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Kavunyalalo Water Catchment Project - Kenya

Catchment - KenyaLocation
Kavunyalalo (Waresa area), Magareni District, Coast Province, Kenya. Kavunyalalo is located 9 km from the newly created district capital of Magareni, Marafa.

Community Description
Kavunyalalo is a remote rural village of approximately 900 people. As in many parts of Kenya, women in the village must walk long distances to secure water for their families. In recent years, interior portions of the Coast Province have experienced severe drought.

During the drought, the people of a village 5 km away created an adapted sand dam/water catchment system that helped to both contain the rain, when it occurred, and to block the water running in a seasonal stream during the periods of heavier rain. This method was able to retain water for longer periods during a time when little water was available.

Recently the two rainy seasons have returned. The sand dam/water catchment system continues to be a water source for the people. Until recently, this remained the closest water source for the people of Kavunyalalo. The closest bore hole is 9 km away.

In July, 2009, the people of Kavunyalalo, led by a retired community health worker, begin to dig their own adapted sand dam/water catchment system to hold water from a seasonal stream and the rain. This site was chosen due to the natural pooling of water from these two sources.

Community - KenyaNinety people of Kavunyalalo participated in digging the interior portion and began digging sloping sides for excess water catchment before the short rains began. The dam contained water throughout the short rains, although a problem existed with the water seeping out of the far end of the dam to the place where the seasonal stream once continued.

The District Officer showed support for the project by providing gunia sacks (large grain sacks) to prevent seepage in the center portion of the sand dam/water catchment system. The sacks helped, but a slow seepage remains. The short rains have ceased and the group has finished digging the sloping sides of the system.

Project Description
This project is to improve the sand dam and water catchment system for Kavunyalalo. The primary center portion of the dam will be cemented to prevent seepage during the long rains, leading to sustainability of the water supply.

Project funds will be used to purchase the materials, including regular cement, waterproof cement, bricks, sisal sacks, and polyethylene paper.

Project Impact
This will be the closest water source for 900 people and 1 of 2 water sources for 3000 people.

DeAnne Turner - KenyaPeace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
DeAnne Turner

Comments
This project will provide a needed water source for a large number of people at a low cost. The project was developed and carried forward by the community, and is functioning, albeit not to its full potential.

By improving the structure to properly contain the water, it becomes a fully-effective system that can remain standing over time. This is directly consistent with the Water Charity model, which values needed improvements to existing projects.

Dollar Amount of Project
$408.33

Donations Collected to Date
$408.33

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded, through the generosity of Alfred Graham, of Macon Georgia, USA, and others.

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

 

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

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Matinang Spring Water Project – Philippines

Matinang Spring Water Project – Philippines

Water Charity is pleased to embark on a new partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines for the installation of a new water system in Matinang, Philippines. The first of three projects in Mindanao, it is the start of what will become a productive and ongoing relationship to serve the need for clean water in low-income communities.

Habitat Philippines has been building homes in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao for almost a decade in its “Peace Build” program. Several of these communities were left with a need for safe and reliable drinking water.

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Habitat Philippines states:

Amid the intermittent armed conflict between the government and Muslim-led groups fighting for self-determination, Habitat for Humanity has sought to contribute to the cause of peace by building houses for both Muslim and Christian victims of the armed conflict, including ex-MNLF fighters. These projects have been dubbed "Peace Builds," and they help contribute to the improvement of Christian-Muslim relations, with Filipinos of both faiths, including government soldiers and ex-combatants, rebuilding houses and communities together.

Sitio Matinang, Bual, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat (hereinafter referred to as Matinang), consists of 24 families. Homepartners have had houses built, but live there without clean and accessible water, a basic requirement towards the attainment of a holistic community.

Matinang has a source of spring water that is 200 meters away from the site perimeter but it is inadequate to support the needs of the entire community. In cooperation with the Habitat local management council in Matinang, the spring will be freed of contamination, and a reservoir will be constructed.

The project recognizes the need for sustainability and capacity-building, including institutional and community development. There will be management and leadership training for community-elected officers.

In addition, homepartners will be trained in health care, hygiene, and sanitation, and the communities will be trained in water and watershed management.

Skilled workers and laborers will be hired from within the community. Youth group volunteers will help in tree planting and other related activities for the protection of the project.

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Beneficiaries will be required to contribute labor to the project to ensure their commitment to the project. A minimal amount will be charged to sustain operations such as administrative costs, maintenance, and services.

This project is being administered by Sharon Keld, a Peace Corps Response Volunteer serving in the Philippines. Sharon previously served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco (’06-’08).

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 Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Peace Corps Response Volunteer Sharon Keld of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Sharon and/or those of other RPCVs and PCRVs.

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

 

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Rurrenabaque Filter Project - Bolivia

Rurrenabaque Filter Project - Bolivia

Location
Rurrenabaque, Beni, Bolivia

Community Description
Rurrenabaque, or “Rurre”, as it is known locally is a sleepy town situated on the eastern edge of the Andes mountains and serves as a gateway (socially and ecologically) to the vast Amazonian basin.

The town of Rurre has about 15,000 inhabitants, but it feels smaller than that. Surrounding communities are made up of Chimane, Mosetene and Esse Eje Indians. The region has also seen an influx of Quechua and Aymara migrants from the highlands in search of work in the mines and agricultural fields of the lowland La Paz and Beni departments.

Biosand Filters - Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Project Description
This project is to build 20+ biosand water filters and transport them to recipient communities.

The project is part of a wider project being carried out by the Rio Beni Health Project, in cooperation with Where Be Dragons, which is based in Sorata, La Paz.

The Rio Beni Health Project serves over 40 communities in the Rurrenabaque area. A major focus of the work is in securing access to safe drinking water for these isolated, largely indigenous communities. The organization also operates a clinic in Rurrenabaque that serves both the population of Rurre itself as well as patients from surrounding communities.

The design for the filters was pioneered in the area just a few years ago, after some volunteers learned of the success of these filters in the Caribbean region. Noting that the climate and natural resources were similar, the biosand filters were introduced in Rurre in 2006 with great success.

The materials, consisting mostly of concrete and sand, are cheap and locally available. The maintenance of the filters is relatively simple.

Monthly visits to recipient communities by the Rio Beni Health Team will help to ensure proper care. Further, most of the forty communities served by the larger program have resident Health Promoters who are trained by the Health Project to maintain the water filters and do educational outreach regarding a variety of health issues.

Project Impact
The project will give clean water to 20+ families for many years.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
This project will be led by Helen Rortvedt, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Helen served as a PCV in Bolivia until all PCVs were evacuated from that country in September, 2008. Helen currently works as an instructor with Where There Be Dragons.

Comments
This project is part of a coordinated and integrated public health effort. It uses a technology suited for, and extensively used in, the region. It includes follow-up and evaluation, ensuring sustainability.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Helen Rortvedt is to be commended and thanked for extending the Appropriate Projects concept to include RPCVs, who presently are about 200,000 in number.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$500.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of the Elmo Foundation with the help of friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Helen Rortvedt.

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

 

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

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Lenny’s “Pilas” Project - Guatemala

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Chilocox CommunityWater Charity is pleased to have enabled a project in rural Guatemala to provide sinks for an entire community. The project, which will serve 86 people, was proposed by, and will be completed under the direction of, Lenny Van Boven, a Peace Corps Volunteer, living in Chicocox, Guatemala.

Here is how Lenny describes the project:

The project consists of providing 16 pilas, one per home, accounting for the population of Chicocox. Caserio Chicocox is part of the Aldea Xinacati, Municipio of Cubulco, located approximately 15 km northwest of Cubulco. The community is accessible only by foot.

In 2001, a water project was completed whereby running water from a stream-fed tank, located approximately 5 km away, was piped to the community.

The addition of pilas will permit the washing of clothes, food and dishes in a more comfortable, hygienic and professional manner.

Water shortage is a common problem in the community during the dry season (December-May), and the tanks of the pilas will aid water storage.

Water Charity looked very favorably on this project for many reasons. It added to a prior successful project, thereby directly impacting on the wellbeing of the community. It was simple and limited in concept, presented no impediments, utilized appropriate technology, was cost effective, and could be accomplished at once.

Furthermore, the plan called for community participation, a necessary element in any community development project.

Water Charity made a commitment to provide funds for the project, and build upon an existing and identified co-funding source.

Treeview Elementary School StudentsA sum of money had been raised by the students of Treeview Elementary School , in Hayward, California, under the direction of their teacher, Irene Riddle. The funds were previously earmarked for transporting textbooks, but other means were arranged for the books to be sent to Guatemala, freeing up this money for use on Lenny’s “pilas” project.

With the assistance of Friends of Guatemala, an organization of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Guatemala, the funds from the two sources were aggregated and sent to Guatemala for use in the project.

Installation of the pilas is presently underway. Lenny will give us updates and photos as the project progresses.

See below for links to the progress and conclusion reports.

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