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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.
 


BIO SAND FILTER TRAINING: WOMEN’S STORIES FROM MINOVA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

                                                                                               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.

Nabinwa 

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.

 Noella

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.

      Anuarite

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.

Desanges
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.  

 NAKASHI

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

 

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.

POld Water SourceROJECT BACKGROUND

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.

Well RehabPROJECT SUMMARY

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

Village

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

350

 

 

Megenano

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

357

 

 

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

525

 

 

Kube

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

560

 

 

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

1400

 

 

Child drinking fresh water

WELL REHABILITATION SITE SUMMARY

County

Village

GPS Coordinates

Elevation (m)

Depth (m)

Static Water Level (m)

Pump Type

Pump Depth (m)

Well Yield (L/s)

UTM East

UTM North

Aruma

Wuchale (Bure)

453619

771710

1708

12

6

Afridev

10

1.6

Aruma

Megenano

451660

771487

1701

14

6

Afridev

13

1.6

Edu

Lomiche 2nd

453508

772959

1708

13

7

Afridev

12

0.8

Edu

Kube

452958

772767

1725

14

8

Afridev

12

0.5

Edu

Lomiche 1st

453620

772458

1720

14

8

Afridev

12

0.5

                   

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!”

PROJECT IMPACT

•      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

 

Nyiragongo Water Filter Training Project - Democratic Republic of Congo

Bio-Sand Filter Congo

Another Huge Water Filter Training for the DRC!

Location
Nyiragongo, DRC

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.
 
Kambale and WomenVolunteer 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.
 

Comments
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
Sand Making
Ndosho Orphanage
 

 

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.

Comments
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: 

SamNate

 

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)
Please check out their work and BASE jumping via :

www.projectbase.org
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While you can donate and help fundraise via the widget above, the main Fundraising Campaign Page can be found HERE (with Facebook comments, more P2P interaction and Social Media Share features)

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Project Base Wingsuit Night Flight

Refugee Aid Initiative - Worldwide

UNHCR Camp for Syrian Refugees

WATER CHARITY INITIATIVE TO HELP REFUGEES WORLDWIDE

​A large percentage of Water Charity projects help refugees and internally displaced people. Our typical projects often make a huge difference for people contemplating leaving their homes. Having clean water can be a major factor in deciding not to flee your home to begin with.

And, we have done a good number of projects that have explicit refugee components to them over the years. Click Here to see some of our projects with major refugee elements.

Now, in this time, we are seeing an unprecendented number of people risking their lives with only a thin hope of making it somewhere they imagine to be better. People are setting out on rigorous, potentially deadly journies with nothing but what they can carry, crossing deserts, risking drowning at sea, finding themselves at the mercy of human traffickers, and there are many casualties in this humanitarian crisis. A growing number of these people are "climate refugees" who leave their homes (at least in part) due to changes in the climate making their homes unlivable.Massive Refugee Camp

In addition to our normal work, Water Charity is attempting to provide assistance to these displaced people on a greater scale.  We are setting up projects now to deliver direct assistance at refugee camps where possible.

We all know that life in a refugee camp is no vacation. People who have already suffered trauma, atrocities, abuse and victimization find themselves, at the end of a long and difficult exodus... in a place that is often deplorable and depressing. Furthermore, many refugees are doomed to stay in these places for interminable amounts of time, with little hope of ever getting out and restarting their interrupted lives.

What to do about this is beyond the scope of what Water Charity can deal with at this time... but we CAN commit to trying to make the conditions in these camps better.  

As such, we are pleased to be expanding this initiative designed to create water, sanitation, public health, and solar lamp programs for refugee camps around the world. The inspiration for this effort was seeing the situation at the Eritrean refugee camps in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

In case you didn't know, an amazing diaspora of Eritreans have fled the small nation in northeastern Africa... many of them unaccompanied children of 10-12 years of age. (In fact, 51% of refugees worldwide are children.)

Ethiopia

Ethiopia is unable to extend much help to their displaced neighbors, as their own citizenry are dealing with droughts, famine, uprisings, and severe water crises.  While not completely forgotten, these refugees are forced to depend on whatever the UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency), and a small group of NGO's can muster to give them. They have severe shortages of many things we take for granted... including space to lay their heads, proper sanitation facilities, and lighting in their dwellings.

These are not problems restricted to the camps in Ethiopia, though.  Many areas of the world have tragic, sprawling encampments of people displaced for a wide variety of reasons, often in a political limbo where they can't go home, can't settle in the host country, and have little or no way to leave.

In addition to helping out with water filtration, water storage, hygiene facilities, and the like, we are also engaged in distributing solar lamps.  While many refugees are able to receive some education in these camps, they are unable to read or study at night if they can't afford a kerosene lamp or some other smoky, air-polluting device that brings with it long-term health issues. While seemingly not directly tied to our water & sanitation mission on the surface, having a safe, dependable light source leads to increased personal health and security. Having a solar lamp available to them makes it easier to find and use restroom facilities in the dark. 

The ability to read after dark, ties in with our global "Let Girls Learn" campaign as well.

Eritrean Refugee KidsWe are hoping this initiative will spawn many programs, and allow us to bring aid to camps across the globe. Sadly, there is no lack of people needing help... and the number of displaced peoples is reaching new records. According to the UNHCR, there were at least 65 million refugees last year... the first time we have crossed the 60 million mark on record. And if anything, this year has only been worse.

Measured against Earth’s 7.5 billion population, these numbers mean that 1 in every 115 people globally is now either an asylum-seeker, internally displaced, or a refugee – a level of risk for which UNHCR knows no precedent. In all, there are more forcibly displaced people today than the populations of the United Kingdom, France or Italy.

Please support this initiative to help us start as many programs and campaigns in as many refugee camps as possible.  As they are implemented, you will be able to donate directly to each of our individual efforts.  You can expect the same level of transparency and reporting that we are famous for.  Every project we do is posted on our site in a timely manner with photos, video (where possible), updates (when needed), and conclusion reports upon completion. We bring to this endeavor our stellar track record of succesful and sustainable, low-cost WASH development work.  Our field-leading efficiency, due to our unique model, will ensure that we get the most bang for our buck... and that the largest amount of people possible will be served.

It is hard enough being a refugee, without a home, stateless and overlooked... the least we can do is make sure they have clean water to drink, a safe place to defecate, and the ability to wash themselves. And if, due to our relations with the manufacturer of the wonderful d.light, we can provide a little bit of extra light along the way, so much the better.

For more insight into this issue, consider watching our friend and filmmaker Chris Cotter's "The Eritrean Exodus: Refugee" after watching the trailer below. It is a great film, and is available on iTunes and other such services.
 

www.theeritreanexodus.com

 

This initiative is being carried out in conjunction with our partners, the National Peace Corps Association. NPCA & WC Logos

South Sudan Well Rehab Program

Villagers waiting for water

Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association are pleased to announce a new program designed to help the people of South Sudan by rebuilding and restoring wells across the country.  The program began with the ten wells you will find listed below, which are already completed, as PHASE 1 in the Tore region. We plan on completing as many more well rehabs as we can get funding for. To this end, we have already begun with PHASE 2 in the neighboring region of Yei (more info below).

This is a country that we have wanted to work in for some time, but until now we had found it too difficult... especially in light of the fact that our normal partners, the Peace Corps, have no presence there.

South Sudan is not only the "newest" nation in the world (having broken off from Sudan after a long and bloody civil war that ended in 2005 and saw them achieve independence in 2011), but it is also among the very poorest.  Water issues in the entire region are critical, and the people of rural South Sudan often have to wait in line for water with their Jerry Cans for days when water shortages are most extreme. This is a situation which has led to the breakup of many marriages, due to husbands not understanding why their wives have to be gone so long just to get water, and assume them to be unfaithful.

South Sudan has suffered a lot of internal conflict since its independence; it now has the highest score on the Fragile States Index (formerly the Failed States index).

The Honorable Bidali Cosmas Wori-Koji, Commissioner of Yei River County has given Water Charity permission for drilling and rehabilitation of boreholes in Yei River County, South Sudan.

Well Rehabilitation details:

Well #

Community Name

Boma

Payam

Household Served

Static/ Well Depth

1

Do’bo Area

Baka

Tore

30

55m

2

Mukpara P/School

Baka

Tore

70

60m

3

Munze Community

Baka

Tore

40

65m

4

Hai Mundari

Baka

Tore

32

68m

5

Kuronyangi Area

Avokaya

Tore

50

45m

6

Purini Area

Avokaya

Tore

50

65m

7

Tore Centre

Avokaya

Tore

50

60m

8

Ramba Area

Avokaya

Tore

60

65m

9

Prokele Community

Mundu

Tore

55

65m

10

Bandame Community

Mundu

Tore

60

70m

           

Each of the villages delineated above will be a separate project under this program.  Furthermore, after these ten communities in the Tore area are served, Water Charity intends to continueboy getting water from the well the program in other needy locations. Water is, and remains, one of the most crucial issues of concern for South Sudan.  People resort to drawing water from muddy pits, and are subject to a large variety of waterborne illnesses.

Eighty percent of people in South Sudan’s hospitals are sick from drinking dirty water. According to the United Nations, waterborne diseases kill four children worldwide per minute.  Women and children are the most vulnerable. According to USAID, one in every four children born in South Sudan dies before the age of five! Half of those deaths are from water-related illnesses that are easily preventable.  Every day, Sudanese women and children spend hours bringing water to their families. Some are attacked by wild animals on their journeys, while others are robbed or raped. Time spent hauling water robs children of formal schooling while increased rates of malnutrition, anemia, and scoliosis rob them of their health.

South Sudan is a broken country. The infant mortality rate is 136.3 per 1,000, and maternal mortality is the highest in the world (South Sudan Medical Journal). It has the highest malaria burden in sub-Saharan Africa (Malaria Journal). South Sudanese live on less than $1 a day.

Gathering Water In YeiThere has only been ten years of peace in the region since 1956, which has resulted in a lack of infrastructure. More than 2 million people have died, and more than 4 million have become displaced or refugees. In 2014, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reported that more than 9,000 child soldiers have fought in South Sudan’s current civil war... to say nothing of the hundreds of thousands that have been forced to fight before Independence.  Prior to the 2005 peace, the world watched as Sudan's Muslim north waged a genocide in the region of Darfur, a predominantly Christian region north of the current border.  Many of the refugees from this crisis fled south into what has now become the sovereign, predominantly Christian nation of South Sudan. Darfur remains part of Sudan, but the world's attention has faded from the region, and most people have little idea of what is happening in Sudan or South Sudan anymore.

The current political crises in South Sudan (since 2014) has cost 10,000 lives and displaced 1.5 million people who are now dependent on streams, rivers and puddles for their daily water supply. More than 2.5 million people are in need of urgent help with their water situation.

Water Charity Gets Involved:
With this program, ten existing wells that are currently nonfunctioning will be rehabilitated.  Each of the wells will have their own project and conclusion pages, which you will find below as they are ready. 

The objective of well rehabilitation is to improve well performance, increase well capacity, clear silt deposits built up in the well, remove mineral build up encrusted on the pump screen, and repair or replace existing pumps.  This is a way of utilizing work already done in order to provide clean water at a lower cost.  By repairing or replacing hand pumps, we can serve as many people as a new well would at a fraction of the cost.

dirty waterFor this project, Water Charity is partnering with Water is Basic, a U.S. based 501(c)(3) organization that is also a South Sudan based nonprofit run by South Sudanese.  The South Sudanese Water is Basic is a borehole drilling organization in the Republic of South Sudan birthed and led by Sudanese religious leaders in response to the Country’s water crises. It is a Sudanese solution to a Sudanese problem.  It is everyone's vision that every person in South Sudan has access to clean, safe water. 

There is a need for, and capacity to do, as many as 100 well restorations per year... or more.  South Sudan is Water Charity's 66th country of operation, and is a very important milestone for us.  Being able to do meaningful work here, in what is clearly one of the most needy places on Earth, means a lot to us.

Water changes everything. As the Sudanese people are able to access clean water, they have witnessed a transformation of health. Death rates fall.  Education rates rise. Access to food is increased, and local economies grow.  Ancient conflicts over water rights and access become obsolete. Peace sweeps through areas where water shortages once caused civil war and conflict.Young boy carrying water jugs

Phase 1 - TORE Region Highlights:
• Will reach 497 households, nearly 5,000 people that will have access to clean water
• Restoring 10 wells and replacing the broken hand pumps
• Holding a 5-day workshop training 48 water committee members on borehole operation and maintenance

Bonus:
• 3 additional well hand pumps will be repaired with local South Sudanese project funds helping an additional 150+ households access clean water.

Program History:
In August of 2015, Water is Basic funded a well hand pump repair workshop in Tore Payam of Yei River County of Central Equatorial State, South Sudan. This project aimed to train/retrain hand pump mechanics, educate water user committee members, and repair10 broken hand pump/wells. There were 7 total participants. The first 2 days were devoted to hand pump repair classroom held at Tore Catholic church Tore Payam.  Lessons included hand pump parts/functions, proper tool/procedures, troubleshooting, and well maintenance. The teachings were fun and interactive; there are mixtures of new and returning participants. The next one day was perhaps the most important addressing the “software” They focused on borehole management, covering topics such as community ownership, source protection, and managing finances. This included each borehole’s own water user committee, usually consisting of seven or nine members each. All water users’ committee members made their own by –laws and set household water user fees, usually about $0.10 (35 SSP) per month.

wellThe remaining 3 days were all spent in the field, repairing the hand pumps and promoting proper hygiene. The participants were very eager to get real experiences to develop skills that complement their new knowledge. On the areas of hygiene promotion the participants are trained on the mode of diseases transmission, washing hands with soap or ashes, and clean water storage. All activity created quite a buzz, with decent sized crowds watching the technicians work, listening to the hygiene promotion, and performing tasks needed for the well (like cleaning the surrounding grass, picking up trash, and fencing the building sites).

The most common mechanical problems were worn out cylinders, pipes and rods.  Other problems included broken handles, chains, pump heads and concrete pad repair.  The participants had a chance to practice a wide variety of repair techniques during the workshop.  The whole workshop ended with successfully repairing all 10 hand pumps and equipping their water user committee with the knowledge to operate and maintain them. As a result, an estimated 760 households in Morobo County now have access to clean water. Also 9 hand pump repair technicians have built both hardware and software skills to make a difference in the Payam (county).

Summary of Program Objectives:
Water Charity intends to expand on the capacity to do good work that our friends Steven Roese and WIB have managed to achieve with this training and well rehabilitation model.  It appeals to our innate sense of economy of scale, efficiency, and high "bang for buck."  We sincerely hope that via this partnership, we can change the lives of many people struggling in this newest nation on Earth.  At the very least, we can remove extreme water and sanitation issues from among their problems.

villagers around the wellBeing a new nation, born of war and strife, the resilient and proud people of South Sudan have a lot of work ahead of them to catch up to their neighboring nations like Ethiopia and Uganda. Many of the people in South Sudan even share cultural and linguistic ties to their neighbors... countries where Water Charity has already done a significant amount of work.  We even have a similar program going in Ethiopia at this time, the Ethiopia Well Rehab Program, which we are confident that this program can replicate.  In time we would like to replicate the successful borehole drilling operations we are doing in the Ethiopia Borehole Program in South Sudan as well.  All this takes is funding.  Please consider helping us with this very important work by clicking the donate button below.

UPDATE:

Water Charity is pleased to announce that PHASE 1 of our South Sudan Well Rehab Program, has been successfully completed... and all 10 wells rehabilitated, plus the bonus 3 for a total of 13 wells repaired!  This program began with the region of TORE, in the Central Equatorial State where renewed violence has made it difficult for us to chek up on the communities.  When the security situation is better, we will get back to these sites, and post updates.  Meanwhile, we are continuing with multiple well rehabs in Yei County where many are displaced from the last 2 years of violence in Unity and Jonglei States. The next 10 well rehabs under the program will be in Yei, where the situation is currently safer, and closer to the base of WIB operations. 

Read about PHASE 1 by CLICKING HERE.

PHASE 2 - Yei Region

Phase 2 has begun and is underway in the Yei Region of South Sudan, along the Yei River.  Water Charity and Water Is Basic have decided to focus on this region of relative stability while the Tore region of Phase 1 remains inaccessible due to civil war outbreaks.

Phase 2 is already doubling the size of the program, and we hope to do many more projects as they are feasible.  The rehabs there are being done as they come, and can be followed by clicking the individual well rehab links below.  All projects following the PHASE 1 link, are all part of PHASE 2.  At present we have initiated projects to repair wells in Abei, Lomulule, Bor Dinka, Loggo II, Illimoko, NTC, San-ji-Sari, Zezira II, and 2 wells in Marakonye​.

​We are happy to report that all 10 of these wells have been repaired now.  We will be posting conclusion reports for them as we are able to gather the data, and sort through the pictures etc.  Check back soon.

We would like to expand on the success of Phase 1 & Phase 2 by expanding this program three or four times larger if possible.  Please help us do as many well rehabs as we humanly can by contributing to this program. 

NPCA & WC LOGOS

This program is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.

 

Village woman near the waterholewater committee

Villagers village children near the well

Ethiopia Well Rehab Program

Ethiopia Well Rehab Program

NPCA & WC LOGOSThis program is designed to help the people of Ethiopia by rehabilitating wells and repairing pumps across the country. It is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.

ETHIOPIA

Population: 90 million people

54% do not have access to safe water

89% do not have access to adequate sanitation

39% live below the poverty line

Life Expectancy:  55 years

GNI Per Capita:  $280 USD

443 Million:  The number of school days lost worldwide each year to

water-related diseases

1.8 Million:  Additional number of people estimated to lack access to clean water

in 2016 in Ethiopia due to El Nino related drought

 


The program will begin with the West Arsi region of Ethiopia.  Arsi Negele Woreda is located in the Great Rift Valley, an area of southern Ethoipia susceptible to drought and famine.  Water is, and remains, one of the most crucial issues of concern for these remote regions of Ethiopia.  People resort to drawing water from muddy pits, and are subject to a large variety of waterborne illnesses.West Arsi Map

Due to El Nino related weather effects in the fall of 2015, Arsi Negele has been hit hard by drought.  This drought is widely affecting the southern region of Ethiopia, and in particular Arsi Negele.  Traditionally, people living in Arsi Negele have collected water from traditional water sources, such as ponds and rivers, or some villages have been fortunate enough to have shallow wells drilled with hand pumps.  Traditional sources are not protected and the unclean water causes numerous health problems for the local communities.  Due to the drought, even these sources began to fail in the fall of 2015.  The combined effects of the failure of traditional water sources, as well as exacerbated problems related to the drought, has caused a serious and perilous water shortage in Arsi Negele..

This program will encompass the following 6 villages to start. Each of the villages delineated below will have their own projects under this program.  Furthermore, after these first 6 villages are served, Water Charity intends to continue the program in other needy locations, finding as many wells that need rehabilitation as we can.
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With this program, six existing wells that are currently nonfunctioning will be rehabilitated.  The objective of well rehabilitation is to improve well performance, increase well capacity, clear silt deposits built up in the well, remove mineral build up encrusted on the pump screen, and repair or replace existing pumps.  This is a way of utilizing work already done in order to provide clean water at a lower cost.  By repairing or replacing hand pumps, we can serve as many people as a new well would at a fraction of the cost.

The well rehabilitation program will be followed by a further effort to drill 20 new shallow wells to serve the needs of the population, as well as finding more wells to rehabilitate

For this project, Water Charity is partnering with the local NGO WiLI (Water Is Life International), an organization active in the creation and support of Sustainable Living Groups (SLGs), as well as the improvement of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) practices. SLGs are Water Use Committeecommunity-based savings and credit institutions that are autonomous and completely managed by the poor themselves.

As they mature, eight to twelve SLGs may be organized into Cluster Level Associations (CLAs) to form a second institution of support.  They also create a stimulating context for new learning of healthy behaviors and practices such as drinking from improved water sources, using latrines, washing hands and managing microenterprises. These new behaviors drastically reduce the incidence of waterborne disease and put people on the path toward better economic and social development.  

WiLi has been working in Ethiopia since 2006 and has constructed over 300 wells, provided WaSH trainings for each community receiving a well and established over 400 SLGs that have transformed the lives of tens of thousands of Ethiopians.  These engagements are managed and implemented through a network of partnerships that builds the capacity of Ethiopians to address these challenging issues.

The powerful establishment of a thriving SLG program has brought dignity, hope, and economic empowerment to thousands in the region. To build on established relationships and achievements to continue these positive trends this project will strengthen the SLG program and the formation of CLAs, increase the number of safe water wells, and bring the nexus of these activities together through WaSH trainings and educational programs. 

 

The great need in West Arsi continues to be a call for action and response, and WiLi and Water Charity want to continue the vision of long-term development investment and involvement in West Arsi.  A cost-effective approach to provide clean and sustainable water to a community is to rehabilitate already existing wells and hand pumps.  current source

Summary of Program Objectives 
Rehabilitate 6 wells in the region near Lake Langano, in order to ensure a safe, accessible and sustainable source of potable water to approximately 500 people per well. 

Well rehabilitations are a cost effective way to renew a clean water source within a community. 

  • Subsequently Drill 20 new shallow wells.
  • Support the continued training activities of the SLG program into CLAs in order to benefit over 5,500 SLG members and their families.
  • Observe improved sanitation and hygiene behaviors within SLGs, such as Open Defecation Free communities and consistent handwashing, through hygiene and sanitation training.
  • Introduce the use of bio-sand filters.
  • Build the capacity of the SLG institutions to better serve themselves and become leaders in their own transformation.  

Ideally, this program will scale up to include more villages and regions afield from Wes Arsi, but this program, as big as it ever gets, will be focused on this efficient model, and the tangible goal of making life better for the people of this, and other difficult regions in Ethiopia.

Program Impacts
The approach of combining the WaSH sector with SLGs allows us to tackle a number of varying issues that pose the greatest challenges to the poorest of the poor in West Arsi.  This transformational approach targets the following:

  • Extreme Poverty Extreme poverty can imprison and paralyze people to a life of hopelessness and despair. The SLG movement restores personal dignity and creates opportunity and hopefulness out of the resource base that already exists in the community.  This is called asset based community development. The process is to create formal small groups to envision the future together and establish responsible planning and accountability to increase income. 
  • West Arsi Well RehabFood Security It is estimated that 5.2 million people in Ethiopia are experiencing scarcity of food and undernourishment.  West Arsi is included in this area.  SLG members will gain access to improved water sources and will be able to learn better nutrition and afford a healthier diet through alternative sources of income.  
  • Climate Change Adaptation  Over the past 40 years the cycles of rainfall shortage and drought in Ethiopia have worsened due to climate change.  In drought prone areas in the southern part of Ethiopia, drought has become an annual risk.  Water shortage is a direct result of climate change.  We are helping Ethiopians to adapt to the impacts of climate change by providing alternative water sources that are sustainable during drought periods.
  • Community Resilience and Disaster Response Social support is the foundation of strengthening a community’s resilience and ability to respond and adapt to disasters.  SLGs have proven to be key social structures that improve the ability of families and communities to respond to disasters in a successful way.  By strengthening and expanding our SLG programs, we promote community resilience and partner with communities for positive responses to disasters.
  • Health  Waterborne disease is the number one cause of infant mortality in Ethiopia, causing an estimated 300,000 deaths per year.  The best way to decrease infant mortality and improve the health of children and families in Ethiopia is through clean and safe water.  Our wells provide clean water sources so that death won’t be caused by dirty water, and our sanitation and hygiene education programs help decrease the transmission of water-borne diseases.

UPDATE:

All of the initial well rehabs in this program have been completed.  Conclusion pages are being posted under the individual project pages for each village well. We are in the process of assessing new wells that need rehabilitation in villages nearby and farther away.  Check back soon, as a SECOND PHASE of well rehabs will be underway shortly!

WELL REHABILITATION SITE SUMMARY

Village

GPS Coordinates

Elevation (m)

Depth (m)

Static Water Level (m)

Pump Type

Well Yield (L/s)

UTM East

UTM North

Kushe #1

475140

827438

1676

66

47

Extra Deep Hand Pump

2

Kushe #2

475851

828234

1649

69

38

Indian Mark-II

3

Gubeta Bomba

477271

830388

1618

72

18

Indian Mark-II

1

Buku Wolkite

473603

827858

1656

84

38

Indian Mark-II

2.5

Wondo Lemeche

476893

831783

1600

31

20

Afridev

1

Lalesa

470255

828879

1608

40

22

Afridev

1.5

Kids In Arsi

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NPCA & WC LOGOSAnd to those who have already contributed, thank you for changing the lives of so many of the poorest of the poor in Arsi Negele, Ethiopia, and for partnering with us to promote sustainable access to clean water!

This entire program falls under our larger East Africa Water & Sanitation Program.
These projects are made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.

Let Girls Learn Initiative - Worldwide

Let Girls Learn Initiative - Worldwide

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First Lady Michelle Obama, in concert with the State Department, USAID, and the Peace Corps, has formed a powerful collaboration, Let Girls Learn (LGL), to expand access to education for adolescent girls around the world. The program aims to improve opportunities for the 62 million girls around the world who are not able to remain in school each year. The goal is to implement community-based projects, funded with donations from non-Federal entities, and was announced with fanfare by Michelle, President Barack Obama, and Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet.Let Girls Learn with Michelle

Water Charity is proud to be intimately involved in this program, not only doing the very first LGL project, but committing to do hundreds more.  We are raising money specifically for these projects, thus enabling the government agencies to direct the funds they are able to raise towards other projects, and have the entire program go further, and reach more people.  We already have dozens of these projects underway, and many more coming through every day!  This promises to be a hugely impactful program.

Water Charity's take on the LGL theme involves building bathrooms and bringing running water to schools that often have neither, as well as other water system projects that save girls from having to fetch water, and eliminate school days lost to waterborne illness.  With all the other pressures that might serve to keep girls from going to, or staying in school, we feel the last thing should be lack of access to sanitation and proper hygiene.  In many parts of the world, young girls drop out of school when they get their menses. Aside from pressure to start families at this age, the lack of clean bathrooms, proper toilets with doors, and running water are major factors in the high drop out rate.  Some girls simply miss school for their entire period every month... many never return.

The program was announced to target Albania, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Georgia, Ghana, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Togo and Uganda, with Thailand, The Gambia, and Ethiopia under consideration. 62 Million Girls Each YearAll of these countries are now involved in LGL projects, and later this year, the program will expand to include all of the countries where Peace Corps operates.  We here at Water Charity will be funding PCV led projects in as many of these places as we can, and have already hit the ground running.

Through our partnership with the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), Water Charity has committed to the implementation of projects to build and improve 100 bathrooms, and install water systems, at schools in Albania, as well as another 100 such projects worldwide in the designated LGL countries. We are already on pace to supersede those figures.

In addition, we will continue to enable similar PCV projects in other countries, and implement RPCV projects that are in the spirit of and in support of the LGL mission.  These projects that are in the spirit of LGL, but not officially part of the program, we designate LGL+.  By clicking that link you can see those projects, while the full Let Girls Learn tag is applied to projects within the program, and can be perused seperately.  Both types will fall under this Water Charity Let Girls Learn Initiative, and can be followed from this page.  Projects with an arrow next to them have been completed and have conclusion pages up already.  Those with circles next to them are still underway.Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Access to a clean and safe bathroom is crucial for all children, but is especially important for young girls as they reach adolescence. NPCA and Water Charity helped develop, and provided the funding for, the first LGL project, the Svey Leu High School Latrine Project - Cambodia. That project, which has been completed, exemplifies the need for dedicated bathroom facilities and water systems that provide hygienic and sanitary conditions as well as privacy, safety, and dignity.

Male or female, no student should have to defecate in the open, or attend a school without proper bathrooms and running water. While our focus here is on the needs of the girls, all of our projects also include comparable facilities for the boys, teachers and parents as well.

We hope you will support us in this effort.  Donations can be made on the individual project and program pages. (Links to them are below) Our programs are collections of projects in their own right, as typified by our 100 Water Projects Program - Albania which, alone, will have 100 projects under it.

Donation to our projects go towards recouping the funds we have spent already on that project, as WC pre-funds all of our projects out of pocket and allows people to adopt them, in whole or in part, after they are already begun. The efficiency and agility of this methodology should be obvious, and, in this way, we never ask people to donate to projects that aren't already a reality--as is common in most philanthropy--but to support ongoing, proven, and even successfully completed projects with the knowledge that time is of the essence where water is concerned.

HERE the FLOTUS acknowledges our commitment to LGL. We thank her and her staff for the full paragraph about us on the .gov website (the 5th new announcement)!  And HERE, the Washington Post reports on it (end of 3rd paragraph).

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

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100 Water Projects Program - Albania

100 Water Projects Program - Albania

This is an effort under the LET GIRLS LEARN Program, a collaboration of First Lady Michelle Obama & Peace Corps, to expand access to education for girls around the world!NPCA & WC LOGOS

100 Water Projects For Albanian Girls!


Water Charity is proud to announce that we have crafted a program to do 100 water projects in Albania over the next year. Due in large part to the vision of Teresa and Graham Anderson, the PCVs spearheading this effort, we have scaled up what would have been 10 school bathroom projects, into a major program to deal with the poor sanitation conditions in schools all around Albania. This ambitious goal is already underway in a dozen schools, and will likely surpass even our lofty goal of 100 projects.

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This entire program falls under our Let Girls Learn Initiative. This is an effort on our part to step up, and pick up the gauntlet thrown by the First Lady in her call to further girls education around the world. Water Charity did the very first LGL project in Cambodia earlier this year, and aims to do a couple hundred more water projects that expressly aim to empower young women, and allow girls the myriad opportunities that an education can bestow.

NPCA and Water Charity have already helped develop, and provide funding for, a number of great water system projects that exemplify the need for programs like this. It is hard to overestimate the value of clean, functional, dedicated bathroom facilities.  They not only provide hygienic and sanitary conditions, but privacy, safety, and dignity as well.

Lack of proper sanitation facilities at a school contributes greatly to the drop out rate among adolescent women. Upon reaching their menses, many girls simply leave school, and others struggle on while missing a whole week out of every month. Most of them endure a lot of pressure to drop out of school to get married and start families.

Dancing girlsAlbania, as one of only two majority Muslim countries in Europe, has cultural attitudes towards women and their education that influence many Albanian women to give up on the idea of education completely.

Our goal with this program is to work with the schools to create an environment conducive to young women remaining in school.

The majority of these schools lack running water, and many have no functional bathroom facilities whatsoever at the moment.  Even where they do have toilets, they are often in horrible disrepair, or are not useable because there is no running water to flush them... and they are not connected to sewer pipes.

Thus, a large portion of these projects will be to refurbish or build new toilet facilities, complete with running water. We will not stop there, however. Water Charity intends to go on and support a large variety of projects that have LGL impact. As most people know, lack of clean water and adequate sanitation can make people susceptible to frequent waterborne illnesses, and being sick with such sicknesses, keep children out of school... not to mention threatening their very lives.

We hope you will support us in this effort to make a meaningful difference in this beautiful Mediterranean nation. Check out the various projects in the program below, and don't hesitate to donate to any projects that seem worthy to you. We are looking for a large donor to adopt this entire program as well, so contact us if you are interested.
This program is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.
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