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Colcamar Water Purification Project - Peru

Colcamar Water Purification Project - Peru

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

Location
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Annex Xxxxxx, District Colcamar, Region Amazonas, Peru

Colcamar Water Purification Project - PeruCommunity Description
There are seven annexes in the district of Colcamar but this project will focus on one in particular, Xxxxxx. The community consists of 30 families, a small health post, an elementary school, a church, and a small town square. The people are incredibly welcoming and open.

The town is closer to the highway than to the district capital of Colcamar, and therefore it has been easier for them to send their children to the regional capital for high school. The quality of education is slightly more advanced in the regional capital, and after receiving their education many students come back, and have elevated the overall understanding and education of the town.

As one of the smallest annexes, they often feel as if the municipality has forgotten their needs, so they work hard to provide for themselves. The members of the water committee were changed in 2016 and this new group has proven to be very animated about their jobs. They were able to convince the community to pay for their water service for the first time.

Problem Addressed
The water system of the town was constructed more than 20 years ago. Although an NGO came to the annex five years ago, little was done to improve healthy water coverage. The NGO constructed a new reservoir, but they left the rest of the system without improvements, without a chlorination system and without training the community in basic maintenance.

The town is drinking crude water straight from the source, as there is no treatment system. This leaves the people susceptible to any and all bacteria and pathogens that are in their drinking water. The members of the community know they have been drinking untreated water but do not fully understand the consequences of that.

The water committee has shown an interest in bringing their people treated water but do not know how to go about it on their own as they have not been trained by the municipality, and largely working by themselves.

Colcamar Water Purification Project - PeruProject Description
This project is to provide a safe and secure source of water for every member of the community through the installation of a chlorination system for water purification.

A drip system chlorination system will be installed in the reservoir, along with a small house structure to protect the system from the elements and thieves.

A large (600 L) tank will be placed on top of the reservoir, filled with a mother solution of concentrated Cloro. There is a flotation apparatus that sits on the mother solution and feeds the Cloro down through a tube out of the tank that will enter the reservoir at a controlled drip rate.

This system is the current model promoted by the Peruvian government and NGOs in the region. It works best with smaller water systems, allows the operator of the system to reduce trips to the reservoir (only have to refill the mother solution every 2 or 3 weeks), and is easy to implement and to train people on its proper use and maintenance.

The PCV and a representative from the municipality will provide 6 trainings to the water committee of the town in themes of administration and system operation and maintenance. After these trainings, the water committee will become a more autonomous entity.

The PCV and municipality representative will also hold 3 town hall meetings to discuss the project and how it is advancing as well as provide information as to the importance of drinking treated water.

Having the water committee help with the installation will give them a sense of ownership. The PCV will visit the town weekly (for 6 weeks) after the installation of the chlorination system to monitor that it is functioning correctly and the Cloro level is sufficient for the community.

Project Impact
125 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Sally Clark

Monitoring and Maintenance
With weekly trainings in themes such as administration, operation, and maintenance of a water system, the water committee will improve their abilities and their confidence. A short diagnostic will take place at the beginning of the project and the very end to evaluate specific knowledge that has been learned by the members.

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

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

 

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Ferreñafe Zoo Well Project - Peru

Ferreñafe Zoo Well Project – Peru

NPCA & WC LOGOSThis project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.
 

Location
Zoological ParkFerreñafe Zoo - Ferreñafe, Lambayeque, Peru

Community Description
Ferreñafe is a town of roughly 32,000 located twenty-five minutes from Chiclayo, the fourth largest city in Peru.

There is an ongoing reforestation initiative to increase and maintain the number of native species near the city center, beautify the town of Ferreñafe's Municipal Zoological Park and create a green space out of a previously poorly utilized piece of land.  The 2 hectare terrain was used as a location for solid waste disposal until 2001 and was converted into a zoological park in 2011.

The Northeast sector consists of a 45,000 cubic meter mound of solid waste capped with a 1.5 meter layer mixture of clay, silt and sand.  More than 200 native trees have been planted on top of this section and are currently watered once a week with water delivered by truck with a supply tank.   The Southern section consists of different fruit tree varieties and housing for a variety of rescued and donated animals.  The current system of water supply is inefficient, not meeting park demands and delaying future project growth. 

Problem Addressed
The park lacks necessary water for bathing of animals, and watering of native plant species in local zoological park.

Project Description

This project is to build a well at the Zoological Park.  

The well will be 7.2 meter deep located in the Southeastern corner of the park.  The water will be used for the watering of plants and the bathing of animals. The installation of a well will allow for improving the current level of upkeep, increasing park environmental courses and with the help of two local ecological brigades,

400 new trees will be transplanted by project close.  The Municipality has performed the initial inspection for the installation of a well, agreed to provide the necessary construction materials and the manual labor necessary for the upkeep and monitoring of the project.

The PumpWith the excavation and construction of a well, the municipality and community plans to grow and sustain more than 1,000 new trees in the zoo area.  With at least 400 to be transplanted by the project closing date.  With a consistent water source the quality of life of the animals can also be greatly improved.  While the animals are not currently being mistreated, the effort to deliver water regularly is a strain on workers and requires extra duties of workers in other municipal positions. 

A more localized water source will greatly alleviate the scarcity and eliminate the constant need to juggle watering efforts.  The animals at the site will be able to have their bathing water changed on a more regular basis, rather than when it  becomes the most obvious concern. For example, one of the now turned off taps is located above the bathing area for the turtles.  The water could be easily be drained and refilled twice a week, as is necessary when housing sixteen turtles.  However, due to local disputes this has been completely shut off.  By installing a well on site regular bathing practices could once again be put into place for the relatively few but valuable animals at the zoo park.

The well will be machine dug, and supported by the installation of six concrete rings that each measure 1.2 meters. The structure will be covered by slanted sheet metal roofing when not in use and located in a section of the park off-limits to visitors. 

The water will be pumped from the well using a Honda G300 pump with a 3 inch diameter hose lowered into the flooded zone.  When extracted the water will then go to three different locations:

  1. An underground storage tank (already in place) which pumps to a separate water tank in the highest point of the park to gravity feed a hose for plant and tree watering.
  2. Two barrels located near the park entrance for quick access for cleaning, hand watering and other small tasks. 
  3. Directly applied to other nearby trees, animal cages and tree nursery with attached hose.


Project Impact
2,000 people (approximately), as well as the animals themselves, will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Matthew Wildhagen

Monitoring and Maintenance
The Environmental Manager of Ferreñafe will perform bimonthly visits in order to ensure park progress and upkeep.

Comments

With a reliable source of water, time and fuel will be saved from having to truck water in from a nearby canal, and problems will be avoided, due to the dry season, when this water is needed more by local farmers and residents.  The Municipality will also be able to better utilize its workers, especially in the city recycling program, which has been burdened by having to routinely deliver water to this offsite location.

While the park still lacks bathroom facilites, much interest has been expressed in constructing these once a reliable source of water becomes established.  This same water could be routed from the underground storage tank to lavatory facilities with minimal future alterations.  The bathrooms would have to be constructed at a later date and connected to the city sewer system.

Dollar Amount of Project
$1,500

Donations Collected to Date
$100

Dollar Amount Needed
$1,400

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

 

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Comedor Popular and Vaso de Leche Water and Bathroom Project - Peru

Comedor Popular and Vaso de Leche Water and Bathroom Project - Peru

Comedor Popular and Vaso de Leche Water and Bathroom Project - Peru Location
Pueblo Nuevo de Conta, District of Nuevo Imperial, Lima Region, Peru

Community Description
The district of Nuevo Imperial is located along the southern coast of Peru, about 140 km south of Lima. Specifically, the project will take place in the annex of Nuevo Conta de Roma, which is located about 20 minutes from the main city center of Nuevo Imperial and has a population of about 2,500.

The majority of the population works in agriculture and livestock and many live below the poverty line. In order to combat malnutrition, the local government has implemented two nationwide programs in the annex, called Comedor Popular and Vaso de Leche, which function daily out of a municipal building.

In the morning, the building functions as a Comedor Popular, serving a nutritious lunch to over 30 adults at little to no cost.

In the afternoon, the building functions as a Vaso de Leche, where children of all ages come to receive a free snack and a safe place to play until their parents return home from work. Currently the Vaso de Leche receives about 40-50 children a day. All participants are registered by the state and confirmed that they are living below the poverty line.

Problem Addressed
The annex of Nuevo Conta de Roma is rapidly growing in population, which means that the number of children and adults requesting the services of Comedor Popular and Vaso de Leche is growing as well. Currently there are no bathroom facilities in the building.

At this time, the facility only receives water twice a week, which the staff stores in large bins, to be used throughout the week. The bins are often left without lids allowing the water to be easily contaminated, with associated health ramifications.

The staff is very concerned about the health of the members and has requested trainings from the local health post on how to reduce illness and contamination in food preparing process. It has been repeatedly suggested they purchase a large water tank to store their water more appropriately, but unfortunately do not have the financial means to do so.

Since 2012, the Municipality of Nuevo Imperial has worked on a project to put in water and sewer systems in the annex of Pueblo Nuevo de Conta. The project has recently been completed, and the building now can be connected to a reliable water source and sewer system.

Project Description
This project is to provide running water to, and construct a functioning bathroom for, the facility housing two important community programs.

A wooden platform structure will be built to a height of 3 meters. A 600-liter tank will be purchased and placed on the structure.

An electrical pump will also be purchased to supply water to the tank. Appropriate piping will be installed to connect the pump and tank to the municipal water system.

The bathroom will be two by three meters and will contain a toilet and a sink. The walls of the bathroom will be constructed from drywall and the floor will be made of cement.

The water tank will be connected to the toilet and sink.

Comedor Popular and Vaso de Leche Water and Bathroom Project - Peru

Water Charity funds will pay for the electric pump, water tank and its supporting structure, all of the bathroom fixtures (toilet, sink and necessary piping), and the structure of the bathroom of itself.

The municipality will pay for the installation of the water tank and bathroom and connection to the local water system, along with the skilled labor of the plumber.

The municipality will also pay the electric bill each month for the electrical pump to function properly.

The members of Comedor Popular and Vaso de Leche will help with the manual labor of building the water tank structure and other installation work.

After construction, weekly trainings will be held with the members on themes such as hand washing, consumption of safe drinking water, trash management, and maintenance of the bathroom.

Project ImpactComedor Popular and Vaso de Leche Water and Bathroom Project - Peru
85 people, including 35 adults from the Comedor Popular, 40 children from the Vaso de Leche, and 10 staff members, will benefit from the project.

 

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Katherine Hanson

Monitoring and Maintenance
The staff members of Vaso de Leche will be responsible for the everyday maintenance of the bathrooms.

The building currently receives monthly visits by the municipality and bi-yearly visits by the national government to ensure that the programs are functioning properly and that there is no misuse of funding. These visits will continue and include monitoring on the new water system.

After all of the trainings are complete, random inspections by the Peace Corps volunteer will be made to ensure that the new installations are being maintained and the members are continuing to use them correctly and consistently.

The mothers of Vaso de Leche have also promised their support in reinforcing the good hygiene practices that will be stressed throughout the project.

Comments
This is an important infrastructure project that will provide significant improvement in the health and wellbeing of the community.

Dollar Amount of Project
$600.00

Donations Collected to Date
$600.00

Dollar Amount Needed

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

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

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

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Poroto Water Project, Phase 2 – Peru

Poroto Water Project, Phase 2 – Peru

Location
District of Poroto, Department of La Libertad, Peru

Community Description
The district of Poroto is located in the department of La Libertad, 45 km east of Trujillo. There are three population centers, each with up to 1,000 people, and more than 30 outlying communities, with populations of dozens, for a total of less than 4,000.

Poroto is primarily agricultural, with pineapple as the common crop, taking advantage of perpetually warm climate and irrigation from the Rio Moche.

Seventeen different gravity-fed water systems, all drawn from protected springs, provide for household needs, all managed by community-led water committees, or juntas de agua. Most communities operate on minimal funds paying monthly fees of $0.40 to $0.80 per family.

Problem Addressed
Water testing has shown high fecal coliform and bacteria levels in sources, reservoirs, and from household taps. The Ministry of Health has deemed 14 systems unfit for human consumption.

Poroto Water Project, Phase 2 – Peru

Regulation of the chlorine level is needed to make the water safe for drinking.

Project Description
This project is to improve the water systems of four communities by installing industrial float vales in each to control the chlorine content and usage.

The project follows on, and utilizes the same technology as, the Poroto Water Project – Peru, which was successfully completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Read McCulloch.

The water systems to be improved under this project are located in the communities of Shiran (600 people), Platanar (400 people), Dos de Mayo (125 people), and Huayabito (75 people).

The project will be managed by Agua Potable Poroto, which will purchase the appropriate equipment for designated communities.

Water Charity funds will be used to pay for the valves.

The work will be done by local skilled technicians, with assistance as necessary from the communities.

Training is being provided to operators to properly use and service the equipment so that a healthy but tolerable level of chlorine can be maintained. Included in this is training on measuring residual chlorine levels and how to adjust dosage.

Project Impact
1,200 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Read McCulloch

Monitoring and Maintenance
Read McCulloch will monitor and evaluate the success of the new equipment, including effectiveness and sustainability. As needed, local operators will gain the capacity to operate independently.

Comments
This embodies the Water Charity concept of developing model projects and proliferating the technology in new areas using the skills and knowledge accumulated along the way.

These systems will be maintained effective with continuous chlorination, resulting in of health, safety, and financial benefits.

Dollar Amount of Project
$553.26

Donations Collected to Date
$553.26

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded through the generosity of Fable Naturals, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, as part of their giving back program. Additional funds from the Elmo Foundation and Michael & Carla Boyle were donated, and allocated to future projects in Peru.

This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Read McCullough  To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.

You may continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Read of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund projects by of other PCVs in Peru

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Poroto Water Project – Peru

Poroto Water Project – Peru

Location
District of Poroto, Department of La Libertad, Peru

Community Description
In the department of La Libertad, 45 km. east of Trujillo, lies the district of Poroto. There are three population centers with up to 1,000 people, and more than 30 outlying communities down to populations of dozens, for a total of less than 4,000 people.

Poroto Water Project – Peru

Poroto is primarily agricultural, with pineapple as the common crop, taking advantage of perpetually warm climate and irrigation from the Rio Moche.

Seventeen different gravity-fed water systems, all drawn from protected springs, provide for household needs, all managed by community-led water committees, or juntas de agua.

Most communities operate on minimal funds with monthly fees of $0.40 to $0.80 per family. Capital projects are hard to fund on meager budgets and the municipality can only manage to get a few executed each year.

Chlorination of reservoirs is the best large-scale solution to providing potable water, but technical challenges and cost of equipment have prevented any system from providing reliable and regular treatment.

Programs are in place to sell chlorine and chlorination equipment at cost out of the local health center. Excess chlorination is a significant issue, as most people would prefer to not chlorinate at all because of an odor in the water.

Problem Addressed
Water testing has shown high fecal coliform and bacteria levels in sources, reservoirs, and from household taps. The Ministry of Health has deemed 14 systems unfit for human consumption.

There have been efforts over the years by NGOs and other organizations to promote household treatment of drinking water. Still, people don't perceive the problem, despite parasite testing in schools showing up to 50% of children infected.

The technical challenge is that most reservoirs overflow at night for lack of drawdown from consumption. This overflow carries excess chlorine with it, driving up chlorine costs.

Project Description
This project is to improve the water systems of six communities by installing industrial float vales in each to control the chlorine content and usage.

The water systems are located in the communities of Mochal, Con Con, Cushmún, Mishiriuanga, San Antonio, and Pachillar

Water Charity funds will pay for the valves.

The work will be done by local skilled technicians, with assistance as necessary from the communities.

Training is being provided to operators to properly use and service the equipment so that a healthy but tolerable level of chlorine can be maintained. Included in this is training on measuring residual chlorine levels and how to adjust dosage.

Project Impact
1,300 people in six communities, including students in 3 schools, will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Read McCulloch

Comments
Once the overflow issue is resolved, these systems will be able to maintain effective and continuous chlorination. This will result in benefits of health, safety, and taste, as well as financial benefits from money saved in the purchase of chlorine.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00

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

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Read McCulloch of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Read 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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Los Castillos School Water Project - Peru

Los Castillos School Water Project - PeruLocation
Los Castillos, Santiago District, Ica Province, Peru

Community Description
The community of Los Castillos is an annex of Santiago that is very far away from the rest of the district. It is made up of about 75 households.

The community is hard to reach by car, and the issues of Los Castillos are relatively ignored by the municipality.

The community is small and poor, but community leaders have implemented a few small development projects in recent months.

Problem Addressed
Los Castillos only receives water once a week, and then only for a few hours. Most households fill up large containers of water to last them through the week.

Los Castillos School Water Project - PeruAfter an inspection of 9 schools by a group including a representative of the municipality and a technician, it was noted that the Los Casillos preschool and elementary school have the greatest need in the area for running water for hygiene and sanitation. Since the schools do not have water storage capabilities, the students rarely have access to running water.

Project Description
This project is to provide running water and three handwashing stations at the preschool and elementary school.

The system will include 3 water storage tank and pump combinations, and piping to connect them to the main supply line. During times of water availability, water will be pumped from the municipal supply to fill the tanks.

Three 1,100-liter plastic tanks, each with a ½ horsepower pump, will be purchased and delivered to the site.

Los Castillos School Water Project - PeruWater Charity funds will pay for the tanks and pumps, piping, fixtures, fittings, and miscellaneous materials.

The municipality and the community members of Los Castillos will do the necessary work for installation.

The municipality has already purchased faucets, soap dispensers, and other materials.

After the schools have sufficient running water and soap, trainings will be held for the teachers by two health post workers regarding handwashing. The teachers will be assisted in teaching the information to their classes and monitoring compliance.

After all of the trainings are complete, random inspections will be made to ensure that the new installations are being maintained and the students are continuing to use them correctly and consistently.

Project Impact
155 people, including 100 students at the elementary school, 50 at the preschool, plus 5 teachers, will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Taylor Warren

Comments
The project will result in a regular supply of safe water for all of the needs of the school. The benefits in hygiene and sanitation will improve the health and wellbeing of the students and teachers.

Dollar Amount of Project
$450.00

Donations Collected to Date
$450.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has received major funding through the generosity of the Elmo Foundation, with additional funds from friends, family, and supporters of the Peace Corps Volunteer.

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

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

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Cuemal Water System Project - Peru

Cuemal Water System Project - PeruLocation
Cuemal, Lamud, Luya, Amazonas, Peru

Community Description
Lamud is the capital of the Province of Luya within the region of Amazonas. It is located in the northern part of the country at an altitude of 2,300 meters.

The Anex of Cuemal is one of the annexes within the district of Lamud, with 67 households. It is an agricultural community where the main economic activity is the harvesting and export of potatoes and corn.

Adults are skilled agriculturist. However, they do not have any formal education and very few have received education beyond primary school.

Children have access to basic primary education locally but only a small percentage leave the community seeking secondary education.

Problem Addressed
The community has an existing piped water system. The water is used for both irrigation and consumption. However, the water source is not sufficient for the demand, which places a stress on harvesting during the dry season. In addition, there is no access to treated water, which is reflected in high numbers of acute gastrointestinal diseases in children under 7.

Cuemal Water System Project - PeruNo organized water committee is in place, which makes it difficult for the community to manage and operate the water system since there is no structured payment system. There is no control on the amount of water that is used by the community as a whole, and much less by each household, causing a high rate of water loss.

 

Project Description
This project is to improve the water system by installing a water meter and needed piping and fittings.

The water meter will help the community to have an accurate account of the water used, which will then help them set a fair service fee. Additionally, it will tell them what the intake/ use levels are during the various times of the year and allow them to take measures to minimize the negative effects during the dry season. Finally it will define and allow for treatment of the water if needed for potability.

The installation has been initiated, but has not been finalized due to the lack of funds. The system is presently exposed, allowing children and others to tamper with the water flow, resulting in water loss.

Cuemal Water System Project - PeruThe dimensions of the dig are of 2.8 m X .90 m. The system will be protected by a metal sanitary lid and a concrete box.

The education component of the project includes preparation of operation and maintenance manuals, and purchase of supplies to facilitate training workshops where water committee members will be trained on the use, operation, and maintenance of the meter.

Planning workshops will be hosted to discuss improvements in the administration of the water service and minimization of the impact of water scarcity during the dry season.

Peace Corps Peru has already donated a water meter to be installed at the reservoir in order to start measuring water intake/ use.

Water Charity Funds will be used for the installation of the water meter, which includes replacement of reservoir valves, PCV pipe and bypass fittings, sanitary lids, and security accessories (locks), and additional materials, including cement, rebar, and wood.

The remaining balance needed to fully fund the project will be provided by the local municipality.

Project Impact
About 335 people in 67 households will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Olga M. Cano

Comments
This is an important project that will greatly improve the existing water supply system in the community. The water meter will aid in measuring the water flow throughout the various seasons. This information can then be used to set in place a fair water service fee as well as implementation of water conservation strategies, resulting in an ample supply of water throughout the year.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been funded through the generosity of the Paul Bechtner Foundation with the help of friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Olga M. Cano.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Olga of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Olga 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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Sincape School Water Project - Peru

Sincape School Water Project - PeruLocation
Sincape, Olmos (District), Lambayeque (Province), Lambayeque (Department), Peru

Community Description
Sincape is a small annex of Olmos located in the dry forest of northern Peru. There are just under 700 inhabitants in the town, spread out over 2 miles. The people are extremely connected to their environment using it for nearly every aspect of their lives.

72% of families are either subsistence farmers or agricultural workers. The women of the house cook with wood cut from the nearby hills, and everyone uses the small but permanent stream nearby for many aspects of life, from water for cooking to irrigation of fields, to watering of livestock, to washing of laundry, to bathing.

The school in Sincape has a system to bring water up from a well into a holding tank. The water then drains down to the handwashing stations. Unfortunately, the gasoline pump to bring the water up from the well is broken, and the closest water source is the stream half a kilometer away.

Sincape School Water Project - PeruProject Description
This project is to restore the water supply to the school by replacing the broken gas pump with an electric pump and running a power line from the school.

The children will use the water to wash their hands after using the bathroom and before eating, and to cool off in the heat of the day. The water will also be used for the plants and fruit trees in the schoolyard, providing both greenery and future shade for the school. It will also be used for the teaching garden and tree nursery on the school property.

The project will be implemented by the school administration and APAFA, the school’s fathers of the family group.

400 meters of cable will be run from the school to the motor. The system will provide the school with water from a constant supply at a cheaper cost.

Sincape School Water Project - PeruThe funds from Water Charity will be used to buy the pump, cable, and other materials.

Community members who have experience in mechanics and electricity will do all of the labor.

Project Impact
220 current students and 11 professors will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Kathryn Korthauer

Comments
The replacement of the gas pump with an electric pump will result in a savings, enabling the school to use the extra funds for educational purposes.

Dollar Amount of Project
$300.00

Donations Collected to Date
$300.00 + additional amounts

Dollar Amount Needed
This project has been fully funded, with additional amounts for future projects in Peru. We acknowledge the generosity of Michael and Carla Boyle, the Elmo Foundation, and friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Kathryn Korthauer.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Kathryn of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Kathryn 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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Cushpiurco Biodigestor Project - Peru

Cushpiurco Biodigestor Project - Peru

Location
Caserio Cushpiurco in the district of Agallpampa, Province of Otuzco in the department of La Libertad

Community Description
Cushpiurco is an isolated Andean farming community of 60 families located in the eastern limits of Agallpampa district (Otuzco, La Libertad, Peru) at 3,400 m above

Cushpiurco Biodigestor Project - Peru

sea level. The principal economic activity is agriculture: the raising of small variety flocks of livestock, the cultivation of potatoes, beans, and oca among other crops, trout farming, and small-scale forestry.

Cushpiurco was categorized as ‘extreme poverty’ in the most recent national census, and demonstrates high levels of infant mortality and chronic malnutrition.

19 families belong to the agricultural cooperative ‘Sierra Natural Andina’ of Cushpiurco, which works to improve the common good. They have identified the random grazing of cattle to be detrimental to the common water supply and seek to corral the large livestock and implement new procedures to protect the environment.

Project Description
This project is the installation of a biodigestor as a model project, and the teaching of appropriate educational components to spread the technology.

The Technology
A biodigestor is a plastic bladder that is filled with organic matter, typically excrement, which is mixed with water allowing the matter to decompose into two bi-products, fertilizer and biogas. The plastic bladder is placed in a hole in the ground in order to maintain heat. The bladder will over time rise like a balloon filling with gas displaying that is has sufficient gas to be used. The gas is then accessed the through tubing to connect to a stove or heating unit.

The operation of the biodigestor requires the cooperative to provide roughly 20 kg per day of manure, a requirement which will be met by the cooperative’s cattle. In the past the cows have been left to graze wherever grass or clover could be found, and their defecations were left wherever they fell. Given the prevalence of quality grazing zones in the near vicinity of the water source and the fact that the community has constructed their own water systems which collect from near surface springs, the practice change of corralling their large livestock will greatly reduce the presence of livestock around the water source.

The Benefits
The installation of the biodigestor will bring many benefits, both economic and sanitary, as it is a technology whose impact is diffusive, offering a shift in the community's agricultural paradigm.

Cushpiurco Biodigestor Project - PeruThe benefit of this change is two-fold: first, fecal material will no longer linger around the source (or anywhere else for that matter), providing a constant stream of potentially harmful microbes, and second, the large livestock will no longer aid in the rapid erosion around the water source which caused a landslide (and destruction of the previous spring) in 2009.

Furthermore, Cushpiurco’s geographical location near the top of high Andean ridges in semi-arid grasslands represents a challenge to providing year-round reliable (and uncontaminated) water sources. Compound this with overgrazing and intensive agricultural practices – both of which the cooperative is moving away from in favor of sustainable practices – and the resulting erosion and lowered soil-moisture retention levels presents the possibility of seasonal water shortages on a yearly basis.

Beyond the aforementioned direct protection of the water source, the biodigestor will provide watershed-wide benefits through reduced erosion rates and elevated soil-moisture retention levels resulting from the application of biol (liquid fertilizer produced by the unit) on the various crops patch-worked amid the precipitous slopes.

Lastly, the principal way residents of Cushpiurco disinfect their drinking water is through boiling. However, since a wood fire must currently be built any time water needs to be boiled, many times the disinfection phase will be passed over to avoid the inconvenience of fire-building. The production of methane gas from the biodigestor presents a solution, since it will provide an instant source of fire, thus encouraging the constant use of proper hygienic practices.

Preliminary trainings, design consultations, and site preparations with the cooperative members have already taken place, and final installation is ready to proceed. Although one family will handle daily management of the biodigestor and benefit from the bio-gas, the association members and their families will benefit from:

 

  1. the abundant natural fertilizer produced and the corollary rise in crop production,
  2. the protection of their watershed which supplies their potable water,
  3. educational sessions on hygienic and nutritional practices, and
  4. the future propagation of the technology within the cooperative and throughout the region.

The Implementation
The members of the association, especially the president, have been heavily involved throughout the development of the project in terms of ideas and funds, both cash ($120) and in-kind ($165). Further support has been given from Peace Corps Peru in the form of materials ($350), and private donations in the form of cash ($120).

Water Charity funds will be used to purchase the remaining components necessary for construction, including the biogas kit, conduction hoses, and plastic covering. Once these materials are secured, installation will proceed.

Project Impact
Over 100 people will directly benefit from this project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Royce Haughton

Comments
This project results in a method of protecting the water resources of the community while creating valuable products, namely natural gas and liquid fertilizer. It can be considered as a model project, demonstrating the value of a technology in the area, which can be replicated to produce similar benefits in other locations.

Given the alarming rates of chronic malnutrition due to diarrheal infections in children and infants, the steps taken towards reducing rates of microbial infections will go a long way to improving the lives of the people of Cushpiurco.

Dollar Amount of Project
$200.00

Donations Collected to Date
$200.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded through the generosity of the Elmo Foundation.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Royce Haughton of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Royce 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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Jachaspampa and San Pedro Sanitary Latrine Project - Peru

Jachaspampa and San Pedro Sanitary Latrine Project - PeruLocation
Jachaspampa and San Pedro communities, Huayllan District, Pomabamba Province, Ancash Department, Peru

Community Description
Jachaspampa and San Pedro, with populations of 102 and 162 people respectively, are two of 16 small farming annexes of Huayllan. Both communities are entirely dependent on subsistent farming, mainly potato and wheat products.

Both communities are highly impoverished and lack basic resources, such as electricity, a secure source of water, and adequate sanitation facilities. While traditional and extremely poor, these Quechua-speaking families are humble and generous.

Presently, more than half of the children 5 years and younger from these two communities have chronic malnutrition (Health Post Acobamba, January 2012). Meanwhile 37.5% children 3 years of age or younger have been diagnosed with anemia (Testing completed by the Health Post Acobamba: December 5, 2011), and 50% have one or more parasitical infections (Testing completed by the Health Post Acobamba, October 12, 2011).

Project DescriptionJachaspampa and San Pedro Sanitary Latrine Project - Peru
This project provides for the construction of 40 sanitary latrines (Sanitary Dry Ventilated Pit Latrines) in the homes of families from the two villages.

Using this technology groundwater will not be affected. A specialist has designated an adequate location for each latrine site. These bathrooms have an estimated useful life of 12 years, largely depending on the number of family members using the latrine.

The community will contribute labor and local resources, including adobe blocks. Recipients are responsible for digging their own latrine pits, as well as assisting other families headed by single mothers to build their latrine pits.

Beforehand, the families will receive training on how to properly construct their latrine pits. Two masons will be hired to construct the cement platforms over the course of 4-5 days. These same masons will help the families implement their latrine stalls.

In addition, families are responsible to install Tippy Taps (simple and economical hand-washing stations), initiate water treatment practices, and dispose of their trash in the community landfills.

Jachaspampa and San Pedro Sanitary Latrine Project - PeruProject funds will be used to purchase materials, including cement, rebar, PVC piping, steel sheets, and hardware.

The local government will provide a portion of the project cost in cash and materials.

After construction, bi-monthly visits will be paid to families by health promoters to ensure the continuation of healthy practices and habits as well as the use and maintenance of the sanitary latrines.

Twice a month families will be required to attend health and education talks on themes such as hand washing, consumption of safe drinking water, trash management, organic gardening, and construction and maintenance of the latrine.

Project Impact
179 people in the communities (43 male, 45 female, 52 boys and 39 girls) will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Brianna Casciello

Comments
The project will reduce the incidence of diarrheal diseases, parasites and malnutrition, particularly among children under 5 years of age.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded, through the generosity of the Elmo Foundation.

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

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

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