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Sierra Madre Water Program - Mexico & Guatemala

Sierra Madre Water Program - Mexico & Guatemala

NPCA - WC LogosWATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS, together with The SEXTO SOL Center for Community Action, announce the implementation of the SIERRA MADRE WATER PROGRAM - MEXICO & GUATEMALA.

The program is designed to provide safe water, effective sanitation, and public health services for 300 villages in the Sierra Madre Region of Chiapas, Mexico, through an unprecedented collaboration of the three organizations.

With a target budget of $2,100,000, the program will be implemented in 15 phases, each addressing the needs of 20 villages. Phase 1 is budgeted for $140,000 in improvements.  Phase 1 is already well underway!

Sierra Madre Water Program, Phase 1 - Mexico

The program focuses on supplying drinking water using the appropriate technology for each village, with the objective of also providing water for sanitation, hygiene, and agriculture. Benefits will be sought in reducing morbidity and mortality, improving quality of life, improving food security, and providing economic opportunities for direct participants and the community at large.

The projects to be implemented will be those requested by the individual villages to address their specific needs. A complete needs survey for the entire program is well underway, while specific project planning for Phase 1 villages is nearing completion, and preliminary planning continues for each successive village.

The design of each project will incorporate measures to maintain the improvements after completion, thus ensuring sustainability far into the future.

Sexto Sol will provide on-the-ground management of the program and the individual projects. The National Peace Corps Association and Water Charity will raise money for and publicize the program, and recruit Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) to assist with project implementation. Water Charity will participate in the planning, execution, and evaluation of the program, train the RPCVs to perform their tasks, and provide for their deployment.

Edward James OlmosValued Support and Endorsement
We are honored to receive the recognition, support, and endorsement for this program from Edward James Olmos, renowned director and actor of stage and screen.

Mr. Olmos was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the film Stand and Deliver, the only Hispanic-American to be nominated in that category. His career encompasses another 22 wins and 24 nominations. Among his great achievements, he is also recognized for his roles in Battlestar Galactica, Miami Vice, Selena, El Pachuco, and both the stage and film versions of Zoot Suit.

Mr. Olmos is known for his social activism, especially involving the U.S. Hispanic community. He narrated a portion of the movie Zapatista, showing the plight of the campesinos in Chiapas in the mid-90s. 

I am pleased to endorse the work being done by the Sexto Sol Center in partnership with Water Charity to bring potable water and sanitation to impoverished communities in Chiapas. I have stood behind the Sexto Sol Center since they began their service in Chiapas 17 years ago. I know what they are capable of doing. Water Charity is an experienced leader with an impressive track record of bringing clean water and sanitation to under-served communities in 63 countries worldwide. This is the ideal team to efficiently make these much needed improvements in the quality of life for people in the remote mountain villages. I encourage you to support this effort by Water Charity and the Sexto Sol Center. Your support will help them improve the lives of thousands of people. The world will be better for it.
Edward James Olmos

Program Location
This program is being implemented in the Municipalities of Motozintla, Siltepec, El Porvenir, La Grandeza, and other locations in Chiapas, Mexico as well as culturally and linguistically contiguous communities across the border in Guatemala.

300 villages have been chosen for consideration at this time.  As the program winds through its various phases, a specific list of target communities will be compiled.  To see a complete list of the municipalities in Chiapas, CLICK HERE.

Sierra Madre Water Program, Phase 1 - Mexico

Needs
The Sierra Madre mountain range rises from the coastal plain, reaching over 10,000 feet in elevation. This important watershed has 98 rivers that flow to the mangrove forests on the Pacific Coast and feed the Grijalva River on the inland side. The land is very rugged with steep slopes and countless sharp ridges that fall away on all sides into canyons.

The watershed was severely clear cut about 20 years ago with no reforestation implemented. This left the region extremely vulnerable to natural disasters that have causeed great hardship for the people living there.  Most notabe were the disasters of 1998 and Hurricane Stan in 2005, both of which devastated the region with material losses that are still felt to this day.

Seasonal flooding causes damage regularly to deforested slopes resulting in major landslides that have become a "normal" occurrence. An active fault and volcanic rumbling create a lot of seismic activity which in July, 2014, resulted in damage to thousands of adobe homes in the poorest areas.

The region is dotted communities of people engaged in agriculture (campesinos). They depend on raising subsistence crops and small scale farming of potatoes, wheat, or coffee to sell. It is considered to be the most impoverished region in Mexico. When then-President Fox visited the region he made the sad announcement that El Porviner town was the poorest town in the country.

Sierra Madre Water Program, Phase 1 - MexicoThe people are Maya from three language groups, Mam in the high country, C'atok or Mocho in Motozintla and Tusantan, and Kaqchikel in the Mazapa area. The majority of the people are Mam.

In the 1960s a government program attempted to force acculturation on the population through a form of institutionalized racism that prohibited the people from speaking their language. Elders still speak Mam, but the middle aged population for the most part does not. Children and youth, therefore, have some confusion about their identity. This history has caused great pain and it leads people to not admit to being indigenous. Very few people wear the traditional clothing.

Malnutrition is the norm and is most evident in the children who do not reach normal height and often have trouble paying attention in school. Drought, loss of cultivated land to landslides, and the failure of the coffee crop all have contributed to the furthering of poverty for households in recent years.

When a family member falls ill, the expense can be devastating, sometimes forcing a family to have to sell their land. People die from curable diseases and illnesses that have been eradicated in most of the world are still a problem.

Adult illiteracy is common, with many people over 40 years of age having only attended 2 years of formal schooling. This has improved for children now with better access to rural schools, but typically the teachers are students who have not completed their teacher training.

The Sierra Madre is a mineral-rich region with foreign mining companies eager to strip mine a variety of minerals on the lands inhabited by the people. The tension caused by this looming future is worrisome for the people.

The Sierra Madre region has not received development assistance from the government or from international organizations. The Sexto Sol Center is the only international NGO with a long-term presence in the Sierra Madre.

Sierra Madre Water Program, Phase 1 - MexicoTypical Projects
This program is working toward ensuring water for all household uses, including for drinking, cooking, sanitation, and hygiene in 300 communities. It also provides for irrigation of the family and community gardens.

Typically, a community has an old water system that was built years ago, but many households do not receive water, and the system does not meet the needs of the population. The appropriate technology is to capture the water at the source and build a holding tank, and then install a water line over rough terrain to the village.

Typical projects include wells, pumps, rainwater catchment systems, aqueducts, water storage systems, water purification solutions, erosion control, reforestation, flooding prevention, and irrigation systems.

An effort will be made to encompass all of the water, sanitation, and public health needs of each village in a village-designated project. Within the project, there may be several stand-alone sub-projects, say, for example, at a school and at a clinic.

Hygiene and sanitation are inextricably tied to the goal of achieving a safe water source. Handwashing stations are crucial to allow for effective hygienic practices, especially in the schools clinics, and community centers. Bathrooms, erosion prevention, and flooding prevention and remediation are necessary to protect the water sources.

Sierra Madre Water Program, Phase 1 - MexicoProjects Underway & Completed
The program was begun with overall planning ascertaining village project needs and moving forward with project-by-project implementation. The first project was implemented in December, 2014, and we have already completed 8 village wide projects!.

This list will be updated with links to the project pages as new projects begin, and there is another list at the end of this posting:

Cipresal Water System Project - Mexico

Xelajú Chico, Hector Paniaguas y Barrio Reforma, Water System Relief Project - Mexico

El Progreso Water System Project – Mexico

Niquivil Water System Project - Mexico

Miguel Aleman Water Project - Mexico

Esperanza Water System Project - Guatemala

Santo Domingo La Cascada Water System Project - Mexico

Cipresal La Cascada Water System Project - Mexico

Agua Prieta Water System Project - Mexico

Checute Water System Project - Mexico

CABIOCHI Water Project - Mexico

Program Management
The program is being be managed by Tamara Brennan, Ph.D., Executive Director of The Sexto Sol Center for Community Action, which serves impoverished communities in the Sierra Madre region of Chiapas, Mexico, near the border with Guatemala.

Sexto Sol previously completed the School Flooding Remediation Project – Mexico in 2010 in partnership with Water Charity.

The Incorporation of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
The program introduces the groundbreaking concept of utilizing Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) in the direct implementation of the projects in each of the communities. RPCVs are people who have returned home after having completed 3 months of training plus 2 years of service in a developing country. They have considerable experience in the community development process and the management of water and sanitation projects.

Water Charity has previously worked with dozens of RPCVs in the implementation of projects. These are dedicated people who have decided to remain in the country after their PC service, people who went to work for local NGOs, which they bring into the process, or people who return to the country after they have been home for a while. We have also collaborated with RPCVs who have Sierra Madre Water Program, Phase 1 - Mexicogone on to serve in the Peace Corps Response Program, a short-duration commitment to a specific project assigned by the Peace Corps.

This program is completely unique in scope: It will be the first time that a significant number of RPCVs are being deployed on a large-scale program as volunteers, funded by donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations, to serve under the direction of a local nonprofit.

The RPCVs will be recruited by the NPCA, trained by WC, and deployed to Motozintla for a set, but renewable, term.

The recruitment process will utilize the structure of 139 NPCA Member Groups, which are determined by country of service and hometown. 

It is anticipated that several RPCVs will come from the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Los Angeles (RPCVLA), one of the Member Groups with close ties to Water Charity.

The RPCVs will be fluent in Spanish and have substantial knowledge of and experience in community development. They will “hit the ground running”.

The RPCVs will train the villagers and work side-by-side with them in the detailed planning, implementation, and evaluation of the projects.

The RPCVs will volunteer their time. WC will provide funds for their travel. Sexto Sol will provide management, lodging and in-country transportation.

Benefits 

 

Entire Program

Phase 1 of 15

Budget

$2,100,000

$140,000

Population

70,000

4,666

Number of Villages

300

20

Number of Projects

900

60

Cost/Project

$2,333

$2,333

Cost/Person (3 projects)

$10

$10

This program will benefit about 70,000 people in 300 communities by providing each of them with a reliable supply of safe water and access to effective sanitation, thereby improving the health and wellbeing of all who reside in the region. Phase 1 will help 20 of those communities, and will serve as a proven model for the rest of the program, developing a skilled labor pool and a reliable and economical supply chain for materials and equipment.

Program Funding
Donors may contribute to the whole Phase1 effort, to be allocated where needed for projects by clicking on the DONATE button below, or by donating on the individual project pages, as new projects are started under the program.

Corporate and foundation donations are welcome and encouraged, and amounts and attribution rights will be negotiated.

Individual donations of any amount are encouraged. Every donation of $100 or more toward the overall program will be recognized on this page.

If you wish to donate “in honor of” or “in recognition of” or “in appreciation of”, please include the wording on your donation form or in an email directed to mail (at) watercharity.org If you wish for your donation to be anonymous, just let us know.

Fundraising Target

$140,000 for Phase 1 ($2,100,000 for the 15-phase program)

You can make a difference by helping us improve the lives of thousands of families in the Sierra Madre with your tax-deductible contribution. 

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Water Charity
Water Charity is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, established in 2008 and headquartered in California, that does water, sanitation, and public health projects around the world. Since that time, 1,800 projects in 65 countries have been implemented.

National Peace Corps Association
The National Peace Corps Association was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with a mission to championing lifelong commitment to Peace Corps values. The goals of NPCA are to help the Peace Corps be the best that it can be and help returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and RPCV groups thrive.

The Sexto Sol Center for Community Action
The Sexto Sol Center serves impoverished communities in Chiapas and Guatemala, where a change of vision and specific technical assistance can help people create a better life.  Since 1997 Sexto Sol has assisted people to create success with cooperative businesses, grow health-giving food, improve neglected schools for their children, regain cultural pride, protect the watershed, create eco-villages and heal from the trauma of disaster and conflict.

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CABIOCHI Water Project - Mexico

CABIOCHI Water Project - Mexico

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

CABIOCHI Water Project - MexicoLocation
Chiapas, Mexico

Community and Problem Addressed
    The life of a small-scale coffee grower is a life of poverty
On the steep mountain slopes of the Sierra Madre of Chiapas thousands of small-scale farmers produce the exceptional coffees that importers are always looking for. While this valuable commodity may be traded far away on the New York Stock Exchange, the survival of the cafetaleros, peasant coffee farmers, depends on factors beyond their control.

Coffee production can be a heartbreaking enterprise. The plants are vulnerable to bad weather such that a couple of days of strong wind or an unseasonable rainstorm can strip immature beans from the trees in a few hours. The price they receive from year to year depends on geopolitical and economic forces originating far from the where coffee is grown that impact exchange rates and commodity prices. Farmers assume large debt to cover the cost of production and harvest, so in years when prices are depressed or the yield is low, they end up in the red at the end of the harvest.

For the average cafetalero, farming has never afforded them more than an impoverished quality of life but recent years have been especially difficult Rising temperatures have allowed the roya pest to proliferate at elevations where it did not thrive before. Roya has devastated coffee farms throughout Chiapas and neighboring Guatemala, depressing local economies for several years, causing small businesses to close and forcing more people to seek work as undocumented laborers in the United States.

    Joining a cooperative is the best strategy for poor farmers
Moving coffee from the farm through all the steps leading to exportation is complicated. The best way for poor farmers to maximize their chances of obtaining a better price is to participate in a cooperative organization that can negotiate contracts on their behalf. If the cooperative is well organized and forward thinking, it can obtain government grants earmarked for rural development in the coffee sector.

CABIOCHI Water Project - MexicoFive years ago, CABIOCHI, Cafetaleros de la Biodiversidad de Chiapas S. C., was formed and now includes members from over 16 communities. Many of these communities have benefited from water projects already completed as part of the Sierra Madre Water Program and several are on the waiting list for help to have access to potable water. Among these are the remote communities of Bremen, San Juan Calera, Via Hermosa, Ejido de Ojo de Agua, Victoria, Checute, Berriozabal, Hermocillo, Ejido Bandera Agentina, Ejido Cipresal, Los Lagos, Agua Prieta, Buena Vista, 20 de Abril, and Niquivil.

This year CABIOCHI is working to obtain organic certification which will give them access to the Specialty Coffee Market with buyers who pay premiums for organic gourmet quality. The most important strategy for acquiring and retaining loyal buyers is to maintain vigorous plants on well-managed farms that produce the highest quality beans they are willing to pay well for.

    CABIOCHI's Nursery Project
Under normal conditions, every year farmers replace unproductive coffee plants with new seedlings to keep yields strong. It takes several years for the new plants to mature and start bearing coffee so this work must be done in a timely manner. Now with so much damage to the trees from roya, it is urgent that they replace a larger portion of their plants with resistant varieties if they are to be able to recover from the losses. But the cost of acquiring seedlings is prohibitive, especially now that they have had a several bad years with very little income.

Four years ago, CABIOCHI began producing seedlings for its members on a large lot they rent for their nursery in Barrio Xelaju Chico on the outskirts of Motozintla, the largest city in the region. This year they received major funding to significantly expand the nursery from SAGARPA, Secretaria de Agricultura, Ganadaria, Desarollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentacion, the federal agency of the Mexican government responsible for rural development. While they were awarded funding to produce 100,000 plants, CABIOCI has managed to double the capacity to 200,000 through the wise management of those resources.

CABIOCHI Water Project - MexicoProject Description
This project is to complete the irrigation system for a nursery that will produce coffee plant seedlings. The plants will be distributed to 398 small scale coffee farming families to empower them to improve their household economies.

To get the nursery going four years ago, they installed 2.5 kilometers of 2" hose to bring water from a perennial stream for irrigation. The hose that was installed was not new, so some sections now need to be replaced. In addition, the line needs to be extended to reach a better point for uptake where they have just acquired the water rights.

A catchment dam at the source will be built and the newly dug holding pond at their facility reinforced. It is expected that this upgrade will create a system that will serve for decades to come.

Project Impact
The organization has 398 members, each representing a multi-generational family of an average of 6 or more members. A conservative estimate is that 2,400 people will benefit. The nursery project employs 40 people who provide the labor on site. Farmers who are members of CABIOCHI will receive the plants free of charge.

As CABIOCHI gains a reputation for providing consistently exceptional quality coffee, the benefits in terms of acquiring more favorable terms for export are significant. The organization continues to grow as they reach out to more farmers in other communities.

Project Managers
The project will be administered by Tamara Brennan, Ph.D. and Francisco Barrios, of The Sexto Sol Center for Community Action, an award-winning non-profit that has had a permanent presence in the region since 1997.

In addition to experience with working with communities to create potable water systems, Sexto Sol has 20 years of experience assisting small-scale coffee farmers seeking to obtain a better price for their coffee.

CABIOCHI was founded by Isac Ventura who has played a significant role in the Sierra Madre Water Program by facilitating partnerships with communities in need of potable water and the Sexto Sol Center.

Monitoring and Maintenance
The managers of CABIOCHI will monitor and maintain the system. Sexto Sol will periodically check to ascertain that the system is functioning properly.

Comments
This project is the 11th water system project in the ongoing Sierra Madre Water Program, a comprehensive effort to improve water access in the underserved and impoverished Sierra Madre de Chiapas region of Mexico, spanning the border with Guatemala.

In addition, Tamara Brennan, Ph.D., Sexto Sol’s Executive Director, will provide capacity building to help people better manage their domestic water. This will include preventing waste water from pooling on the ground where animals consume it and become ill. With simple changes, usable gray water can be directed into edible plants. She will also provide a demonstration on how to recycle plastic into useful items as a strategy to keep it out of the watershed and prevent contamination of the environment.

This project has been funded through the generosity of the Paul Bechtner Foundation.

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Checute Water System Project - Mexico

Checute Water System Project - Mexico

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

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Checute Water System Project - ChiapasLocation
Checute, Motozintla, Chiapas, Mexico

Community Description
Deep in the Sierra Madre on the Mexico/Guatemala border lies a community called Checute, 48 homes situated on a ridge bordered by canyons on either side. The community is located in the Municipality of Motozintla, close to the border with Guatemala.

Checute residents are subsistence farmers. In a given year, their wellbeing depends on there being enough rainfall to allow them to bring in the corn and beans they raise to feed their families. They do not grow cash crops, but only have a few coffee plants and vegetables for their own use. The past two years have seen drought conditions that threatened crop failure, which would have put their survival in jeopardy.

Like the majority of people in the impoverished Sierra Madre region, their ability to build a house of solid material, to pay for unexpected medical costs, or to obtain a used truck which would open up possibilities of more work, depend on someone from the family making the dangerous trip to the U.S. to find work in fields or meat packing plants that allows them to send money home.

Checute Water System Project - ChiapasProblem Addressed
The community is located on a long ridge that is high above the river canyon. Forty-eight families with a total of 242 people do not have access to water. Many of these households are made up of 9, 10 or more members making life difficult when they have to haul water from far away.

Children from other communities walk to Checute to attend one of three schools there. The primary school has 200 students, the "telesecundaria" middle school has 150 and the kindergarten has 50. None of the schools has adequate water for sanitation. A man has to work every day to fix a flimsy ½” hose that brings water to one of the schools from a long distance away.

Project Description
This project is to build a system to bring an ample supply of safe water to Checute.

The project will be supervised by the Sexto Sol Center, an NGO that has 20 years of experience working with communities in the Sierra Madre region of Chiapas.

Checute Water System Project - Chiapas, MexicoThere is a water source 3.5 kilometers away from the village that flows all year long. Men from the community will open a track through the forest with hand tools, where the hose will traverse the steep mountainside. They will build 6 small registers of cement and cinder block that protect the line from too much pressure and to aid in maintaining the system.

The supply line will be 2” polyduct hose, buried to prevent animals from damaging it, and keeping it safe from damage from the sun or vandals. This type of hose is superior to PVC for this purpose because it is flexible, durable, and long-lasting. It is sourced from a factory that manufactures it from 100% post-consumer waste plastic.

The hose will be run to a water tank, from which water will be distributed to the houses. The best site for this has been found and permission to use the land granted. They have received initial confirmation that the municipality of Motozintla is willing to provide the materials they need for that construction.

In the eventuality that the City is not able to provide those funds, the leaders of Checute have told Sexto Sol that the community desperately needs the water hose which they say they will make work with a temporary situation until such time as they can build the tank.

The work will be done by members of the community, especially those with children in the various schools.

Checute Water System Project - MexicoProject Impact
242 people will benefit from the project.

Project Managers
Tamara Brennan, PhD., with technical supervision by Francisco Barrios.

Monitoring and Maintenance
The residents of Checute will monitor and maintain the system. Sexto Sol will periodically check to ascertain that the system is functioning properly.

Comments
This project is the 10th water system project in the ongoing Sierra Madre Water Program, a comprehensive effort to improve water access in the underserved and impoverished Sierra Madre de Chiapas region of Mexico, spanning the border with Guatemala. These projects are designed, implemented, and funded by Water Charity in partnership with the local NGO the Sexto Sol Center for community development.

In addition, Tamara Brennan, Ph.D., Sexto Sol’s Executive Director, will provide capacity building to help people better manage their domestic water. This will include preventing waste water from pooling on the ground where animals consume it and become ill. With simple changes, usable gray water can be directed into edible plants. She will also provide a demonstration on how to recycle plastic into useful items as a strategy to keep it out of the watershed and prevent contamination of the environment.

Fundraising Target
$6,100

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

Donations Collected to Date
$6,1000

Dollar Amount Needed

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

Any additional donations will be directed toward new projects in Mexico.

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Agua Prieta Water System Project - Mexico

Agua Prieta Water System Project - Mexico

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

Agua Prieta Water System Project - MexicoLocation
Agua Prieta, Chiapas, Mexico

Community Description
Agua Prieta is home to 685 people living in 140 households. The village is located on the warmer, coastal side of the Sierra Madre Mountains of Chiapas, Mexico. In the evening, the lights of the small city of Huixtla are visible from the coffee groves a short walk up the mountain from the settlement. The road is paved from the turnoff from the highway to about a kilometer from Agua Prieta.

People in the community do not have opportunities for adequate employment. Most families grow corn, beans, bananas and small gardens for their own use, and the women raise a few chickens. Some families grow coffee on a small scale as a cash crop but in recent years this has not provided income due to the roya pest that has decimated production in the region as temperatures continue to rise.

A few families have small storefronts or outdoor food stands that cater to people in the community or local travelers. Many families have grown children working in the factories in Tijuana who send money home to help maintain the rest of the family. The quality of life in this quiet community can be characterized by the poverty, malnutrition and lack of opportunities that is typical of the Sierra Madre region in Chiapas, Mexico.

Agua Prieta Water System Project - MexicoProblem Addressed
Decades ago the government built a good water system that served what was a smaller population at the time. Two catastrophic hurricanes in 1998 caused irreparable damage to the steel pipe in sections. The people pieced sections of PVC pipe as best they could but Hurricane Stan in 2005 and the wear of time have caused it to break in so many places that is it unserviceable. They have tried to patch it with pieces of inner tubes from old tires. There are three schools in the community that provide K-middle school education. There is not enough water to meet the needs of the students and teachers.

The village is far from the municipality of Motozintla to which it belongs. Though they have tried to obtain assistance to repair their system from the city for years, with recent announcements of drastic cuts to public funding coming from the Federal government, the people consider their only hope to be to request assistance from The Sexto Sol Center and Water Charity to repair and upgrade damaged parts of the existing infrastructure in order to make it serviceable after so many years.

Status of existing holding tanks and dam
The water system draws from two sources both of which reliably flow through the dry season. The source that is higher up the slope collects water from a stream which then flows into the catchment dam along with water from a spring that is the second source. The water then flows downhill to a large stone and concrete tank that is 5 by 6 meters in size, large enough to hold a good volume of water. All three structures are cracked and no longer hold the water. Water from that large tank flows downslope to a distribution tank that is still in good condition.

Agua Prieta Water System Project - MexicoProject Description
This project is to rebuild the water system in Agua Prieta.

To make the system serviceable will require repairing the inner surfaces of two tanks, fortifying the damaged catchment dam, and replacing the old PVC pipe with 2-inch polyduct hose in three sections which connect the source to the tanks and carry it to the community.

The hose will be buried to prevent animals from damaging it and keeping it safe from damage from the sun or vandals. The polyduct hose is a superior material for this purpose and is sourced from a factory that manufactures it from 100% post-consumer waste plastic.

The community is well organized and people are committed to working together to complete the project. There are a couple of experienced masons in the community who will do the repairs on the structures while the others lay down the hose.

The Comité del Agua is the formal group charged with overseeing the distribution of the water to all households. They are hopeful that with this project, finally the challenge of maintaining such a deteriorated system will be over. They are looking forward to working together to make the needed repairs so that all families will have reliable access to water for the first time in many years.

The Sexto Sol Center will organize logistics, and, provide the materials and technical assistance required that the community needs to make this much-needed improvement for the benefit of all.

Agua Prieta Water System Project - MexicoProject Impact
685 people will benefit from the project.

Project Manager
Tamara Brennan, Ph.D.

Monitoring and Maintenance
The community will monitor the condition of the improvements, and promptly make repairs when required.

Comments
This project is part of the ongoing Sierra Madre Water Program, a comprehensive effort to improve water access in the underserved and impoverished Sierra Madre de Chiapas region of Mexico, spanning the border with Guatemala. These projects are designed and implemented by Water Charity and local NGO the Sexto Sol Center for community development. (This is the ninth project to be directed by Sexto Sol.)

Fundraising Target
$4,200

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

Donations Collected to Date
$0

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

Any additional donations will go to future projects in Mexico and Guatemala.

 

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Miguel Aleman Water Project - Mexico

Miguel Aleman Water Project - Mexico

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

Miguel Aleman Water Project - MexicoLocation
Miguel Aleman, Chiapas, Mexico

Community Description
The community of Miguel Aleman, population 330, is located west of the town of Belisario Dominguez. The 58 homes are scattered along the steep slopes on either side of a small seasonal river.

Families in Miguel Aleman raise corn, beans, squash and chickens to sustain their families while small scale coffee farming has traditionally offered them a nominal yearly income. However, the widespread failure of the coffee crop in Chiapas and Guatemala for the last 4 years has left them struggling to survive the loss of what for many was their only source of income. This has caused more immigration of men out of the community to find work while the women are left to maintain the household without the ease of having water on demand.

Problem Addressed
In the fall of 2005, Hurricane Stan caused extreme flooding and landslides that destroyed many sections of what had been a well-functioning water system comprised of galvanized steel pipe that had served the community for many years.

The families affected do not have the means to purchase the materials needed to repair it themselves given the poverty in which they live. To date, like so many communities affected by the disaster of 2005, their multiple requests for help from the municipal government have not resulted in assistance from the local or state authorities. The prolonged situation has been a source of much difficulty and aggravates the challenges of maintaining families while living in poverty.

Project Description
This project is to restore water to the community by replacing and upgrading the water line that was lost in the Hurricane Stan disaster.

The original source of water for the community comes from a mountain nearby and is clean with good flow even at the end of the dry season. The distribution tank was undamaged by the hurricane. Long sections of pipe are still in place, held up by solid concrete supports in many places. What remains to be fixed are multiple sections where the pipe washed away in the flood.

Miguel Aleman Water Project - MexicoThis project proposes to provide the members of the water committee with the materials they need and the technical help necessary to repair these gaps and to re-establish the flow of the water to the community. Instead of replacing the expensive lost pipe with more of the same, we are opting to install more flexible and less costly 2" hose which will make it possible for the community to install and maintain it themselves without requiring special machined parts. One section will use PVC pipe where the line crosses the river and heavy hose would not be a viable material to use. In the event that one day the section of PVC pipe should need to be replaced, the cost would be within reach of the community if each family were to contribute a small amount.

Project Impact
All of the 330 members of the community will benefit from this project.

Project Manager
The project will be administered by Tamara Brennan, Ph.D. with technical supervision provided by Francisco Barrios. Both are from the non-profit Sexto Sol Center for Community Action.

Monitoring and Maintenance
Technical direction, logistical help, monitoring and maintenance will be provided by Sexto Sol.

Fundraising Target
$2,900

Donations Collected to Date
$2,900

Dollar Amount Needed

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

Any additional donations will be directed toward new projects in Mexico.

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

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Cipresal La Cascada Water System Project - Mexico

Cipresal La Cascada Water System Project - Mexico

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

Location
Cipresal La Cascada, Municipio Siltepec, Chiapas, Mexico

Cipresal La Cascada Water System Project - MexicoCommunity Description
Cipresal Cascada is home to 146 families with 590 residents. The community is located deep in the Sierra Madre region of Chiapas, Mexico. Homes are spread out over the north-facing slope of rugged mountains. The community is located across a deep canyon that separates it from Santa Domingo La Cascada where Water Charity and the Sexto Sol Center successfully completed a water project in April.

The standard of living in this remote community is very poor. People make their living by growing coffee on small plots on the steep mountainside. In good years, coffee farming provides a meager income. Many families depend on the funds sent home from relatives working in the United States, leaving women to head the household.

Unfortunately, unusually high temperatures in recent years have resulted in the proliferation of a serious blight that has devastated coffee production, with serious economic consequences for peasant farmers throughout Chiapas and Guatemala.

Problem Addressed
Cipresal La Cascada is another of the many communities that have still not recovered from the devastation caused by Hurricane Stan in 2005. In their case, the disaster caused major landslides that effectively changed the landscape by blocking the course of the river they had previously used for their water source. The drought of the past couple of years has reduced the flow of springs and creeks near the communities that a few families were able to rely on previously.

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At the time of this writing, the community is experiencing the extreme hardship of living without water while hoping for rain to bring temporary relief. The lack of water is a major factor contributing to the hardship of living in impoverished conditions in the Sierra Madre. When water becomes available, people immediately realize a better quality of life. It allows them to grow food gardens which help alleviate the malnutrition that is rampant in the region.

There are two schools in the community: an elementary school and a kindergarten that serves children aged 3 to 5 years old. The schools do not have water, which causes a lack of adequate sanitation for students, and makes life hard for the teachers who live there.

The community is concerned about retaining teachers given the remoteness of the location. They hope that by improving living conditions for them, specifically providing water for their needs, they will be more likely to continue teaching in the community. The water project will also provide water to the schools.

Project Description
This project is to build a system to provide water for the community. Fortunately, the river 3 km away from the community is a reliable source of good quality water. The water will be brought to the community through 2-inch poly-duct hose, connected to their existing holding tank.

Cement will be used to reinforce the interior surface of the tank, to build a catchment dam at the source and to build "rompedores" - small tanks that are necessary to slow the flow and reduce the pressure created when water races down steep grades. These structures also allow for the release of suction that builds in the hose.

To carry out the project, the Sexto Sol Center, a non-profit organization with 20 years of experience in the region, will coordinate and supervise the project until completion. The Sexto Sol Center team has already been working with the existing community committee responsible for overseeing water for the community for several months. This was done to reinforce the commitment of members to participate and strengthen leadership of the group which had not functioned in the recent past since they had no communal water system.Cipresal La Cascada Water System Project - Mexico

Labor will be done by the men from the community who will work together to open a path through the steep forest, lay down the hose and build the structures needed. They have a plan in place to maintain the water line in the future.

Sexto Sol will organize the logistics of transporting the large rolls of hose from the factory on the coast and to the remote village of Cipresal La Cascada. The hose has a life span of at least 20 years, and is a low-cost material that conforms to the contours of the rugged terrain. The Sexto Sol Center sources the hose from a factory that uses recycled plastic to make it as part of their commitment to reduce solid waste in the estuaries and mangrove forests on the coast. The community will bury the hose several inches deep to prolong its life and protect it from animals and vandals.

As part of the support to be offered to the community Dr. Tamara Brennan will teach the women in the community how to manage their water wisely. Typically, the waste water from washing dishes and clothes is allowed to pool on the ground causing odors and other problems. She will encourage them to channel the waste water to feed plants and use it to expand their gardens. She will also teach the women how to turn discarded plastic into useful things for the home as a way to help the family economy and keep toxic plastic waste out of the watershed.

Project Impact
590 people will benefit from the project.

Project Manager
Tamara Brennan, Ph.D.

Monitoring and Maintenance
The people of the community, and their water board, will be responsible for care and maintenance of the new water system.

Sexto Sol will return to the village on occasion to monitor the system and assist with maintenance as needed.

Comments
This project is part of the ongoing Sierra Madre Water Program, a comprehensive effort to improve water access in the underserved and impoverished Sierra Madre de Chiapas region of Mexico, spanning the border with Guatemala. These projects are designed and implemented by Water Charity and local NGO the Sexto Sol Center for community development. (This is the seventh project directed by Sexto Sol.)

Fundraising Target
$5,700

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

Donations Collected to Date
$5,700

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

Any additional donations will go to future projects in Mexico and Guatemala.

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

 

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El Portugués Rainwater Harvesting Project - Mexico

Planning rainwater harvesting project

This project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.NPC & WC Logos

Location

El Portugués, Peñamiller, Querétaro, México

Community DescriptionEl Portugues
El Portugués is perched in the mountainous, semi-desert region of the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro. The hills are matted with low, thorny matorral, diverse species of cactus, and a rainbow array of mineral-based rock formations. Despite the natural beauty, the town suffers from limited access to water due to very low rainfall, and a non-traditional location far from natural springs thanks to a government decision 40 years ago to move the town.

Families receive water from a groundwater well pump for only a couple of hours every third day, and so must store water in plastic drums or small tanks, plus reserves if/when the power goes out to the pump. Unlike other towns in the region, home gardens are scarce because of the lack of spring water, meaning that nearly all fruit and vegetables must be imported from hours away. 

It is a small, yet strategically located town for the locality because it sits at a T-junction, at the end of the paved stretch of road leading from the highway. Thus it is a meeting point for 18, mostly smaller, communities. It is a relatively poor, isolated region with few local jobs, and almost all income coming from family members working in the city of Querétaro or in the United States.

Problem Addressed
Rainfall rarely exceeds 50 cm a year in the region, and with the intense heat, almost no natural surface water accumulates. Therefore, groundwater extraction is used for all potable purposes. Houses get water pumped from a distant well for one hour every three days. Families use a combination of 1,000 L Rotoplas tanks (usually government donated), 55-gallon plastic containers, and/or concrete piletas, which are open-air, concrete tubs, to store this precious water. A few homes do try to capture rainfall in small plastic buckets, but since rainfall events tend to be infrequent and strong, they quickly fill up and the water doesn’t last. All families attempt to grow home gardens, but are severely restricted by access to water and many give up.

According to household surveys, families prioritize the need for water security precisely so that they can return to growing some of their own produce in vegetable gardens. Even traditional farming of corn and beans, which is located on terraces surrounding what are now completely dry stream-beds, is increasingly less productive. Thus there is a great need for improved storage options in the community, and to make use of the captured rainfall over the dry months.

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This project is to build 10,000-liter cisterns for 8 homes and one for the secondary school by the end of May, 2016, while training community members on construction techniques, building home gardens, water-saving practices, and the impacts that climate change is having on the local hydraulic cycles.

Knowledge of climate change risks that face El Portugués will be expanded, especially with regard to desertification and increasing rainfall anomalies.

The community has experience with similar construction projects, and they have shown that they have the willingness, abilities, and attitudes that will bring this project to fruition. Families that receive cisterns will rehabilitate their home gardens, using new techniques and new access to stored water. The objective of this project is to improve the quality of life for the community members by improving their access to a water-secure future through rainwater harvesting, a viable, sustainable solution that will protect their hydrological resources and enable the growth of fresh, healthy, traditional produce.

Capacity building for the benefiting parties and other community members who have expressed interests in learning about the rainwater harvesting will begin. Furthermore, classes will be implemented for the secondary school students to investigate RWH and how it fits into their academic curriculum. Next is the construction of the cisterns.

Families will prepare for construction by installing their own gutter systems, obtaining sand and gravel, and assisting with material transport. Construction itself will occur in groups, where each group of masons will be responsible for three cisterns to promote quick, responsible building. Finally, once the cisterns are completed, families will prepare their vegetable gardens for the upcoming rains and in the fall will be ready to harvest their home-grown produce.

Community Organization
Comité del Agua de la Lluvia is the main organizer, which has assisted with planning, logistics, and implementation strategies.

Project Impact
This project will benefit 154 people.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Michael Escobar

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Monitoring of the project process will be overseen by the Peace Corps Volunteer, while maintenance procedures will be led by the Rainwater Committee. Together  an Operations & Maintenance Manual will be assembled for all cistern owners to follow. Through capacity building and direct involvement in the project process, the community will take ownership of their work, and will have the ability to maintain the optimal function of the cisterns.

It is essential to have local skilled experts, such as the municipal engineer and local training staff as a resource should any issues arise. A couple of homes in town already have similar cisterns, so buy-in for the technology already exists. However building one in the secondary schools will make for the perfect public model that others can view and learn from. 

Although cistern construction is the most exciting part of the project process, the development of various capacities and knowledge bases is in fact the most important aspect of the project process. Technical training focuses on the construction process for cisterns, so that there are trained adults in the community that can replicate this process, perform repairs, and successfully maintain the cisterns in the future without the need for external consultation.

Furthermore, training on gardening practices will mix technical and educational, so that a wide base of community members can effectively maintain flourishing fruits and vegetables, through efficient water practices. Climate change education is also essential to prepare for more challenging water resource availability in the future. By incorporating students in the learning process, it will promote intergenerational continuation.

Comments
This project was determined to be a top priority through direct community interactions, including various Participatory Analysis for Community Action (PACA) workshops, household surveys, and a final pair-wise ranking of projects. Rainwater harvesting was voted on as the most important environmental need and had universal support. The demand for cisterns is far greater than can be met through a single grant, so this is going to be part of a larger series of planning to support the community’s interest. El Portugués has an organized community structure, and is more than prepared to contribute their necessary share, as well as learn more about water conservation and best use practices for home gardening.

MountainsClimate change plays a huge role in this project, and it will be interesting to see the long-term effects on water security as a result of these cisterns. Right now, desertification, and erratic rainfall patterns have taken a toll on the agricultural and economic prospects of the region, causing forced migration of laborers to nearby cities and the United States. Some farming plots have been abandoned, and domesticated farm animals have been sold because it isn't feasible to maintain them in the current water situation. It won't be possible to quantify the exact impact the cisterns have on such a complex, systemic problem, but these cisterns will be part of an adaptation strategy to rehabilitate and revitalize the region.

Although this is not officially a Let Girls Learn Project, it will benefit girls by helping them to stay in school by providing clean, private facilities for them to take care of their personal needs.  This will also increase health so that the girls are able to stay in school and get a proper education.

Dollar Amount of Project

$4,500

Donations Collected to Date

$4,500

Dollar Amount Needed

$0 - This project has been funded through the generosity of the Paul Bechtner Foundation.

Additional donations will go toward funding other projects in Mexico.

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

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Santo Domingo La Cascada Water System Project - Mexico

Santo Domingo La Cascada Water System Project - Mexico

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Map of the area and water lineLocation
Santo Domingo La Cascada, Chiapas, Mexico

Community Description
Santo Domingo La Cascada is located in the Sierra Madre region of Chiapas, Mexico. The community is made up of two parts, the original settlement and an additional zone that is called the "ampliación". The community consists of 243 households and 1,197 inhabitants. There is a primary school, a secondary school and a clinic.

Problem Addressed
In October of 2005, Hurricane Stan ravaged Central America, leaving hundreds of communities in the Sierra Madre region of Chiapas, Mexico in ruins.  In Santo Domingo La Cascada and the adjacent neighborhood, the people watched helplessly as four days of intense flooding and landslides washed away over 7 km of galvanized steel pipe that had been their water system. 

With no government support to replace the lost water line, the people have suffered the drudgery of having to carry all their water by bucket from a tiny creek a long distance from their community. It is a tedious and difficult task that has to be done repeatedly in the course of a day.  Frail elderly people whose grown children live elsewhere have to fetch their own water.  Schoolchildren must carry water daily to help their families.  They have done this now for over 10 years.

Man and bucketsThe elementary school accommodates many children, but has no water. The community police must spend a couple hours each day carrying water from far away just for the bathrooms that are in constant use by the students and staff.  Severe drought conditions since 2014 have aggravated the hardship since people cannot reliably collect rainwater.  These conditions prevent families from producing gardens, which are important for food security.


Project Description
This project is to restore water to the community by replacing and upgrading 6.5 kilometers of water line that was lost in the Hurricane Stan disaster. This straightforward project will replace the galvanized pipe with 2" PVC hose that will be buried underground.  Under the technical direction of the Sexto Sol Center, the community has mapped out a better route for the hose along a ridge where it would not be affected by future flooding.  The hose is durable and when buried will provide decades of service.

Mercifully the original water tank located above the two communities was untouched by the disaster and remains in good conditions.  The people in the two adjacent communities are well organized and administer their affairs at the Comisaria Ejidal, a community building where meetings are held.  The water committee is poised to direct the work teams as they lay down the new water line.

water basinFrom the paved highway running from Las Cruces to Porvenir, the road turns off to the south at Mozotal.  There are 11 km of paved road.  At the end of the pavement there are another 8 km of "good" unpaved road to the community.  The hose will be brought from the coast, up the escarpment and delivered to the point where the road turns off from the highway.  The community will then ferry the 65 rolls of hose by pickup truck to strategic points along the route where it will be laid down.

Project Impact
This project will benefit almost 2,000 people residing in and adjacent to the community of Santo Domingo de Cascada.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Tamara  Brennan
                     
Monitoring and Maintenance
Technical direction, logistical help, monitoring and maintenance will be provided by the Sexto Sol Center for Community Action.Chiapas Jungle Catchment

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La Cascada region is known internationally for the exceptional coffee that the people in the communities produce on small plots on extremely steep mountain slopes.  They also grow corn for their own consumption.  In a good year, families that rely on coffee farming make little income from the commodity crop they raise.  In 2013, drought and other climatic conditions caused the proliferation a pest that destroyed much of the coffee crop in the region, leaving families with debt but very little income.  Many must depend on the funds sent home by a grown child working as an undocumented worker in the United States.  For this reason, they have not been able to replace the water system lost over ten years ago.

Dollar Amount of Project
$6,400

Donations Collected to Date
$6,400

Dollar Amount Needed

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

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Donations of any amount will be appreciated. The full amount will allow you a posted dedication, if that is something you would like.

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


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Training and Support Project - Mexico

Teaching in Mexico

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The implementation of our Training and Support Initiative broke new ground to enable Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association to bring new and better water, sanitation, public health, and environmental projects into being.

During her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV), Elena Neibaur implemented the San José Xacxamayo Rainwater Catchment System Project - Mexico which resulted in the installation of 3 rainwater capture and storage systems and the installation of 20 water filtration systems.

Training and Support Project - Mexico

Peace Corps Mexico has scheduled a water workshop to be held from July 14 through July 17, 2015 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. There will be about 20 PCVs and 20 counterparts, and the training will include site visits and technical training. The principal facilitators will be from the organizations CATIS-Mexico and Isla Urbana.

Elena has been invited to participate in the conference on behalf of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV), she has the background, education, and experience to pass on to the serving volunteers many of the lessons she learned as a PCV.

While she is in Mexico, she will assist in the training of select serving PCVs in water technologies, helping them with conceptualization and design of projects, and the application for funding by Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association through the Peace Corps Partnership Program.

Upon her return home, Elena will offer mentoring and support remotely to those who request it.

We are thrilled at the prospect of carrying out this groundbreaking model, involving RPCVs helping serving PCVs. It will generate a greater flow of projects that deliver needed water and sanitation facilities to communities in Mexico.

The project exemplifies the fact that we are one Peace Corps Community, working together for the common good.

Funding Goal
$1,500

Donations Collected to Date
$50

Dollar Amount Needed

$1,450

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

 

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Niquivil Water System Project - Mexico

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This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the National Peace Corps Association.

 
Location
Topographical map showing Niquivil's locationNiquivil, Sierra Madre de Chiapas, Mexico
 
Community Description
Niquivil is the largest community in the eastern part of the municipality of Motozintla.  The town is located at an elevation of 9,200 feet on the border with Guatemala and is home to 220 families.
 
Unlike other parts of the Sierra Madre, at this elevation it is not possible for people to grow coffee as a cash crop.  Most households grow vegetables, corn or potatoes on a small scale for their own use with surplus being sold.   The standard of living is very poor.  Since Niquivil is a border crossing, some households make a meager living by selling goods from Mexico to people in communities on the other side of the border.  Many families must depend on the money sent to them by a member of their family who is working in the U.S. as an undocumented worker. 
 
Problem Addressed
Many years ago, the government built a large holding tank for the community and put in pipe to bring water from a creek up slope.  Unfortunately, part of the pipe was stolen.  The community of 1540 people has been trying to get by with only a ¾ inch PVC hose to bring the water to the tank.  This is very inadequate for the needs of such a large population. 
 
Project Description
The project is to install hose to connect the spring catcment, where water is collected, to a water point in the village.
 
The existing holding tank is in good conditionThe town is located about an hour from Motozintla on a paved road.  The hose will be delivered to Motozintla and the people in the town will then ferry it to their community at their expense.  There are people with small trucks and the villagers can contribute a small sum for the gas.
 
This project will be completed quickly by the men from the community who will do the necessary work.  The hose will follow an established route from a functioning tank on the river to a functioning holding tank.  All that is needed is 3.4 kilometers of hose and residents will then be able to enjoy the improved quality of life that reliable access to water provides.
 
Project Impact
1,540 men, women and children will have reliable access to water for decades to come.
 
Volunteer Directing Project
Tamara Brennan
 
Monitoring and Maintenance
The town will be responsible for the care and maintenance of their new hose.  If problems arise that they are unable to deal with, Tamara's Sexto Sol office can be contacted and Water Charity would be happy to consider follow up projects that might be needed.
 
Houses in NiquivilComments
This project is part of a series of projects that Water Charity has undertaken in the region in concert with the Sexto Sol Center for Community Development.  Other projects in this ongoing effort to help some of the poorest people in Mexico can be found HERE.
 
Dollar Amount of Project
$4,100
 
Donations Collected to Date
$4,100
 
Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded, through the generosity of Michael and Carla Boyle, of Nelsonville, OH, USA.
 
This project has been completed.  To see the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.
 
 
Additional amounts will go to other projects in Mexico.

NiquivilThe pathway of the hoseReplacing the tiny hose with a larger sturdier hoseThe hose can be easily buried due to the soil and lack of ravines along the path.

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