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Kyarn Khin Migrant Community Bio-Sand Filter Project - Thailand

Kyarn Khin Migrant Community Bio-Sand Filter Project - Thailand

Introduction
This is a project designed to open up access to clean filtered water for consumption and daily use by a community of over 60 Burmese migrants living and working in the border town of Mae Sot, Thailand. By using a simple technology with easy-to-find materials, this project is a great investment towards reducing disease and improving quality of life for the families involved.

Kyarn Khin Migrant Community Bio-Sand Filter Project - Thailand

Community Background
Kyarn Khin community is located a short distance from Wat Sakin village next to the Moei River in Mae Sot district, Thailand. The community was established more than ten years ago. There are 14 households and 64 peo¬ple in the community. The majority of the population is Burmese with a small Karen minority. The community is a mix of Buddhists and Christians. The primary language is Burmese, with a minority of Karen speakers.

They are day laborers working on their landowner’s farm, for which they earn 120 Thai Baht ($3.96USD) per day. The community has no toilets, running water, or electricity. Very few people in the community have legal documents or work permits, so the landowner takes responsibility for their security. If they want to go to the market they go by boat to Myawaddy, the town across the river in Burma. Kyarn Khin has no school of its own, but several children over ten years old attend a nearby Burmese migrant learning center.

Problem Statement
The people living in Kyarn Khin community do not have access to sufficient drinking or cooking water, especially during rainy season. All of their cooking water comes directly from the river. Sometimes the landowner brings several bottles of drinking water, but it is not enough for the entire community so they continue to drink and cook with water from the river. In rainy season, the river floods and they use water from a well, which takes 15 minutes to reach on foot. Even so, the well water is not clean.

Due to the lack of clean water, the community reports high rates of skin disease, diarrhea and dizziness. During a needs assessment visit, one community member was in the hospital with a kidney problem that he developed from consuming the river and well water. Furthermore, the few students who are able to attend school often miss class due to diarrheal illnesses. There is no clinic in the community so when the people are sick or injured they have to travel to Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot, which takes time and money.

Project Plan
To solve these problems, the community leaders, land owners, community members and a group consisting of RPCV Mark Cox and students from Wide Horizons School, will construct small bio-sand water filters for each house. Wide Horizons students will provide a training on how to build, use, and maintain the filters and then the people of Kyarn Khin will build the filters with the support of the group. Mark will supervise and manage this project activity.

Kyarn Khin Migrant Community Bio-Sand Filter Project - ThailandThis project will increase access to clean, drinkable water for the entire community. This will lower the occurrence of diarrhea and skin disease, allowing people to save their money on visits to the clinic, and increasing students’ learning prospects.

Materials
Water Charity funds will be used to purchase materials, including pipe, fittings, fixtures, and plastic barrels.

Community participants will provide additional materials obtained from the river, including, large stones, medium stones, small stones, course sand, and fine sand.

Counterpart Background
Wide Horizons School (WH) is located in Mae Sot Township, Tak province, Thailand. The program is under World Education, Inc., supported by USAID and DCA (Danish Church Aid) since 2006. The program provides advanced English and project management training for 24 students from different states and ethnic groups in Burma.

Mark Cox, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Thailand Group 120, finished his PC service in 2010 and has been working as Project Manager for Khom Loy Development Foundation ever since. He previously successfully completed the Pa Taan Daai Bathroom Project - Thailand during his service as a Peace Corps Volunteer. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, he proceeded to complete the Ban Huay Lue Luang Bathroom Project - Thailand and the Future Garden School Water Project – Thailand.

Please donate for this project by clicking on the Donate button below. Any contributions in excess of the amount of the project will be allocated to other projects directed by Mark and/or projects of other PCVs in Thailand.

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

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Wat Wang Kree School Bathroom Project - Thailand

Wat Wang Kree School Bathroom Project - Thailand

Location
Ban Wang Kree, Namaipai Sub-district, Thung Song District, Nakhonsithammarat Province, Thailand

Community Description
Namaipai is sub-district of 14 villages, with three primary education schools. One of these schools is located in Ban Wang Kree, which is a small village of 393 people in the southeast part of the sub-district. Community members are mostly rubber tree or palm farmers.

Wat Wang Kree School Bathroom Project - Thailand

Last year, the villages of Namaipai were affected by the floods which hit most of Southern Thailand. Most of the facilities at Wat Wang Kree School became unsanitary due to the damage caused by inundating flood water. However, they have remained in use because other facilities, such as roads and classrooms, required more attention.

The outdoor restrooms of the school are located at the back of the school and near the cafeteria. Over the past months, they have shown exponential decay. Some doors of the student restrooms need to be replaced and piping and water faucets have shown corrosion, with large amounts of water being wasted every day.

The walls of the boy's urinal have deteriorated and the faucets for the trough need to be repaired as they also leak and create a health hazard. The roof has been decomposing, resulting in pools of standing water within the restrooms and boy's trough, which creates a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects.

Project Description
This project is to renovate the outdoor restrooms of the school. The work will include structural improvements, piping, and additions and modifications to improve the safety and sanitation of the facilities.

Water Charity funds will be used to purchase supplies, including materials for new wall coverings, new wood for construction of roof and doors, faucet heads, PVC piping, and miscellaneous plumbing tools such as adhesive caulk, and scrapers.

Community members with construction background will volunteer their time and equipment for the repairs and construction.

Wat Wang Kree School Bathroom Project - ThailandProject Impact
There are currently 117 students in grades Kindergarten through 9th attending Wat Wang Kree School (128 students expected next year), 15 teachers and one principal who will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Lacey Shoemaker

Comments
This is an urgent and important infrastructure project, needed to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of those who attend and work at the school.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$0.00

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Dollar Amount Needed
$555.00

 


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Ban Sawang Preschool Sanitation Project - Thailand

Ban Sawang Preschool Sanitation Project - Thailand

Location
Ban Sawang, Province of Sakon Nakon, North Eastern Thailand

Ban Sawang Preschool Sanitation Project - Thailand

Community Description
Ban Sawang is located in North Eastern Thailand, in the region referred to as Isan, approximately 50 miles from the Laos border.

Ban Sawang is a small village of 524 people in the poorest area of Thailand. It is a rice farming community that has few resources, and no businesses to speak of. The area has poor soil and only one crop can be harvested per year due to the weather.

Ban Sawang has a single elementary school and a preschool. Ban Sawang Preschool serves 40 children. The rainy season lasts for three months and almost daily there are torrential downpours. During these months, the preschool is flooded and creates an unhealthy situation for the children and teachers.

The area has a large amount of Dengue fever every rainy season. Standing water in the preschool creates an ideal breeding ground for the Dengue mosquito as well as harmful bacteria.

The school has two water-related issues that need attention. The first is a flooding problem that creates standing water. The preschool is built at the bottom of a slope. During the rainy season water runs into the school, and the water has no place to drain. The teachers also report that dangerous water snakes enter the school.

Ban Sawang Preschool Sanitation Project - ThailandThe second issue that needs resolution is a drain problem in the bathing room of the preschool. This is an area where the children bathe themself daily. It is currently unusable because the water will not drain. There is an existing drain but the soil foundation has shifted and the plumbing was crushed under the cement making it unusable.

The low point in the floor is now the doorway. This results in bathing water running onto the school floor. A makeshift drain has been made in the opposite corner of the room but it is higher than the doorway and does not prevent flooding of the school floor.

Project Description
This project will improve the sanitation of the school in four parts:

  1. A truckload of compactable soil will be brought in to create a berm directing the runoff coming down the hill to a ditch on the side of the building.
  2. The existing drain trench will be dug out and repaired.  The side of the drain trench closest to the building will be raised by eight inches.  This concrete trench will then empty into trenches to be dug at both sides of the school to allow the water runoff to drain freely from the front of the school.
  3. A raised step will be created at the entry way to the preschool that will be sloped to create an additional barrier to prevent the water from entering the school.  This step will be approximately two inches high.
  4. The school is open faced and there is no economical way to prevent blowing rain from entering the school.  To prevent standing water from accumulating in the southeast corner, a floor drain will be installed at the low point.  The plumbing will be merged with the drain from a nearby existing sink.

Water Charity funds will pay for the materials.

The village chief has pledged his support of the project and will offer in-kind donations of labor.

Project Impact
40 children, 2 teachers, and a cook will directly benefit from this project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Greg Patterson

Comments
The water related issues at the school are very significant, and will be resolved with minimal finances and a lot of labor. The result will be an area that is safe and hygienic.

In addition, the project will stimulate community interest in future development projects by many villagers working together to help the preschool resolve its current problems.

Greg previously completed the Ban Bua Yai Pre-School Water Filter Project – Thailand.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has now 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 Greg Patterson of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Greg 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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Lahokgrasang Community Forest Bathroom Project - Thailand

Lahokgrasang Community Forest Bathroom Project - ThailandLocation
Lahokrasang community forest, Moo 8, Tambon Khaokok, Amphur Prakonchai, Buri Ram Province, Thailand

Community Description
In the driest Northeastern region of Thailand, known as Isaan, is nestled a village named Lahokgrasang. This is rice farming territory and during the rainy season, the emerald fields stretch on for miles around. Thirty years ago, due to poor forestry practices, most of Thailand’s forests were cleared.

Isaan was especially deforested, despite villager protests against massive logging. Many of Lahokgrasang village’s 60 households were part of these protests, over the past 14 years growing from 38 to 138 members as the Kaokok Forest Conservation Group. Although many of their largest trees were taken, enough of the forest -- 1,080 acres -- was spared to continue today as Lahokgrasang Community Forest.

Lahokgrasang Community Forest Bathroom Project - ThailandThroughout the years, villagers have maintained the forest, making sure it is protected from encroachment, erosion, and fires. Hundreds of community members each year – an average of 30-40 people every day – use the forest to collect food, such as multiple species of mushrooms and the edible dork ga jiao flower.

For jasmine rice farmers, who constitute the vast majority of community members, the forest provides a significant amount of food in addition to supporting wildlife, decreasing erosion and reducing global warming through removing carbon dioxide from the air.

The average Kaokok rice farmer earns a yearly income of 25,000 baht ($820 USD), making forest products an essential source of nutrition. Lahokgrasang forest managers are not the only people using the forest: hundreds of the surrounding villagers – a total population of 9,928 residents in the sub-district -- also come to the forest to learn and forage.

Lahokgrasang Community Forest Bathroom Project - ThailandSince the group formed in 1997, the Forest Conservation Group has hosted 2,800 students and visitors to the Lahokgrasang Community Forest in an effort to teach the importance of ecological forest management and how communities can start their own community forests. 250 visitors have come to learn this year alone! However, the ability to host meetings, camps and tours is reaching its limit due to lack of bathroom and water facilities.

Without a bathroom, current events are limited to very short time frames, no more than a couple hours. With water faucets and bathrooms, meetings will extend throughout the entire day and multiple-day camps for children can be held to teach environmental stewardship and pass on local knowledge of medicinal and edible plants.

Project Description
Lahokgrasang village’s Forest Conservation Group will build a two-stall bathroom facility with water faucets at the entrance to the Lahokrasang Community Forest.

An open-air meeting hall “sala” was constructed in 2011 to host meetings and camps. The bathroom facilities will be constructed adjacent to this meeting sala on the western side.

Conservation Group members will do all the construction themselves within the one-month timeframe. Materials will be purchased from local sources where possible. Water hookups will be connected to a large earthen catchment for rainwater collection.

The bathroom structure will consist of a small rectangular building composed of 300 cement bricks. The cement structure will be divided by a bisecting wall into 2 separate stalls for each men and women. Each stall will be 1.5 meters by 0.75 meters, making the entire bathroom facility 3 m x 1.5 m, and 2 m tall. The completed cement brick structure will be covered in plaster and painted white. Corrugated metal will be used as roofing material.

The interior of the bathroom stalls will also be plaster over brick. A traditional “squat” toilet will be used in each, accompanied by a brick-and-plastered basin to hold water used for flushing with a bucket. This method of flushing is very common throughout Thailand, especially in the Isaan region.

Each of the two basins (one in each stall) will receive its water from two large earthen rainwater catchment jars. Rainwater will flow through plastic PVC piping from these 1,000-liter jars and be connected to the bathroom with faucets.

The bathroom will feature 3 faucets: one to fill each of the basins used for flushing, as well as one faucet on the exterior of the bathroom to be used for handwashing. This faucet will be placed at hand level. No sink will be necessary for this handwashing station.

Rainwater will be fed to the catchment jars by two 6-meter gutters attached to the metal roof of the Study Point “sala.” The rainwater will pass through mesh netting to filter out debris before entering the jars. This water will not be used for drinking but solely for flushing and hand-washing purposes.

Wastewater from flushing will be managed in the traditional Thai method but with an environmentally-friendly alteration. 200 cement bricks will be used to create an underground septic-like tank to hold wastewater and human wastes. This waste will be composted to safeguard the ecosystem of the forest. Twice or three times each year (as needed), the septic-like tank will be emptied and cleaned and the waste collected for composting at a composting site located just outside the community forest.

Project Impact
This project will benefit 720 people per year, including 340 food foragers, 80 conservation group members, and 300 study group members.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Kale Roberts

Comments
Through securing local food sources, training village youth on self-reliance and traditional wisdom, promoting sustainable forest management, and hosting important carbon sequestration data, Kaokok Forest Conservation Group continues to provide an innovative and dynamic fight against biodiversity loss and climate change while providing modest economic gains to hundreds of community members who directly benefit from the 1,080 hectares of teak, dipterocarp, butterflies, birds, streams and clay-rich red earth they have worked so hard to save.

Dollar Amount of Project
$526.00

Donations Collected to Date
$526.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded through the generosity of Joe Nowak of Microfarm, Dassow, Germany.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Kale Roberts of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Kale 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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Ban Kadard School Handwashing Station Project - Thailand

Ban Kadard School Handwashing Station Project - ThailandLocation
Ban Kadard Village, Kokyang, Prassart District, Surin Province, Thailand

Community Description
Ban Kadard Village is a small rural community which derives the majority of its income from farming (jasmine rice and cassava). Farming household incomes vary by amount of land held, but tend to rest in the 2,000 – 3,000 Baht/month (approximately $ 67 - $ 100).

Ban Kadard School is a public school in Ban Kadard Village. There are 408 students, kindergarten through 9th grade, who attend the school. Most children are raised by their grandparents or other older relatives, while parents and other family members work in larger metropolitan areas.

The students do not have facilities for washing hands or brushing their teeth after meals each day. It is a daily habit in Thai schools for the students to brush their teeth after lunch. Unfortunately, the only place for students at Ban Kadard School is to brush their teeth is in the gutter. Many of them don’t wash their hands throughout the day due to the lack of wash basins at school (they currently use plastic bowls for washing their hands after eating lunch).

Ban Kadard School Handwashing Station Project - ThailandProject Description
This project is for the construction of a handwashing station at the school for students to wash their hands and brush their teeth.

The station will be a 4 meter-long tiled sink with 26 spouts. It will be located next to the cafeteria so that the students will automatically brush their teeth and wash their hands every day after lunch.

The work will be done by the school’s handyman as well as 3 other community members.

The steps that will be followed to build the sink include getting the work space ready (clearing the area, cleaning, etc.), measuring the space for the sink, making the frame using cement, steel, wire, blocks, and PVC pipes, and laying the tiles and setting up the 26 faucets.

Ban Kadard School Handwashing Station Project - ThailandProject funds will be used for materials, including pipe, cement, plaster, steel, tiles, sand, and faucets, as well as lunch for the 4 construction workers for one week.

In order to further promote healthy habits, lessons on handwashing as well as dental hygiene will be incorporated and emphasized in the English class curriculum, and hygiene posters will be made.

Project Impact
All the students from kindergarten through 9th grade, 408 students, will have access to this handwashing station on a daily basis.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Melissa Brown

Comments
This project will improve the hygiene and dental health of the students by making it convenient for them to engage in good practices.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Melissa Brown of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Melissa 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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Ban Mai Chai Jayrin Day Care Bathroom Project - Thailand

Ban Mai Chai Jayrin Day Care Bathroom Project - ThailandLocation
Ban Klang, Wang Thon, Phitsanulok, Thailand

Community Description
Ban Klang is one of the largest sub-districts in Thailand and is located in the district of Wang Thong in the province of Phitsanulok in the Lower North of Thailand. Ban Klang has 27 villages within a 326 square kilometer area with an approximate population of 20,000 people. The average household income ranges between 18,000 to 56,000 THB (600 - 1,800 USD) per year.

Geographically Ban Klang is located in the Nan Basin which is part of the Chao Phraya Watershed. It is a raised valley basin surrounded by tall rolling hills on almost every side.

Ban Mai Chai Jayrin Day Care Bathroom Project - ThailandThe Ban Mai Chai Jayrin Day Care serves two communities: Ban Mai Chai Jayrin (population 680) and Ban Mai Chai Mongkhon (population 1079). The rural villages are considered low-income communities with an average income for households at 40,000 - 45,000 THB (1,300 - 1,500 USD) per year. The main source of employment for community members is farming the various crops in the area, which include rice, corn, rubber, and mangoes.

Like many rural Thai communities there is a deficit of jobs within the village forcing many parents to work in larger cities. This leaves a population of older community members caring for the children. This causes educational institutions in the area, such as the day care and schools, to provide not only formal education but also basic life skills lessons.

The water comes from an underground system that supports the entire village. In addition to the village groundwater they have a reserve water tank which is filled by the Local Administration Office with filtered water, as needed. Runoff water goes into a nearby agricultural field owned by the local administrative office and toilet waste water goes into underground concrete septic tanks.

Currently, there are no sinks, and the children use the same plastic buckets used for dish washing to wash their hands and brush their teeth.

Ban Mai Chai Jayrin Day Care Bathroom Project - ThailandThe bathrooms are old, rundown, and mildewy from the constant rain leakage. The squat toilets are adult-sized which is difficult for small children to use appropriately.

Project Description
This project is to renovate the two existing bathrooms at the Ban Mai Chai Jayrin Day Care.

This will include the installation of 2 children-sized sit-down toilets and 2 shower heads.

In addition, 3 sinks will be installed along the outer wall of the day care for hand washing. The sinks will be hooked up to the existing water supply and installed at a lower level for children. The waste will be directed to the existing sewage system.

The sinks will be used for hand washing before and after every meal as well as for brushing teeth after each meal. Children will be also allowed to shower at the school because many homes in the surrounding villages do not have running water.

Ceramic flooring will be replaced, and galvanized roofing sheet will be attached to the roof to prevent rain water from leaking into the bathroom.

Project funds will be used to pay for labor and materials, including sink, toilets, shower heads, basins, hoses, and roofing sheets.

The Sub-District Administration Office (SAO) will administer the project, purchasing the materials and, hiring local labor for installation.

Project Impact
The project will have an immediate benefit for the 50 day care children and 2 teachers. In addition, an estimated 100 parents, teacher assistants, visitors, and future children attending the day care will benefit.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Steven May

Comments
The day care is often the first and only place children are exposed to essential life skills, including proper hygiene. Thus, renovating the bathrooms, installing the sinks, and including shower heads is extremely important and will make a lasting impact in the lives of the children.

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 Adrian and Kim Jacobs, of Myrtle Beach, SC, USA. The project is hereby designated the “Little Kimberly Jacobs Project”.

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

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

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Ban Bua Yai Pre-School Water Filter Project - Thailand

Ban Bua Yai Pre-School Water Filter Project

Location
Bua Sawang Sub-District, Pananikom District, Sakon Nakhon Province, Thailand

Community Description
The Sakon Nakhon Province is located one hour south of the Laos Border. Geographically, Bua Sawang is located in North-Eastern Esan, which is the central Eastern region of Thailand. It is an arid region that is primarily flat rice fields, with poor soil.

Because of the arid conditions only one crop is raised per year. This is one of the poorest areas of Thailand, and the people have very limited resources.

The Ban Bua Yai Pre-school serves the community of Ban Bua Yai (population 680) and Ban Bua Noi (population 246). This community is located in the center of the sub-district and is a model for the other four pre-schools. The school serves the children and also serves as a meeting hall for the community.

Ban Bua Yai Pre-School Water Filter Project The ground water, which the school currently uses for hand washing/toilet, is not safe for the children to drink. The latest water tests show E Coli and Cholera levels 276 percent higher than is acceptable for drinking. The village has received official notification from the sub-district office that the water supplied from the community well is non-potable and should not be used for drinking.

Rainwater runoff from the roof of the schoolhouse is captured and stored in vessels for use as drinking water for the school. However, the area can go months without rain, resulting in the water becoming stagnant and unhealthful.

Project Description
This project is for the installation of a water filtration unit at the Ban Bua Yai Pre-School.

The selected system, the Everpure H-1200 system, uses a micro filtration system and a bacteriostatic system, and is advertised to eliminate 99.9 % of microbial agents. It is widely used in the area, and recommended by local experts for its effectiveness.

Ban Bua Yai Pre-School Water Filter Project

In particular, it is designed to remove, lead, cysts (such as Giardia and Cryptospridim), bacteria, volatile organic chemicals, MTBE, chlorine, dirt, and cloudiness.

The system has a 1/2 gallon/minute flow rate and each filter can process 1000 gallon of water. The system is easy to maintain and the cartridges are easily replaced.

Under the direction of the Sub-District Administration Office (SAO) of Bua Sawang and Teacher Kanitta Sornwongsa, the system, piping, and fittings will be purchased locally using project funds. In addition, local labor will be hired for the installation.

The SAO will make up any differences in the budget with in-kind donations of labor.

Project Impact
This project will benefit 37 people (two teachers and 35 students) at the school, and 50 community members per month who come to the school for community meetings.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Greg Patterson

Comments
This project will help improve the general health of children, staff, and community members who use the school. The community, school, and local government office are committed the project, ensuring timely completion and sustainability.

Dollar Amount of Project
$465.00

Donations Collected to Date
$465.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - 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 Greg Patterson of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Greg 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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Future Garden School Water Project – Thailand

Future Garden School Water Project – Thailand

Under the direction of Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Mark Cox, this project is to bring a water supply to the Future Garden School from an adjoining property.

Future Garden School is a Burmese migrant learning center located in Phop Phra, Tak province, Thailand. It is located very close to the Burmese border and has 300+ students this year. These students are of mixed ethnicities, and their families have recently fled from Burma into Thailand looking for better opportunities and education. In addition to running classes for kindergarten through 5th grade, the school also runs a boarding house for over 30 of the students whose homes are too far away from the school to travel on a daily basis.

Their current problem arises from a lack of access to water. Last year they had a connection to a neighbor’s well. However, the well was downhill from the school, which required the school to purchase a pump. Due to a less-than-desirable neighbor and an isolated location of the well, the pump was broken several times and the principal of the learning center, Nwe Ni Win, decided to discontinue collaborating with this neighbor.

Nwe Ni Win recently arranged to obtain water from the other neighbor, who is a Thai village headman and has proven to be much more helpful with the school. This new well is uphill from the school, which eliminates the need for an electric pump.

Project funds will be used to purchase materials, including water pipe and glue, and pay some labor costs, to bring the water from the property of the neighbor. The school will contribute over 1/3 of the project cost.

Five members of the local Thai community will be chosen by the village headman to work on the project, which will last a total of four days.

This project will ensure that these 300 students can continue their education while having safe and clean conditions, something that their parents envisioned when leaving Burma and coming to Thailand.

Mark previously successfully completed the Pa Taan Daai Bathroom Project - Thailand during his service as a Peace Corps Volunteer. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, he proceeded to complete the Ban Huay Lue Luang Bathroom Project - Thailand.

This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

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

Future Garden School Water Project – ThailandFuture Garden School Water Project – Thailand


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

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Wang Mai Dang Health Center Bathroom Project - Thailand

Wang Mai Dang Health Center Bathroom Project - Thailand Location
Wang Mai Dang Village, Sam Pee Nong Sub-District, Chantaburi Province, Thailand

Community Description
Wang Mai Dang village is one of the villages of the community of Sam Pee Nong located in Chantaburi, a Province in the Eastern region of Thailand. This community is approximately 100 kilometers from the Cambodian border.

The main source of income for the area is generated by rubber tree farming.

Village Wang Mai Dang consists of approximately 700 villagers but Wang Mai Dang Health Center supports the surrounding 6 villages. Approximately 4,000 people live in the health center’s catchment area.

Wang Mai Dang Health Center Bathroom Project - Thailand Wang Mai Dang Health Center is run by 5 full time healthcare workers and treats an average of 200 villagers per week. In the past year, approximately 9,400 villagers have used the health centers services. The center also host many workshops and gatherings for the community.

The health center has two bathrooms. Both the bathrooms consist of squat toilets, which are difficult for the elderly and disabled patients to use.

Both bathrooms also lack a working sink, forcing the users to practice unhygienic practices of either not washing their hands or washing their hands using the same basin of water for flushing toilets.

Wang Mai Dang Health Center Bathroom Project - Thailand Project Description
This project is to renovate the bathrooms at Wang Mai Dang Health Center. The improvements will include one flush toilet, two sinks, and a hand rail to provide support for elderly patients who need to use the facilities.

The health center has a reliable water source, and both bathrooms are connected to existing septic tanks.

The work will be done by the Sub-district Administrative Office’s contractor.

Project funds will be used to purchase all fixtures and materials.

Project Impact
This project benefits the 4,000 people who live in the catchment area.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Dominique Luong

Comments
This renovation will serve the thousands of people who visit the center each year. The new sinks will allow the patients and the health center workers to practice better hygiene. The new western toilet and hand rail will provide elderly patients and visitors the support they need when using the facilities.

As community members begin to practice better hygiene at the health center they will be able to use these skills daily at home.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00 + additional amounts for future projects.

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded, through the generosity of Yennhi Luu, of Garden Grove, CA, USA, with additional amounts for future projects.

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

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

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Bang Phai Primary School Food Preparation and Washing Station Project - Thailand

Bang Phai Primary School Food Preparation and Washing Station - ThailandLocation
Bang Phai, Bang Mul Nak, Phichit, Thailand

Community Description
Bang Phai is a small village of 1,900 people, located in the southern part of Northern Thailand, about 5 hours north of Bangkok.

The community is comprised mostly of rice field farmers and retired individuals who rely on their children to supplement their incomes. Most families are helping to raise their grandchildren, while their parents go to Bangkok or another larger city to work and send money home.

The school is only able to feed half of the children a free lunch. The kitchen workers cook and clean dishes in an outdoor facility. Water for cooking and cleaning has to be carried and placed in large pans or buckets which are placed on old desks or on the ground.

Bang Phai Primary School Food Preparation and Washing Station - ThailandProject Description
This project is to build a food preparation area and washing station for the Bang Phai Primary School.

A water line will be run about 20 feet to the sanitary area to be available for cooking and washing dishes.

The new structure will be about 6 feet wide and contain 3 stainless steel sinks and an area for food preparation.

All labor will be provided by school parents and members of the community.

Project funds will be used for purchasing the sinks and materials, including pipe and fittings.

Bang Phai Primary School Food Preparation and Washing Station - ThailandProject Impact
146 people will benefit from the project, including 135 students, 8 teachers, and 3 kitchen staffers.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Sue Akins

Comments
This is an important project to enable the school to provide for the nutritional needs of the students. Food preparation and clean-up will be much more sanitary, thereby leading to improved student health.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$500.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

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

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

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