Shkolla 9-vjeçare Rubik Bathroom Project – Albania

Shkolla 9-vjeçare Rubik Bathroom Project – Albania

Shkolla 9-vjeçare Rubik Bathroom Project – Albania

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

Location
Rubik, Mirditë District, Lezhë County, Albania

Community Description
Rubik is a municipality located in the mountainous Mireditë District, in the central-north of Albania, along a national roadway that links Tirana/Lezhë County with Rrëshen/Kukes County and the new Albanian-Kosovo Highway. Surrounding Rubik are eleven villages: Fang, Katund I Vjeter, Bulshizë, Rasfik, Fierzë, Munaz, Rreja e Velës, Livadhëza, Vau Shkjezë, Rrethi I Eperm, Bulgër, and Rreja e Zezë. Roughly 3,500 people reside in Rubik, most of whom work as teachers, own small family businesses, farm, or travel to a nearby town to work as local government officials.

Only one road, about two kilometers long, runs through this small town. Both sides of the road are lined with cafés, small businesses, apartment buildings, and fruit/vegetable stands. At the south end of the road is Kishё e Shelbuemit (the Church of the Ascension, in English). Rubik is also made up of one health center, one soccer field, countless gardens, one high school, one kindergarten, and one 9-year school.

The 9-year school is where the project will take place. Without fail, visitors from other towns comment on the cleanliness and beauty of the building. Approximately 280 students attend school, one-third of which are from the neighboring villages, with a staff of about 20. Students and staff members, like the rest of the community, are closely integrated and bound in love or friendship. Proud locals boast about the town’s camaraderie, with good reason.

The students experience a positive, open learning environment; however, this project will address the issues associated with safety and health. Although the 9-year school is clean and presentable, it houses a deplorable bathroom due to lack of funding. Students, especially adolescent female students, are deterred from using the bathroom facilities and as a result, feel unsafe, feel embarrassed, and are more likely to skip school or become less hygienic.

Problem Addressed
Shkolla 9-vjeçare Rubik is the only 9-year school in Rubik. The building is also required to be open after school hours, during the weekend, and during winter/spring/summer break to be used as Rubik’s community center. Shkolla 9-vjeçare Rubik is a two-floor building with one bathroom located in the south wing of each floor (2 bathrooms total).

The condition of the 2nd-floor bathroom is acceptable; however, the condition of the first-floor bathroom is deplorable. The first-floor bathroom includes two small rooms, for students, with four toilet stalls in each room and one small private room, for teachers, with one toilet. The issues associated with the bathroom are as follows.

– Safety and Privacy: None of the stalls have doors or curtains and neither of the student bathrooms has a sign to designate which stalls are to be used by boys and which stalls are to be used by girls. Female students usually do not use this bathroom for fear of a male student or teacher entering the room. Because of this, students and teachers are forced to use the bathrooms in pairs – one person uses the bathroom, while the other person stands as a “lookout” to ensure no one enters the stall being used.

– Hygiene: After using the toilet, none of the students or teachers are able to wash their hands. Of the five total sinks, only one is able to provide water. The one working sink leaks large amounts of water onto the tile floor and creates a slipping hazard for all who enter the room. The bathrooms are also missing soap dispensers, towels, and trash cans.

– Sanitation: Two of the nine toilets have a functional flusher cistern. The other toilets are used and sometimes flooded with urine or feces. Not only does this situation create an unpleasant smell throughout the south wing, anyone who uses the bathroom is at risk of becoming ill.

Other Safety Concerns: The glass windows of all three rooms are broken, none of the ceiling lights work in any of the three rooms, and exposed electrical wires hang at the entrance of the teacher’s bathroom.

– School Attendance: Because students, specifically girls entering the age of puberty, do not feel comfortable with using the bathrooms at school, these students often go home to use the bathroom. Although some students do return to school, far too many stay home. Consequently, students miss an average of about eight classes per week. By addressing these issues, we will create a clean and safe environment that the community of Rubik will be proud of.

Project Description
The goal of this project is to restore the main bathroom of Rubik’s 9-year school, promote healthy living, and join the Let Girls Learn mission.

The project will be completed with the help of the local government hall, students, parents, school staff members, and community members. Rubik is currently governed under the Rreshen Bashkia, who has agreed to supply the work labor needed for this project. The necessary materials will be acquired with the help of Water Charity. Together, we will accomplish the following objectives:

– Bathroom Renovation: Local professionals will repair five sinks, replace the light fixtures, restore the broken glass windows, remodel the toilet stalls’ concrete entrances, install doors for all eight toilet stalls, add toilet paper holders to each stall, replace two Turkish toilets, and repair seven flusher cisterns.

– Let Girls Learn/Health Education: Each class of students will participate in interactive health lessons lead by local health professionals and Peace Corps Volunteers. The lessons will initiate discussions about proper handwashing techniques, anti-flu practices, the importance of privacy, respect for public property, and respect for peers. Extra classes will be provided for girls who want to learn about menstruation.

– Community Development: Students will create posters with positive health messages for the community. Parents will help paint and clean whatever is necessary for the renovation.

Community members offered to donate hand-washing supplies. School staff will help deliver health lessons throughout the year to remind students about the importance of hygiene and respect. Involving the community in this project will build local trust and pride.

Project Impact
281 students and 20 school staff members will directly benefit from the project. Others in the community will benefit during the time the school is used as a community center.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Jordan Arvayo

Monitoring and Maintenance
To ensure the sustainability of the project components, a continuous education lesson plan is incorporated. After the renovation, before being able to use the facilities, students and school staff will participate in a mandatory education session as described above. For those who are not able to attend the sessions, students will create summary posters to display around several areas in the community.

The school staff will collaborate and be responsible for the upkeep of the bathroom area. On school days, cleaning staff will empty the trash cans in the morning and mop the floors at the end of the school day. Teachers ad Teacher Aides will monitor the bathroom during the breaks, between classes. After school hours, on the weekends, and during holiday breaks, when the building is being used as a community center, the Community Center Administrator will inherit responsibility for the maintenance of the bathroom.

Let Girls Learn
Girls are reluctant to continue their schooling when toilets and washing facilities are not safe, not private, or not clean. Usually, uneducated girls fall into a cycle of poverty and inequality. By providing better sanitation services in school, we protect every girl’s right to receive an education and build a bright future for themselves.

The renovation of the bathroom, paired with the education component, will provide a multitude of benefits for the female students of Shkolla 9-vjeçare Rubik.

Girls will obtain a safer, more private, clean facility. The running water, trash cans, toilet paper holders, toilets, and sinks will allow every girl to practice good hygiene before, during, and after menstruation.

In addition to the lessons about hygiene and respect, an opportunity will be given to all female students to participate in discussions about the menstrual cycle. These discussions will describe why menstruation happens, how to maintain good hygiene, what to do if menstruation begins during a school day, fears about menstruation, and why it is important to attend school.

This Let Girls Learn project is inspired by Water Charity’s Let Girls Learn Initiative – Worldwide, which encourages girls to remain in school. This project is also part of the 100 Water Projects Program – Albania.

Fundraising Target
$2,000

Donations Collected to Date
$2,000

Dollar Amount Needed

$0 – This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of the Robert Victor Sager and Beatrice Mintz Sager Foundation.

Additional donations will be used for other projects in Albania.

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

   

High School Water and Sanitation Project – Cambodia

High School Water and Sanitation Project – Cambodia

High School Water and Sanitation Project – Cambodia

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

Location
This project summary has been redacted for security reasons to omit the specific project location.

Xxxxx Xxxx Village, Ou Prasat Commune, Mongkol Borei District, Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia

Community Description
Conveniently located on Cambodia’s National Road 5, Xxxxx Xxxx High School serves as the point of convergence of 24 villages of the bucolic and widely dispersed commune. Due to its proximity to the market, the pagoda, and the national highway, Xxxxx Xxxx High School educates the clear majority of the community’s youth ranging from grade 6 through grade 12.

Problem Addressed
There were 3 prior Peace Corps Volunteers in the village. Each of these implemented projects at the school during their service, including painting a world map and globe, sprucing up and adding books to the library, and building 4 latrines on the south side of campus.

The school director, Mr. Modell, counterpart, Mr. Sophall, and the PCV have identified a two-part concern to address:

(1) Xxxxx Xxxx High School educates nearly 1,400 students, who are taught by 70 teachers. For this large population, there are no handwashing facilities anywhere on school grounds. The lack of adequate facilities is a public health concern, leading to the spread of disease.

Additionally, the female students miss school when they are menstruating because they do not have a way to wash away the blood from their hands, bodies, or clothes.

(2) The school has only 10 working toilets available. Six of them are on the south side of campus and 4 are located on the west side of campus. None of them accommodates the needs of female students, in that that they are not separated from the boys’ latrines and they do not have the walls and doors to provide security and privacy.

There are 2 toilets on the north side of campus that have never been used because when a Japanese NGO built them om 2014, they did not also build a water source.

This means that all the grade 7 and grade 8 students have the option of either defecating outside or walking across campus to use a toilet. This leads to most of our male students choosing to go outside, and there is an excess of female students having to wait for the toilets on the south side of campus

Project Description
This project is to improve the water access and sanitation conditions of the school by building a water storage container, a guttering system, 5 latrine stalls, and a changing room, and handwashing stations.

On the north side of the campus, a water storage container will be located next to the 2 existing latrine stalls, behind the grade 7 building. The container will be 1 meter in diameter, 2 ½ meters tall, and will have a 1-meter deep base. This container will be made of concrete and will model the water containers on the south side of campus.

A 10-meter gutter system will be built to convey rainwater run-off into the water storage container. While one water container is likely not sufficient for long-term water demands, the school director has already begun rallying the community to donate funds to build one additional container. These water containers will connect to the 2 existing stalls through plastic pipes that the contractors will lay under the ground leading to the latrines.

Once operational, these two stalls will be dedicated to the male students. In addition to the existing 2 stalls, the water source will also provide water to the additional 5 female stalls to be built and the handwashing facilities.

Next, the 5 new latrine stalls and one changing room will be built. They will be equipped with a private sink, for female students. The latrine structure will be built of clay brick and concrete. The block of five latrines will be 8 meters wide. The latrines will be 2.5 half meters deep and 2.5 meters tall.

The changing room is designed to be more spacious, at 2 meters wide and 2.5 meters deep. Each latrine stall will be covered in porcelain tile with a porcelain squat-style toilet for easy daily cleaning. Each latrine will also have a cistern with access to water from the water storage container via a spigot from the water pipe Each stall will also have access to a waste bin for disposal of sanitary napkins.

The 6 stall doors (5 latrine stalls and one changing room stall) will be behind a wall to provide female students privacy and safety. The wall will have a depth of 2 meters and will be 10 meters wide. The roof of the building will extend to cover the wall area. Behind the wall, 10 handwashing spots for the female students will be built to clean their hands in privacy.

The handwashing station will be rudimentary, consisting of faucets to release water with a ledge for hand soap, and a 3-meter-wide mirror. The contractors will build a small trench along the wall with a slope out one end of the building for the water from handwashing to escape. The floor will be poured concrete such that any excess water can be swept out and the floors can be kept clean.

The contractors will build waste storage containers behind the new latrines. The containers will consist of 3 units, each made of 4 individual concrete pieces. These pieces will be assembled such that 3 pieces will lay underground, the remaining one above ground. The remaining piece above ground will have a small door, such that when the containers are full, they can be pumped. The latrines will be connected to the storage container via 100-millimeter pipes.

On the south side of campus, a handwashing station with 10 spots to wash will be constructed in front of the existing 6 stalls. Along the wall of the grade 9 building, the contractors will connect 10 faucets to the existing water storage containers. The water that is released will drain into a narrow, poured concrete trench.

The work will be done by community members during the months of August, September, and October, while school is not in session.

The education component will begin with WASH lessons while the facilities are being built from August to October. In the first week of the new school year, there will be a celebration for the new facilities. Community members, students, and teachers will post on social media about the new facilities and the importance of sanitation.

At the start of the school year, a WASH session will be held for all the teachers to attend. This session will provide a general overview of WASH practices and health benefits. The school director will explain the importance of all the teachers and himself to be models for the students by actively exhibiting positive WASH practices and encouraging non-compliant students to also practice hand washing.

Then, Mr. Sophall, Mr. Modell, and the PCV will ask 24 teachers (four from each grade level – two male and two female) to attend 3 additional WASH sessions. This is so that they can each work with Mr. Sophall and the PCV to train their students. Once the teachers have demonstrated an understanding of positive WASH practices, they will hold two WASH sessions for their students.

Finally, when the school year is wrapping up, Sophall and the PCV will prepare materials and lessons to teach the grade 11 students with their counterparts how they will teach the coming year’s grade 7 and grade 9 students. Three sessions will be held to instruct the grade 11 students in how to help teach the next year’s sessions.

Project Impact
1,480 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
L. Aylward

Monitoring and Maintenance
This project will be monitored by the PCV while she is in the country, the school director, the teachers, and community members.

Xxxxx Xxxx High School has an existing system to sustain their latrines. Each grade has a day of the week in which they are expected to clean the latrines. With the construction of additional latrines and the handwashing stations, this same system will be applied.

At the end of each school year, the designated teachers, under Mr. Sophall’s supervision, will instruct the current grade 11 students with 3 sessions. These sessions will be aimed to prepare these students to lead the next year’s sessions for grade 7 and grade 9, only to be assisted by the teacher if necessary.

Let Girls Learn
This project particularly benefits girls by aiming to remove the barrier to education that menstruating can cause. With the new latrines, changing room with private sink, and general handwashing stations, females will no longer have to leave school when they start menstruating. With access to female-friendly facilities, comes access to female-friendly education.

Funding
This project has been paid for through a grant from the International Foundation.

Lelouma Prefecture Well Project – Guinea

Lelouma Prefecture Well Project – Guinea

Lelouma Prefecture Well Project – Guinea

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

 Location
This project summary has been redacted for security reasons to omit the specific project location.

Xxxxx Sous-Prefecture, Lelouma Prefecture, Labe Region, Guinea

Community Description
Xxxxx is a mid-sized town with a population of about 20,000 in the mountainous Fouta Djallon region of Guinea. There is lots of activity in the community, as it houses the mayor as well as the sous-prefect.

There are over 20 primary schools. There is one secondary school that serves the entire community. The weekly market on Thursdays is filled with all types of vegetables, meat, and other treats. There are many small boutiques that sell basics as well as charge telephones.

There are many women’s groups that spend their days gardening and creating small savings accounts. There are also many groups working with beehives to collect honey in the forest.

Problem Addressed
There is a lack of a safe and healthy environment at secondary school. Every day, female students are responsible for arriving early or missing class to pull water from a neighboring well to use in handwashing stations and for drinking. Most students walk at least an hour to attend school, as it is the only secondary school in the sous-prefecture.

The lack of potable water and the task of retrieving water for the school are deterrents for attending school, especially after the first year. While there are more female than male students, the dropout rate for female students is much higher than for male students. The female students also miss school during their menstrual cycles because they are embarrassed to use more water to wash because others will know.

Project Description
This project is to construct a hand-dug well on the school grounds.

A local Well digger will hand dig and line the well. A concrete cap and a pulley system will then be installed.

The community has provided its contribution in the form of sand, gravel, and cement, which have already been purchased and delivered. They will also provide transport for all local materials.

All governmental officials in the sous-prefecture, as well as school officials and the parent’s association, are working to develop this project. Many students have been involved in the planning process and will continue to work after construction, on activities such as hand washing sessions and creating a school garden to raise money for a library.

Project Impact
365 students will benefit from the project

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
K. Kayser

Monitoring and Maintenance
A committee of community members will be responsible for ensuring the quick and correct construction of the well. They will also be responsible for utilizing school funds to complete any repairs necessary in the future.

The PCV will work with the biology teacher to teach two students from each class how to treat them well with bleach every month to ensure that it stays clean. Hand-washing sessions will be conducted every Saturday after classes.

A local women’s group will provide the seeds and equipment for a school garden and will teach the students how to earn income from gardening.

Let Girls Learn
This project is part of the Let Girls Learn program started by the White House, in partnership with the Peace Corps. The goal is to keep girls attending school. It is a part of Water Charity’s Let Girls Learn Initiative – Worldwide.

This project is designed to eliminate one of the many barriers to girls’ school attendance. As the girls are usually the students required to come early or leave class to retrieve water, this well will allow them to spend more time in class. They will also have more water accessible for drinking, hygiene, and sanitation.

This project has been funded by an anonymous donor.

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

Medina Yoro Foulah and Niaming Latrine Project – Senegal

Medina Yoro Foulah and Niaming Latrine Project – Senegal

Medina Yoro Foulah and Niaming Latrine Project – Senegal

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

Location
Medina Yoro Foulah and Niaming, Kolda, Senegal

Community Description
Two communes in the Kolda region of Senegal are included in this project. The first consists of nine villages with an estimated total population of 3,100 inhabitants; the second consists of 45 villages with an estimated total population of 150,000 inhabitants.

These populations are very young: almost 50% of the population is under the age of 18. The main ethnic groups are Fulakunda, Pula-Foutah, Wolof, and Serrer.

It takes approximately 3 hours by car to travel from these communes to the regional capital, along an unpaved dirt road that can sometimes become impassible during the rainy season of July through October.

Agriculture and animal husbandry compose the bulk of economic activity in the two communes. Almost all adults, as well as many children and teenagers, are involved in some kind of agricultural or gardening activity, either for sale at the weekly Sunday market or for personal consumption. People primarily plant and harvest millet, corn, peanuts, mangoes, bananas, eggplants, okra, and chili peppers. Other vegetables such as tomatoes and carrots are consumed within the community as well, but they are usually imported from other areas.

Both communes are located in the poorest region of the country, with the majority of the population living below the poverty line of $1.90 per day according to the World Bank. This is evident in every aspect of life: people cannot always afford food, clothing, medication or other basic necessities. Two examples can be found in education and health: a large number of students cannot afford tuition for middle or high school; and many people cannot pay the 200-300 CFA (roughly 35 US cents) to see the doctor when they suspect they (or their children) have malaria.

Problem Addressed
Between them, the communes support two pre-schools, 15 elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. The extreme poverty of the two communes has meant that, as of now, only nine of these schools (all at the elementary level) have been able to afford to provide their students with functioning latrines. Two other schools have latrines, but they are in a state of such complete disrepair that they cannot be used by the students. The rest of the schools have no latrines at all.

The children in these communities relieve themselves in the bush and do not wash their hands, a hygiene problem that can negatively impact both the children and their communities. Diarrhea and other illnesses related to a lack of hygiene are common.

Beyond general hygiene problems, the lack of functional latrines exacerbates gender imbalances, particularly at the higher levels of schooling. Teen girls who have reached puberty often choose to stay home during their period for lack of adequate hygiene resources. For example, in one of the communes, the ratio of boys to girls in school drops from 50/50 in primary school to 70/30 in high school. Furthermore, some classes at the high school level have no female students at all.

Project Description
The project targets schools in a number of rural villages in the Medina Yoro Foulah district of the Kolda region of Senegal. The plan is to rehabilitate 13 latrines in the village of Medina Yoro Foulah (four at the pre-school and nine at the elementary school), and to construct 16 new latrines in the following locations: four each in Sare Demba and Sinthiang Yoro Douda, and three each in Touba Mboyene, Sinthiang Sadio, Demanoufa, and Kour Sally.

The Peace Corps Volunteers in the two communes plan to address these issues through the rehabilitation of the existing latrines, the construction of new latrines where none existed previously, the implementation of joint hand washing/soap making classes for students and their parents, and the introduction of additional activities aimed specifically at girls to encourage them to stay in school (i.e. Girls’ Club, sports/nutrition class, mentoring and tutoring).

The Peace Corps Volunteers will be responsible for purchasing and ensuring the delivery of most necessary project materials to the site of the repairs. The community will be responsible for quarrying and transporting the necessary quantities of sand and gravel. Water for construction is available on site (through faucets), it will also be provided by the community.

Over the course of the repairs, the Peace Corps Volunteers and the Mayor will be responsible for overseeing the work on a daily basis and for dealing with any problems that arise.

More specifically, the rehabilitation of the 13 existing latrines, under the supervision of one mason and one plumber, will cover the following:

1. Elementary school (eight student latrines, one teacher latrine)

a. The pipes connecting the latrine cabins with the pit are broken. These need to be replaced.
b. The PCV pipes providing aeration have snapped off; these also need to be replaced.
c. The doors and their hinges are damaged beyond repair and need to be replaced.
d. There is currently no privacy wall in front of the latrines. This needs to be built to conform to cultural norms to allow female students to use the latrines.
e. The cement cover of the pit is cracked and needs to be re-done.
f. There is currently no running water available for students to wash their hands. A new line must be connected to the school water mainframe and faucets must be established next to the latrines.
g. The latrine holes and pipes (within the cabins) are broken. They will be replaced with Turkish seats for easier use by the students. The eight student cabins will also be tiled (as requested by the principal), to facilitate easier cleaning and maintenance through the students.
h. The teacher latrine has no roof and no door.
i. There are four latrines on the school premises that are beyond repair (the pits have caved in and the cabin bricks are disintegrating). They are a serious health hazard and need to be removed.

2. Pre-school (four toilets within one bathroom)

a. The cement cover of the latrine pit has fallen into the pit and must be re-done.
b. The toilets are all clogged and need to be un-clogged.
c. None of the four English toilets currently have seats. The students, therefore, cannot use the toilets, as they would fall in.
d. The toilet boxes for three of the toilets are broken and need to be replaced.
e. There is currently no running water available for students to wash their hands. The existing faucets in the bathroom will be connected to the pre-school’s water mainframe.

A second mason will be responsible for the construction of the 16 new latrines at the other schools. In each of the six villages, the village in question will appoint an assistant mason to ensure that the communities are fairly represented and involved. Two of the villages will receive four toilets each (one each for male and female students, and one each for male and female teachers and other staff). The other four villages will receive two toilets each (one each for male and female students).

Again, all materials necessary for construction (other than gravel and sand) will be bought and transported to a central drop-off location by the Peace Corps Volunteers. All of these materials, in addition to gravel and sand (which will be quarried and transported to individual villages by community members), will be transported by the villages, as will be water, in whatever quantities necessary.

The construction of the new latrines will cover the following: 1. Pit

a. The latrine pit will be 2m x 2m x 2m in size and will be lined with cement bricks to maintain structural integrity. The pit will be dug by the community and will be lined by the mason.
b. The latrine cover will be made of cement and rebar and will be constructed by the mason.
c. A PVC pipe extending from the pit will permit aeration.

2. Latrine Cabin

a. The latrine cabins, sized at 1m wide x 1.5m deep x 2m tall, will be built apart from the pit; waste will move from the latrine cabins to the pit via a PVC pipe. This construction ensures the longevity of the latrine: the mayors of the respective communes have agreed to incorporate money into their yearly budgets to have the pits emptied when they become full. The latrines will be built in pairs and will share one wall to reduce the materials needed for construction.
b. The latrines will be tiled to facilitate cleaning.
c. Each school will have either two or four latrines to separate for boys and girls.
d. For all new latrines, privacy walls will be built to ensure the latrines conform to cultural norms, allowing female students to use the latrines.
e. The doors of the new latrines, like those on the repaired latrines, will be made of iron. This is to ensure the durability and longevity of the latrines.

Transportation of required materials from the central drop-off point to the final village location is also the responsibility of the community members. Donkey- and horse-drawn carts will be arranged to move the materials from the central drop-off point to the individual schools.

All involved parties (masons, plumber, school principals, school security guards, mayors, Peace Corps Volunteers) have agreed to share responsibility on monitoring construction materials, keeping an inventory, signing out materials, and storing it in one central and lockable location until such time as it will be used.

Rehabilitation of the existing latrines and construction of the new latrines will start at the same time, at the beginning of February 2017. The second mason and the Peace Corps Volunteers will determine the order of villages for the construction of the new latrines.

The project is backed and supported by the communities. The communities and the Peace Corps Volunteers collaborated to decide on the design, layout, and exact location of the latrines. The design was chosen in discussions between the mason, plumber, respective school principals, and Peace Corps Volunteers.

The general layout of the latrines is based on the wishes of the mayors, as they have agreed to be responsible for latrine upkeep: the latrines will be separated from the pits so trucks can periodically remove waste when the pits are full. This serves to increase the longevity of the latrines. On a day-to-day basis, general cleaning and maintenance of the latrines will be undertaken by the teachers and students at each benefiting school.

The location of the latrines on school grounds was determined during meetings with the village chiefs, principals, and presidents of the parent-teacher associations in each village.

Also, in each village, a meeting was held to decide on in-kind and labor contributions. All the communities have offered to quarry and transport the sand and gravel necessary for the construction and rehabilitation of the latrines. The remaining community contribution will be paid in cash by the mayors for their respective communes.

Project Impact
The project will immediately benefit 1,000 students (currently enrolled), 32 teachers, and 500 parents

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Laura d’Elsa and Abigail Pershing

Monitoring and Maintenance
The Peace Corps Volunteers will be responsible for the following:

– Supervising/monitoring construction/rehabilitation of 13 existing and 16 new latrines
– Conducting joint soap-making / handwashing classes at all eight schools with students and parents
– Purchasing construction materials, creating an inventory list, and monitoring material use
– Tutoring / mentoring female students at all eight schools

The mayors of the two communes will be responsible for:

– Paying the 10% cash contribution
– Coordinating delivery of the 15% in-kind contribution
– Supervising/monitoring construction/rehabilitation of 13 existing and 16 new latrines
– Maintaining latrines after their rehabilitation/construction, including emptying pits and repairing them when they are broken

The masons and plumber will be responsible for building/repairing the latrines.

The eight schools (principals, teachers, students) will be responsible for:

– Inviting participants for the joint soap-making / handwashing classes
– Attending classes
– Cleaning new latrines on a regular basis

Let Girls Learn
This project is part of the Let Girls Learn program started by FLOTUS Michelle Obama in partnership with the Peace Corps. The goal of this project is to keep girls attending to school. It is a part of Water Charity’s Let Girls Learn Initiative – Worldwide.

The lack of functional latrines in these eight schools exacerbates gender imbalances. It is currently almost impossible for girls on their periods to engage in good hygiene practices while at school, especially given the total lack of functional latrines at the secondary level.

During the 2015/2016 school year, 531 students attended one of the primary schools, of whom 266 were boys and 265 were girls; that same year, 177 students attended the high school, of whom 125 were boys but only 52 were girls. This huge drop in the percentage of girls attending school is in part due to the inaccessibility of latrines. By repairing the latrines at the secondary education level, this barrier to girls’ education will be drastically reduced.

In addition, the Peace Corps Volunteers’ commitment to introducing additional activities aimed specifically at girls to encourage them to stay in school (including mentoring and the formation of Girls’ Clubs) will help address the gender imbalance issues in education.

Fundraising Target
$6,400

Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects in the country.

Donations Collected to Date
$1,629

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Dollar Amount Needed
$4,771

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

Kwahu West Water Project – Ghana

Kwahu West Water Project – Ghana

Kwahu West Water Project – Ghana

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

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

Location
This project summary has been redacted for security reasons to omit the specific project location.

Xxxxxx, Kwahu West District, Eastern Region, Ghana

Community Description
Xxxxxx is a rural community located just off the main Accra-Kumasi road only about a 30 minutes’ drive from the market town of Nkawkaw in the Eastern Region of Ghana. It is surrounded by beautiful mountains and bounded by a river on its north end which shares its name.

Xxxxxx is home to approximately 900 residents with an ever-growing population. The community is comprised of both Muslims and Christians and is divided by the main highway. Xxxxxx also tends to share and borrow resources from its surrounding communities such as markets, schools, and water sources.

The community is full of hard-working, dedicated people who mostly rely on farming to sustain their livelihoods. They grow such crops as cocoa, maize, cucumbers, bananas, and plantains.

It is a very traditional community where you are expected to greet and revere your elders, treat guests with the utmost respect, and attend religious services and ceremonies whenever possible. Men are expected to go into the fields to work and provide for the family while women maintain the household. People live a simple and humble life with a positive outlook on the future.

Problem Addressed
The community currently has five hand-pumped boreholes within its city limits; however, only two are functioning. Two of the boreholes are completely condemned due to poor workmanship, and one recently broke down.

With the expanding population and the demand for water being shared by adjacent communities, the remaining boreholes are not enough to address the current need. To add insult to injury, the remaining boreholes are located on only one side of the community. This is causing many residents to travel longer distances and cross the main road in order to collect water.

Furthermore, the task of collecting water is traditionally given to women and children in this community. Some children begin fetching water as early as 3 years old. At times when one or more boreholes are not working due to maintenance issues, women and children tend to travel farther for water as well as have to cross the main highway. This can prove to be very dangerous for younger children.

During the dry season, water becomes even scarcer because some of the boreholes do not function at these times. This once again causes increased travel time and effort for those sent to fetch the water. These circumstances, in turn, decrease the productivity of the community by taking time away from other things such as school or work.

There are also situations in which individuals decide to collect water from the nearby streams because of the water shortage. This, of course, can lead to a variety of health issues because these waters have not been treated for pollutants.

Project Description
This project is to rebuild an existing borehole, install an electric pump, build a platform and install a water storage tank, and install piping to access points in the community.

An existing borehole, with a yield sufficiently high, will be rehabilitated into a mechanized borehole, powered by an electrical pump, that will bring water up from the water table and store it in a Rambo 1,000 Polytank capable of holding 10,000L of water. This tank will be able to satisfy the water demand for Xxxxxx and its immediate surrounding communities as well as alleviate pressure on the electrical pump by allowing time between fillings.

The Polytank will be placed on a concrete stand with four pillars for support as well as a maintenance ladder situated 12 feet above the ground. At the source of the borehole, there will be one overhead spout for those who will carry water on their heads without the support and one regular spout at the base.

The company will also excavate and lay approximately 250 meters of Duraplast piping for two additional fetching points away from the source with regular spouts.

An additional soakaway pit, aside from the one already located at the existing borehole, will be placed at the end of the extension to prevent standing water near the distal spouts.

Just prior to construction an electrical meter for the borehole will be applied for, and activities designed to teach the community about proper borehole maintenance and sanitation practices will be organized with the drilling company.

A pumping test will be performed at the time of construction to determine the type and size of the pump required to fill the Polytank. A typical pump for this size tank would be a 1.5 horsepower Interdab electrical pump.

In conjunction with Global Communities, a company that has done extensive work in the area of identifying water tables throughout Ghana, a reputable company called LINKS Drilling and Construction, Ltd. was identified. The company provided estimates for the cost of mechanizing an existing borehole. The estimate included having an environmental assessment and hydrological survey performed before any construction will be initiated.

Construction will last for approximately 6 weeks, requiring two weeks for the excavation and tower construction, 3 weeks for foundation drying, and one week for Polytank installation and connection. Throughout the duration of the project, and even after completion, the Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) Committee will continue to conduct community education activities related to water & sanitation and borehole maintenance as well as manage the community’s water and sanitation needs.

The community will provide the land and base of the borehole, conduct training, and education sessions for the whole community, and engage in communal labor to keep the worksite as well as the community clean and well maintained.

Project Impact
961 people will benefit from the project

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Zakiya Miller

Monitoring and Maintenance
The WATSAN Committee will oversee project completion and borehole maintenance after installation.

The Committee will collect funds from the community for the purpose of maintaining and repairing current boreholes as well as the utility costs and upkeep of the new mechanized borehole. The committee will meet monthly to discuss issues of sanitation in the community as well as to hold training sessions and activities on communal workdays.

The committee will also be responsible for the continued collection of funds and to ensure that the funds are being spent responsibly on water and sanitation projects.

The Peace Corps Volunteer will work with the community to ensure that the WATSAN Committee is formed and prepared prior to the mechanization of the borehole and that adequate funds have been generated to cover the costs of any repairs.

Comments
The borehole will increase the number of vantage points that can be used throughout the community. This will in turn increase water access in areas that are remote or where the population is growing.

The borehole will also decrease the time it takes to fetch water allowing more time for other productive things in the community. It will also reduce the economic strain on the community by lessening the tension placed on the already existing hand-pumped boreholes. This will decrease the likelihood of breakdowns and maintenance malfunctions which will allow funds to be saved more readily in the WATSAN account.

Let Girls Learn
The role of collecting water is primarily reserved for women and girls in the community. This role is expected to be fulfilled whenever there is a need and regardless of other duties that need to be performed.

There is already some gender bias that favors boys receiving education over girls when it comes to resources and school fees in the community. This bias can lead to a huge knowledge gap between men and women which can, in turn, put a greater economic strain on the community as a whole.

Furthermore, a lack of education makes women and girls more vulnerable to gender-based violence, sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies, and other diseases which can reduce their economic productivity even more over time.

This project will mitigate some of the obstacles young girls must face when trying to get an education by decreasing the time spent away from class sessions due to collecting water.  It falls under our  Let Girls Learn Initiative – Worldwide.

This project has been supported by an anonymous donor.

Conclusion of Kwahu West Water Project – Ghana

This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Zakiya Miller. To read about the start of the project, CLICK HERE.

Zakiya reports:

The project has installed a mechanized borehole with 4 vantage points located at the base, and an extension point some 250 meters from the main station with an additional 2 vantage points. This makes a total of 6 new vantage points in the community of Asuoso in the Kwahu West District of Eastern Region, Ghana.

This borehole with an electrical pump will alleviate some of the burdens associated with collecting water including women and children from crossing the dangerous highway to fetch water.

Community members expressed the need for increased water access due to the long queues and far distance residents had to travel to get water. Schoolgirls were also missing school instruction time due to the far distance and long waiting times the girls would have to endure to collect water for the school. This sparked the decision to rehabilitate one of the existing manual boreholes and transform it into a mechanized borehole with multiple fetching points.

Just prior to the project initiation one of the 3 functioning boreholes broke down making water even more scarce in the community. This breakdown was particularly concerning because it forced residents to cross the main highway in order to collect water. This was a very dangerous situation for women and young children who are often sent to collect water for the household.

This project took the collective effort of community members, hired contractors, and the Peace Corps to accomplish. The community helped to clear the land, provide water and accommodations for the workers, and organized community resources to help complete the project. This helped build their capacity and take ownership of the development. This project served as a galvanizing agent to build resiliency and self-empowerment within the community so that they can continue to better their quality of life.

Construction began on April 24, 2017, and ended on July 21, 2017. This resulted in one mechanized borehole with an electrical pump to deliver water to 6 different vantage points. Four of the vantage points being located at the borehole base and two additional vantage points are approximately 250 meters out in a community extension.

The new borehole is providing increased water access to approximately 900 residents in the town of Asuoso.

   After clearing the land, the contractors began the scaffolding to build the Polytank stand and drilled the pipes into the existing borehole. Bricks were made to construct the Polytank stand and left to dry for about a week. The workers then returned to construct the stands and pillar for the Polytanks and extension. The plaster was added and left to dry for approximately one month due to heavy rainfall. The Polytanks were installed and the electrical pump was connected. The borehole was then tested for functionality. After all, tests were performed, the borehole water was treated and then open for public use.

The primary goal was achieved by increasing water access to community members by installing a mechanized borehole over an existing borehole. The borehole has decreased fetching time by decreasing the distance residents have to travel to collect water as well as adding more vantage points for collection. This has, in turn, helped school-aged girls gain more instruction time during the school day because it does not take them as long to fetch water for the school. Community members have been overjoyed by the addition of this new water source and they have promised to keep it well maintained.

We extend our thanks to Zakiya for completing this important project.

Conclusion of Kwahu West Water Project - GhanaConclusion of Kwahu West Water Project - Ghana

Conclusion of Kwahu West Water Project - GhanaConclusion of Kwahu West Water Project - Ghana

Kiang Central Water System Project – The Gambia

Kiang Central Water System Project – The Gambia

Kiang Central Water System Project – The Gambia

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

 Location
This project summary has been redacted for security reasons to omit the specific project location.

Xxxxxxxx, Kiang Central, Lower River Region, The Gambia

Community Description
Kiang Central is one of the six districts of the Lower River Division of the Gambia. It is comprised of about 760 people, including 137 children under 5, the majority of whom are ethnically Mandinka, along with a few Fula constituents.

Most men do farming and most women do gardening and go to the rice field. Farming is the main source of income of most compounds, groundnut being the main cash crop and rice the staple one. The majority of farmers use traditional, subsistence farming methods with little or no modern equipment, and the scant surplus of the crop, if any, that is not used for sustenance is usually sold for a small profit.

Xxxxxxxx has 42 compounds, a lower basic school that consists of two Early Child Development (ECD) classes through grade six, and a health center. The school serves Xxxxxxxx as well as some neighboring villages. Likewise, the health center is a major facility in the district and serves 33 villages.

Both the school and the clinic have boreholes that provide part of the village with non-potable water. The community has 4 stand taps extended by a community member from his compound to the village to supplement an uncovered well used by the community members for their daily domestic use.

Problem Addressed
There is a lack of clean water to solve all of the needs of the village. The village borehole has not been functioning for the past few years. There is a cylinder problem coupled, with a leaking pipe network due to poor construction. The community invested over D100,000 to repair the system, but to no avail.

Every day, women and girls spend long hours fetching water, and sometimes waiting time involves fights over taking turns.

About two months ago, the private borehole that supplies 4 taps to the community, stopped functioning, and consequently, most of the village members now fetch water from a hand pump.

In a sample of 20 girls and women of ages ranging between 7 and above 50, the members spend a total of 83 hours/day (an average of 4 hours each per day) fetching water, 59 hours of which are spent by students.

The Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of Xxxxxxxx Health Centre confirmed that women and children are the most affected in the community by this serious, inadequate supply of clean water.

Project Description
This project is to improve the water capacity and quality in the village by building a water system, as follows:

Install four 250 Watts/24V solar panels
Install a GrundfossSQF5-8A AC/DC pump
Install a metal tower
Install four 2,000 L plastic tanks
Install 348 PVC pressure pipe extensions of 50 mm, connected to 14 one-inch complete taps
Construct a wastewater soakaway

Papa Sanneh, an engineer in Serekunda, surveyed the Village. The community will dig half-meter-deep trenches for installing the pipes, and provide the meals and support for Sanneh’s professional team.

Once the trenches are dug, the team will do the installation. Project funding will provide substantial financing (~75%) for its implementation. The community will contribute about 25% in cash and in-kind of the total cost of the project.

Once the system is installed, every adult in the village will pay 10 Dalasis/month as a maintenance fee.

During the installation period, the PCV along with counterparts from Xxxxxxxx Health Center will conduct 3 sensitization workshops on hygiene, sanitation, and maintaining the water system at the place where the community meets to take care of the village affairs, in Xxxxxxxx Lower Basic School, and Xxxxxxxx Lower and Upper Basic Junior Secondary School.

Project Impact
800 people in the community, plus students from nearby villages, will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
R. Osta

Monitoring and Maintenance
The sustainability of a clean water supply is the goal of this project. Participating in a project and carrying on responsibility is a crucial part of its sustainability. The community will be able to sustain a clean water supply because it has a stake in the project. When a community is a fighting force behind change, it will become engaged, attentive, and respectful of others and the equipment.

The Water Committee will be responsible for monitoring the operation of the new water supply system. It will encourage community collaboration and develop a sense of accomplishment.

Let Girls Learn
This project qualifies as Let Girls Learn project because it addresses access to clean water, a basic need that is essential for quality life, the burden for which falls inordinately upon females. Girls and women will spend less time fetching water and more time taking care of themselves, and on capacity building, including studying, learning new skills and becoming able to generate income to have financial independence and security.

Fundraising Target
$5,500

Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects in the country.

Dassa- Zoume Department Water Project – Benin

Dassa- Zoume Department Water Project – Benin

Dassa- Zoume Department Water Project – Benin

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

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Location
This project summary has been redacted for security reasons to omit the specific project location.

Awaya, Dassa-Zoume Communé, Collines Department, Benin

Community Description
Dassa-Zoumé is a city in Benin, on the Cotonou to Parakou railway and the main north-south highway. The commune covers an area of 1711 square kilometers and as of 2013 had a population of 112,118

  Gxxxxx and Axxxx are two neighboring villages located in the city, in the Collines department of south-central Benin. They lie two kilometers apart from each other and are connected by a dirt road. There are 5 schools in total: a kindergarten and primary school in each village, and a secondary school that serves both communities.

Recently, electricity was brought to Gxxxxx. However, the residents of Axxxx still live without this luxury. These two villages are comprised of approximately 2,200 inhabitants, the majority of whom are cultivators and vendors.

The primary language spoken is Mahi and about 20% of the population also speak French.

Problem Addressed
The inhabitants of Gxxxxx and Axxxx are in need of a reliable and safe water source. This need can be further defined on two levels: in the school community, and within the residential community.

At the moment, there is no access to water on or near the 5 school campuses located within Axxxx- Gxxxxx. This causes health concerns related to the inability to wash hands after using the restroom or before eating, and staying hydrated. Additionally, the lack of a nearby water source limits the school’s ability to develop a school garden. As a result, the students, and staff members at these schools are at compromising their health, which in turn impacts their attendance and performance at school.

Within the residential community, villagers rely on open wells dug throughout the community. This again results in a series of health risks including waterborne diseases and related illnesses. Furthermore, during the dry season of December through May, the water supply from these wells is exhausted. Villagers, primarily young girls, are forced to walk long distances to the nearest pump to retrieve water for their families to drink, prepare food, wash dishes, do laundry, and bathe. These pumps are often overcrowded as villagers must wait in line for their turn at the pump. During the dry season, which coincides with the school year, young girls spend around 12 hours each week fetching water instead of studying and doing homework.

Project Description
This project will restore the existing water tower that serves the villages of Gxxxxx and Axxxx by connecting it to the nearby electrical system.

Until recently, the water tower was powered by a gas generator that frequently required maintenance. Two years ago, the generator broke, rendering the water tower unusable.

With access to this new, more reliable power source, water will be delivered to the existing water taps dispersed throughout the two villages and at each of the five schools. The water provided by these taps will be cleaner and more conveniently located than the current system of wells and pumps. This option is more cost-effective and sustainable than replacing the existing generator.

First, the community members will construct a shelter to house a 30-amp three-phase transformer that will source electricity from the power line access point, located next to the primary school of Gxxxxx. Then, the community will clear a path, 1.5 km long and 5 meters wide, leading from the primary school of Gxxxxx to the water tower pump located in Axxxx. Then, 80 teak wood poles will be installed to support and elevate the 1,700 meters of SBEE electric cables. An electrician will be hired to connect the electric wires to the transformer in Gxxxxx and to the water tower pump in Axxxx.

The chiefs of villages are managing the overall project and mobilizing the efforts of the community, which is committed to the success of this project. The members are prepared to contribute the labor necessary to clear a path connecting the water tower and transformer, as well as provide the labor needed to install the 80 teak poles. This community contribution equates to 25% of the total project cost.

Funds from Water Charity will be used to purchase the materials and pay for transportation costs and the skilled labor of the electrician

Project Impact
This project will serve all of the 2,200 inhabitants of the two villages.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
L. Murray

Monitoring and Maintenance
The completion of this project will be a significant step in making the water tower more sustainable. By replacing the expensive gas generator, which required frequent maintenance, with a more cost-effective and reliable energy source, less upkeep will be required to keep the water tower operating.

In order to cover electricity costs and necessary repairs, representatives from each village will regulate the water taps and charge a small nominal fee for their usage.

Additionally, each year community members will clear and maintain the path of the newly installed power lines to avoid trees and undergrowth interfering with the electrical connection.

Let Girls Learn
This project will have a large impact on empowering girls to stay in school. Due to the gender roles of Benin’s culture, household chores, including fetching water, are deemed as the responsibility of girls.

During the dry season, which coincides with the school year, the wells run dry and young girls are forced to walk further distances and wait in lines at overcrowded pumps to find water. On average, young girls spend 10 to 12 hours a week fetching water for their family instead of studying their school lessons.

By reducing the amount of time young girls spend fetching water, we can increase the amount of time they can devote to their school work, and further compete with their male classmates.

Fundraising Target
$4,900

Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects in the country.

Donations Collected to Date
$800

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Niani District Water Project – The Gambia

Niani District Water Project – The Gambia

Niani District Water Project – The Gambia

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

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

Location
This project summary has been redacted for security reasons to omit the specific project location.

Xxxxxx Xxxxx, Niani, Central River Region, The Gambia

Community Description
Xxxxxx Xxxxx is a small village located in the Niani district of the Central River Region in the Gambia. The village contains 11 large multi-household compounds that are ethnically Wolof, with the exception of one Fula compound. Some features of the village include a small government health post on the outskirts, a mosque, and a small family-run Quranic school. The nearest lower basic school is located in the next village 2 kilometers away and there is a full-cycle school about 5 kilometers away.

The main source of livelihood is farming and the crops are mainly coos and groundnut. There is also a large focus on gardening outside the village near naturally occurring tributaries of water due to the lack of water availability in the village. Due to its small size, the village has a very strong sense of community and a shared burden of work.

Problem Addressed
The only sources of water are 3 open wells located in the village and one tap that is located at the health post just outside the village.

During an initial community needs survey, every compound in the village listed a lack of a closed water source as a problem that they would like addressed. All but one of the compounds stated that they fetch their water exclusively from the open wells because the amount of water needed to meet each family’s demand, in conjunction with the distance from their compound to the tap, does not make it a feasible option for them.

All interviewees also stated that at least one child in their compound had suffered from diarrhea within the week prior and ranked diarrheal disease as one of their main concerns.

According to the clinic records, diarrheal disease accounts for 40% of the cases seen. The burden of water fetching inevitably falls to the women and girls of the village, so a large part of their days is taken up by drawing up the water and transporting it to the compounds. There are also large wait times since there are 3 wells to serve the water needs of the entire community of 300 people

Project Description
The project will provide a water system throughout the community, and convert an existing concrete-lined well in the village to a solar-powered borehole.

Water Charity funds will be used to finance the implementation of the following activities to complete the project:

(i) Installing 336.4 meters of PVC pipe network connecting to the existing well,

(ii) purchasing and installing four taps,

(iii) purchasing of Grundfos SQ Flex 11-2 pump, four 250-300W solar panels, provision of the metal tower and welding of the panels onto it to protect them from breakage and potential theft,

(iv) erecting and installing a 4,000L water tank,

(v) paying for the skilled labor to connect the solar power source to the Grundfos pump and

(vi) installing a concrete slab to cover the well to close the water source, protecting it from contaminants.

The community will contribute 25% of the total cost through a combination of in-kind labor supervised by the contractor, food and lodging for skilled personnel, as well as an initial monetary contribution.

The collection of these funds and organization of the community labor force will be supervised by the village water committee composed of three men and four women from several compounds in the village.

The contracting company used for the project will be Waterpoint. The community labor contribution will be the excavation of trenches and laying of pipes to connect the borehole to the taps. Meetings of people that form the village water committee facilitated by PCV counterpart (and head nurse of the local health post) Tamba Sabally have already begun.

An initial fee of 100 dalasi per adult will be collected and contributed to the cost of the installation. Following the completion of the project, the water committee will supervise the collection of a 10 dalasi monthly payment to a village fund that will be kept to pay for future repairs or maintenance on the taps and borehole system.

Following completion, two specific training will take place in the village: One will be led by the PCV and staff from Waterpoint on proper tap maintenance and another led by health post staff on water sanitation and hygiene as well as proper water storage.

Project Impact
300 people, the entire village population, will benefit from the project.

   

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
M. Judd

Monitoring and Maintenance
The PCV and counterpart will use the project logic model of intervention to monitor the implementation of the project activities and to track project performance. Similarly, the model will be used to evaluate the immediate outcomes (impacts) of the project as well as the long-term impact of whether the intervention has achieved the expected objectives and goals of the project.

The PCV and counterpart will use Peace Corps water, sanitation, and hygiene data collection tools to collect the relevant figures during the project implementation. The volunteer has also recommended that a replacement volunteer be placed in Xxxxxx Xxxxx after her departure to provide support as well as continuous monitoring and evaluation.

Sustainability of a clean water supply is the goal of this project. The PCV and the counterpart will further train the water committee members on basic financial administration and management procedures to ensure financial records are up to date and funds are available to pay for routine maintenance costs at all times.

Let Girls Learn
This project qualifies as a Let Girls Learn project because the goals include:

(i) Providing more time for girls to attend school and spend more time studying due to a decrease in the amount of time it currently takes to fetch water,

(ii) higher rates of school attendance for both boys and girls because rates of diarrheal diseases will decrease,

(iii) improved health among all members of the community due to access to clean water for drinking and cooking.

Funding
This project has been funded by an anonymous donor.

Conclusion of Niani District Water Project – The Gambia

This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Meghan Judd. To read about the start of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was designed to rebuild a borehole by adding solar power and provide a water system to reach the entire community.

Meghan reports:

Final Project Report
The project provides a water system throughout the community, and converted an existing concrete-lined well in the village to a solar powered borehole. A month and half post completion of the construction every compound in the village (population 300) reports using clean water from the taps for all of their drinking and cooking.

Water Charity funds were used to finance these activities to complete the project:

(i) Lay 336.4 meters of PVC pipe network connecting to the existing well (water depth 9m).
(ii) Install four taps throughout the village,
(iii) Purchase and insert Grundfos SQ Flex 11-2 into the well, install four 250-300W solar panels which were welded into a metal stand next to the metal tower that holds the 4000L water tank. The original plan was to weld them to the top of the tower but this was not possible due to the placement of the tower and its proximity to a tree. Residual project funds were used to purchase 50m of chain link fencing which was installed by the community to protect the panels and tank stand from breakage and potential theft,
(iv) Build a tank stand and install a 4,000L water tank,
(v) Pay for the skilled labor to connect solar power source to the Grundfos pump, and
(vi) Following clearing of debris and investigation of water quality installed a two-part concrete slab to cover the well to close the water source, protecting it from contaminants.

Timeline of Work
Contract was signed with Waterpoint on August 16, 2017. Followed by a seven-day mobilization period, construction began August 24. The initial work was delayed one day because of travel issues crossing to the North side of the river because of high automobile traffic congestion due to the proximity of Tobaski (a religious holiday).

Following arrival digging and pipe laying work commenced. The main labor was done by community members supervised by the foreman of the Waterpoint work crew. The excavation and backfilling was completed within 5 days.

The remainder of the work crew was working on tank stand construction which included cutting the square metal pipes it is composed of and welding them together. On the last day of construction, the generator to power the welding equipment began to malfunction but they were able to complete the work they had planned so work remained on schedule.

On August 29 the contractors returned to their homes for Tobaski. The holiday began on September 1 and celebrations concluded on September 5. Then for the following four days maintenance was done on the welding machine which had had a breakdown shortly before they departed for the holidays.

On September 9 contractors return and all welding work was completed. The tank stand was painted and cemented into its final location. The water tank was installed and connected to the water source. The final two days of construction an additional team of workers including the electrician arrived and began work on the installation and connection of the pump to the solar power source.

On September 15 construction was completed and all 4 taps were (and continue to be) fully functional.

On Sept 23 the water committee had a meeting to discuss the collection system that had been put into place. The final system was set up so that people contribute to the communal fund based on the amount of water they are fetching daily. The committee also discussed the need to protect the newly constructed equipment from children, animals, and theft so it was determined that with the chain link fencing that was bought with grant fund would be installed by the community.

On September 30 the community completed fence construction and since then there have been no problem with animals or children getting too near the panels.

As of November 5, the community has collected D3500 into a communal account designated for future repairs. The money is collected by the water committee cashier and stored in a community bank account. There has also been a 10% decrease in diarrhea cases seen at the local health post. Eight teenage girls have gone to the bigger cities to pursue secondary education and two girls have been newly enrolled in the local lower basic school. All of them as well as their parents have stated that the installation of the upgraded water system was a heavily contributing factor to these events. This is due to the fact that women and girls in the village have reported a 20% decrease in water related stress. Monitoring and evaluation continues on the project and will be taken over by the incoming replacement volunteer.

QUOTES FROM THE COMMUNITY (paraphrased from local language)
“You have really helped the women in Njoben. Waiting to fetch water was very difficult and took a long time, but with the taps it is much easier.”

“We know our water is safe now and nothing that can make you sick will enter in the well”

“I used to worry about what I would do when my younger sisters returned to boarding school and I had no one to help me cook and fetch water for the family while also taking care of my twin babies. But now that water is easier to get, I can worry less and be happy that they are going to school.”

“Clean water is the most important. Now that we have that we can work on making other things better”

We extend our thanks to Meghan for completing this important project.

School Dignity Room Project – Ethiopia

School Dignity Room Project – Ethiopia

School Dignity Room Project – Ethiopia

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

 Location
This project summary has been redacted for security reasons to omit the specific project location.

Shola Gebeya, Hagare Mariam Kesem Woreda, North Shewa Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia

Community Description
Shola Gebeya is a small-medium-sized town approximately 110 kilometers north of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. The surrounding area mainly consists of rolling hills and farmland. Depending on who you ask, the town has about 3,500-8,000 people.

The town is the main town for the woreda, so all the government/municipalities and education offices are located there. This means that the town usually has a fairly busy feel to it.

Problem Addressed
Bxxxx General Secondary and Preparatory School currently has approximately 900 female students. The female students only have access to one latrine on campus. This facility is a great distance from the classrooms and there is no running water.

Menstrual hygiene management is a major issue, and many female students simply do not come to school while they are on their period because of many factors including embarrassment, lack of sanitary facilities, lack of knowledge about menstrual hygiene, and the taboos that still surround it in their culture.

If a female student is absent every month during their period they could possibly miss upwards of 36-40 total days of school. This is approximately 25-30% of the total school days. When missing this many days, the students are falling far behind in their studies, with little chance to make up the days or subject matter.

There is also a significant need for education on these issues. Many of the problems with menstrual hygiene management are due to the lack of education. Some females simply do not know what is happening to them. They need proper training on menstrual hygiene management to understand that there is nothing wrong with having these issues, and they can still live normal lives and go to attend school at the same time.

Project Description
This project is to build a Dignity Room on campus for female students.

The building itself will be 6×4 meters, divided into two rooms. One will serve to take care of issues involving menstrual hygiene (changing/washing pads or changing clothes). The other is a room designated for gender club meetings, training and simply a room for female students to study/do homework.

The washroom will have sinks with running water. The meeting room will initially host menstrual hygiene management training such as making RUMPS (reusable menstrual pads), but then the goal is to widen the spectrum to include all types of sanitation/wash training.

The construction will take approximately 2 months from start to finish. Once it is finished, the facility will be used immediately for menstrual hygiene practice, and over time the training will be scheduled and begin to be held on a regular basis.

Water Charity funds will be used to purchase materials, and also to pay for skilled labor.

The school will contribute 25% of the funds for the project.

Project Impact
The project will benefit 900 female students and teachers at the school.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
William Dickinson

Monitoring and Maintenance
The school will add the Dignity Room to its budget to provide maintenance and upkeep of the facility and ensure that menstrual pads are kept stocked. A program for disposing of the pads will also be put in place.

The members of the gender club have also agreed to clean the facility and contribute dues each month to help with some of the supply costs. This project was the idea of the staff gender club representative at the school, and she is already planning training to implement and will oversee, all facets of the Dignity Room.

Let Girls Learn
This is a Let Girls Learn Initiative project.

Menstrual hygiene is a major problem that keeps girls from attending school in rural Ethiopia. By constructing a room for girls to practice MHM (menstrual hygiene management), they are given more of an opportunity to stay in school, and not simply miss approximately 25-30% of school because they have their period. The room will also function as a meeting place for the gender club, so the females will now have a designated place to discuss and educate themselves on gender issues involving education and empowerment.

Fundraising Target
$2,500

Funds raised in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects in the country.

Donations Collected to Date
$0

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Dollar Amount Needed
$2,500 

2nd School of Taraclia Water Purification Project – Moldova

2nd School of Taraclia Water Purification Project – Moldova

2nd School of Taraclia Water Purification Project – Moldova

Location
Taraclia, Taraclia raion, Moldova

Community Description
Taraclia is located on the south-western leg of Moldova, 10 km from Ukraine, and only a few kilometers from the semi-autonomous region of Gauguzia. It proudly celebrates its unique Bulgarian heritage brought there in the year 1813. Approximately 40% of the population is made up of ethnic Bulgarians, a bit of an anomaly in Moldova.

Being the center for the entire district, Taraclia has a few more amenities than the average town in Moldova: two small hospitals, a Bulgarian university, and a modicum of small businesses that provide a few quality jobs. Despite these jobs, the majority of workers are employed in a variety of agricultural trades.

Taraclia is no stranger to the problems that haunt Moldova, especially with regard to the problem of emigration and the ‘hollowing out’ of its population. On paper, Taraclia has a population of 15,000 people, but estimates place the number closer to 9,000-10,000 citizens who actually live there. With the bulk of the working force living abroad, the demographics of Taraclia seem to have a chasm where young- to middle-aged working adults should be.

The 2nd School in Taraclia has 625 students and 34 teachers. Recent examinations of the water revealed that the water contains a variety of contaminants and would be deemed undrinkable by government regulations if left unfiltered. Water quality can be traced to many problems with digestion, dental hygiene, and a variety of other problems throughout Taraclia.

Project Description
This project is to install a water filtration system at the 2nd School of Taraclia.

The system works through a multistage process of reverse osmosis. The water will utilize a high-pressure pump, and go through two different filters, removing 96% of the pollutants.

Project funds will be used to purchase the filter system, which will be delivered, installed, maintained, and guaranteed for 10 years, as part of the all-inclusive price.

The system will be installed in the kitchen, where water will be filtered to the main sink for the kitchen staff to use. Also, there will be a separate pipe to a student faucet located outside of the kitchen to which students will have constant access.

The school will purchase additional filter cartridges as needed in the future.

Project Impact
This project will benefit the 659 students and teachers who study and work at the school.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Aaron Eisenbarth

Comments
This project seeks to ameliorate a serious problem with the drinking water at the school. This is the appropriate technology for the removal of the contaminants currently adversely impacting on the health and wellbeing of the students and staff.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of Stephen Shifley, of Centralia, MO, USA.

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




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