School Water Storage and Filtration Project – Thailand

Amnat Charoen Province, Thailand

Community Description
This village is located in Northeast Thailand, approximately 10 kilometers from the Mekong River and the Thai-Lao border. There are approximately 800 villagers, nearly all of whom work in agriculture. The primary crops are rice, cassava, and sugarcane.

Locally famous for its traditions and festivals, this community is recognized by other villages in the district as exceptionally strong and cohesive. The primary gathering place for such traditions is the village’s primary school.

In addition to serving as the sole educational center for children in the village, the school is the site for sports tournaments, musical performances, and religious ceremonies. Villagers of all ages participate at events held at the school.

Currently, the school does not have access to clean drinking water. The local supply of water is sporadic throughout the day, and is unfiltered and impure.

Project Description
This project is to purchase and install a 2,000-liter fiber water tank and a 2-tank carbon filter for the storage and purification of water at the school.

Local villagers who work at the Subdistrict Administration Organization (SAO) will transport and install the equipment at the school.

The completion of this project will ensure that the school will have a reliable source for drinking water for students, faculty, and visitors.

The project will eliminate the need for bottled water, thus saving a considerable amount of money and making it available for other uses at the school. In addition, it will cut out the problem of plastic waste on the school grounds.

The school will also conduct an educational campaign which will include the topics of hygiene, water purification and storage, and the reduction in the use of bottled water.

Project Impact
All 800 villagers will benefit from this project since everyone visits the school at various times throughout the year. The 354 students at the school will gain daily access to a clean, dependable source of water.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Kent Elliott

This project will cut down on the transmission of waterborne diseases by providing a consistent supply of safe drinking water for the school, serving students, faculty, and visitors from the community.

The ability of Appropriate Projects to react to the need will ensure that water will be available for the start of the 2010-2011 school year.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

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

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

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