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Farakan Dougoutigila Pump Repair Project – Mali

Farakan Dougoutigila Pump Repair Project – Mali

Location
Farakan Dougoutigila, Kemekafo, Dioila, Koulikoro, Mali

Community DescriptionFarakan Dougoutigila Pump Repair Project – MaliFarakan Dougoutigila is a small agrarian community that now exclusively uses well water for drinking. The members of this community are extremely motivated in improving 

the health and sanitation of their village. Recently, they earned a plaque, given through a partnership between the Red Cross and USAID, which signifies that the village is a "clean" village and actively participates in efforts to improve the village’s cleanliness with local supplies.

This past spring, each family dug and constructed - all with local materials – family latrines and soak pits. Additionally, they have made plans to construct cement handwashing stations, first at the school and then in individual family compounds.

Project Description
Farakan Dougoutigila has only one pump that broke several years ago. The community wells, while functional, do not have the necessary elements to provide clean drinking water.

As part of the Peace Corps spirit, the village will contribute nearly half of the money for the supplies and the repair fee for the pump.

Additionally, they have formed the Farakan Dougoutigila Pump Committee, composed of all the heads of the families that will use the pump. Each member will contribute the equivalent of 40 cents (200 CFA) per month to a fund that will be solely for the future repairs of the pump.

The village has found a certified pump repairman who was trained by a Mali NGO specializing in pumps and their maintenance (CREPA-MALI). Part of the village contribution will go toward the repairman’s fee.

Additionally, about 12 men have committed to serving as the repairman's helpers for the time it takes to repair the pump.

Farakan Dougoutigila Pump Repair Project – MaliWater Charity funds will be used to supplement the village's contribution, but will mainly be put towards buying the new cylinder – the most expensive component - needed to complete the repair. The village will also be responsible for preparing the meals for all the workers and supplying all the smaller tools that may be needed (such as shovels and wheelbarrows).

Project Impact
The entire community of about 1,500 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Ryan Torpie

Comments
This is a high-impact project that will have an immediate and long-lasting effect on the wellbeing of the entire village. It is well planned, and has widespread community support.

Dollar Amount of Project
$250.00

 

Donations Collected to Date
$250.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has 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 the Peace Corps Volunteer of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by the PCV 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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Socourani Top Well Construction Project – Mali

Socourani Top Well Construction Project – MaliLocation
Socourani, Commune of Keme Kafo, Circle of Dioila, Koulikoro Region, Mali

Community Description
Socourani is a small farming village of approximately 425 people located in the Koulikoro Region of Mali. This village is like many other small villages in that it has no electricity or running water, but is unlike many other villages in that it has no school, no mosque, no boutique, and no cell phone reception.

In addition, one thing that sets Socourani apart is its lack of wells, and more importantly, lack of water in the wells. While there are 10 personal wells within the community, every one of them is dry, year round, causing everyone to have to fetch water at the village hand pumps for all water needs.

The villagers have tried deepening their wells in search of water, but the wells have all collapsed, as the people do not have the knowledge or the resources to brace their wells.

Socourani Top Well Construction Project – MaliVillagers spend a lot of time waiting at the community pump or traveling long distances to neighboring villages' wells to fetch water for their animals.

The Socourani Deep Well Project - Mali was recently completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Owen Fitzgerald. This involved the digging and bracing of the bottom of this large diameter deep well (nearly 65 ft. deep and 6 ft. in diameter).

Project Description
This project is to improve the well to ensure its safety, sanitation, and longevity.

The upgrades that will be made include the bracing of the walls using Dutch Bricks all the way to a level above the top of the well (3 ft. above the ground so animals/kids don’t fall in), as well as completing a top-well construction, which involves casting a top slab and an apron around the well area.

Socourani Top Well Construction Project – MaliThe project funds will be used for purchasing cement, sand, rebar, tools, transportation of these materials, and the labor of a well technician.

The community will provide all of the labor for casting the Dutch bricks (400 bricks to be cast one-by-one using a brick mold) as well as laying the bricks in the well. In addition, villagers will supply all of the gravel, and transport this gravel to Socourani by donkey cart.

Project Impact
Approximately 300 men, women, and children will be benefit from the improvement of this community deep well.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Owen Fitzgerald

Comments
The improvements will not only strengthen the integrity of the well, but also will greatly improve the safety and sanitation of the well.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of Patrick Flynn, of Encinitas, CA, USA.

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

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

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Zamblala Community Latrine Project - Mali

Zamblala Community Latrine Project - Mali

This project is to build 30 improved latrines in a rural Minianka village with virtually no sanitation infrastructure. It is being implemented under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Pilar Lyons.

The village of Zamblala has a population of roughly 1,200 people. It is located in rural Mali, in the cercle of Koutiala. Most of the villagers are subsistence farmers. During much of the year (November through June), precipitation is negligible. There is little or no infrastructure in the village, including a complete lack of water delivery infrastructure or sanitation infrastructure.

Zamblala Community Latrine Project - Mali

There are virtually no improved latrines in the village. Some households have an unimproved pit latrine with simple wood and clay slab, while other households simply wait for dark to defecate in a nearby field. The community is aware of the implications to health and well-being of the unimproved sanitation situation.

Most latrines have neither a reinforced slab nor any kind of lining, causing erosion at the mouth, and allowing surface water to enter the latrine pit and pull contamination into the groundwater. There is also the alarming possibility of the wood and clay slab breaking and dropping one into the latrine pit itself!

Water Charity is participating in the larger project under the Peace Corps Partnership Program. Project funds will go toward purchasing cement, materials, and tools to complete the work.

The community will provide all of the unskilled labor and the locally available materials in addition to paying for the skilled labor. This includes digging both the latrine and soak away pits, and collecting the sand, gravel, and rocks. It also includes supplying at least two people to assist with concrete mixing and simple masonry tasks. Transport of materials from the market town 3 kilometers away is also a community contribution. The community portion, both cash and in kind is roughly 27% of the total project cost.

Zamblala Community Latrine Project - MaliThe project will directly serve approximately 150 people in 30 households.

Once the project is complete, the standing Water and Sanitation Committee will continue to utilize the skills and knowledge of latrine improvement gained during the project to improve other latrines in the village.

In an earlier project, Pilar and another PCV installed 10 reinforced concrete latrine slabs, leaving roughly 75 households without improved sanitation infrastructure. The rest of the households are eager to "keep up with the Joneses" in the American vernacular.

Pilar also successfully completed the Well Improvement Project – Mali.

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

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Pilar of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by the PCV and/or other projects in the country of service.

 

 

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

 

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Zeala and Nci'Bugu Pump Project - Mali

Zeala and Nci'Bugu Pump Project - MaliLocation
Zeala and Nci'Bugu, Kati Cercle, Koulikoro Region, Mali

Community Description
The project community consists of two small villages one of 700 people and another of 250 people located in the rural Mali. Community members are subsistence farmers without access to electricity or running water in their villages.

The current Peace Corps Volunteer in Zeala and the Zeala Water and Sanitation committee designed and are currently implementing a WATSAN improvement project mainly to repair two existing pump structures, purchase a pump repair kit, and train repair men and women to fix the pumps. The project is going well and members from a neighboring village, Nci'Bugu where the volunteer has also begun work, participated in the formation on pump repair.

During the course of this formation, it was discovered that there were expensive parts in the pumps of both villages that need to be replaced. In particular, Nci'Bugu's entire pump piston was replaced last year but, unfortunately, those who replaced it had put in an old part that is too heavy for the piping. The threading of a piece at the bottom of the cylinder was poor and parts of the pump have fallen into the forage.

Zeala and Nci'Bugu Pump Project - MaliCurrently Nci'Bugu's pump cannot function and this is extremely difficult during this time of year in the middle of hot season when the neighboring wells dry up. Women will soon need to walk at least 2 miles to a neighboring village to fetch water.

Due to a poor harvest season, the high cost of the needed parts, absence of a source of credit for the village, and the short time frame, the villagers cannot afford to fix the pumps on their own.

Project Description
This project is to repair pumps in Zeala and Nci'Bugu.

The work will be done by villagers who have participated in the program and have gained sufficient skills to perform the repairs.

Zeala and Nci'Bugu Pump Project - MaliProject funds will be used to purchase the necessary parts and to pay for some of the labor.

The community will contribute 25% of the cost, plus whatever else may be required for completion.

Project Impact
The combined population of both villages, approximately 950 people, will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Colleen Naughton

Comments
This project is vital for the health and wellbeing of the members of both villages. The newly trained pump repair team will ensure the maintenance of the pumps in the future.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded, through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative, with additional funds from Hope You Like It.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Colleen Naughton of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Colleen and/or those 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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Bougaribaya Village Sanitation Project - Mali

Bougaribaya Village Sanitation ProjectLocation
Bougaribaya, Bougaribaya Commune, Kita Cercle, Kayes Region, Mali

Community Description
Bougaribaya is a rural village in western Mali, where the main source of income is subsistence agriculture. The community has a primary school and a secondary school, which serves 2 villages.

The village of Bougaribaya has a population of about 2,000, and is the head of a commune of over 7,000 people.

In Bougaribaya, there is a water tower that brings water to one tap in the village. However, the tap costs a small amount of money (about 3 cents per bucket), so its accessibility is limited many of the villagers.

Bougaribaya Village Sanitation ProjectThere are two working pumps. The majority of the villagers, however, access water through wells, many of which are hand dug.

Despite efforts at sensitization and technical training, treatment of drinking water is still largely unpracticed in the village. Sanitation issues in the community are exacerbated by general lack of sanitary practices such as hand washing and use of latrine covers. Soak pits are only built in a small portion of the compounds in the village.

The wells pose a significant issue to the health of the population, as trash is strewn across the village, mainly consisting of food scraps, plastic, paper goods and organic material such as straw and corn husks. In addition, the trash also includes animal feces which are deposited almost everywhere in the village, since animals are allowed to roam around without any sort of fencing systems for the majority of animal owners.

Bougaribaya Village Sanitation ProjectTrash and animal feces can be deposited close to the wells, most of which are hand-dug and unlined, posing serious risks of contamination leading to water-borne illnesses. These trash piles also pose a health threat as they attract flies and other insects which can carry diseases that contaminate food and water sources. During rainy season they create breeding grounds for mosquitoes, adding to the enormous issue of malaria in the area.

The Director of the Bougaribaya First and Secondary Cycle Community School began a program with the students of the second cycle to clean up the village. However, due to a paucity of rakes, shovels and wheelbarrows, the program is not very extensive.

Project Description
This is a project to improve the sanitary environment of the village through the elimination of the trash and animal waste that exists throughout.

Project funds will be used to purchase tools to be used by the volunteer group from the school. 50 rakes, 10 shovels, and 3 wheelbarrows will be bought and put into use.

The school currently only owns 3 rakes, 2 shovels, and a wheelbarrow, but will buy an extra 7 rakes, 3 shovels, and an additional wheelbarrow.

The school director has already begun to organize the school children into small weekly campaigns during Wednesday or Thursday afternoons, when there are no classes at school. Currently, only a few students are able to take part of the cleaning campaigns, but there is a huge interest by the students to expand the campaign.

The waste that is picked up will be transported by wheelbarrow to the outskirts of the village, where it will be burned.

The school has a stock of face masks to be used during the cleanings, as dirt and dust often create a dangerous atmosphere for the children to breathe in. The health center has also offered to donate plastic gloves to the children during the campaigns.

The school director will be responsible for the tools. They will be stored in a storage hut located in the school grounds, and the key will only be held by the school director.

The community and the school will provide all the labor for the cleanup.

During the cleanup sessions, which will be held once a week at different areas in the village, the students will also hear lectures on the importance of keeping a clean and sanitary living environment to reduce disease.

In addition, the school will do a theater show on the importance of the environment, water, and sanitation, with the theater group in the school, to aid in improving education on these issues throughout the community. During the training the director, with help of the other teachers and the volunteer, will do weekly animations on different health issues concerning water and sanitation.

Project Impact
This project will benefit the 2,000 people in the village, including the 600 students in the first and second cycle schools.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Dina Carlin

Comments
This is a sanitation project with a huge public health benefit. For a very small financial commitment, the volunteer labor of the community and the school is harnessed to create a massive impact on the problems facing the community.

The project has great community and school support, is well planned, and is designed with sustainability in mind.

Dollar Amount of Project
$494.44

Donations Collected to Date
$494.44

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has 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 Dina Carlin of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Dina 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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Well Improvement Project – Mali

Well Improvement Project – Mali

This project is to line, cover, and reinforce five wells in a rural village in Mali. In addition to preventing further erosion and cave-ins at the mouths of the well, this will prevent contaminated surface water (and chickens!) from falling in the wells. Pulley systems will be added to make drawing water easier.

This level of infrastructure will be a new step for the poor farmers who live in the village. Some of the villagers currently take their drinking water from wide-mouthed uncovered wells without any treatment.

Well Improvement Project – Mali

The project is being carried out under the direction of Pilar Lyons, a civil engineer serving as a Water Sanitation Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Mali. The village in which she lives has no running water, electricity, or roads (access is via a rutted dirt track, mostly traveled by foot, bike, and donkey cart).

Her job is to find out what sanitation improvements her community feels they need the most and help them make whatever practical changes they see as necessary. In addition to physical projects like improving wells, this includes behavior change work on things like using soap for hand-washing.

The five wells selected for this initial project belong to respected community leaders. Improving the wells of prestigious people converts a household utility item into a status symbol and increases general interest in sanitation.

Four of the wells are topped by a slab of timbers and packed earth, with an old donkey cart tire forming the mouth. Only two are lidded even occasionally. The fifth well has suffered extensive erosion at the mouth, and gapes to 3 meters (nearly 10 feet) in diameter at the surface.

Well Improvement Project – MaliLarge puddles of churned muck are a feature of several of the wells, because clothes washing and dishwashing take place next to the wells so that women don’t need to carry water a long distance before doing their work. Animals are watered at the well for the same reason. The addition of a concrete wash-area with associated infiltration pit will greatly ameliorate this problem.

The community will provide all of the labor for the project and a percentage of the materials. Project funds will go toward purchasing cement and tools to complete the work.

Once the project is complete, the standing Water and Sanitation Committee will continue to utilize the skills and knowledge of sanitary water supply gained during the project to improve other wells in the village.

$0.00 - The Water Charity participation in this project has now been fully funded through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Pilar of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by the PCV and/or other projects in the country of service.


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

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Marembilia Water Pump Project - Mali

Marembilia Water Pump Project - Mali

Location
Marembilia, commune de Kokofata, cercle de Kita, Kayes region, Mali

Community DescriptionMarembilia Water Pump Project - MaliMarembilia is a small village of 500 people, mostly Malinke, and virtually all subsistence farmers. Potable water is their primary concern. Most drinking water is taken from traditional wells, which are susceptible to high contamination.

There is one fully operational pump at the school, a partially functional pump at the chief’s, and a non-operational pump closer to the center of the village.

People within proximity to the working pumps are more likely to take their drinking water from them, and avoid the unsafe sources.

The community has begun preparing land for a single hectare community garden, to include a low-maintenance irrigation system, and has also expressed the need for a convenient and reliable method for watering the community’s livestock in the hot season, once the seasonal stream has dried.

Project Description
This project is to restore the pumps in the village to full functionality to provide for the potable water needs of the village, and to provide additional facilities for irrigation and tending to livestock.

The project is multi-faceted: funds will be used to purchase (1) replacement parts for the inoperative Mark model bore-hole pumps, (2) a NAFASORO irrigation pump and its accessories for the women’s community garden, and (3) materials for constructing animal drinking troughs and a soakpit.

Marembilia Water Pump Project - MaliThe village has already opened the bore-hole pumps and determined the necessary parts for its repair.

The Mark model pumps will also serve as the water-feed for garden irrigation with the NAFASORO pump and cattle watering during the hot season, when the seasonal stream can no longer sustain this demand.

The pump close to the center of the village is adjacent to the area being prepared for gardening, and will have a small reservoir attached to it in order to feed the NAFASORO. With this system, a relatively minimal amount of labor will be required to water the garden, and it will not suffer from inconsistent rainy seasons.

Purchase of the NAFASORO is most expensive, accounting for two-thirds of the project funds. The replacement parts for the pump are relatively inexpensive (piston cups and gaskets) and the rest of the funds will purchase a few bags of cement and PVC piping for the drinking troughs and soakpit.

The project is being carried out under the direction of the Water & Sanitation Committee / Women's Shea Cooperative.

Project Impact
All 500 people of the village will benefit from the project by making potable water accessible. Included are 100 women who will have the potential to generate income from produce sales. Also included are families raising cattle that will benefit from the animal drinking troughs.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Eric Braaten

Comments
This project accomplishes a number of independent things, affecting a large number of people, on a very modest budget.

Health benefits will be achieved through increased availability of potable water and improved nutrition from increased produce consumption. In addition the work of caring for cattle is reduced considerably, freeing up time for more productive use.

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 Shannon Smithers, of Van Alstyne, TX, USA, with the help of friends and family of Eric Braaten.

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

 

 

 

 

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

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Didieni Well Project - Mali

Groundbreaking Event - Mali

Location
Didieni, Quartier Peulh, Mali

Community Description
Didieni is a town of 6-7,000 people along the main road. It is a stop for travelers and truck drivers headed to Kayes, Senegal, and Mauritania. It has a lot of ethnic diversity, with Bambara, Peulh, Moors, and Mande people co-existing peacefully.

Ceremony - Mali

There is a mayor's office, a local health center, schools (up to the ninth grade), many women's associations, and several NGOs.

Unfortunately, there is a great deal of waterborne illnesses and malnutrition. As it is on the border of the Sahel, water is often in short supply. Current water sources are at a significant distance from the town.

The Peulh (a nomadic ethnic group) section of Didieni has a major water shortage, and has been seeking to build a large diameter well for 15-20 years, but until now has been unable to find financial assistance.

The project finally began with a groundbreaking ceremony, which included PCV Amanda Misiti as well as the village chief's representative, the mayor, and the head of the police, as well as many of the organizers of the project.

The work started in May, 2010, but the diggers encountered rock, which slowed the project down, and raised the cost above the financial resources of the community.

Project Description
This project is to complete construction of the well in Didieni. The work is being done by a team of skilled well diggers.

Amanda Misiti, PCV - Mali The well is of 1.5 meters diameter, and will be dug to a depth of between 15 and 25 meters, depending on the difficulties encountered in the digging. Water has been encountered at a depth of 10 meters.

The well will be covered and the top portion will be reinforced with cement. The water quality should be good, but it will still be treated with bleach, and shocked every month. Additional bleach will be added to the family drinking containers.

Funds remaining after the well construction will be used to construct two animal troughs and a wash area where women will be able to wash clothes.

The well offers many health and economic benefits to the community. It will be used for drinking water, to give water to the many livestock that belong to the Peulh people, to wash clothes, to build bricks to construct houses, and for women's gardens.

The community is providing 36% of the total construction costs, most of which is in cash, some of which is in-kind.

Project Impact
This project will benefit 2,000 people in 150 households.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Amanda Misiti

Comments
This project is a good example of Water Charity’s commitment to “finish” projects. Here we have a much-needed project, with a large community commitment, that has been years in the planning. It reached a point where it was close to being achieved, only to run into a frustrating barrier.

The well will improve the overall health of this section of the community, as they currently suffer from water shortages during the hot season and have poor quality water.

In addition, the well will give the women the ability to garden, allowing them to have access to vegetables, thereby decreasing malnutrition and offering them a source of income.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$500.00

Dollar Amount Needed

$0.00 - This project has been fully funded, through the generosity of Adrian Jacobs, of Myrtle Beach, SC, USA, with the help of other friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Amanda Misiti.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Amanda of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Amanda and/or those 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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Socourani Deep Well Project - Mali

Kids - MaliLocation
Socourani, Koulikoro, Mali,

Community Description
Socourani is a small farming village of approximately 425 people located in the Koulikoro Region of Mali. This village is like many other small villages in that it has no electricity or running water, but is unlike many other villages in that it has no school, no mosque, no boutique, and no cell phone reception.

In addition, one thing that sets Socourani apart is its lack of wells, and more importantly, lack of water in the wells. While there are 10 personal wells within the community, every one of them is dry, year round, causing everyone to have to fetch water at the village hand pumps for all water needs.

Man and Bike - MaliThe villagers have tried deepening their wells in search of water, but the wells have all collapsed, as the people do not have the knowledge or the resources to brace their wells.

Villagers spend a lot of time waiting at the community pump or traveling long distances to neighboring villages' wells to fetch water for their animals.

Project Description
This project is to construct a large diameter community deep well.

Project funds will be used for purchasing cement, rebar, tools, transportation of these materials, and local mason labor to make and lay the bricks in the well.

Owen Fitzgerald, PCV - MaliThe community will provide all of the labor for digging the well, which will be 30 meters deep and 1.5 meters in diameter. In addition, villagers will supply all the sand and gravel, and transport these materials to Socourani. In total, they will be providing over 70% of the total project cost.

Project Impact
Approximately 300 men, women, and children will be affected by the construction of this community deep well.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Owen Fitzgerald

Comments
The work must be done immediately, before the start of the rainy season, when everyone will head to their fields to begin farming. Thus, this is a critical project for the community, which has developed the project and pledged a great amount of support.

Dollar Amount of Project
$499.00

Donations Collected to Date
$499.00 + additional amounts for future projects.

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has now been fully funded, through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Mark and Jennifer Shima, of Peoria, IL, USA.

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

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

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Solar Pump System Repair Project - Mali

Solar Water Pump System - Mali In 1998 a solar pump-powered tap system was built by an NGO in the town of Sanadougou to provide the town with potable drinking water. However, the delivery system has broken down over time, due to lack of maintenance and repair, and now needs to be rebuilt to be effective.

The system consists of a groundwater pump and two water storage towers powered by an array of solar panels. The system includes a pump-serviced livestock-watering trough in the adjacent vicinity of the complex. In addition, there are 17 taps located in various places throughout the town.

At present, 14 out of the 17 tap heads are effectively useless, and an important pipe and the livestock-watering trough are broken beyond repair and cannot be turned off. The perpetually-flowing components create vast puddles of standing water which serve as a fertile environment for mosquito breeding.

Water Trough - Mali Since the water supply is often exhausted, the water quality of the tap water is poor due to rust build-up, and few people drink from the solar pump system. The people have resorted to the use of the use of unsanitary uncovered wells in the vicinity, causing diarrhea, giardia, dysentery and worms in the community.

This project is to rebuild the broken solar pump-to-tap system by replacing the damaged taps with new lockable tap heads and repairing broken pipes and the broken livestock-watering trough. It will be administered by Peace Corps Volunteer Zac Mason.

The Water Committee will organize a system of assigning the keys to certain community members to make sure that only responsible adults can draw tap water, and they will implement a monthly payment system, to collect money for maintenance.

Water Tap - Sanadougou, Mali The Committee will pay for the transportation of the materials from Bamako to the village of Sanadougou. They will hire a local plumber to assemble the parts and a local blacksmith to weld the necessary pieces together. The Committee will also raise money from the villagers to help with the purchase of the new heads.

This project serves a town of 4,000 people. Repairing the existing system is an extremely cost-effective solution to the critical needs of the community. It is certain to result in a reduction of morbidity and mortality in the community caused by unsafe water.

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

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and your contribution will go toward Part 3 of this project.


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

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