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Menor Chijnaya Health Post Water Project - Peru

Menor Chijnaya Health Post Water Project - Peru

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

Menor Chijnaya Health Post Water Project - PeruThis is the first project of the Altiplano Water Program - Peru.

Location
Menor Chijnaya, Pucara District, Lampa Province, Puno Region, Peru

Community Description
Menor Chijnaya is located in the rural district of Pucara, about 10 miles from its capital city of Pucara. It is situated at an altitude of almost 4,000 meters (over 13,000 feet). The population is about 250, with about 4.5 residents per household.

The community has a health post with consultation facilities and a small pharmacy, which is run by a nurse and a technician.

Problem Addressed
The health post does not have a regular supply of water. The equipment and infrastructure do not permit the staff to tend to serious emergencies, which must be referred to the health center in the capital of the district.

Menor Chijnaya Health Post Water System Project Project Description
This project is to guarantee an adequate supply of safe water to the health post by installing an automatic pump, additional storage tank, and a piping system.

A ½ horsepower electric pump will be installed to elevate the water to the roof of the bathroom, so that sufficient pressure is maintained 24 hours per day, and water is available from all the installed fixtures.

A 2,500-liter tank will be installed in a specially-constructed box below ground level. This will initially store the water from which the pump will draw when needed.

A piping system will be installed to bring the water from the municipal supply system, and to connect the pump, tank, sinks, toilets, and shower.

Project Impact
250 people will benefit from this project.

Project Administration
Ralph Bolton, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Peru,’62-’65).

Monitoring and Maintenance
The major components of the installation have an expected life of about 15 years with normal use. The community will collect fund sufficient to maintain the facilities, conduct repairs, and perform replacements when necessary.

Funding
Funds committed by a longtime Water Charity donor, the Paul Bechtner Foundation, have been made available for funding the Altiplano Water Program - Peru. All donations made using the Donate button on this page, will be applied toward that program, and will be matched, dollar for dollar, by the donor.

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Altiplano Water Program - Peru

Altiplano Water Program - Peru

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Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association, together with The Chijnaya Foundation and Pro-DIA, announce the implementation of the Altiplano Water Program - Peru, consisting of assistance to communities in the Andean Highlands of Southern Peru.  The program is a part of our Latin America & Caribbean Water & Sanitation Initiative.

Altiplano Water Program - PeruThe program will be administered by The Chijnaya Foundation, a California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, through its operational arm, Associacion Pro-DIA, a legally-constituted Peruvian counterpart.

The Chijnaya Foundation was founded and is directed by Ralph Bolton, Ph.D., a well-known and respected anthropologist. Ralph, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Peru,’62-’65), received the 2015 Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service from the National Peace Corps Association.

The program will be carried out by implementing a series of individual water and sanitation projects in approximately 27, communities in the Titicaca Basin of Southern Peru, including Chijnaya and neighboring villages.

The basin resides in the Puno region of Peru, located in the Collao Plateau. The western part of Lake Titicaca, which is the world's highest navigable lake, is located in the region. To see a complete list of the political divisions in the region, CLICK HERE

Altiplano Water Program - PeruThe program focuses on ensuring an adequate supply of safe 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, increasing food security, improving quality of life, and providing economic opportunities for direct participants and the community at large.

The program is open-ended, but is being started with an initial commitment by Water Charity in the amount of $50,000. The Paul Bechtner Foundation has provided the money to be used as funds to match, dollar-for-dollar, all other donations.

The National Peace Corps Association will provide additional funds, raised from its membership, through its Water and Sanitation Community Fund.

This is a community-led program to address problems raised by the water committees and governing bodies of the individual villages. A complete needs survey for the entire program is well underway, while specific project planning for projects in the first 5 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.

Altiplano Water Program - PeruWater Charity and NPCA are deploying a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who is experienced in community development and project administration to assist each community to prioritize its needs, examine alternative solutions and choose a methodology, draft detailed plans, implement and manage the construction, and provide evaluation and reporting.

The first project under the program is the Menor Chijnaya Health Post Water System Project - Peru

Use the Donate button below to donate to the program. Every contribution will be matched, dollar for dollar.

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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
This project summary has been redacted for security reasons to omit the specific project location.

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

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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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