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Rivercess Well Repair Program - Liberia

Rivercess Well Repair Program - Liberia

​Water Charity Joins Effort to Bring Clean Water to EVERY Person in Liberia By 2020!

This is a truly ambitious goal.  

Historically, there has never been a developing country that has had access to clean water for every citizen. There has never been a country where water borne illness has been eradicated.  We’re here to change that.Hut in Rivercess

Water Charity has joined forces with our partners at The Last Well, to do what has never been done before.  Along with a large group of our fellow colleagues in the hydrophilanthropic world, we have coordinated our efforts in this country of 4.7 million people so that every village, every hut and every person in the country gets served by the collective effort.  Each of our organizations are focusing on specific aspects of the overall problem. 

The entire country has been scouted by teams on motorbike.  They went to every village, hamlet, and collection of huts, and conducted their own "census" with a focus on water and health.  Based on the information gathered, data that wasn't even known to the government itself for the most part, it was possible to break the task down into do-able parts.  Done in this way, in an extremely efficient manner, the endeavor has become not just a possibility, but a certainty. 

This particular program within the broader initiative encompasses 27 well repairs to rehabilitate boreholes and handpumps that have been unusable due to wear and neglect.  It is just one of many avenues of aid by which the lofty goal for Liberia is being carried out.  The overall picture involves, not only well repairs, but new wells, filter distributions, and other efforts in tandem with the Liberian Ministry of Health!

As you can see in the map below, we have adopted the Rivercess County of Liberia and it's 8 districts of Beawor, Central Rivercess, Deodain, Fen River, Jo River, Norwein, Sam Gbalor, and Zarflahn.
Counties of Liberia & Groups Helping
​Rivercess has as its main economy rice and cassava plantations.  

Total Population: 115,000
Population Needing Access to Water: 66,348Liberia Child Last Well
Population to be served by projects: 66,348!

​Believe it or not, this effort is already well underway.  The December 2020 date is not "pie in the sky."  By the end of 2017, a large percentage of the country will have already been served.  Something like 1.5 million people!  

Naturally, different areas need different solutions, and what works in the city will not work in the bush.  Nevertheless, based on the historic census-style documenting of actual need... we know exactly what to do for every person in the country, regardless of how remote or inaccessible their location.

We are already underway doing our 27 well repairs in 6 of the 8 districts that comprise Rivercess County.  This is actually ALL of the wells that currently need repair!  When this is done, we will move on to another collection of projects for the area.

We are very excited about this program, as it is something new in this field, and one rarely sees that.  Traditional organizations, despite all the good they do, and have done, have not even attempted this kind of thing. Water Quality Liberia They wind up spending more than this entire effort will wind up costing, but never in an efficient and focused way because there have been certain obstacles in the past, and large organizations are not usually able to change gears quickly or embrace innovation.  The fact is, that no one, not even the Liberian government, actually knew how many people needed water!

The first thing that had to be done for this effort, was to go to every village and hut in the country and conduct a kind of water and health census.  This was painstakingly carried out by teams of dedicated guys on motorbikes, and this first-ever dataset has made this entire work possible.  Gratitude goes out to the vision and effort that went into that.  Exploring the remote regions of Liberia is no easy task.

Water Charity wants to particularly thank Todd Phillips, Ryan Tew, and their team of people at The Last Well for organizing the effort.  Todd, a pastor, decided to focus on Liberia, because he determined it to be the "hardest place," and, as we are all well aware, water to be the biggest issue.

 Flag of Liberia

Over the years, this small, English speaking, West African nation has consistently ranked as the 2nd poorest nation on Earth.  It has often been known as the most corrupt as well, and was rated the most miserable place in the world according to the CIA World Fact Book’s Misery Index.

Enduring 14 years of brutal civil war truly decimated this country.  It was a haven for warlords, rogue generals, mercenary armies, conflict minerals and atrocities.  The conflict in Liberia, and across the border in Sierra Leone (another country with a similar story), gave rise to in "blood diamonds" and illegal timber imports. Liberian Coat of Arms

43.5% of Liberians were below the age of 15 in 2010​, and the average life expectancy is only 53.7 years.  During the conflict years, "child soldiers" were the norm, and more than 90% of the hospitals were destroyed.  Most of the indices by which one can rate the health of a nation had Liberia near the bottom.

Very sad for a nation founded as a hope and refuge for former slaves being repatriated back to Africa.  Many are surprised to learn that Liberia is actually Africa's first and oldest modern republic! 

The Republic of Liberia began as a settlement of the American Colonization Society (ACS), who believed black people would face better chances for freedom in Africa.  The country declared its independence on July 26, 1847, but the U.S. did not recognize Liberia's independence until during the American Civil War on February 5, 1862. 

Somehow, Liberia retained its independence during the Scramble for Africa. Along with Ethiopia and The Dervish State (now Somalia), Liberia was one of only 3 countries not controlled by Europeans by the early 20th Century.

The main issue for Liberia, though, as it pertains to our work, is that when this project began very few people in the country had access to clean drinking water.  Many waterborne pathogens and diseases were widespread, and this took its tool generally on the children under 5. 

​27 Wells Currently Being Repaired and Rehabilitated

  • ​12 Wells in Central Rivercess
  • 2 Wells in DeodainKids want water
  • 4 Wells in Fen River
  • 2 Wells in Jo River
  • 3 Wells in Norwein
  • 4 Wells in Zarflahn

​Repairs are underway already.  At the time of this posting 2 repairs have already been completed!  Updates and conclusion reports will be posted below.

These are all fairly standard and straightforward well repairs.  They are being done with community training and involvement, so that these wells will be maintained; the lack of maintenance being a big reason why many of these wells need repair now. 

With these Afridev & India Mk II handpump type wells, repairs and upkeep are inevitable, but if maintenance is done regularly, a simple bushing replacement doesn't have to turn into a borehole repair.  Parts for these setups are easy to come by, and knowledgeable technicians are widespread.  For these reasons, this "old school" technology is superior to any "cutting edge" invention you may have heard of.  Plus, it is at least an order of magnitude more economical.

In addition to the basic thriftiness of repairing these old wells, due to the economy of scale and efficient planning, we are able to actually bring these wells back online for far cheaper than what one normally spends on such repairs.  Naturally, the costs are a fraction of that needed to drill new wells... or even completely replace hand pumps. 

All of this combines to make this effort one of the most economical, high "bang-for-the-buck" aid efforts you are likely to see.  If you would like to adopt a well or a district... or help fund the next round of this work in Liberia, use the Donate button below.  Note your desire in your donation notes, or feel free to contact us directly. The more money we can raise for this, the more people we can help!

This is truly an exciting effort, and we are proud to be playing our part.  Hopefully, this type of model can be replicated all over and we can put an end to waterborne illnesses in every country. 

Water is life.

Drinking clean water, Liberiakids getting water, liberia
Carrying water from unimproved sourceLiberia Rivercess ProgramGirls Carrying Water, Liberia

BioSand Filter Training Program - Liberia

BioSand Filter Training Program - Liberia

New Groups Being Trained in Liberia to Make Filters!


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This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION working with Friendly Water for the World.

Location: Paynesville, Liberia

Problem Addressed

Flag of LiberiaThe first and second Liberian Civil Wars took place from 1989 to 2003, and destroyed much of this very small country. A combination of tribal hostilities, personal power grabbing, and interference from neighboring countries left some 250,000 dead, and a million displaced, and most of the water and power infrastructure destroyed. The country has been faced with trying to rebuild trust and infrastructure at the same time. It hasn’t been easy.

WHO reports that only one out of every four Liberians gets water from an “improved water source” – this doesn’t mean that the water is safe, only that it comes out of a pipe. In the countryside, the percentage would be far lower than that. It is estimated that as many as one out of every five Liberians die of a condition related to unsafe water and inadequate sanitation. Many rural and urban areas are almost entirely without toilets. Cholera and other waterborne illnesses are common. 80% of the population lives in poverty; unemployment is extremely high, and the cause of continued unrest.

Between 2014-2016, there were almost 11,000 cases of Ebola reported, and close to 5,000 deaths. However, it should be noted that many cases went unreported. At the start of the outbreak, there were only 50 doctors in a population of 4.3 million. Liberia was declared “Ebola free” in early 2016.  However, even at the height of the Ebola epidemic, far, far more people were dying from waterborne illnesses. And while much foreign assistance was received, little of it has gone to improving water and sanitation conditions.

Today, there are over 4.7 million people in Liberia, and WASH continues to be the biggest issue.  There is hope, though... as Water Charity is part of a multi-NGO effort to bring clean water access to every person in Liberia by December 2020.  See our Rivercess Well Repair Program - Liberia for details.

Project Description

Getting water from turbid source, LiberaiFour groups will be trained in the fabrication, distribution, installation, and maintenance of BioSand Water Filters, and in the teaching of sanitation and hygiene.

The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is a training program designed to enable participants to respond to potentially violent situations in new and creative ways. First developed by Quakers and others working in U.S. prisons in the 1970s, it has since proliferated around the world. The first training was organized in Liberia in 2010, and it has spread. Many of the participants are students, and are also seeking employment opportunities, and are excited about BioSand Filter projects.

Camp for Peace Liberia (CFP-Liberia) was established in 2005 by a group of visionary youths with the goal to transform the lives of young people through community-based education and awareness in response to the manifest need for sustainable peace and development. CFP-Liberia was incorporated in 2010 as a non-profit organization with an overarching goal to contribute to the development, empowerment and self-sustainability of young people in Liberia. It focuses on the promotion of the culture of nonviolence, reconciliation, promotion of education, and creating awareness of accountable governance and social transformation. It creates opportunities for young people to be equipped to deal with their Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and to participate socially and economically in Liberia’s post-war development. CFP also provides micro-credit to enable youth to establish their own enterprises. To focus on its vision, mission and goal, CFP is supervised by a management team comprising of 75% young people including a vast number of volunteers who offer activities through a network of trainers.

AVP and CFP-Liberia will be trained as a single team.

RICCE – The Rural Integrated Center for Community Empowerment (RICCE) empowers rural communities to participate in decision-making in Liberia, with emphasis on issues that impact on their lives and threaten community peace and security. To do this, RICCE facilitates community based peacebuilding and conflict resolution processes, and works for the promotion of biodiversity and transparency in natural resource management. RICCE was established by development specialists, engineers, health professionals, grassroots activists and professors at the University of Liberia who were alarmed by the conditions of rural residents in 2005. At the time it was observed that the rural people were neglected when it came to political decision-making, economic opportunities, better schools, hospitals and basic protection of fundamental human rights. These conditions still exist today, contributing to conflict in Liberia. RICEE is also involved in advocating for women's rights, promoting female empowerment through programs that allow them to participate in leadership and decision-making processes.

Peaceful Lutheran Church in Paynesvile, on the outskirts of Monrovia, will be hosting the training, and will be sending a team to be trained, with a workshop to be set up there.

Woman with pail of water, LiberiaRescue Women Liberia is a non-governmental organization established in 2015 by group of gender activists. The organization is involved in promoting basic human rights of women including access to justice, sexual and reproductive health, combating gender-based violence, and promotion of clean water and sanitation. Currently they do not have funding, but have been involved with voluntary community service in health education in communities and schools, awareness on gender based violence in and around Montserrado County.

Project Impact

The project is likely to have considerable impact. Fifty people will be trained, and four ongoing workshops set up and equipped. Health and employment will immediately improve among the 50 families. Taken together, the four groups have substantial contacts with NGOs throughout Liberia, with demand for Filters likely to be high among their constituents. The four groups will also have considerable contact with small community-based organizations throughout the country.

There will be a significant reduction in waterborne illnesses, increased employment, and new small business opportunities generated. The four groups, taken together, should be able to create significant synergies in the development sector.

Immediate Beneficiaries:

-          50 Individuals trained
-          200 members of their families

Community Beneficiaries (in first two years):

-          Four groups build and distribute 500 BioSand Filters each in first two years = 2,000 Filters
-          Each Filter serves on average 10 people – 20,000 people served
-          50 Filters go schools and orphanages – 3,500 children served

Future Beneficiaries:Bio Sand Filter System

-          Programs expand and require more than two molds each
-          Large orders likely to be received from other NGOs working in Liberia


-          Waterborne illnesses curtailed
-          Health improved
-          Child morbidity and mortality reduced
-          Medical/pharmaceutical expenses curtailed
-          School attendance increases
-          Community productivity enhanced

Person Directing
The training will be directed by Friendly Water for the World Technical Advisor Wayne Medrud, with assistance from Alisa and Ken Malloch, both of whom has significant experience with missions in sub-Saharan Africa. Philip Quoqui, Director of AVP in Liberia, will serve as interim country coordinator.


Each group will have a trained monitor to visit homes post-installation and keep records. A first report from each group will be due 90 days after they start operations. Following the reports, each group will meet to adjust their business plans as appropriate. The coordinator will keep track of the activities of the four groups.


The joint training and operation of these four groups together create an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of the long-suffering people of Liberia.

Liberia Training Budget Breakdown

Description Amount raised by Water Charity Quantity Cost per Item  Funders Budget Justification:
Liberia Project -  4 groups          
Steel Molds  $4,800.00 8 $600.00 Water Charity Each mold makes one filter/day.* Equip all four groups
Toolkits $1,900.00 4 $450.00 Water Charity Needed for Filter Fabrication*
Starter Materials $1,000.00 4 $250.00 Water Charity Sand,gravel,cement,tubing for first 20-25 Filters
Printing and Copying Materials $800.00 4 $200.00 Water Charity  
Travel for Trainers - Wayne $1,800.00 1 $1,800.00 Water Charity  
Honorarium - Wayne $400.00 1 $400.00 Water Charity **
Lunch/Tea for Trainees   50 $25.00 Local Community Lunch and Tea for five days**
Training Space   1 $200.00 Paynesville Church **
Trainers - Accommodation/Food $1,800.00 3 $600.00 Water Charity  
Internal Transportation $400.00 1 $400.00 Water Charity  
(Two trainers - Alisa and Ken Malloch - are paying their own transportation)        

*Molds and Toolkits are provided on long-term loan

**Local community contributions are required. 

This project has been funded by an anonymous donor. Please donate to Water Charity to allow us to expand our efforts in Liberia.

AVEC Water Filter Training - Democratic Republic of Congo

AVEC Water Filter Training - Democratic Republic of Congo

AVEC – Northeast Congo

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This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION working with Friendly Water for the World.

Location: Nzulo KAMURONZA, Northeast Congo

Problem Addressed:
There is currently a major cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with 20 of 26 provinces affected. There is no clear count of the number of cases, as only those who show up at health centers are counted, but it is likely that there are 100,000 cases, and perhaps close to 2,000 deaths.

Nowhere is the epidemic worse than in the hilly areas to the northeast of the city of Goma. Because of mining operations (many of them illicit), water from the few streams there are is virtually undrinkable. People make do gathering water from small ponds and even puddles, or from ground-level cisterns. Waterborne illnesses seriously weaken the population, constantly ravaged by war and civil strife.

Project Description:
Initiated in 2009 when the great humanitarian Zawadi Nikuze began aiding survivors of war-related rape, the Peace Center for Healing and Reconstruction of Community (CPGRBC) has been a leader in building a framework to respond to inter-ethnic violence and rebuild social links, and to Drawing Filters in Classassist communities in seeking solutions to their own problems in the Congo. All of this takes place in the context of continuing war and civil strife, and as backdrop, a new, massive outbreak of cholera.

Over the past eight years, CPGRBC has created and sustained 120 peace committees and 23 village savings and loan associations (AVECs) (banks are not trustworthy), built a management office in Goma, and trained four new groups in BioSand Filters/community sanitation and hygiene. The original group of rape survivors that Friendly Water for the World trained in Goma has played a major role in fighting the cholera epidemic there. CPGRBC has also recently acquired new space to build a headquarters and training center.

The plan is for CPGRBC to train and equip four new groups, each representing one of the AVECs. These groups already meet weekly, so they are organized to take up the challenge, and to market BioSand Filters to all of their members. They will also include community sanitation and hygiene as part of the peace/conflict resolution curricula. CPGRBC is experienced in monitoring and evaluation, and is an excellent, trustworthy partner.

Project Impact:
The project is likely to have substantial impact among the populations CPGRBC serves. Already existing CPGRBC BioSand Filter projects in the region have made massive differences in people’s lives, both in the provision of clean water and new employment opportunities. Other projects in chicken and goat production have been generated, and many people now have enough income to be able to afford to send their children to school. People with HIV are now able to fight off opportunistic infections.

What makes this project special is that those trained come from the CPGRBC savings and loan associations. Banks in the area are unstable and untrustworthy. By banding together, members of the associations have new access to credit, all within the context of their local community. Once the new teams are created, there will be ready market for BioSand Filters among their own members, and those in need will be able to access funds to purchase them. This may become a new model program, and could later expand to all 23 savings and loan associations.Bio Sand Filter

Immediate Beneficiaries:

-          60 Individuals trained
-          300 members of their families

Community Beneficiaries (in first two years):

-          Four groups build & distribute 600 BioSand Filters each in first 2 years = 2,400 Filters
-          Each Filter serves on average 10 people – 24,000 people served
-          60 Filters go schools and orphanages – 4,200 people served

Future Beneficiaries:

-          Program spreads to as many as 19 other AVEC groups


-          Waterborne illnesses curtailed
-          Health improved
-          Child morbidity and mortality reduced
-          Medical/pharmaceutical expenses curtailed
-          School attendance increases
-          Community productivity enhanced

Person Directing:
Aristote Bwaire has long experience working with CPGRBC since its inception, and in carrying out BioSand Filter training programs with CPGRBC throughout the region. He will work with Friendly Water for the World’s Medical Officer, Dr. Kambale Musubao and Congo-DRC Country Representative Eliphaz Bashilwango.

Each group will have a monitor trained to go into homes and check on Filter installation and use. The groups will report 90 days after the workshops are set up, and business plans adjusted as appropriate. CPGRBC will be responsible for communicating results. Funds are included in the project for follow-up.

Trained with filters, Congo


  Transport facilitators 2X5 days @ $15 ea = $150  
  Certificate 40 @ $2.5 ea = $100  
  Molds 8 @ $650 ea = $5200  
  Sand, gravel, cement 4 groups @ $250 ea = $1000  
  Tool kit 4 groups @ $450 ea = $1,800  
  Facilitation (2 people) @ $150 ea = $300  
  Printing modules 40 modules @ $7ea = $280            

  Training Materials = $1OO
  Coffee break 40 persons @ $3 x 5 days = $600  
  Room rental 5 days @ $50/day = $250  
  Transport of participants 40x5 days @ $10 ea = $1,000  
Local Participation$2,950  

This project has been funded by an anonymous donor. Please donate to Water Charity to allow us to expand our efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

Nyiragongo Water Filter Training Project - Democratic Republic of Congo

Bio-Sand Filter Congo

Another Huge Water Filter Training for the Democratic Republic of Congo!

​This project has been completed.  Read the #Conclusion Report below.

Nyiragongo, Democratic Republic of Congo

Water Line DRCMuja group; including the Territory of Nyiragongo and the Territory of Masisi. The training will take place in the city of Rubaya in Masisi region nearby. Both territories are in North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the women will come from 200+ villages around Nyiragongo.

Community Description
The territory of Nyiragongo and Masisi are entities of the North Kivu province. Nyiragongo is not far from the city of Goma, and has a volcanic environment. They are poor, in part, because of a government that has completely ignored the needs of the population.   

The land is fertile, but the water sources are few. The population waits for the rainy season to dig shallow holes and collect rainwater. Those who have the means walk 10 km or more to the city of Goma or Rubaya to get water. Sadly, the area is surrounded by mines.

The few water resources that do exist are heavily used in the extraction of minerals. Communities use dirty water coming from the quarries. The presence of rare earth minerals like coltan and beryllium have led to decades of conflict. While some foreign companies have grown rich on these resources, having a large amount of the most valuable elements on Earth hasn't benefited the local population... but on the contrary has made their lives a living hell on occasion, as various militias, armies and mercenary groups come through the area and ravage the land, kill people, rape the women and pillage the resources.

Now, at this point, the hundreds of villages in the area are nearly depleted of adult men, and are composed almost entirely of women, children and the elderly.  The men have either fled, been conscripted into government or rebel armies, or been killed.

Women of the MUSOsThe women of the region, against all odds, have banded together to form collective groups that are working to raise up this area, and have been very successful in providing for their own needs... serving the functions that governments usually serve in most countries. They have banded together in what are known as MUSOs (Mutual Use Sustainability Organizations), and created one of the largest and most successful self-help communities going in the world now. They have built health clinics, hired doctors and surgeons, kept up vital infrastructure, and now want to deal with their water issues!

This training project is being done with the Peace Center for Healing and the Reconstruction of Community Foundations (CPGRBC is the French acronym). This Congolese NGO is trying to help the people of the region in a number of ways. The CPGRBC today works in the field of rebuilding communities in Masisi, Walikale and Nyiragongo that have been long torn by armed and ethnic conflicts. It has implemented more than 120 peace committees, which are local structures of peace who work in their communities towards reconciliation and solidarity.  It has established 50 groups of women working in micro-credit. Also, the CPGRBC is working on a trauma healing program in the fight against neglected tropical diseases by assisting vulnerable people in Nyiragongo eradicate chiggers and waterborne diseases. 

Household in NyiragongoProblem Addressed
The lack of water in this area around the volcanoes, and the pollution that has engulfed the rivers used since ancient times, creates the current situation that the population her lives in water scarcity and is suffering from many different kinds of diseases. A major problem in the area is waterborne diseases due to water scarcity and consumption of unsafe water. Support these communities in their effort to drink clean water would help improve their health tremendously.

CPGRBC approached our friends at Friendly Water with the desire fight against diseases related to the consumption of unsafe water by providing opportunities for communities to obtain, make and distribute bio-sand filters. Water Charity was thrilled to be able to lend aid for this worthy goal, and decided to fund the entire effort.

Project Description
This project will consist of a series of 6-day trainings for a couple hundred women in the manufacture, use and upkeep of cement bio-sand water filters. The women will receive molds, tools and materials to make their first filters and will be trained on ways to turn all of this into small businesses for themselves, their MUSOs and their communities. Manuals and printed training materials will be given out in Swahili, English, French, Kinyarwanda, and a light lunch and tea for all participants will be provided every day.

Training women in DRC

The training will be conducted by Aristotle Lubao Mbairwe (Trainer with FW & CPGRBC), Zawadi Nikuze (CPGRBC leader), and Zawadi Mburano (also of CPGRBC). The training is in concert with Dr. Kambale Musubao (FW medical officer) and MUSO organizers.  CPGRBC and the MUSOs themselves are even coming up with a decent portion of the costs for this training.

The women who receive this training will go home with a functioning filter, but will also have the molds and designs to make as many as they can. They will be instructed in techniques to sell filters they make, sell clean water that they generate with their filters, and to proliferate the technology to others.

The profits made from some of the sales will go towards procuring more materials and molds. In this way, the projects are infinitely sustainable, generate income for these women, and can potentially reach and assist all the women in these villages via the MUSO system and the help of the CPGRBC.  FW & WC are proud to be able to create such a large and beneficial "ripple effect" with this project.

Project Impact
All residents of the 200+ villages in the region will benefit from this work.  In time, as many as 300,000 people could profit, as clean water, water filters, and the knowledge of how to make more disperses in these MUSO communities that are dedicated to sharing and mutual solidarity.
Sand MakingVolunteer Directing Project
Zawadi Nikuze is directing this project on the ground, and management is under the direction of David Albert, Board Chairman of Friendly Water for the World, with Water Charity overseeing.  See below for Zawadi's story.

Monitoring and Maintenance
CPGRBC and FW representatives will monitor the project and forward its objectives, but its maintenance will fall mainly to the women themselves and the MUSOs they belong to.  Given how self-motivated these remarkable women are, and have proven themselves to be in the face of all manner of adversity, we have no doubt that they will bring this raw strength and ability to bear on solving their water quality issues, and eradicate the scourge of waterborne illnesses from their lives entirely.

This project is part of our Training and Support Initiative, and is a sister project to our Minova Water Filter Training Project.

In the past, the ongoing war in Goma prevented training activities, and the general situation in the DRC kept WC from operating there due to our model of helping people efficiently as possible and never asking our volunteers to put themselves in harm's way.  We are extremely happy now, however, to be able to render aid in such a needy area, and in such a sustainable way.

     History and the present:

•    In late 2007-early 2008, a new phase of the Congolese war resulted in hundreds of thousands of people streaming out of the countryside toward the city of Goma.
•    Without any preparation or permission, they set up their own makeshift refugee camp southwest of the city. It is said to have grown quickly to almost 200,000 people.
•    Some international organizations attempted to provide material assistance there.
Zawadi Nikuze•    A small group of Quakers led by Zawadi Nikuze, a Quaker social worker, worked in the camp. The main work that the Quakers were involved in was trauma healing and reconciliation efforts, especially trying to prevent conflicts within the camp from erupting into violence.
•    In 2009, the government decided they did not want a refugee camp there, and sent troops to oust people from the camp. They sent tens of thousands of people out into the countryside, to “return to their homes” (but most of their homes had been destroyed). Thousands are said to have died of starvation, exposure, and in the ongoing military conflict.
•    Some 200 women, many with young children, refused to go, even at gunpoint. These women were survivors of rape, and had been rejected by their families and could not thus not even join the diaspora. 
•    Zawadi began working with these women, found primitive places for them to stay in Goma, and to provide them with minimum support.
•    Zawadi’s organization became one of “participatory development” alongside its trauma healing and peacebuilding activities. It is non-sectarian.
•    Zawadi came on three speaking tours to the U.S.
•    Zawadi was trained by Friendly Water in Newberg, Oregon in October 2013. (She was 8 months pregnant at the time.)
•    In March 2014, Friendly Water for the World held a training in Goma, Congo, which spawned three new groups: one associated with Dr. Kambale Musubao and the MUSO groups; one associated with Zawadi and CPGRBC; and God in Us-Africa, in Gisenyi, Rwanda. All three became hugely successful.
•    The women rape survivor affiliated with CPGRBC built and installed the first Filters in the 26 Goma orphanage, and later formed a major part of the program that eliminated cholera in all of them.
•    CPGRBC has expanded to encompass some 120 local peace committees and 50 groups of women. Most are working on trauma healing and reconciliation activities.
•    Later, it is hoped that members of CPGRBC will receive training in the fabrication of rainwater catchment systems/ferro-cement tanks, so that the open cisterns will no longer be able to spread disease. WC is happy to support them in this.

This project has been fully funded by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.  If you would like to see us expand, scale up and do more projects like this one, use the DONATE button below, and your donation will go to more training projects like this one.  


Women of Nyiragongo
Manager and Orphanage in Goma
Kambale and Women
Ndosho Orphanage

Conclusion Report: Peace Center for Healing and Reconstruction of Community Foundations (CPGRBC) – Nyiragongo Project

This training project went off without a hitch, and was another unmitigated success in our Training & Support Initiative.  Many people in the region will benefit from this technology being propagated.  Not only are the 4 communities and the CPGRBC making and selling BioSand filters, but they are also selling water, purchasing more tools, and teaching more people to do the same.  Waterborne illness has already diminished since the project was completed earlier this year.
Trainees with certificates Nyiragongo

​Trainees with their certificates!

Background to CPGRBC and Water: CPGRBC was originally formed in 2009 by Zawadi Nikuze to provide healing and services to some 200 refugee women (and their children) who had been raped in the ongoing conflict in northeastern Congo. The project has grown steadily since. In 2013, when 8 months pregnant, Zawadi Nikuze was trained by Friendly Water for the World. In turn, in March 2014, she helped trained rape survivors from her group in Goma, who have gone on to manage a sustainable BioSand Filter project. They provided the first Filters to the 26 orphanages in Goma to help overcome the cholera epidemic there.

Making a filter with a mold
The Project: Friendly Water for the World trainers conducted a series of five-day trainings for four communities in Nyiragongo and Masisi in the fabrication of BioSand Water Filters, and in community sanitation and hygiene. The communities themselves contributed $6,250 in goods and services.  The four communities – Mudjua, Mutayo, Rusayo, and Rubaya – each received two steel molds and a toolkit, needed for BioSand Filter contruction. Some 100 people were trained; 48 of them women.

As of February 1st, 2017 (60 days after the end of the last training), 92 Filters had been built (87 installed). Since then, these numbers have grown exponentially. 

Among the results:

-  People have a better understanding of the BioSand Filter, and hygiene and sanitation. They also have better health and improved life style.

-  The groups have created a solidarity fund to be able to help other members of the community who have no resource have access to clean drinking water through the BioSand Fitlers.

-  The groups have become volunteers and advocates for clean water and awareness on the waterborne diseases in their respective communities.

-  The groups are already taking steps to ensure sustainability:

*     They have formed sustainable BioSand Filter, hygiene and sanitation philanthropies in their communities;

*     They are saving a part of the proceeds from BioSand Filter sales to purchase more materials to make more filters.Sifting Sand

*     They have formed follow-up committees.

In the longer run, the participants expect this project should give rise to other projects such as:

•    Microcredit

•    Vegetable growing

•    Child protection

•    Formation of solidarity groups.

All in all a very worthy project.  As we receive more reports from the field, we will continue to post them here.  So check back, follow our RSS feed, follow us on Twitter, or follow us on Facebook!  (links at bottom of this & every page)

Remember that this was the water source they used before:
Drinking from an old water source

Ogiek Cultural Initiatives Program Training - Kenya

Ogiek Women

Ogiek TribeLocation: Narok, Mau Forest, Kenya

Problem Addressed:
The 30,000 members of the Ogiek tribe are the indigenous forest-dwelling beekeepers of Kenya. They have likely been there for a millennium, or more. In Kenya, they are considered the lowest of the low on the social totem pole, among other reasons because they do not trade in money, land, or cows, but only in honey. Simon Ndungwenkop, tribal chief and director of the Ogiek Cultural Initiatives Program, says that most members of his organization pay their membership dues in honey. Most of the honey is traded or sold to the Masai community, who use it in rituals.

The Ogiek people are under grave threat. Land speculators, government functionaries, and members of other tribes have been carving up the Mau forest where most of the Ogiek live, often claiming ownership of land that they haven’t even seen. Loggers are clearcutting whatever in the way of trees they can get their hands on. They are also setting fire to Ogiek settlements, burning them out of their homes and settlements.

The Ogiek people are attempting to fight back. They are barricading the “roads” (which can hardly be called that) against heavy equipment, and are replanting trees as fast as they can. They would also like to lodge a legal case to at least put a crimp in the cultural genocide that is taking place.

The Ogiek have no schools of their own, and there are neither schools nor teachers who teach in Ogiek, and there is no written language. As a human and indigenous rights defender, Simon says it is struggle to get his people to understand, no less defend, the rights they have under both Kenyan and international law.Burning an Ogiek Home

As a result of forest depletion, coupled with climate change, water sources dry up, and what remains is contaminated. The one remaining river Kalapichwa, the only close source of water, now looks more like a swamp than a river. Honey production is seriously affected. But, more critically, the Ogiek people are now seriously weakened by waterborne illnesses. Amebiases and bacterial dysentery are common, typhoid and cholera more than occasional.

Child mortality and morbidity are extremely high. There are now so many deaths of young children from waterborne diseases, people no longer count them. And it is difficult to fight for one’s rights when compromised by sickness, or in mourning.

Project Description:
A training program will be set up for 25 people on the edge of the Mau Forest in Narok. The group is located in Olokuseroi village. Besides BioSand Filter fabrication, distribution, installation, and maintenance, they will be instructed in how to teach community sanitation and hygiene, as well as basic business planning. The training will be in Swahili, and translated into Ogiek for those who need.

Filters will be sold to the Ogiek, mostly in exchange for honey (which is quite valuable, and the Ogiek Cultural Initiatives Program does this regularly). There will be a large market for Filters among the Maasai, the Ogiek’s traditional trading partners. If successful, the initiative will lead to more workshops.Terrible Water

Project Impact:
The immediate impact will be in providing employment for 25 participants, and resulting additional income to their families. This will also supplement the income of those who are living on the margins of the forest, whose income from sales of honey is intermittent.

Those with Filters will experience fewer waterborne illnesses, fewer deaths (especially among children), reduced medical expenses, improved school attendance, higher productivity, improved family and community life. The long-term objective of course is the elimination of waterborne illnesses among the Ogiek, and a higher living standard.

Person Directing:
Eric Lung’aho Lijodi, Friendly Water for the World’s Kenya and All-Africa representative, and leader of the Kambiri Group.

Community Group:
Kambiri Water and Sanitation Group is a fully registered group with the department of Social Services in Kenya. The overall mission of this team is provision of Sanitation and low cost clean water service to the community. This team has been in operation since the Year 2006 and has from time to time engaged in providing and selling filters to both individual persons and institutions. In the year 2009 the team participated in the Western Provincial Agricultural Society of Kenya Show, and received an award for their good work by the then Provincial Commissioner.

Kambiri Water and Sanitation Group’s overall mission is to provide of training in sanitation and hygiene and low-cost clean water approaches to the community. This group has been in operation since 2006 and has from time to time engaged in providing and selling BioSand Filters to both individuals and institutions.

A group monitor will be appointed and trained to follow on Filter installations. A report will be prepared 90 days after the start of the project. Eric will visit with the group after 90 days to work with them on any adjustments needed to the business plan. A survey will be carried out on the health of recipients before and after Filter installation.

Budget Detail 


Item Description

Unit Cost

Total $


 2 molds




1 sets of toolkit




 set of starter material




 25 Trainees material




1 Trainers Manual (We always make sure we leave the team we have trained with a trainer manual also)




 25 Certificates




25 Trainees meals for 5Days




2 Trainers transport costs from Kakamega








Taxi (Narok to Olodung’oro for 6 days) There is no accommodation facility at the village)




Trainers Honoraria




Molds Transport




Follow up




Meals and incidentals



Expected Outcomes:     


1.       To train twenty five participants from the Ogiek on Sanitation and hygiene

2.       To train the participants how to make filters

3.       To train participants on how to maintain the filters

4.       To train the participants on setting up business



1.      Complete elimination of water borne diseases among the Ogiek

2.      Reduce the cases of absenteeism of school going children due to illness.

3.      Improve the living standard of the Ogiek from the sale of filters.

4.      Improved sanitation and hygiene among the Ogiek.


Project Funding: 
This project has been funded through the generosity of a donor who chooses to remain anonymous.

Imukoksei en toreret! - “Everything is Possible!” in Ogiek,
Simon and HeatherSimon

Conclusion of Minova Water Filter & Training Project - Democratic Republic of Congo

Minova Water Filter & Training Project - Democratic Republic of Congo

  Project made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.

Cleaning Sand in Minova, Democratic Republic Of Congo
This water filter construction training project for women in the village of Minova, Democratic Republic of Congo, has been completed under the direction of Herman Chirahambali​ and Friendly Water For The World Volunteer Eliphaz Bashilwango
It involved teaching a group of women to make bio-sand water filters, providing them with the raw materials, molds and tools, and getting them sufficient in the technology so they could continue to manufacture these units... as well as teach others to make them.
To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.
Eliphaz reports:
The training went very well.  The women of the village were very happy to learn this skill, and the production of bio-sand filters has been going full steam since.
Not only are the women able to make filters and clean their own water, but they are also now selling clean water and filters to other members of the village.  The demand for filters is so great that they have already asked for more molds and tools.  This is quite a success and is already having an effect on the health of the people of Minova.
Below, we have included stories from a number of the women in the group.  Thank you to everyone who made this possible.
First Filters for women of Minova
We would like to thank Eliphaz, Dr. Kambale and Desanges for executing such a fine project, and we would also like to thank all of the donors whose support and contributions helped make this possible.  Projects like these are a model of efficiency and effectiveness.  Such trainings can spread life saving techniques like this far and wide, and unlike infrastructure and hardware, the knowledge can potentially last forever.
​Here we have the stories of some of the women who participated in the training.  They are unedited, and contain some disturbing disclosures, but we want to let the women speak for themselves, so if you choose to read them, keep this in mind.


                                                                                               ChibalonzaMy name is CHIBALONZA Christine, I am 30 years old. Born in a family of 8 children, I didn’t get the chance of going to school because of discrimination, our culture considering that schooling a girl is waste of time. Also, early my father abandoned my mother 20 years ago and has got another wife. Mon has to suffer and work hard to raise us. No one among all my brother and sisters has got a state diploma, only boys finished the primary school level. When I was 16 years old, I went to work as a cleaner at a particular’s household. The same year, the boss used to rape me by force,  I got pregnant and was chased , starting suffering at that age, spending nights on road, being used as a tool by men in sexual abuse because I had to get money for food. I gave birth helped by a girlfriend in the farm and not at the hospital because couldn’t have money to pay at the hospital. After that I started living here and there. With the pregnant I was not allowed to go back at our home. The man (boss) who raped me and give me pregnant died and my son was not considered to take a part on inheritance. My son is to school but he is always chased from the classroom because of lack of school fees, know that primary school and education is not free in DRC, parents have to pay the teachers. Finally I came back home but I am always victim of discrimination and criticism. I have tears every day in my heart. I stayed cultivating a rent farm because women do not have right on lands. I had been eighteen months while coming back very late from the farm, three strong boys for the second time come to me and raped me by force, this is the children I have in my hands , I don’t know who is his father.


I am NABINWA ZUNGURUKA Germaine, 26 years old.  I have one child, a girl. I have got this girl from the massive rape done by FARDC (Congolese national army) in November 2012, where more than 140 women were raped within 24 hours. I didn’t go to the hospital because it was a shame for me saying that I was raped.  People asked me to join the trial but I refused because no justice in Congo, exactly those who went there didn’t get anything they lost their time. I am jobless now, wish I could get a micro loan to start a small business.

NamavuI am NAMAVU  BAHATI 38 years old mother of 8 children and all of them girls, this has created a great challenge to me in my family in law. It is not easy to give birth to only girls in my culture; they do consider that it is due to the woman. Without any job, I have to help some farmers to carry luggages and get a daily food, but what kind of food do you imagine full of water and big cassava bread. About rape in DRC, this is very common. In the farm, at the river, in the house at any time a woman can be victim of rape from civilians and from police, national army, rebels, pastors, priests. I know so may girls who had been raped by priests, pastors and police. In Congo we also have nice laws about sexual abuse but I can say that 98% of women are not aware of this law. Even some police men and soldier are not aware of this law. One of my daughters who is 12 years was victim of rape, the author/aggressor of that was arrested by police but only two weeks later he was free, released because of corruption.

OmbeniI am OMBENI ORNELLA, 20 years old I am married but in very bad conditions. The man I am living with that I am calling my husband one year ago I was studying at secondary school at Bishange. He wanted me to become his girlfriend but I refused because I wanted to become a teacher after my studies. But one day as we were living in the same village, while going to get water at the river, he sent a young boy to call me. The young boy come to me saying that someone was calling me, I asked what was his name. The boy said he didn’t know the name of the one who was calling on me. I went there, and found the boy himself. I didn’t even want to talk to him, but laughing, he told me “ I want you to be my wife for the life”. When I wanted to go, he took me by the hand and then suddenly three more boys came, they shut my mouth and took me by force in the boy’s house. Since that day I become his wife and we are living together. His family and my family makes friendly arrangements, they gave some goats to my family as part of dowry.

FurahaMy name is FURAHA HABAMUNGO, 21 years old and mother of children all of them boys. I was a pupil at Matendo secondary school in 5th form. I met with a young handsome boy with whom we were friends for years.  As we used to meet without protection, I realized that I was pregnant, my brothers brought me at the boy’s family where I am living alone until now. Once there, the boy lived with me only three months then he escaped and joined an armed group. I don’t have peace at his family because they usually say that their son joined the armed fearing to be jailed because of me. For now, we don’t have any news from him; alive or dead we don’t know. I got the second child from a friend of that boy (my husband) he used to come and help me with some money but his aim was to make love with me. For now he also do not help me. I am now suffering and the family of my husband wants to chase me while I cannot go back to my family. The clothes you can see I have are a gift from neighbors. I used to spend all the day crying.


My name is NOELLA MAPENDO, 34 years old and mother of 8 children, 4 boys and 4 daughters. I was legally married, but for now I am living alone with my children. My husband abandoned me because of the massive rape that happens here at Minova in November 2012 by the government’s soldiers who raped hundreds of women within 24 hours. Now my husband took two more wives and went with them in another town. My children are not going to school; we are not able to get sufficient food. Life is very difficult for me.  

NeemaMy name is NEEMA BYENDA , I am ..years old. We are nine children in our house hold. My father separated with my mother when I was one year old.  My father has died but he was nothing form me. My mother doesn’t have any farm and any job. All my brothers and sisters didn’t go to school because mother was not able to send them to school while the school is not for free in DRC. I wish I could go to school and finish my studies because I left last year when I was in 5th form pedagogy at secondary school. My sisters are giving birth home without any control even my brothers and some of these children are dying from kwashiorkor/malnutrition. Rape in our community is common and people are not punished, so many young girls do abandon school because of rape and being pregnant. In November 2012 more than 140 women were raped in Minova in 24hours by the national army FARDC and no punishment. I, my sisters and our mother were all raped in the same night. Were always victim of stigma and it’s a daily shame for us being raped. I don’t believe I could one day have a boy to take me for marriage. We wish some women empowerment project could be implemented, projects that will help to stop rape and have the authors punished. Projects as family planning, speaking to pupils and students about HIV.


NdawaboMy name is, Ndawabo Mirindi , 38 years old. Mother of four children. My so called husband took me for marriage by force ten years ago and after using me as a object he abandoned me alone with the four children without any support. For now he has got two more wives. I don’t have any access to the farms; my children are not going to school, getting food is among our daily miracle. Life is very hard. One of my children wanted to die by the lack of food and hospital fees. I am feeling as I might have got HIV from that so called husband and I do fear the HIV test because if it’s positive for me I can suicide  myself.


SifaI  Sifa Bitaha , I didn’t go to school, not able to read and write. Only my brothers went to school. It is said that us as ladies don’t have right to school in our culture. As I don’t study, my job is working in farms and keeping kids. At 15 years old, I was living at my elder sister’s house helping her to keep and look after her kids. Her husband’s friend raped me by force many times and makes me pregnant. I was rejected at my elder sister and in all the family. I suffered so during the nine months, I gave birth and two months later my son died. I returned home but it’s a shame for me and doesn’t have any consideration, they do consider me at home as an object.  I had been five years since I got another child, my only girl, I got him from a nurse who was treating me and as I couldn’t pay the hospital fees, he used to make love with me and we got a child.


My name is Anuarite. I am 18 years old. I studied at Matendo high school and had got my state diploma. After that year, one of the teachers there started looking for me for love, he made me pregnant and I was chased at home by my parents. The father of the teacher was also a pastor and he didn’t want me to come at his home. I suffered so much for the nine months and until now I am suffering with my children. Before that, we are in our household six ladies and all of us were raped by the national army in November 2012. My young sister is even HIV positive from rape.

I am Desanges SERONGE, mother of 2 children. I was raped by a soldier and went with him because I couldn’t go home after that shame. I lived with that soldier for two years; he took two more wives and left me suffering with my children. I was not able to feed my children. During those two years, as that soldier was making sex in disorder he infects me with HIV, now I am living with my mother who is also a widow. I fear that my children could be infected.  


I am NAKASHI, mother of 11 children. I am years old. I am married but my husband is jobless. It is very difficult for me to feed the 11 children. We are internal displaced people IDPs  here at  Minova. We came from Nyabibwe during the war, we don’t have any help here. Some of my children are not going to school, and those who are going there are always chased by the lack of school fees. Some are obliged to go here and there to look for food. Rape is very common in this area, there are so many girls who are raped and are giving birth without any control. My second daughter was also victim of rape and she got a child from that rape. The authors of rape are not punished because of corruption.   In November 2012 more than 140 women were raped by the national army, all of us were victims of this. They spread HIV and other so many diseases through that rape. We want people to help us with some women projects.




While we didn't ask these brave women to share their stories, and are loathe to publicize them for their "shock" value... we recognize that these women want the world to know their stories.  That the unbelievable strength and bravery that they embody is a model for us all.  Again, we apologize if the unedited content of their statements is disturbing for anyone.  Teaching these women to clean their own water is an endlessly refreshing endeavor with ripple effects that we can never fully measure.  Thanks to everyone who made this possible, and especially our friends at Friendly Water For The World.
Laying out sandAssembling Filters


Village of Hope - Rotary Biosand Filter Training - Tanzania

Village of Hope, Tanzania

NPCA and WC logos

This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION, working with Friendly Water for the World.

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

BSF in process of being built

Village of Hope - Nyegezi, Mwanza, Tanzania

Community Description
Village of hope is a care center for children located at Nyegezi ward in Mwanza region. Mwanza is a mid-sized port city on the southern shores of Lake Victoria in northwestern Tanzania. With a population of over 700,000, it is Tanzania's second largest city, following Dar es Salaam. Mwanza is the capital of the surrounding Mwanza Region.

Problem Addressed
The Village of Hope care center provides all the basic needs of children and youth, such as housing, food, education, health care and so on.  Children are brought to the center at different age stages, but once they reach 18 years old, they get sent back to their family or community. Some of the kids have no family to be sent to, but they have a good chance to start a new life independently because of the skills they learned at the center.

The center has no reliable source of drinking water, which makes it extremely hard to keep the kids healthy. A big chunk of the center’s income has been spent on charcoal for boiling water. Nonetheless, waterborne diseases such as typhoid, amoeba and dysentery are common at the center.

Project Description
The idea of a BioSand water filter training project was introduced to the community for the purpose of providing safe and clean water to people in order to reduce water-related diseases. They were enthusiastic :-)

This project is a WASH and Bio Sand Water Filter Fabrication Training. Projects like this have proven very valuable and deliver high performance and profound effects in many areas of lesser developed countries like Tanzania, where access to safe water is still a problem. Improvement of people’s health is the major outcome, and there is a rise in living standards of people who are engaged in these projects. New employment opportunities is another impact in Tanzania. Approximately 200 group members who have been trained so far, are now employed under this project through fabrication, selling water and selling filters to earn income.

This project to provide training on the making and maintaining of BioSand Water Filters to 28 members of the center will have similar benefit. The operation will not only provide a continuous and reliable access to clean drinking water but it will also provide a source of income to the center through the sale of drinking water and filters in the community.
Training in progress, VOH Tanzania
Community Organizations
​This training is a collaboration of Water Charity, Friendly Water, CLAO and Village of Hope.

Community Life Amelioration Organization (CLAO) is the local organization (initiated by Tanzanian) registered under nongovernmental Organization act, 2002 (registration no 00NGO/0008807) with the aim to implement bio sand water filter projects in Tanzania with Friendly Water For The World. CLAO will be working with community at grassroots level in different projects initiated to raise community wellbeing economically, socially and in terms of health. Under this project, CLAO will organize the training, do preparation for all other requirements of Testing the BSFthe training, and conduct the training, monitor and evaluate the project’s progress.

Our vision is “to see a sustainable community where everyone has a decent and contented life”

“Fostering rational utilization of skills and manpower for sustainable development in both social and economic spheres as well as creating friendly environment in order to ensure diversity sources of income and improve livelihoods of communities.

Village of Hope (VOH) is a nonprofit organization that exists for the sole purpose of bringing hope to vulnerable children in Mwanza. They try to accomplish this by providing vulnerable children with shelter, education, healthcare and nutrition. They are currently serving over 300 children through their children’s home and school.

The vision of Village of Hope-Mwanza is that all children are loved and care for.

Village of Hope-Mwanza exists to bring lasting hope to the children at risk so they can embrace adulthood as independent and contributing members of the society.

Village of Hope-Mwanza came to exist due to stories of children, including abandonment and death of one or both parents. Many of the children were found abandoned in a certain area and brought to police and then to social welfare, which brought them to VOH. A few stories involve the death of both parents and family being unable to care for the child. In some cases the mother died at birth and no family was available.

Children are raised at the center until the age of 18 years, then released back to society to start independent life. It becomes a challenge for them to cope with community life, as some of them do not even know their relatives. They often have no life skills, apart from home-based education that they have received during years spent in VOH. 

New BSF!Each year, numbers of youth complete their secondary education with no hope for further studies, hence becoming a burden to society or engaging in adverse psychosocial behaviors.

Project Impact
More than 300 children living at Village of Hope-Mwanza and more than 30 workers employed with VOH will gain access ro safe and clean water. Trained youth will become employed, enabling them to earn income and  benefit the community.

Volunteer Directing Project
Julius Kenyamanyara

Monitoring and Maintenance 
Community Life Amelioration Organization (CLAO) in collaboration with Village of Hope-Mwanza (VOH) will monitor the progress of the project, whereby selected leaders from the group will collaborate on providing progress report and share groups information. 


-Entrepreneurship and marketing skills will be taught as part of the training to provide members with techniques on selling of filters.

-VOH will be responsible to advertise, and find other donors to support the group.

-VOH should contact their partners to introduce them to the project hence more training is expected in the future in partnership with FWFW and CLAO.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Equip group members with the knowledge and skills on fabrication and installation of bio sand water filter
  • Capacity building on water, hygiene and sanitation education to group members
  • Provision of safe and clean water to VOH community
  • Employment opportunity                                                                  


  • Improve living standard of the group members and families in general
  • Reduction of water borne diseases as more people will be using bio sand water filters
  • Health improvement

Certificates Awarded
Village of Hope, Tanzania - Training Concluded!

The training was conducted and was a tremendous success.  Many filters were constructed and the knowledge that the certified trainees gained has already been passed along throughout the area.  The additional income generated for Village Of Hope is allowing them to expand their reach and aid even more children there.

A group of 28 people were trained: 24 youths, 2 teachers and, and 2 house women.

At the end of the training all the participants received a certificate, that prove their capability in making and maintaining the BioSand Water Filter as well as the basics of hygiene and sanitation.


Certificate awardedOutcomes:

- More than 300 beneficiaries in the Village of Hope center now have safe and clean drinking water, and the surrounding community also benefits from the project.  Members of the village of hope are designated to educate people on the importance of using safe clean water. This will also increase the sale of filters.

- Improvement of living standard of the group. The operation is making filters for the center and for the community. The BioSand filter is in high demand, and people buy them from the center.

- In a long run the center is projecting to be trained on the making of rainwater catchment system to have readily available source of water.

Up to date the group made and installed 139 filters. The center management has purchased 31 filters for all the workers at the center to be installed  in their households.  The center is proceeding to make filters for the surrounding community. The group has also recently received an order of 7 filters from the neighboring village of Bugarika.

The Village of Hope has a goal of making 200 filters by the end of the year, which will serve about 1,400 people.

​UPDATE:  They have already surpassed their goal, and continue to expand this very successful operation.  Who can say how many people will drink water free of microbes due to this project in the long run...

This project has been paid for through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

Conclusion of Wondo Genet Well Rehab Program - Ethiopia

Water Flowing Again

This fantastic project to restore water to 5 villages in Wondo Genet, Ethiopia has been completed.
To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.


Wondo Genet Woreda (District) is located in the Sidama Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNPR) in southern Ethiopia. It is part of the Great Rift Valley, and is bordered on the north and east by the Oromia Region. The District had an outbreak of dysentery in June 2016, attributed to contaminated drinking water.  A cholera outbreak is affecting three associations with a population of nearly twenty thousand. The water source includes traditional unprotected sources such as springs and rivers as well and shallow hand-dug wells with water fetched with rope and bucket.

The clean water supply coverage of the district is low partly because of failed hand pumps.  In June 2016, the District Water Bureau reported 60 broken pumps. In the absence of a clean water source nearby, women and children have to travel long distances to fetch water and this has negative impact on the health and time management of women and children.

Poor hygiene and sanitation practices also contribute the transmission of disease.  Communities are not practicing proper disposal of excreta, hygienic handling of food substances and utensils, and management of animal wastes.   An educational effort is needed to reinforce good behaviors that protect human health from disease outbreaks.


In order to address the great water needs and to play a role in combating the recent chronic dysentery outbreak in Wondo Genet, Water Charity & Water is Life International (WiLi) completed a project of 5 (five) well rehabilitations since August 2016.  Well rehabilitations are a cost-effective way to recover clean water sources within a community.  All of the wells that were rehabilitated were either not performing at all or seriously under-performing in terms of quality or yield.  In all cases, the local community provided fencing materials and labor as needed for the rehabilitation process.  

In addition to the hardware work that repaired the pumps, an educational process was conducted to increase responsibility and accountability for the continued maintenance of the pumps and to improve sanitation and hygiene practices.  Water Use Committees (WUC) were formed for each well.  The WUC is comprised of 4 women and 3 men elected from the community.  They are encouraged to collect funds for the water to have a budget for future repairs.  They also have been taught to be teachers in the community to promote practices such as washing hands and using latrines.

Village by Village Breakdown


Previous Condition

Rehabilitation Intervention


    Direct Beneficiaries




Wuchale (Bure)

The well was not functioning for the last 6 months; They travel over 2 km round trip to get water from springs; pump units out of use and needs replacement. Wellhead concrete broken

Water committee not formed

The well was developed and cleaned; new pump, riser main and PVC casing supplied & installed; and the pump head and adjustable handle restored. Wellhead reconstructed.

Water committee formed & WaSH training provided

The well was disinfected with chlorine





The well was not functioning for 9 months; pump unit, rod & PVC beyond repairable; wellhead shattered and requires; travel far to fetch from spring sources rehabilitation

The well was developed and cleaned; rod and PVC casing supplied & installed; and wellhead rehabilitated.

WUC strengthened & WaSh training provided

The well disinfected with chlorine




Lomiche 2nd

The well was not functioning for the last 6 months; getting water from springs took women & children 40 minutes (round trip); damaged parts: rod, PVC, seal & bushings

Wellhead broken & WUC weakened; Sanitation & hygiene awareness low

The well was developed, cleaned, and broken parts of pump repaired. Wellhead refurbished

WUC strengthened & WaSH training provided

The well disinfected with chlorine





The well was not functioning for 1 year; damaged parts: rod, PVC, seal & bushings; more people come from upstream areas to get clean water from this well; do not practice washing hands after toilet

The well was developed, cleaned, and pump parts repaired; wellhead rehabilitated; WUC established; WaSH training provided;

The well disinfected with chlorine




Lomiche 1st

The well was not functioning for 7 months.  Upstream duelers came to collect water from this well. During pump breakage, they travel 1 hour to get clean water from other sources.  Except the pump head, all pump components are broken. Wellhead needs rehab

The well was developed, cleaned, and except the pump head, all pump components are replaced; Wellhead refurbished; WaSH training provided & WUC strengthened;

The well disinfected with chlorine




Child drinking fresh water




GPS Coordinates

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Beneficiary Story:  Buro DekemoBuro

Buro Dekemo is a 16-year old, grade 9 student in a 9-person household.  Buro and her family live in Lomiche 1st village.  Her parents are farmers who grow coffee to provide for their family and create a livelihood.  She is the eldest daughter and is responsible for fetching water with her mother. She wakes up at dawn to fetch water before the line gets too long. 

When the pump broke, she had to carry 20-liter jerry cans for one hour to an unprotected spring.  This negatively impacted her school preparation time and there were days that she missed the first period lessons at school. Buro was hoping for a day when the clean water source nearby her house to be repaired but her community has no means of maintaining the water scheme located in their village. Buro said, “I am so thankful the well is fixed.  I can go school and be there on time to attend my education!  A burden has been lifted from our backs.  You can see a smile on my face!”


•      3,192+:  The number of people each day who are receiving the life-giving benefits of clean water in Wondo Genet as a result of well rehabilitations.

•      35:     The number of WUC members who were strengthened and trained to manage the rehabbed wells.

•      456:   Number of household heads (patriarchs and matriarchs) who were trained in sanitation and hygiene awareness to become teachers that promote better WaSH practices.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in this effort... all the volunteers, villagers, workers and technicians.  This wonderful work is a part of our larger Ethiopia Well Rehab Program, and falls under our East Africa Water & Sanitation initiative.  Please consider supporting this project, the program, and/or the initiative itself, so more projects like this can be done. There were a lot of pictures taken, and even some cool raw video... much more than can be presented here.  If you are interested in seeing more of this stuff, feel free to contact us, and you can look at this YouTube Playlist.

New water flowingNew water flowing Fixing the WellHappy Village


Minova Water Filter & Training Project - Democratic Republic of Congo

Women's Center - Congo

Our 1st Water Filter Training Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo

NPCA and WC logos

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


Village of MinovaLocation
Minova, DRC

50 km west of Goma, on the northwest shore of Lake Kivu, in South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo

Community Description
The village has about 30,000 inhabitants, plus 5,200 internally displaced people in camps (refugees). There are another 30,000 or so in three surrounding villages.

The surrounding area is mountainous, with numerous volcanoes. The volcanic soil is fertile, but does not hold water well.

     War Torn Area

  • For the past 20 years, war has raged throughout the area, mostly over control of natural resources, including coltan.
  • In 2012, Congolese government forces, backed by United Nations troops, fought and lost a major battle with M23 (and perhaps other) militia forces in Goma.
  • Congolese troops retreated to Minova, where besides other destruction and killings, they raped at least 139 women and young girls as young as nine years old.
  • Following an international outcry, a trial of 37 low-ranking soldiers was held in Goma, Dozens of survivors testified.
  • Only two were found guilty of rape.
  • The events and the trial are depicted in the 2015 Academy Awards shortlisted short film The Testimony. http://www.thetestimonyfilm.com/  (It can be seen on Netflix.) Photos from the trial can be seen here: http://www.dianazeynebalhindawi.com/the-minova-rape-trials-congo-2014/

  Woman With Baby   Women Coming Together

  • Almost all the women had been farmers.
  • Most of the husbands of the women who had been raped deserted them, leaving them without funds to send their children to school, or enough labor to tend their fields effectively. Food became scarce, and hunger common.
  • HIV had been relatively uncommon in Minova. However, the war – and rape – brought HIV to the community.
  • A community leader named Masika Katsuva, who was among those raped, stepped forward to help organize a group of the women in agriculture (180 in all), to give them a voice, and to help them come forward at the rape trial. She also set up a center for women and children abandoned by their families.
  • Masika’s story is told in the 2014 feature-length documentary film Seeds of Hope. http://www.seedsofhopefilm.co.uk/ Watch the trailer on the website.
  • Masika’s organization APDUD received significant international support before and during the trial.
  • International support of APDUD fell off significantly after the trial.

In February 2016, Masika died, leaving APDUD in some disarray. Her daughter Desanges hopes to revitalize the organization, and at only 23 years of age, has already done a lot to promote the organization and organize local women.

It is through Masika's women's center organization APDUD, and working with Desanges Kamate Kabua, Congolese NGO leader Herman Chirahambali, and our friends at Friendly Water For The World, that Water Charity will be conducting this support and training in much needed water filters. Herman met Dr. Kambale who does training and work for Friendly Water, and recognized the need for this project immediately.

Problem Addressed
The area is prone to large amounts of waterborne illnesses.  Cholera, dysentery, and a host of other pathogenic microbes pollute all the available water sources, and sickness due to these microbes is a huge problem.  Children under 5 are especially vulnerable to such illnesses. Worldwide it is the 2nd leading cause of death for children, and in the DRC, Diarrheal Diseases are the #1 cause of death (according to the CDC and the WHO)! 

Desanges and kids!Project Description
Water Charity will fund a biosand filter workshop led by trainers Dr. Kambale Musubao and Aristote Lubao Mbairwe (who work with our friends at Friendly Water Congo), for the women of Minova.  At least 35 women will be provided with a 5-6 day training on how to construct, use, and care for their own biosand filters. These filters, when used correctly, can basically last forever... especially the cement mold types we will train them to make. 

We will provide them with a few molds, and materials enough for all of the women to make their own filter.  Manuals and printed training materials will be given out in Swahili, English, French, Kinyarwanda. Furthermore, they will receive business training by which they will build filters, and sell them (as well as water) to the people of the Minova area.  

There will be an office established at the Women's Center whereby the women of the program can advertise and sell their product... and in time, they can even begin to conduct their own trainings to spread the technology.

Funds raised by selling water and filters will go towards purchasing more molds, more materials and more tools.  Filters and water are in high demand, so there is every reason to believe that this effort will be sustainable, effective and successful.  We expect that more women will come wanting to learn how to make these lifesaving devices, and the Women's Center will be happy to share this with them.  Thus, in a short time, the ability to make effective water filters will spread across the region.

All in all, a very sustainable effort with a great deal of positive "ripple effect!"

Project Impact
The project has the potential to help and impact all of the 65,000 plus people in the Minova area (Minova town, refugees, and the 3 neighboring villages).  The direct, immediate beneficiaries include all the families and friends of the women of the Women's center, as well as everyone who purchases a filter or water from them.  This number is hard to pinpoint, but it should amount to 5,000 or more people in the first year alone.

Volunteers Directing Project
Herman and Desanges will be running the project on the ground, and management of the project will be under the direction of David Albert, Board Chairman of Friendly Water for the World, with Water Charity overseeing. 

Herman Chirahambali

  • ​Herman is a former school principal. His career came to his end when soldiers came and occupied his school, destroying all desks and burning all books. His mother was killed when rebels pillaged his village. His sister died of AIDS, the result of war-related rape. His wife died giving birth to his second child, who also died.
  • Today, Herman is a volunteer for a non-profit that teaches environmental stewardship through language. They teach female farmers native literacy classes and also run an after-school English language program for children. They reach hundreds of women and children, yet still struggle to raise the $6.00/month they need to rent their classroom while operating with no computer and only a few books.

Minova Farmer Woman

Desanges Kamate Kabua

  • Daughter of Women's Center founder and current organizer and leader of APDUD.
  • It was her drive to help the families of Minova that led to FW and WC becoming involved in this wonderful project.

Monitoring and Maintenance
Eliphaz Bashilwango (FW representative) will be tasked with reporting, in concert with Herman and Desanges, who will be there on the ground to make sure the project achieves its goals.  Should further training and assistance become necessary, any of these individuals will be able to contact WC & FW and request such aid.

This noteworthy project is part of our Training and Support Initiative, and is a sister project to our even larger and more comprehensive DRC filter project in Nyiragongo, which is being started promptly. It is our desire to have a continuing and substantial effect on these communities, so expect even more projects of this nature there, including training the women to build rainwater catchments and fero-cement water tanks!

This project has been fully funded by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.  If you would like to see us expand, scale up and do more projects like this one, use the DONATE button below, and your donation will go to more training projects like this one.  Use the comments if you wish your donation to be used for DRC projects specifically.

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


Rape victims group

Project : Base - Water Charity Partnership

Chamonix Wingsuit Brigade

PROJECT BASE H2O - Water Charity Partnership (& Peer To Peer Fundraising Challenge):


Meet wingsuit fliers Sam Hardy & Nate Jones: 



These guys are the gravity defying BASE jumpers who comprise PROJECT BASE H2O. Sam, from England, and Nate, from Australia, are leading enthusiasts of a relatively new sport, a type of base jumping that uses "flying squirrel" type wingsuits to allow them to fly & glide through the air and perform aerial manoeuvres; human birds one could say.  As cool as that is, this isn't all they are up to.  They also do charity work!

As they globe trot and soar in far-flung locales, these rockstars actually take time to fund and implement water projects where they go.  We met them as they were doing a project in Ethiopia, where Water Charity was working as well, and we decided that working together would be a great idea.  We, as an established WASH development organization, can help them do bigger and more efficient projects, as well as handle the donations, leaving them to focus on what they do best... flying, and helping people in a spectacular fashion.  


Check out the video below to see the full story from Mission Ethiopia, where they were flying in Simien National Park.

On World Water Day - March 22nd 2015 - Sam and Nathan did the first ever wingsuit flight in The Simien Mountains National Park, while they were on their Project : BASE charity mission in Ethiopia. Sam and Nathan raised $11,000 to benefit the local communities near to the BASE jumping locations.  Their donations went towards building a new water well and refurbishment of an old water well in Miligebsa. They also built a new water well in the Amhara region that was completed in summer 2016, and delivered 20 "one world" footballs to 4 local schools, and furnished a satellite school with new school furniture.

Now, Water Charity and Project : Base are working together to create new projects for them to do.  We are planning to distribute and install high-quality water filters to the nearby villages when they fly in places with water issues.  This is an extension of Water Charity's very successful Filters for Life Program and is focusing on the Sawyer "dialysis style" water filters.  You can read about the technology on the Fitlters For Life page.  To support this work, use the DONATE button below, and give generously.  We will update this page with photos and footage as it comes in, as well as start new pages for the individual projects they undertake.

Access to clean, running water is something that most of us take for granted; and yet across the world, water-related diseases affect more than 1.5 billion people every year. The wings 4 water filter is able to clean over 1 thousand litres of water per day and a single filter can easily be shared between 4-6 households which has a lifespan of over 3.75 million litres when maintained. 

We will leave you with this stunning shot of Nathan coming in for the world's first human flight hi-five!  

Highest Hi 5 (Wingsuit)
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