Caserio Pativilca School Well Project – Peru

Caserio Pativilca, Pitipo District, Lambayeque Region, Peru

Community Description
Caserio Pativilca is a small, rural community located on the northern coast of Peru, near the city of Chiclayo. It has a population of about 800 people living in 150 households. It is located very near to the protected, dry forest “Bosque de Pomac”.

Due to almost no rainfall, the community suffers from a serious shortage of water, and most members only have access to water for a couple hours every day.

Primary/Secondary School #11538 Pativilca serves all grade levels in the community. There is often a shortage of water during the school day, leaving students unable to effectively use the bathroom and wash their hands.

Project Description
The project is to build a well at the school, to be used for drinking, sanitation, handwashing, and gardening purposes.

The well will be about 15 meters deep and 1 ½ meters in diameter. The depth of the water table at the site has already been ascertained by engineers.

The well will be dug by hand by fathers in the community at no cost. Several of them already have experience in digging wells of this type.

The well will be lined with concrete, using between 35 and 40 bags of cement. The rings that will line the well will be poured in a steel mold, which the community already possesses.

In addition, the members of the community will make a concrete cover to ensure that the well does not represent a danger to the students and to keep contaminants from entering.

From the well, the water will be pumped by an electric pump through 20-30 meters of tubing up to two large tanks that sit empty right now on top of the bathrooms. A constant supply of water will thus be supplied to the faucets and toilets, and also made available to water trees and a garden at the school.

Project funds will be used for the purchase of the pump, piping, and cement.

The community of Pativilca, and especially the Association of Parents, will provide all of the labor, including the digging of the well and installation of the piping, at no cost. They will also provide the necessary gravel and sand.

Project Impact
250 primary and secondary school students, as well as 25 teachers and staff, will directly benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Jacqueline Lauer

This project has had tremendous community support in the planning and commitment of labor and basic materials. It utilizes existing infrastructure to accomplish a large amount with a small amount of funds.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has been fully funded, through the generosity of the Elmo Foundation.

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

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