laborers involved learn latrine construction skills that will benefit them in future projects.

Since the local clinic staff is involved, this project will have institutional support along the way and will be able to function once the Volunteer leaves.

All of Rincon Claro will be involved and demonstrate their accountability and desire to complete the project due to a desire to do another project of this magnitude in the future. This project could be the first of many community-driven initiatives, and the skills and knowledge acquired through this process (budgeting of grant funds, physical labor during the construction, and organization of materials) will help the community in potential future projects.

The community will take pride over the project and the local clinic will be active in its sustainability. Additionally, the appropriate use and maintenance of the latrines by the recipients will be monitored continuously every 3 months by the local health promoters, local doctor, and the volunteer.

The participation by Water Charity in this project has been fully funded through the generosity of the Paul Bechtner Foundation.

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Ranchito de los Peralta Water System Project - Dominican Republic

Francia filling her water jugs

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Gathering water from the riverLocation
Ranchito de los Peralta, Region of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Community Description
Ranchito de los Peralta is a low-income agricultural community in the region of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. All crops are cultivated for family consumption. There are approximately 450 people in the community, living in 70 homes.

The community is situated on the Caonao River, on a road of 13 kilometers. It is divided into an upper and lower, and spans approximately 3 kilometers. There are homes that sit on both sides of the river.   About 80% of families still carry water from the river to use for household uses, including drinking, hygiene, sanitation, washing clothes, and gardening. Other families have private pump systems that bring water up through small pipes to their homes.
 

Problem Addressed
The community suffers from lack of accessible, potable water. The main water source is the Guananico River, and it is unprotected and contaminated. The river serves approximately 3,000 in the surrounding areas.  It is used for livestock, washing motorcycles, garbage dumping, bathing, and collecting water. During the rainy seasons, the river level rises into flood plains causing the water to be too dirty to be collected.

Families carry the water straight from the river or from a shallow river hole. Rain water is collected from unclean rooftops and is dependent on rain. The families that can afford it buy bottled water, but are dependent on the water truck which frequently takes days to replenish the stock. There are nineteen families with water-filters, yet still must carry the water from the river.

Carrying water back homeThe river is a 5-15 minute walk from most homes.  Mainly women and children are in charge of gathering water, by hand or on pack animals. Daily, 2-3 hours are spent collecting water for household needs.

Since there is no local clinic, it is hard to know the health effects that are caused from lack of clean water, but one can only assume that most cases of diahrrhea (for instance) are caused by the poor quality of the local water.

Project Description
The project is to dig a well, install an electric pump, and build a storage tank on high ground.  The water will be fed by gravity and distributed to the community through a system of piping.

The well will be constructed by a drilling company in Puerto Plata. The ferro-cement storage tank, holding 12,000 gallons, wil be 451 meters above the well and 34.9 meters above the community.

The electrical source is 25 meters from the well location. Piping will distribute the water throughout the community, a total distance of 3.74 km. Homes that are located on five side streets, and homes that are located on the other side of a small river are also included.  Everyone in the community will have direct home acces to a gravity fed water tap

The Peace Corps volunteer will support the Water Committee in the administration of their tasks, including collecting the monthly and subscription quota, clarifying/publicizing the work commitment of and to the community, and organizing and overseeing the work brigades.

UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) will come to train the local women’s health promoter group, Hogares Saludables (Healthy Homes), who will educate the community on water hygiene, food sanitation and water conservation.

The  project is estimated to be completed 2 months after it is started

Orlaini collecting waterProject Impact
450 people will be directly served, and over 3,000 who use the river will benefit.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Rivkah Cohen

Monitoring and Maintenance
The project will be organized and managed by the local Water Committee, the local health promoter group, Hogares Saludables, Peace Corps, and Caritas in Puerto Plata.

The Water Charity funds will accomplish the initial construction, including the well drilling, land preparation, construction of the tank, and water quality testing. Caritas will fund the engineer/technical labor, piping and distribution materials and installation, and electrical equipment.

The community will fund future repairs, transportation costs of the solicitation process, labor and meal costs. 

Caritas will train a team of technicians from the community for system maintenance and repairs, continue to evaluate the project and assess community involvement, support and satisfaction, and visit the community regularly.

Hogares Saludables is fully committed to the sustainability of the project. After Hogares Saludable's initial capacitation of the community, the Peace Corps Volunteer will work with the group to create a work plan for future house visits and campaigns on water hygiene and water conservation. The group will be supported by local NGO Fundacion de Salud y Progreso del Norte (Health and Northern Advancement Foundation).

The Water Committee is also fully committed to sustainability. They will continue to meet bi-monthly, and collect the community monthly fee. The community fund will pay for future repairs.

Francia carrying water

 

Dollar Amount of Project
$5,500

Donations Collected to Date
$50

Dollar Amount Needed
$5,450

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

 

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Daniel on the bridge after heavy rainRunning Errands DR style
 

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San Juan Water Filter Project - Dominican Republic

San Juan Water Filter Project - Dominican Republic

Location
16 communities in the San Juan Province, Dominican Republic, as set forth below

Community Description
San Juan is a Dominican province, in the western part of the Dominican Republic with a population of over 232,000. San Juan de la Maguana is the capital city and the largest city in the province, with a population of over 169,000, and is the 10th largest city in the country.

San Juan Water Filter Project - Dominican Republic

Problem Addressed
The Dominican Republic is one of the highest consumers per capita of bottled water in the world, where people depend solely on bottled water for their drinking water consumption. In areas where there is no bottled water people drink “raw” untreated water.

For several years there have been attempts to provide safe drinking water to people in rural communities in the Dominican Republic using filters that range from slow sand filters to ceramic filters lined with a colloidal silver coating. In most cases these filters have been very successful and have had an impact in reducing the gastrointestinal diseases caused by contaminated water. However, these filters use technologies that are often ineffective in removing all contaminants, may be difficult to install in isolated areas, are subject to breakage during transportation, have a limited service life, and require difficult maintenance.

Project Description
This project is to implement a clean drinking water filter project, to reduce gastrointestinal illness, in ten communities in the Dominican Republic. Fifty Sawyer PointONE filters will be installed to start the program.

Sawyer Products, Inc. has developed an innovative water filter that uses blood dialysis technology to filter water. They produce several models of which two in particular could provide a low cost, dependable and sustainable solution for filtering water for drinking purposes; the Sawyer Point ZeroTWO and the PointONE Bucket Purifier Assembly Kits.

Both kits come with the filter and accessories to install a system in a five gallon bucket. They also include a syringe that serves to back flush the filter when it clogs up. The filter can provide 170 gallons (560 liters) of drinkable water a day. It is expected to last ten years with proper back flushing.

There are two organizations (among others) in the Dominican Republic that have been working for more than 30 years with water programs in rural communities, MUDE (Mujeres en Desarrollo), and INAPA (Instituto Nacional de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado).

MUDE is a private very reputable NGO that has been working in the rural areas of the Dominican Republic for the past 33 years. They work in promoting women’s sustainability projects such as micro financing, health, water sanitation, and income generating activities. They have a regional office where the filter project will take place.

MUDE’s role in the project will be to select the communities, the potential beneficiaries, collect an initial onetime fee, purchase the five gallon buckets, deliver them to the communities, teach beneficiaries on how to put the valve on, and do the follow up for each filter.

INAPA is a government agency that manages most of the rural water systems in the Dominican Republic. With their main office in Santo Domingo, they have regional offices that provide technical support throughout the area.

INAPA’s role in the project will be to provide the laboratory facilities to test the water going into the filters as well as the filtered water. By having the INAPA monitor the filters, they will validate them to be used in future projects in the Dominican Republic.

Both organizations have development promoters living in communities throughout the country and have the infrastructure and logistics to implement and support the project.

Both organizations will select 10 communities where the drinking water quality is deficient or not available from the following 1ist of 16 communities:

San Juan Water Filter Project - Dominican RepublicCanoa, Los Bancos, Cayucal, Sabana Alta, Guanito, La Zanja, El Cacheo, Hato del Padre, Punta de Caña, Arroyo Loro, Loma de Babor, Babor, El Hato, Cuenda, La Culata, and Perpetuo Socorro

In each one of those communities they will install one filter in the local hospital or health post, two filters in the local schools, and two filters at a private family level.

After installation, the project will be evaluated to ascertain how the beneficiaries are using the filters during a three-month period, determine the quantity of water being filtered, the care and maintenance they provide to the unit, the effects in reducing gastrointestinal illness, and the potential the communities have to be self-sustainable in managing a larger project if it would be implemented.

To participate in the project each beneficiary will need to provide a onetime fee of $US 5 (RD$ 210), which will cover the purchase of a 5-gallon bucket, initial training costs, and follow up.

The project is being implemented as part of Water Charity’s Filters for Life Program – Worldwide. Water Charity is providing the filters, delivered in Santo Domingo.

Project Impact
The project will benefit over 500 people.

Project Director
Timothy McFarren will manage this project. Tim has previously worked with Water Charity in his former position as Associate Peace Corps Director in both Bolivia and the Dominican Republic. He was instrumental in the implementation of the Ferro-Cement Tanks for the Dominican Republic and Haiti Program.

Comments
This is an excellent project to address the health problems of 10 communities caused by contaminated water. It embodies state-of-the-art technology with ease of installation, long-lasting benefits, and ease of maintenance.  This project falls under our ongoing Filters For Life Program - Worldwide, in which we are trying to make sure these high quality Sawyer filters make their way into as many hands as humanly possible.  While not as flashy as drilling wells, water filters are probably the single most effective way to prevent death and unnecessary suffereing due to unpotable drinking water (the leading cause of preventable death worldwide).

The project is carried out by two respected local organizations, and incorporates a detailed evaluation process. In the event beneficial results are achieved, it can serve as a model to be replicated.

Dollar Amount of Project
$3,000

Donations Collected to Date
$3,000

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded through the generosity of Michael and Carla Boyle of Nelsonville, OH, USA.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify the Program Director, Timothy McFarren of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next projecst in the Dominican Republic.

This project has been completed.  To see the results, CLICK HERE.

 
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Loma Atravesada Water and Sanitation Project - Dominican Republic

Loma Atravesada Water and Sanitation Project - Dominican Republic
Location
Loma Atravesada, Monte Cristi Province, Dominican Republic

Community Description
Loma Atravesada is a small, rural community located in the province of Monte Cristi in the northwest corner of the Dominican Republic. The economy is based around fishing and the harvesting of tobacco. Marginal economic gains are made in animal breeding, hunting, and the cultivation of minor crops.

Loma Atravesada Water and Sanitation Project - Dominican Republic

Locals spend their free time visiting one another’s homes, going to the local church, playing dominos, and attending biweekly community meetings.

Problem Addressed
Loma Atravesada is a place plagued by lack of access to an aqueduct or other water source. This problem, the principal challenge of the community, is compounded by the aridness of the region, which receives some of the lightest amounts of precipitation in the country.

Without any system of water service, citizens rely on the light rainfall which they collect from their zinc roofs, and at times from somewhat reliable water trucks which arrive to pump water into above-ground cisterns or storage tanks.

Furthermore, not all homes in the community have access to their own bathroom.

Project Description
This project is to help the most disadvantaged homes in the community to obtain basic PVC water catchment systems on their roofs, repair leaking water storage tanks, and provide basic sanitation through the construction of private latrines.

Under the direction of Las Mujeres Unidas (The United Women), two local, experienced masons will work with participating homes to provide the skilled labor associated with latrine construction and the repairing of large cement cisterns.

Beneficiaries will be responsible for labor associated with installing tubing to the sides of their roofs, prepping cisterns for repair, and digging 2-3 meter pits for latrines. These families will also contribute an unpaid assistant to work with local masons as well as to provide meals to workers during all days of construction.

This project involves working with the neediest families in the community who are deemed unable to obtain PVC tubing to collect rainwater, bags of cement to repair their broken cisterns, or the materials needed to construct an outdoor latrine. Consequently, Water Charity funds will be used to obtain construction materials, including bags of cement, sheets of zinc, wood, nails, sand/gravel, PVC tubing, and also to pay the local masons for their work.

Project Impact
21 people will benefit from the project.

Loma Atravesada Water and Sanitation Project - Dominican RepublicPeace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Thomas Betts

Comments
Participants will be afforded an increased capacity to store rain and imported truck water for basic hygiene, bathing, dish and clothes washing, cleaning, and drinking purposes. In addition, the project will ensure that 100% of homes in the community have access to their own latrine, providing privacy and convenience, as well as protecting the village from dangerous diseases, such as cholera.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.12

Donations Collected to Date
$555.12

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded through the generosity of the Cristopher Lin, of Diamond Bar, CA, USA.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Thomas Betts of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Thomas and/or those 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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Mano Juan Primary School Composting Latrine Project - Dominican Republic

Mano Juan Primary School Composting Latrine Project - Dominican Republic

Location
Isla Saona, Altagracia Province, Dominican Republic

Community Description
The island of Saona is located off the South East point of the Dominican Republic. The island is a part of the Dominican Republic National Park system, Parque National del Este.

Mano Juan, located one hour by boat from the port of Bayahibe, is the larger of two coastal communities located on the island. It has a population is 230 people, 28% of whom are youth under the age of 18.

People living in Mano Juan are financially dependent on the tourism industry, with a minority depending on fisheries.

 Mano Juan does not have a potable water system. Therefore, individual homes collect rainwater, which they chlorinate and use for drinking.

Over half of the families in Mano Juan lack a sanitation facility, and the residents utilize the beach or forest for their needs, thus creating environmental and health problems.

The Mano Juan Primary School is located in the community, and teaches through the 8th grade.

Project Description
This project is to construct two EcoBaños (ecological bathrooms or composting latrines) at the school.

 The Pro Desarrollo Comunitario de Mano Juan committee, with assistance from the Peace Corps environmental volunteer, has planned this as a pilot project. The ultimate goal is for every house in Mano Juan to have a proper sanitation facility within the next 2 years.Mano Juan Primary School Composting Latrine Project - Dominican Republic

The design provides for the capture of the waste above the ground, thus eliminating the possibility that the groundwater will be polluted.

The cement double-vault latrines will be constructed of steel-reinforced concrete. The concrete is made by mixing cement, sand, and gravel.

The “toilet” portion is made from a specific mold that allows for the separation of the urine and fecal matter. Urine exits through a tube, and the fecal material is left to dry. The composted material can then be safely removed and used as fertilizer.

The base has two compartments. The first compartment will be used until full, an average of 6 months. That compartment will then be capped, and the second compartment will be used.

Trained Health Promoters will visit the school and cover different topics ranging from health risks to parts of the latrine. A local mason has attended an EcoBaño training, and will construct the latrines, with construction time projected to be 2 ½ weeks.

Community participation includes manual labor volunteers for every work day for 7 days, and breakfast and lunch for the laborers. Transportation from port to island has been donated by the local Ministry of Environment office.

Community members will transport materials from the community dock to the storage location at the school. The community solicited the donation of materials, including the zinc needed for the structure.

Student groups have raised funds through various community events to buy paint, with which students will paint an educational mural upon completion of project.

Mano Juan Primary School Composting Latrine Project - Dominican RepublicProject funds will be used to buy the remaining materials. In addition, they will pay for the labor of the mason and some transport costs.

The Health Promoter will continue with education during and after the construction to ensure that the latrine is maintained properly.

Project Impact
230 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Colleen Ferris

Comments
The project will provide appropriate sanitation facilities for the school, and also serve as an educational and motivational tool to demonstrate the composting latrine technology for proper waste management.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project was fully funded through the generosity of the Elmo Foundation together friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteers Colleen Ferris. The project became infeasible, and the project was cancelled, with no expenditure of funds. The funds have been allocated for other projects in the Dominican Republic.

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La Penda Water Filter Project – Dominican Republic

La Penda Water Filter Project – Dominican Republic

Location
La Penda, Blanco Arriba Municipality, Hermanas Mirabal Province, Dominican Republic

Community Description
Located in the Cordillera Septentrional mountain range, La Penda is predominately a farming community consisting of 96 homes and 373 residents set along a two-mile dilapidated dirt and rock road.

La Penda Water Filter Project – Dominican Republic

The majority of houses are constructed of a three foot high concrete base with the remaining wall constructed of palm wood and a roof of zinc.

 

Internal commerce is limited to small stores which sell basic necessities, such as rice, beans, soap and toilet paper.

Illiteracy within the community stands at 18%, while the percentage of adults not completing a fifth grade education is 41%, with another 22% not having attained an eighth grade education.

The community is connected to the country’s electrical grid and receives electricity for 40% of the day.

Two aqueducts service the community supplying water to 73% of houses directly and 15% of houses indirectly with the remaining 12% relying on river or rainwater.

Project Description
This project is to provide 28 water filters for families in the community without access to safe water.

The project is being implemented under the direction of the La Penda Neighborhood Association and their Health Committee. Filters are being purchased through Filter Pure, a non-profit organization that through their distribution of filters supports local economies.

La Penda Water Filter Project – Dominican RepublicParticipating families initially attended 3 health-related presentations organized by the Health Committee. Upon receipt of the filters, families will attend an educational workshop which will include instructions on the simple usage and maintenance of the filter. This workshop will be coordinated by the Health Committee who received facilitator training from Filter Pure and will be a hands-on demonstration in which each family will clean their filter. The Health Committee will also conduct a follow-up visit with the families to ensure that maintenance of the filters is being completed according to schedule. When replacement ceramic pot filtration components are needed, the Health Committee will also work with each family in order to save the necessary funds.

The ceramic pot filter is formed from a mixture of clay, a combustible material (sawdust or rice husks), and colloidal silver. The pot is then kiln fired, leaving about half an inch of activated charcoal within the filter and burning out the combustible material thus creating micro pores (1.3 microns) coated with the silver. The pores filter out turbidity, bacteria and protozoa; and any bacteria that does pass through the pores is rendered ineffective by the colloidal silver while the activated charcoal improves the odor, taste and color of the water. The filter removes 99.99% of pathogenic bacteria and oocytes while retaining healthy, naturally-occurring minerals.

The filter, which is designed with a rim, is placed on a five gallon plastic storage bucket with a spigot at the bottom for dispensing. A lid is placed on the filter to prevent contamination. Water is poured through the ceramic pot and filtered into the receptacle bucket. The filters are capable of purifying water from any source, including aqueducts, rivers, wells and rainwater. The flow rate of the filter ranges from 20 to 30 liters per day depending upon how often the filter is refilled.

Filters are cleaned by lightly scrubbing the surface when flow rate is reduced, and it is recommended that the filter is boiled every three months to insure optimum effectiveness. The effective useful life of the ceramic pot is at least 5 years.

Project Impact
112 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Bob Tuttle

Comments
Clean water will result in a reduction of school and work absences due to stomach and intestinal illnesses. The educational component will ensure compliance in the use and maintenance of the filters. Sustainability is built into the project with the saving of money for the purchase of replacement components when needed.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$500.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of the Elmo Foundation together friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Bob Tuttle.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Bob of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by him and/or those 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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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.

To 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 La Colorada Arriba Water System Project - Dominican Republicmaterials.

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.

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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.

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Los Uveros Water System Project – Dominican Republic

This 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.

Ferro-Cement Tank Construction - Dominican Republic

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.

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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.

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Ferro-Cement Tanks for the Dominican Republic and Haiti Program

Ferro-Cement Tanks for the Dominican Republic and Haiti Program

Water Charity is pleased to announce our largest and most comprehensive endeavor since we began operation in 2008. The project will result in the construction of three or four ferro-cement tanks for the storage of water at needed locations in the Dominican Republic, followed by at least eight such tanks in Haiti.

We will present the initial concept here, and update it as it progresses. Individual projects under this master concept will be developed and presented separately.

This is a program that we have developed from the ground up after identifying a critical need. In our prior operations, we have sought individual projects that have arisen from specific communities, and have worked to assist in their implementation. In contrast, in this comprehensive program, we have identified widespread generalized need, and have designed a radical new methodology for delivering services to a multitude of communities suffering from a shortage of potable water.

Dominican Republic & Haiti Map

In its simplest form, the concept can be described as follows:

  • We will undertake to build three or four ferro-cement water storage tanks in the Dominican Republic.  The tanks will be built by Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) who have already been trained in the technology, having recently worked together to build two tanks.  The program is being led by Timothy McFarren, Programming and Training Officer, Peace Corps Dominican Republic.
  • In the course of said construction, Haitians living in the Dominican Republic will be trained in the technology by the PCVs, under the direction of a local NGO, Fundacion Educadores Unidos del Cibao, with experience and operations in both countries.  The program is being led by Rafael Cruz.
  • The trained Haitians will return to Haiti, under the technical direction of Rafael Cruz, and build at least eight new ferro-cement tanks there in key locations.

Background
The concept arose in an indirect way to accomplish a needed task. Water Charity had undertaken some small projects in Haiti as part of the relief effort after the earthquake. In the course of this, it was recognized that a more substantial long-range development effort needed to be undertaken. The necessity for water storage was seen to be critical in many locations.

At the same time, we had been working with Peace Corps staff in the Dominican Republic on several projects. We learned that they were implementing ferro-cement technology, and were proceeding to train Peace Corps Volunteers in the processes to build the tanks.

The Peace Corps does not have a presence in Haiti. Regulations did not allow Dominican Republic PCVs to travel to Haiti. The idea was born that these trained Volunteers could train Haitians within the Dominican Republic, who would then go back to their country and build tanks.

The Tanks in the Dominican Republic
Individual projects are scheduled to be rolled out and tanks are scheduled to be built sequentially in the Dominican Republic in the following locations and sizes:

  1. Los Uveros – 11,000 liters
  2. El Brison – 15,000 liters
  3. Rio Grande al Medio – 21,000 liters
  4. La Colorada Arriba - 50,000 liters

The Tanks in Haiti
The tanks completed are as follows:

  1. Acul des Pins – 12,000 liters

The Funding
This program became possible in March, 2010, when Water Charity made a presentation of the concept to the ANON Foundation, a Southern California philanthropic organization. What was sought was an endorsement of the concept and a commitment that they would match the contributions of other donors to accomplish the stated mission. Although immediate dollars were not available, we obtained a commitment that sufficient funds will be raised at a fundraiser that they have planned for November, 2010.

The above commitment from ANON, together with the ongoing support of Six Senses Resorts & Spas, was sufficient to allow Water Charity to move forward with the plan and commit its own funds to implement the program, and we set the process in motion.

Every large-scale donor has different requirements and procedures. Some donors have a 45 day review process. Others have money available right away, but have very specific criteria as to location, scope, and benefit.

In view of the conflicting review processes, we determined that this major concept will proceed as a hybrid. Each individual tank will be "sold" as an individual stand-alone project. Each of the tanks so constructed will come under the general methodology developed for the comprehensive plan.

The Technology
Ferro-cement tanks are a reliable and effective way to store large quantities of water for community use. Tanks ranging from 11,000 to 50,000 liters in capacity are custom-built as needed, using readily available materials.

The process entails erecting a structural form of steel wire mesh, covered by layers of cement. The necessary valves and piping are installed as part of the construction.

The process of layering the cement takes about 4 or 5 days, to allow for proper drying and testing. The finished tank can be filled from any available source. The contents of the tank can be purified as needed.

The Benefit
It is estimated that the tanks constructed in the Dominican Republic will serve 1,700 people in fixed communities.

The 8 tanks to be constructed in Haiti, involving a more migrant population, will serve upwards of 4,000 people.

The program is totally scalable, and will result in trained technicians being available to continue to build tanks as needed in Haiti.

Huge benefit is achieved through the volunteer labor provided by the PCVs. Tools need only be purchased once. The trained become trainers. Skills are developed to sequentially build larger tanks, which cost only incrementally more but are much more cost-effective.

Most importantly, a skilled group of Haitian nationals will be available to carry the project forward by implementing it in needed locations in Haiti.

The Plea
We are soliciting funding for the overall concept. At the same time, we are seeking individual donors and partners to participate in the construction of the specific units.

ANON will match donations, so funders will be able to multiply the impact of their contributions.

We have received a commitment from The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust to provide matching funds for the program as well.

We have received a generous donation of $2,000 from Justin Lazard, of New York, USA. These funds will be used for the construction of ferro-cement tanks in Haiti.

Cody Matherne has started an effort, called Race for Water, to raise funds for this project. If you wish for your donation to be credited toward Cody’s fundraising effort, please click on the specially-coded Donate button below.

 

If you wish to take part in this new and challenging program, please send an email to our COO, Averill Strasser, at mail@watercharity.org, outlining how you would like to help.

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