Nkurenkuru Clean Water Project – Namibia

Nkurenkuru Clean Water Project – NamibiaLocation
Nkurenkuru, Kavango, Namibia

Community Description
Nkurenkuru is a growing but still small rural town, 140 km west of Rundu in the Kavango region, northeastern Namibia. It was recently awarded “town” status by the government, and has roughly 9,000 residents.

There are a number of government buildings, a petrol station, 3 small grocery stores and other assorted goods shops.

The community consists of poor rural families. They are subsistence farmers with as many as 5-10 children in one household, some of whom they can afford to send to school. Within each household there are unemployed/underemployed out-of-school youth.

Nkurenkuru Clean Water Project – NamibiaAlthough the national water company is present in Nkurenkuru, most families cannot afford a water hookup, or they live too far away for hookups to be available.

All of these families drink water daily from the local river. This river has cows, donkeys, and goats feeding around it and drinking from it. It is contaminated with their feces and Bilharzia (parasite), among other microscopic contaminants.

The people get diarrhea, upset stomach, and parasites throughout the year. If you ask one about sickness they will say, “Ah us we are used!”

Beyond this Namibia has a 19% HIV/AIDS infection rate, with a 22% rate in the Kavango region. This means that many people in the community have HIV/AIDS, and drinking unclean water adds to the list of possible opportunistic infections and diseases.

Nkurenkuru Clean Water Project – NamibiaProject Description
This project is to develop a capacity in the community to produce bio-sand filters, begin to produce them on an ongoing basis, and proliferate their use.

The project will start with a public awareness campaign, conducted by the local town council and constituency council. Its purpose will be to introduce the technology and raise an understanding of the impact that the filters can have in reducing waterborne illness.

Families will be given the opportunity to participate if they agree to a set of prerequisites. In addition to building their own filters, each family will be required to supply one worker to help in the construction of all the filters. They will also have to participate in the education and training program.

Beyond this there will be a team of 2-3 workers, unpaid volunteers, who will learn how to build the mold and construct the filters. These will eventually constitute a core of trained people with the capacity to continue to build additional filters.

The project will construct 1 or 2 wooden molds and produce as many filters as possible. The goal will be to produce at least 5-10 filters to start.

Project funds will be used to purchase wood and screws for the construction of the bio-sand filter mold, wire mesh and wood for sieve construction, PVC/plastic piping for filter construction, lubricant for cement/mold barrier, plastic bowls for filter diffuser plate, and cement for filter construction.

A short survey will be conducted to investigate the number, type, and frequency of water-borne illnesses in participating families.

Project family training will be conducted with each family at their homestead after they have received their filter.

A follow-up study will be conducted with each family group after a period of months to observe the initial effectiveness of the filter in preventing water-borne illnesses.

Project Impact
This project will benefit 80-100 people within 4 months of initiation, and will continue to serve others into the future.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Caleb Stephens

This is a demonstration project that will not only produce substantial immediate results but will also teach a vital technology and institute an important public health value in the community.

These filters will rid the water consumed by participating families of bacteria and provide the people with a better standard of living. It will have the greatest impact on those with impaired immune systems, such as people living with HIV/AIDS.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has now been fully funded, through the generosity of Mary Connally, of Huntington Beach, CA, USA and friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Caleb Stephens.

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

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

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Epako Rainwater Harvesting Project - Namibia

Namibia MapNamibia, located in Southern Africa, is bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean, on the north by Angola and Zambia, on the east by Botswana and Zimbabwe and on the south and east by South Africa.

This location of this project is Epako, near Gobabis, in the Omaheke Region of Eastern Namibia.

The project will be carried out at a location run by a local NGO, Early Intervention Programme (EIP). EIP was founded and is operated by Ben Motlata, a local community member and human rights activist. EIP supports and empowers youth who live on the street and provides them with opportunities for an improved quality of life.

EIP is currently providing literature classes, sport activities, and drama classes. Some of the youth live at the project, participate in daily living activities, and receive meals there as well.

Namibia Garden TendingThis project is to build a rain water harvesting system for the EIP’s Community Garden. The funds will be used to purchase and install the gutters, tanks, piping, pump and filters.

The garden will promote sustainability of EIP, ensure that nutritious food is available for the youth, promote skill development, promote responsibility, and foster self-esteem.

The garden currently exists on one small plot of land, approximately 10 x 3 meters and consists of ground soil gardening and mirco-gardening in the form of reused tires. It contains spinach, chard, cabbage, onions, carrots, beet root, and tomatoes.

This project is to be carried out by Peace Corps Volunteer Amanda Miller. It is a part of a current program in which Peace Corps Namibia and the Namibia Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) are working together to educate and support identified Peace Corps Volunteers, counterparts and community groups who are interested in starting and sustaining micro-gardens. Namibia Garden

In the arid climate of the Kalahari Desert, water is scarce and expensive. The rainy season in eastern Namibia lasts approximately 3-4 months each year and during the remainder of the year, it is without rainfall. Rainwater harvesting will ensure proper maintenance of the garden year-round, including winter crops during the dry season. The reduction in the need to purchase water will allow more funds to be conserved for improvement of the garden and for other program purposes.

Currently, sixteen boys are intensively supported by the project. At particular times, the project has served as many as 33 boys. In addition, many more people will benefit when future conditions promote garden expansion and further participation by the local community.

Namibia Garden TiresA follow-up project, which will be defined and undertaken as a separate project, has been identified. When the current project is successfully completed, a second harvesting system at the other EIP project location will be started. This location is where the caretaker and some of the youth reside, and where the office is currently located. The water from the new project will be used for daily living activities (cooking, bathing, and drinking) and can serve as an additional water source for the garden.

Donations are accepted in any amount. To designate your donation for use in the Epako Rainwater Harvesting Project, click on the Donate button below.

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

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Ngoma School Latrine Project – Namibia

Community Meeting - NamibiaLocation
Ngoma Lower Primary School, Kavango Region, Namibia, Africa.

Community Description
The school is located in a rural village 70 km west of Rundu in the Kavango Region of Namibia.

Due to the lack of a latrine, teachers and learners walk up to half an hour to use the bush toilet. This current practice promotes the spread of fecal-borne diseases and also decreases the amount/quality of instruction during school hours.

Homestead - NamibiaProject Description
This project is for the construction of a 4-person latrine on school grounds. Work is already progressing, and the pit and 3 of 4 floor slabs have been completed.

Project funds will be used to purchase materials, including zinc oxide for the inner walls and roof, 4 PVC pipes for ventilation, 6 bags of concrete for the fourth floor slab, 4 door frames with doors, 4 pots with toilet seats, and 4 locks.

The community and school staff (1 principal/teacher, 2 teachers, and a maintenance man) will assist in the construction of the latrine. In addition the community will provide rock for the walls.

Ngoma School - NamibiaProject Impact
More than 200 people, consisting of learners, teachers, and community members, will benefit from the improved conditions created by this project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Justin Rausa

This is another example of a small project creating conditions that are certain to result in a reduction of disease. Students will learn proper hygiene, and bring the knowledge home with them.

The commitment of the community is demonstrated by the fact that they started the project, despite the lack of financial capability to proceed beyond a certain point.

Justin and FriendsThis project also demonstrates the ability of Appropriate Projects to react to an urgent need. PCV Rausa will be completing his term of service very soon, and wanted to do one more project in the community before his departure. Other potential funding sources would not have been able to act quickly enough for the project to proceed.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

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.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Justin 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.

Funds Needed : 
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