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Mangungumete Market Latrine Project - Mozambique

Mangungumete Market Latrine Project - Mozambique

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

Mangungumete Market Latrine Project - MozambiqueLocation
Mangungumete, Inhassoro District, Inhambane Province, Mozambique

Community Description
Mangungumete is a small village of about 5,000 people, but the surrounding area is composed of 25,000, all who come to Mangungumete for its small health center and larger market selection. There is a small police station and primary school, but for all other resources, such as secondary school and government offices, one must travel to the bigger nearby towns.

Mangungumete is located on the National Highway between its district capital (Inhassoro) and the neighboring district capital (Vliankulo). While transportation is available to these towns, very few people have the money for such visits.

Everyone speaks local language (Xitswa) and less than 60% can speak very basic Portuguese, the national language. The majority of the village lives in a straw hut and works on farms, planting peanuts, beans and corn. But, with the drought the past three years, and the average family (5 children) earning only $100 per month, a lot of people are struggling to feed their large families.

Mangungumete Market Latrine Project - MozambiqueThe youth mostly attend school, but missing a week or so to do farming is not unheard of. Combined with other social issues, the population's average education level is about 5th grade. While this limits the opportunities for the community to better itself, the lack of health education is the most damaging. Many do not understand basic prevention and treatment options for common illnesses caused by unsanitary conditions or improper handling and storing of food. Therefore, the majority of the population often falls sick.

Problem Addressed
The market of Mangungumete does not have any bathroom facilities, thus forcing the population to use unsanitary methods of urination and defecation when at the market. This is especially true for the 150+ vendors who stay at the market all day. The entire village of around 5,000 people, sharing only 6 water pumps, results in very limited personal hygiene and sanitary conditions.

Project Description
This project is to build a public bathroom at the marketplace.

Mangungumete Market Latrine Project - MozambiqueLocation:
The bathroom/latrine facility will be located within the 'new market' section of the town's market. The structure will be 15 meters away from all current vender stalls. This follows the norms and regulations for public latrine placement.

It is in an open, central and visible location, which will help with increased use of this facility and abandonment of the current practice of public urination/defecation behind stalls within the market. The location reduces risk of assault because there are no narrow allies leading to/from the facility.

The Building:
The structure will be a 3-meter by 3-meter cement block building with a tin metal roof, built on firm ground. It will be divided in half and have 8 block ventilation 'windows' and 2 wooden doors. One room will be for urination and the other for defecation. This is a standard latrine structure in the area and what the community voted for.

The floors will be cement. In the center of each room there will be a cement platform for people to squat over. The system will be the same for both rooms: an inclined plastic pipe will lead from the hole to the sewage tank, which is located off to the side. There will be a bucket of water there for the people the flush waste down to the tank.

Sewage Tank:
Next to the facility, a 5-meter deep hole, 1-meter by 1-meter square, will be dug. The hole will be lined with cement blocks all the way up. This wall will prevent the damp sand from caving in and filling in the hole. There will also be a cement divider with little holes placed half way deep into the sewage tank. Liquids will seep through those holes into the bottom hole and the gravel below and then the ground; the solids will remain in the top half of the tank. This will allow the tank to fill primarily with solid waste, and not liquid, thus extending that lifespan. This is the common and approved practice when building public latrines in this area.

The lid to the tank will be cement and have a plastic pipe leading out at a 90-degree angle, to allow for ventilation. The end of the pipe will be covered with netting to prevent insects from entering. This ventilation will help decrease the smell and also help with drying out the solids.

A wide tube will lead from each "toilet" to the sewage tank. A single sewage tank will receive both the urine and feces for cost saving purposes. The divider will then allow urine and the flushing water to separate from the waste solids. Culturally, it is still important to have a place to urinate that is separate from that for defecation -- thus the two identical rooms.

Mangungumete Market Latrine Project - MozambiqueThe water table is 20-25 meter deep. According to a civil engineer at the infrastructure office at the district’s capital, this 5-meter sewage tank will not contaminate Mangungumete's water supply.

This system was chosen because if the tank fills up, the town can easily dig another tank and continue to use the original building. This system will help with the sustainability of this project. Community leaders anticipate that the tank will last 15-20 years.

Guard House:
A small guard house will be built right next to the bathroom facility. It will be a 1.5-meter by 1.5-meter building made of cement blocks, and have a tin metal roof. There will be 3 block ventilation "windows" and a wooden door. This is where the guard will sit and collect a small fee (less than a penny) per person that uses the latrine. The mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies will also be stored here. This collected money will be used to pay the guard's salary and maintenance fees, and will fund any future purchases, such as soap. This person will also ensure the cleanliness of the bathroom/latrine.

Sink:
Outside of the bathroom/latrine facility and in-between the 2 doors there will be a metal sink with running water. This sink will serve the dual purpose of hand washing station and filling station for the buckets to 'flush' and to clean the facilities. The pipes will draw water from the water tank at the police station located 20 meters away. This has been approved by the leadership at the district capital, the leadership in Mangungumete, and the police.

End of Project 'Health Day':
To celebrate the project's completion, there will be a health-themed event attended by the market vendors and the greater community. Some of the event activities will include: health talks, interactive games teaching proper sanitation and personal hygiene (such as washing hands after using such facilities and before handling food, which is especially important for the market vendors).

A youth group will also paint murals on the bathroom/latrine walls to serve as a constant reminder of proper hygiene and other healthy habits like using a bug net.

Project Impact
5,000 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Leah Kirby

Monitoring and Maintenance
Planning has included all counterparts to ensure that they are actively learning and are part of the decision- making process for this project. Skill building and learning are fundamental part of the project.

The appointment of a person to guard the latrine and lock it during the night will result in a facility that is always properly clean and safe for all to use for many years.

Fundraising Target
$1,850

Donations Collected to Date
$1,850

Dollar Amount Needed

$0 - This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of the Robert Victor Sager and Beatrice Mintz Sager Foundation.

Additional donations will be used for other projects in Mozambique.

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

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Machavenga Public Latrine Project - Mozambique

Machavenga Public Latrine Project - Mozambique
NPCA & WC LOGOSThis project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.
 
Location
Machavenga, Inhambane Province, Mozambique
Machavenga Well Underwater


Community Description
Small rural town located on the Inhambane Bay.  Located between two tourist location but lacking development.

Problem Addressed
The local market attracts hundreds of people daily, but there are no public bathrooms.  There is great concern that open defecation contaminates both food and water.
 
After conducting a detailed Community Needs Assessment of the community of Machavenga, a common problem people wanted to fix was the lack of public bathroom facilities in the market Sicutituno.  With this market attracting several hundred people per day, it is a concern that open defecation that is practiced in the market is contaminating food and making people sick.  
 
Project Description
To create public latrines in the market place and conduct a sanitation training to teach the community and market vendors how to keep food from being contaminated.  
 
This project entails two public latrine constructions at the market.  The local leaders of Machavenga are responsible for the construction and maintenance. Local leaders will also be responsible for contacting the Municipal when the latrines are ready to be emptied.  
 
All funds from Water Charity will be used for material costs for these latrines.  
 
The local leaders will be in charge of supplying the space and the workers for construction.  
 
After the completion, Peace Corps Volunteer Katelyn Dzialowy will lead a community sanitation and hygiene training.
 
Project Impact
Approximately 5,000 people will benefit from this project.
 
Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Katelyn Dzialowy
 
Monitoring and Maintenance
Local leaders are responsible for maintenance and for working with the Municipal for emptying the latrines.
 
Comments
The local community is putting up 27% of the total cost of the project, including the labor and the location.
 
Dollar Amount of Project (post community contribution)
$1,400
 
Donations Collected to Date
$1,400
 
Dollar Amount Needed
$0 - This project has been funded by a major Water Charity donor, who prefers to remain anonymous.
 
 
Any additional donations will be utilized to fund additional projects in Mozambique.
 
 
This project has been completed.  To see the results, CLICK HERE.
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CACHES Latrine Project - Mozambique

CACHES Latrine Project - Mozambique

Location
Chicumbane, Gaza province, Mozambique

Community Description
CACHES (Crianças Artistas Contra HIV e SIDA) is a community based organization in Chicumbane, Mozambique that combines elements of art, dance, music, theatre, and sex education to provide a structured after-school program and playing/learning environment for local youth. Although a relatively new organization, CACHES has already achieved wide recognition throughout the community and serves between 30-50 children daily.

The CACHES facility is often used for small-scale community events and is also home to JOMA and REDES groups, adolescent youth empowerment and leadership programs funded by PEPFAR.

CACHES Latrine Project - Mozambique The basic latrine used by children and facilitators of CACHES, composed of decaying reed and wire, is at this point insufficient to properly accommodate the high volume of use which it is getting. It offers very little privacy for children, and the lack of a proper latrine cover provides an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes and flies. The lack of a roof means that the latrine (and its users) become subject to harsh weather elements. Oftentimes, children will choose to go to the bathroom in the surrounding bushes rather than enter the latrine.

Project Description
This project is to build an improved latrine with separate sides for boys and girls. It will be a simple rectangular reed structure fortified with cement, with one wall slightly higher so that water will easily drain off the corrugated tin roof, and two latrine holes, divided by a cement wall.

The dimension of the building will be 2 meters x 3 meters x 3/3.5 meters. In order to ensure privacy and prevent misuse, each entrance will have a locking door. The staff and activists of CACHES will maintain the facilities.

CACHES Latrine Project - Mozambique Project funds will be used to purchase materials, including rocks, cement, tin sheets, fabricated cement latrine covers, planks, doors, and locks, and to pay for labor.

In order to maintain a sense of ownership of the project, CACHES will provide the cement blocks.

Project Impact
150 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Vivienne Chao

Comments
A new and improved latrine will enable CACHES to continue to deliver quality services to children and the entire community.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00 + additional amounts

Dollar Amount Needed
$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, with the help of friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Vivienne Chao, with additional funds from the Elmo Foundation for future projects in the country.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Vivienne of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Vivienne 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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Massinga Primary School Water and Sanitation Project – Mozambique

Massinga Primary School Water and Sanitation Project – Mozambique

Location
Massinga, District of Massinga, Inhambane Province, Mozambique

Community Description
Massinga is a busy district capital located along the national highway of Mozambique. The people of Massinga are widely affected by problems including HIV, malaria, and difficult access to water.

Massinga Primary School Water and Sanitation Project – Mozambique

The community directly involved is a primary school of 1,500 students (grades 1-6), located near the district hospital. The water source for the entire school is an electric p

ump located 500 m downhill. This distance makes it difficult to have sufficient water available for cleaning the bathrooms.

For these students there are 2 brick bathrooms for urinating and 3 latrines.

Each bathroom is further separated by a one brick high barrier to create a false sense of privacy. These brick barriers and the wall barrier between the bathrooms each have a 1 inch hole for drainage.

The current problems with this bathroom system are the following: 1) no water access, 2) ineffective waste drainage system, and 3) waste runs outside into the open air. These factors combine to create an unhygienic, unpleasant environment where cleaning is difficult, and children prefer using the outside.

Project Description
This project will provide running water for the 2 bathrooms, improve the drainage between and out of the bathrooms, and install a faucet and a handwashing station consisting of ‘tippy-taps.’ The faucet can be used for additional cleaning of the bathrooms or other water needs of the school.

Massinga Primary School Water and Sanitation Project – Mozambique Each bathroom will have a tube coming down from the wall that will wash away urine in the improved trough to be in place. The main tube will be connected to a source 42 m slightly uphill from the bathrooms (as decided by the city water company).

The main water pipe will be parted into two systems, one being a water faucet and the other controlling the water flow to the pipes in the bathrooms. When the lever is turned on, water will run into both the bathrooms at once and down to the storage containers.

The 1 in. tube leading out of the bathrooms onto the ground will be modified by adding a minimum 2 in. wide tube emptying into a storage/filtration containment. This will be a minimum 1 ½ m x 1 ½ m, lined with ‘bottle bricks’ (as used by ECO-TEC solutions), and the bottom of this pit will be lined with rocks.

The Peace Corps Volunteer will be teaching the bottle brick construction method to a local contractor as well as interested faculty members for the construction. The children have already involved themselves by bringing in ½-liter bottles to school. These bottles will be filled with sand by the kids and used as bricks instead of cement bricks.

Water Charity funding will be used for the various tubes and connectors needed, a complete faucet tap, cement needed to seal the bottle bricks together, cement needed to make an improved gutter structure in the bathrooms, and a handwashing station.

The plumbing will be done by the city water company.

After construction the facilities will be cleaned and water bills paid for by the school.

During and after the construction, lessons will be given involving hygiene, why it is important, and why the reuse of plastic trash is important (i.e. how it harms the environment). These will be given by the teachers and local peer educators from the district hospital.

Massinga Primary School Water and Sanitation Project – Mozambique

Project Impact
1,500 students will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Alicia Portillo

Comments
This is an effective project to bring water to the school and utilize it for regular and effective sanitation. It has widespread school and community support, and it creates an interest in proper hygiene which will students will bring back to their homes.

Dollar Amount of Project
$450.00

Donations Collected to Date
$450.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded through the generosity of Melissa Thompson, of Minneapolis, MN, USA.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Alician Portillo of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Alicia 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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CACHES Community Art and Recreation Center Latrine Project - Mozambique

CACHES Community Art and Recreation Center Latrine Project - MozambiqueLocation
Chicumbane, Xai Xai District, Xai Xai Province, Mozambique

Community Description
Chicumbane is a medium sized rural community that lies directly on the national highway a short distance from the capital of Gaza province, which has the highest HIV prevalence rate in Mozambique at 26%.

Chicumbane's location creates an environment of stark contrasts. While many middle class families living in cement houses with electricity commute to their jobs in the nearby provincial capital, others living in reed shacks rely heavily on agrarian activities such as the raising of livestock and subsistence farming.

CACHES Community Art and Recreation Center Latrine Project - MozambiqueIn addition, there is a large population that has a traditional mentality towards work and education, preferring to keep girls at home and send boys to herd in the pastures, rather than send the children to school. Both the standard of living and the lack of education impede the knowledge and understanding of basic community and family health concepts.

Crianças Artistas Contra HIV e SIDA (Artistic Children Against HIV and AIDS), or CACHES, is a Community Art and Recreation Center in the community of Chicumbane. The vision of CACHES is of a world in which children grow up to be self-confident and empowered adults. Dedicated community members have come together with the mission to create a refuge where local children can be motivated, encouraged, and educated so that they gain the necessary information and skills to live happy, healthy lives free from HIV and AIDS.

At present, the basic latrine at CACHES is made of reeds and wire, and is insufficient to properly accommodate the high volume of use that results from the participation of youth in lessons and activities. Programs were recently expanded to accommodate up to 75 people per day, and there is an urgent need to improve the sanitation facilities.

CACHES Community Art and Recreation Center Latrine Project - MozambiqueProject Description
This project is to build a new latrine complex at the center, with separate sides for boys and girls.

It will be a simple rectangular cement block structure with one wall slightly higher so that water will easily drain off the corrugated tin roof. Its dimensions will be 2 meters x 3 meters x 3/3.5 meters.

The two latrines will be lined with concrete blocks, and covered by concrete latrine platforms. There will be two locking doors to insure privacy and prevent misuse.

Project funds will be used to purchase and transport materials, including blocks, cement, gravel, sand, vents, and doors.

The work will be done by local contractors and art center staff.

Once completed, the staff and activists of the community art center will maintain the facilities.

Project Impact
The project will benefit 465 people, including 50 registered local youth and 15 formal staff, plus another 100 youth and nearly 300 community members involved in activities throughout the year.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Emily McIntosh

Comments
A healthy environment at the center will foster the teaching of proper health behaviors, thereby leading to a reduction in disease.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

This project became infeasible, and was not implemented.

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Chimundo Community Center Bathroom Project - Mozambique

Inadequate Latrine - MozambiqueLocation
Chimundo, Gaza Province, Mozambique

Community Description
Mozambique is located in southeastern Africa, bordered by the Indian Ocean on the east, Tanzania on the north, Malawi and Zambia on the northwest, Zimbabwe on the west and Swaziland and South Africa on the southwest.

This project is situated in Chimundo, which began as an expansion neighborhood for the nearby district capitol of Chibuto. Although this neighborhood arose in the late 1970s, it was only after bad floods in 2000, causing loss of lives and the destruction of many houses in the Limpopo River Valley, that many people moved to Chimundo.

Chimundo has about 1,112 families consisting of 5,560 people. Some of the major problems Chimundo faces are: food security, high infant mortality (due to causes such as diarrhea, malaria, and bacterial diseases), high percentage of population living with HIV/AIDS, and low literacy levels. The HIV/AIDS epidemic that plagues Mozambique is a factor that contributes greatly to the growing number of orphans and vulnerable children in the area.

Unsanitary - MozambiqueThe community center is a response created by concerned community members designed to alleviate these problems and improve the lives of the Chimundo citizens.

In 2004, a project was started by a group of Franciscan nuns to respond to the needs of many flood victims who lost their houses. The project is divided into the following areas: a pre-school, an after-school program, a training center, and a recreational center.

The pre-school promotes the growth and development of motor, cognitive, and social skills for the young children. The after-school program is a space where school-aged children come for homework help and to occupy their free time constructively. The training center offers English, information technology, carpentry, and basket-weaving classes for youth and adults. The recreational center provides activities, such as films, for the enjoyment of Chimundo’s citizens.

Although the community center has the infrastructure to house these activities, such as a pre-school classroom, an after-school classroom, and a building that serves as the training and recreational center, it lacks a sanitary bathroom.

Pre-School Kids & Gracey Uffman - MozambiqueProject Description
This project is to construct a bathroom at the community center. It will be built with cement blocks and a tin roof. It will have facilities for males and females, and will be equipped with basic plumbing.

Project Impact
There are 35 children ranging from 2-5 years old who attend the pre-school every day who will benefit from this project.

In addition the community members who participate in the other areas such as tutoring, carpentry class, English lessons, and information technology classes will also benefit from the project.

The total number will be 100 persons who directly benefit, and all of the 5,500 inhabitants of Chimundo will benefit indirectly.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Gracey Uffman

Comments
The construction of an appropriate bathroom will greatly help the caretakers of the pre-school to better provide for the children of the center. In addition, the persons participating in the other activities at the center will also benefit from the sanitary facilities.

This project satisfies a critical basic need at a very low cost.

Dollar Amount of Project
$499.00

Donations Collected to Date
$499.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded, through the generosity of Marian Uffman, of Baton Rouge, LA, USA with the help of Gracey’s friends.

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

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

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