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Bendikwai Rainwater Harvesting and Storage Project - Suriname

Bendikwai Rainwater Harvesting and Storage Project - Suriname

Location
Bendikwai, Upper Suriname River, Sipaliwini District, Suriname

Bendikwai Rainwater Harvesting and Storage Project - Suriname

Community Description
Bendikwai is a small Sarramaccan village, on the Upper Suriname River in the rainforest of Suriname, consisting of 100 to 120 permanent and semi-permanent residents (about half of which are children).

Income in Bendikwai is generated through agricultural activities. Other sources of income include hunting and woodcarving. Many people only have enough money for food, clothing, shelter, and sending children to school.

The community currently has limited amenities and is especially limited in clean drinking and cooking water sources year round. Drinking contaminated water causes waterborne illnesses such as giardia and diarrhea in the community. The illnesses are common, and are especially rough on community members during the 4-month dry season (September, October, November, and December). In addition, they are costly because work and school days are lost.

Project Description
This project is to provide every man, woman, and child in Bendikwai with a sustainable source of clean drinking and cooking water year round through the harvesting of rainwater and storage in tanks.

The project will be implemented under the direction of the Bendikwai Water Committee, consisting of two men and two women who are active in the community, in collaboration with Peace Corps Volunteer Caroline Horlacher.

The project will consist of 45 400-gallon durotanks for water storage, each with an accompanying system for capture of rainwater. The installations will be placed around the village according to population.

Each 400-gallon tank will allow two people each to drink or cook with 4.5 liters of water per person per day during the 120-day dry season. The water will not require purification.

Bendikwai Rainwater Harvesting and Storage Project - SurinameEach installation will consist of a cement stand upon which the tank is placed, together with a small zinc-covered structure, gutters, and piping to capture runoff.

The community will contribute all labor for the durotank installations and lumber for the durotank houses. The villagers are also responsible for maintenance of the installations.

Project funds will be used for the purchase of the tanks and materials, including zinc, hardware, and cement. They will also pay for transport from the capital of Paramaribo.

Trainings will be conducted by Caroline, in coordination with the committee members, to ensure sustainability. They will consist of water and sanitation hygiene, water conservation, and maintenance of the installations.

Project Impact
The entire population of 120 people, consisting of 20 adult men, 40 adult women, 25 boys, and 35 girls, will benefit from access to clean drinking water.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Caroline Horlacher

Comments
The project is essential for the community to have safe and readily accessible water available during the dry season, and to reduce the incidence of waterborne illness.

Funding
Water Charity is participating in this large effort in cooperation with the Peace Corps Partnership Program.

The Water Charity participation in this project to date has been fully funded through the generosity of the Paul Bechtner Foundation.

We are still seeking additional donations to increase the scope and reach of the project.

In the event sufficient funds are not donated to accomplish the entire project objective, the project will be scaled down to a number of installations in conformance with the funds raised.

Any contributions in excess of the amount of the project will be allocated to other projects directed by Caroline and/or projects of other PCVs in Suriname.


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

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Pempe Rainwater Catchment Project – Suriname

Pempe Rainwater Catchment Project – Suriname

Pempe Rainwater Catchment Project – SurinameThis project is to install 43 rainwater catchment systems to provide clean drinking water for the residents of the village of Pempe.

The project is being implemented under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Erica D’Aquila. She is living on the Upper Suriname River located in the district Sipaliwini, in the Saramaccan village Pempe (also known as Pingpe/Pen Pen).

Pempe has approximately 140 inhabitants, who all live off the land. Everything from their cooking oil, rice, vegetables, and housing materials come directly from Pempe’s surroundings.

Recent tests of Pempe’s drinking water (a local creek) have shown the water to be infested by various strains of E-coli and other hazardous bacteria. The effects of these contaminants is displayed by the fact that community members often suffer from waterborne illnesses, leaving adults unable to travel to their farms to harvest food and children vulnerable to the dangerous side effects of malnutrition.

The objective of this project is to bring clean drinking water to the men, women, and children of Pempe in a way that is sustainable by the community and available year round. The project centers around the acquisition of DuroTanks, which are large, round, covered tanks for the storage of 400 gallons of rainwater. These tanks are popular in the region, inexpensive, easy to maintain, and sustainable, lasting up to 25 years.

Pempe Rainwater Catchment Project – Suriname

The community has committed to contribute a cash amount for each DuroTank, and provide all labor necessary. Labor includes transporting supplies to the village from Paramaribo, manually pulling sand from the bottom of the riverbed, making of cement stones, and setting up the gutters, stands, and netting.

Community members will participate in a three week training regarding DuroTank installation, maintenance, and water conservation classes. This training will result in community members being able to provide maintenance on the DuroTanks and ensuring their longevity.

The Water Charity involvement in this project has been funded, through the generosity of the SLOW LIFE Foundation as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

Any additional donations using the Donate button below will be used to fund other projects by this PCV and/or those of other PCVs in the host country.


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

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Malobi Rainwater Harvesting Project - Suriname

Malobi Rainwater Harvesting Project - Suriname

The village of Malobi in the District of Saramacca is located in the heart of the Surinamese rainforest. Due to its remote location, work opportunities are scarce and access to basic necessities, such as clean drinking water and electricity, is inconsistent.

This project is to provide clean drinking water for the 600 residents that live in the village. The goal is to implement an accessible, sustainable, and easy-to-maintain system that will provide clean drinking water throughout the village.

Malobi Rainwater Harvesting Project - Suriname

To achieve its objectives, the community has planned a rainwater catchment program based on rooftop water collection and storage. The concept was arrived at after careful consideration of all of the options available to the village.

The project is intended to reduce the incidence of frequent gastro-intestinal illness prevalent due to the current use of contaminated water from the river. It will be carried out under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Amber Ray.

The project will utilize large, round, covered tanks, commonly known as “duro tanks”. These tanks are popular in the region, easy to maintain, and sustainable.

A total of 46 rainwater-harvesting tanks, each with a capacity to store 400 gallons, will be installed at convenient locations throughout the village.

Project funds will be used to purchase the tanks, gutters, fixtures, and materials.

Each of the 36 sections into which the village is divided will provide the labor for the installation and maintenance for each water system. The sections will also contribute the sand to make the concrete for the foundation of the stand for the tank.

Malobi Rainwater Harvesting Project - SurinameThe community will also contribute the labor for loading and unloading all materials and the use of the boat.

Each section will also communally donate a monetary contribution of 50 SRD (about $20 USD) per tank.

Members of the water committee will help train other villagers in proper maintenance of the duro tanks, which will expand their longevity to 20 years.

Basic sanitation concepts relating to clean water will also be taught to all the people of the village.

In providing readily-accessible safe water to the entire community using this appropriate technology, the standard of living will be improved, the work of retrieving water will be reduced, and illness will be drastically decreased.

The Water Charity participation in this project has 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 Peace Corps Volunteer Amber Ray of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Amber and/or those of other PCVs in the country.


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

 

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