Conclusion of Embera Puru Rainwater Catchment System Project – Panama

This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Sara Taylor. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to build a rainwater catchment system to provide a water supply for the school.

Sara reports:

We had record-setting rains that flooded our village, and 25% of the houses. This occurred 2 days after buying most of the materials to complete the project.

Luckily, we had gotten the tank and the tubing up and running the day before the flood knocked down our aqueduct, so we were able to have clean drinkable water due to the water catchment project.

Everyone in the community ended up benefiting from the water tank, not just the children. After at least 2 weeks of recuperating from lost goods and continued rain, we were able to resume work and managed to complete all of the goals set by the community.

The completed work included the installation of the water tank and associated tubing, gutters on the roof of the school, and construction of the kitchen. A big double sink and faucets was also installed.

The final step was adjustment of the tank, pouring of the cement kitchen floor, and hooking the sink to the tank.

The school now has clean drinking water available throughout the year, and a sink for the kids to wash their hands and for the women to cook.

We extend our gratitude to Sara for completing the project and again wish to thank Michael McLaughlin for providing the funds.