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Clean Water For Schools Initiative - Fiji

Clean Water For Schools Initiative - Fiji

Clean Water For Schools In Fiji

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

This initiative has been completed!  Read about the #Conclusion & watch the video by clicking the link, or scroll down.

LOCATIONTeacher Fiji
The Ba Subdivision is located in the Ba District of the Western Division of Fiji.

COMMUNITY
Much of the Ba District is rural. There are over 56,000 people in the District.  Being a rural district in Fiji, much of the work in the area consists of sugar cane, and most working members of the families will be found working in the sugar cane industry.

Within the Ba Subdivision there are 9 secondary schools with approximately 22 staff/faculty and 20 classrooms. These schools serve over 3,600 students and 198 faculty on a daily basis.

PROBLEM STATEMENT
In any given month approximately 1,200 secondary students miss school because they are sick from dirty water. As these children fall behind, their education is further and further delayed.

PROPOSED SOLUTION
In order to help reduce the impact of sickness from water-borne illness, each classroom receives two 20-liter buckets (one for dirty water and one for clean water) and a Sawyer PointONE™ Water Filter. Along with each classroom receiving a system we send a system home with each staff/faculty. We have found that this increases the use and maintenance of the systems in the classrooms as well as helps keep the staff/faculty healthy and missing fewer days of work.

At each school our Fiji team will host a training time for the staff/faculty to show them how to use and maintain the system. The training takes approximately 30 minutes and consists of hands on learning and demonstrating proficiency. At the end of the training all of the systems will be assembled and ready for use.

PROJECT IMPACT
378 clean water systems

Approximately 7,000 people will directly benefit from this project if you count all the children, teachers, workers and guests to the schools.  

Primary School in Fiji
COMMENTS
This project is part of Water Charity's worldwide Filters For Life Initiative, which involves giving people access to the life-saving Sawyer Hollow Membrane Filters.  In this particular project, WC has partnered with a local Fiji oriented NGO called Give Clean Water (givecleanwater.org) to help achieve the distribution.  It is the intention to provide water systems to each school and household that does not have access to treated water in the entire district.  


Classroom in Fiji Primary School

SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION OF CLEAN WATER INITIATIVE

As it turned out, the original secondary schools targeted for filters were placed on a government water source, and while it is possible they may still need filters, it was not prudent to move forward with those schools at the time.  Meanwhile, the primary schools in the area were in desperate need, so we shifted the project to serve those schools and their teachers.  Waterborne illness is even harder on younger children, so this was not a downgrade in the project and didn't cause any delay or waste...Map if anything, it only made the initiative stronger by focusing on children for whom poor water quality was an even greater concern, and whose water quality was even lower to begin with.

1.Nalotaw District School - Water Source:Catchment

2.Naloto District School - Water Source: Catchment

3.Balevuto Public School - Water Source: Bore Hole & Catchment

4.Nakoroboya Primary School - Water Source: Catchment

5.Qerelevu Hindu School - Water Source: Bore Hole & Catchment

6.Navala Catholic - Water Source: Catchment

The Ba District receives some of the highest annual rainfall amounts in all of Fiji.  Over 230 inches of rain can fall in some areas.  Due to the heavy rains, many of the villages and settlements in the Ba use some form of catchment whether that be from rain gutters, or local streams and rivers being dammed.

Each of these schools use catchment, while Qerelevu Hindu School and Balevuto Public School also have access to a bore hole for their water source.

By installing clean water systems in these schools, the school children can now drink bacteria-free water. In addition to the children, all of the teachers and 6 school directors not only have clean drinking water at school, but were provided with filters for their use at home or in their quarters!  Furthermore, we were able to give out filters for more than 150 households with the most serious issues (i.e. children frequently missing school due to illness etc.).

By providing the clean water systems, children will be able to attend school on a regular basis as well as the teachers and directors.

It is our hope to finish the rest of the schools in the Ba District in 2018. In order to reach this goal we will be searching for financial partners to donate to this effort.  Thanks again to the Paul Bechtner Foundation for providing the funds for this effort.

Please click the Donate button below to allow us to continue this great work.

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Rivercess Well Repair Program - Liberia

Rivercess Well Repair Program - Liberia

​Water Charity Joins Effort to Bring Clean Water to EVERY Person in Liberia By 2020!

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

This is a truly ambitious goal.  

Historically, there has never been a developing country that has had access to clean water for every citizen. There has never been a country where water borne illness has been eradicated.  We’re here to change that.Hut in Rivercess

Water Charity has joined forces with our partners at The Last Well, to do what has never been done before.  Along with a large group of our fellow colleagues in the hydrophilanthropic world, we have coordinated our efforts in this country of 4.7 million people so that every village, every hut and every person in the country gets served by the collective effort.  Each of our organizations are focusing on specific aspects of the overall problem. 

The entire country has been scouted by teams on motorbike.  They went to every village, hamlet, and collection of huts, and conducted their own "census" with a focus on water and health.  Based on the information gathered, data that wasn't even known to the government itself for the most part, it was possible to break the task down into do-able parts.  Done in this way, in an extremely efficient manner, the endeavor has become not just a possibility, but a certainty. 

This particular program within the broader initiative encompasses 27 well repairs to rehabilitate boreholes and handpumps that have been unusable due to wear and neglect.  It is just one of many avenues of aid by which the lofty goal for Liberia is being carried out.  The overall picture involves, not only well repairs, but new wells, filter distributions, and other efforts in tandem with the Liberian Ministry of Health!

As you can see in the map below, we have adopted the Rivercess County of Liberia and it's 8 districts of Beawor, Central Rivercess, Deodain, Fen River, Jo River, Norwein, Sam Gbalor, and Zarflahn.
Counties of Liberia & Groups Helping
​Rivercess has as its main economy rice and cassava plantations.  

Total Population: 115,000
Population Needing Access to Water: 66,348Liberia Child Last Well
Population to be served by projects: 66,348!
 

​Believe it or not, this effort is already well underway.  The December 2020 date is not "pie in the sky."  By the end of 2017, a large percentage of the country will have already been served.  Something like 1.5 million people!  

Naturally, different areas need different solutions, and what works in the city will not work in the bush.  Nevertheless, based on the historic census-style documenting of actual need... we know exactly what to do for every person in the country, regardless of how remote or inaccessible their location.

We are already underway doing our 27 well repairs in 6 of the 8 districts that comprise Rivercess County.  This is actually ALL of the wells that currently need repair!  When this is done, we will move on to another collection of projects for the area.

We are very excited about this program, as it is something new in this field, and one rarely sees that.  Traditional organizations, despite all the good they do, and have done, have not even attempted this kind of thing. Water Quality Liberia They wind up spending more than this entire effort will wind up costing, but never in an efficient and focused way because there have been certain obstacles in the past, and large organizations are not usually able to change gears quickly or embrace innovation.  The fact is, that no one, not even the Liberian government, actually knew how many people needed water!

The first thing that had to be done for this effort, was to go to every village and hut in the country and conduct a kind of water and health census.  This was painstakingly carried out by teams of dedicated guys on motorbikes, and this first-ever dataset has made this entire work possible.  Gratitude goes out to the vision and effort that went into that.  Exploring the remote regions of Liberia is no easy task.

Water Charity wants to particularly thank Todd Phillips, Ryan Tew, and their team of people at The Last Well for organizing the effort.  Todd, a pastor, decided to focus on Liberia, because he determined it to be the "hardest place," and, as we are all well aware, water to be the biggest issue.

LIBERIA
 Flag of Liberia

Over the years, this small, English speaking, West African nation has consistently ranked as the 2nd poorest nation on Earth.  It has often been known as the most corrupt as well, and was rated the most miserable place in the world according to the CIA World Fact Book’s Misery Index.

Enduring 14 years of brutal civil war truly decimated this country.  It was a haven for warlords, rogue generals, mercenary armies, conflict minerals and atrocities.  The conflict in Liberia, and across the border in Sierra Leone (another country with a similar story), gave rise to in "blood diamonds" and illegal timber imports. Liberian Coat of Arms

43.5% of Liberians were below the age of 15 in 2010​, and the average life expectancy is only 53.7 years.  During the conflict years, "child soldiers" were the norm, and more than 90% of the hospitals were destroyed.  Most of the indices by which one can rate the health of a nation had Liberia near the bottom.

Very sad for a nation founded as a hope and refuge for former slaves being repatriated back to Africa.  Many are surprised to learn that Liberia is actually Africa's first and oldest modern republic! 

The Republic of Liberia began as a settlement of the American Colonization Society (ACS), who believed black people would face better chances for freedom in Africa.  The country declared its independence on July 26, 1847, but the U.S. did not recognize Liberia's independence until during the American Civil War on February 5, 1862. 

Somehow, Liberia retained its independence during the Scramble for Africa. Along with Ethiopia and The Dervish State (now Somalia), Liberia was one of only 3 countries not controlled by Europeans by the early 20th Century.

The main issue for Liberia, though, as it pertains to our work, is that when this project began very few people in the country had access to clean drinking water.  Many waterborne pathogens and diseases were widespread, and this took its tool generally on the children under 5. 

​27 Wells Currently Being Repaired and Rehabilitated

  • ​12 Wells in Central Rivercess
  • 2 Wells in DeodainKids want water
  • 4 Wells in Fen River
  • 2 Wells in Jo River
  • 3 Wells in Norwein
  • 4 Wells in Zarflahn

​Repairs are underway already.  At the time of this posting 2 repairs have already been completed!  Updates and conclusion reports will be posted below.

These are all fairly standard and straightforward well repairs.  They are being done with community training and involvement, so that these wells will be maintained; the lack of maintenance being a big reason why many of these wells need repair now. 

With these Afridev & India Mk II handpump type wells, repairs and upkeep are inevitable, but if maintenance is done regularly, a simple bushing replacement doesn't have to turn into a borehole repair.  Parts for these setups are easy to come by, and knowledgeable technicians are widespread.  For these reasons, this "old school" technology is superior to any "cutting edge" invention you may have heard of.  Plus, it is at least an order of magnitude more economical.

In addition to the basic thriftiness of repairing these old wells, due to the economy of scale and efficient planning, we are able to actually bring these wells back online for far cheaper than what one normally spends on such repairs.  Naturally, the costs are a fraction of that needed to drill new wells... or even completely replace hand pumps. 

All of this combines to make this effort one of the most economical, high "bang-for-the-buck" aid efforts you are likely to see.  If you would like to adopt a well or a district... or help fund the next round of this work in Liberia, use the Donate button below.  Note your desire in your donation notes, or feel free to contact us directly. The more money we can raise for this, the more people we can help!

This is truly an exciting effort, and we are proud to be playing our part.  Hopefully, this type of model can be replicated all over and we can put an end to waterborne illnesses in every country. 

Water is life.

This project has been funded by an anonymous donor.  Future donations will be allocated to other projects in Liberia.


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Bannakaroli Brothers - Kiteredde Water Project - Uganda

Bannakaroli Brothers - Kiteredde Water Project - Uganda

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

Bannakaroli Brothers - Kiteredde Water Project - UgandaLocation
Bikira Catholic Parish, Masaka Diocese, Kasali Sub-County, Rakai District, Uganda

Community Description
The project will serve five communities, including three schools, one novitiate, and the Bannakaroli Brothers community. The schools are St. Joseph’s Secondary School (co-ed), Sacred Heart School (boys), and Kiteredde Vocational Institute (co-ed). Students in the three schools range in age from 12 to 20 years old.

Girls form the majority of the population in the two co-ed schools. More than half of the students are boarders at the schools, and the others walk to school from surrounding areas. Most of the students come from poor farm families. In addition to the students who live in the schools, the community is also made up of teaching and support staff, half of whom are women.

Problem Addressed
In recent years (2014 and onward) the Rakai district of Uganda has experienced adverse climate changes with reduced rainfall. This has negatively affected agricultural production and lowered the quality of life of the people.

Bannakaroli Brothers - Kiteredde Water Project - UgandaProject Description
This project is to implement an irrigation system to improve the productivity of two square kilometer area of farmland run by the Bannakaroli Brothers Institute to enable them to produce enough food to feed the students at the nearby schools, the people in the community, as well as their own group of teachers and workers.

The project will be implemented by the Brothers. They will contribute to the project a 25,000-liter water tank, connecting piping extending 2.5 km, and 250 cubic meters of construction material for the water dam. The purchase of the water pump and the electrical components will be financed by the Brothers of Charles Lwanga Foundation fundraising activities.

Water Charity funding will go to the remaining expenses, including the pump house, plumbing, electrical accessories, and labor.

Project Impact
2,500 people will benefit from the project, including students and staff of the schools (which are open to everybody), Brothers and employees, and the local farmers around Kiteredde. The breakdown is as follows:

Bannakaroli Brothers - Kiteredde Water Project - Uganda500 Kiteredde Vocational School--Staff and Students
650 St. Joseph Technical School--Staff and Students
700 Kiteredde Senior Secondary School--Staff and Students
50 St. Teresa Novitiate--Kiteredde---Staff and Novices
350 Bannakaroli Brothers Community--Brothers and Novices
250 Local Farmers and Family members

Project Adiministrator
James Salvatore, Returned Peace Corp Volunteer, Peru ‘66-‘68

Monitoring and Maintenance
The Brothers will monitor the condition of the improvements, and maintain and repair the piping, facilities, and equipment as necessary to maintain regular and full functionality.

Comments
This is a follow-up to the Bikira Catholic Parish Community Water Projects - Uganda previously completed. That project has increased the available water supply for the Brothers, the four schools in the area, and the rest of the community.

This project has been funded by an anonymous donor.  If you like this project, please donate to our East Africa Water and Sanitation Program, of which this project is a component. 

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BioSand Filter Training Program - Liberia

BioSand Filter Training Program - Liberia

New Groups Being Trained in Liberia to Make Filters!

 

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This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION working with Friendly Water for the World.

Location: Paynesville, Liberia

Problem Addressed

Flag of LiberiaThe first and second Liberian Civil Wars took place from 1989 to 2003, and destroyed much of this very small country. A combination of tribal hostilities, personal power grabbing, and interference from neighboring countries left some 250,000 dead, and a million displaced, and most of the water and power infrastructure destroyed. The country has been faced with trying to rebuild trust and infrastructure at the same time. It hasn’t been easy.

WHO reports that only one out of every four Liberians gets water from an “improved water source” – this doesn’t mean that the water is safe, only that it comes out of a pipe. In the countryside, the percentage would be far lower than that. It is estimated that as many as one out of every five Liberians die of a condition related to unsafe water and inadequate sanitation. Many rural and urban areas are almost entirely without toilets. Cholera and other waterborne illnesses are common. 80% of the population lives in poverty; unemployment is extremely high, and the cause of continued unrest.

Between 2014-2016, there were almost 11,000 cases of Ebola reported, and close to 5,000 deaths. However, it should be noted that many cases went unreported. At the start of the outbreak, there were only 50 doctors in a population of 4.3 million. Liberia was declared “Ebola free” in early 2016.  However, even at the height of the Ebola epidemic, far, far more people were dying from waterborne illnesses. And while much foreign assistance was received, little of it has gone to improving water and sanitation conditions.

Today, there are over 4.7 million people in Liberia, and WASH continues to be the biggest issue.  There is hope, though... as Water Charity is part of a multi-NGO effort to bring clean water access to every person in Liberia by December 2020.  See our Rivercess Well Repair Program - Liberia for details.

Project Description

Getting water from turbid source, LiberaiFour groups will be trained in the fabrication, distribution, installation, and maintenance of BioSand Water Filters, and in the teaching of sanitation and hygiene.

The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is a training program designed to enable participants to respond to potentially violent situations in new and creative ways. First developed by Quakers and others working in U.S. prisons in the 1970s, it has since proliferated around the world. The first training was organized in Liberia in 2010, and it has spread. Many of the participants are students, and are also seeking employment opportunities, and are excited about BioSand Filter projects.

Camp for Peace Liberia (CFP-Liberia) was established in 2005 by a group of visionary youths with the goal to transform the lives of young people through community-based education and awareness in response to the manifest need for sustainable peace and development. CFP-Liberia was incorporated in 2010 as a non-profit organization with an overarching goal to contribute to the development, empowerment and self-sustainability of young people in Liberia. It focuses on the promotion of the culture of nonviolence, reconciliation, promotion of education, and creating awareness of accountable governance and social transformation. It creates opportunities for young people to be equipped to deal with their Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and to participate socially and economically in Liberia’s post-war development. CFP also provides micro-credit to enable youth to establish their own enterprises. To focus on its vision, mission and goal, CFP is supervised by a management team comprising of 75% young people including a vast number of volunteers who offer activities through a network of trainers.

AVP and CFP-Liberia will be trained as a single team.

RICCE – The Rural Integrated Center for Community Empowerment (RICCE) empowers rural communities to participate in decision-making in Liberia, with emphasis on issues that impact on their lives and threaten community peace and security. To do this, RICCE facilitates community based peacebuilding and conflict resolution processes, and works for the promotion of biodiversity and transparency in natural resource management. RICCE was established by development specialists, engineers, health professionals, grassroots activists and professors at the University of Liberia who were alarmed by the conditions of rural residents in 2005. At the time it was observed that the rural people were neglected when it came to political decision-making, economic opportunities, better schools, hospitals and basic protection of fundamental human rights. These conditions still exist today, contributing to conflict in Liberia. RICEE is also involved in advocating for women's rights, promoting female empowerment through programs that allow them to participate in leadership and decision-making processes.

Peaceful Lutheran Church in Paynesvile, on the outskirts of Monrovia, will be hosting the training, and will be sending a team to be trained, with a workshop to be set up there.

Woman with pail of water, LiberiaRescue Women Liberia is a non-governmental organization established in 2015 by group of gender activists. The organization is involved in promoting basic human rights of women including access to justice, sexual and reproductive health, combating gender-based violence, and promotion of clean water and sanitation. Currently they do not have funding, but have been involved with voluntary community service in health education in communities and schools, awareness on gender based violence in and around Montserrado County.

Project Impact

The project is likely to have considerable impact. Fifty people will be trained, and four ongoing workshops set up and equipped. Health and employment will immediately improve among the 50 families. Taken together, the four groups have substantial contacts with NGOs throughout Liberia, with demand for Filters likely to be high among their constituents. The four groups will also have considerable contact with small community-based organizations throughout the country.

There will be a significant reduction in waterborne illnesses, increased employment, and new small business opportunities generated. The four groups, taken together, should be able to create significant synergies in the development sector.

Immediate Beneficiaries:

-          50 Individuals trained
-          200 members of their families

Community Beneficiaries (in first two years):

-          Four groups build and distribute 500 BioSand Filters each in first two years = 2,000 Filters
-          Each Filter serves on average 10 people – 20,000 people served
-          50 Filters go schools and orphanages – 3,500 children served

Future Beneficiaries:Bio Sand Filter System

-          Programs expand and require more than two molds each
-          Large orders likely to be received from other NGOs working in Liberia

Impacts:

-          Waterborne illnesses curtailed
-          Health improved
-          Child morbidity and mortality reduced
-          Medical/pharmaceutical expenses curtailed
-          School attendance increases
-          Community productivity enhanced


Person Directing
The training will be directed by Friendly Water for the World Technical Advisor Wayne Medrud, with assistance from Alisa and Ken Malloch, both of whom has significant experience with missions in sub-Saharan Africa. Philip Quoqui, Director of AVP in Liberia, will serve as interim country coordinator.

Monitoring 

Each group will have a trained monitor to visit homes post-installation and keep records. A first report from each group will be due 90 days after they start operations. Following the reports, each group will meet to adjust their business plans as appropriate. The coordinator will keep track of the activities of the four groups.

Comments:

The joint training and operation of these four groups together create an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of the long-suffering people of Liberia.

Liberia Training Budget Breakdown

Description Amount raised by Water Charity Quantity Cost per Item  Funders Budget Justification:
Liberia Project -  4 groups          
Steel Molds  $4,800.00 8 $600.00 Water Charity Each mold makes one filter/day.* Equip all four groups
Toolkits $1,900.00 4 $450.00 Water Charity Needed for Filter Fabrication*
Starter Materials $1,000.00 4 $250.00 Water Charity Sand,gravel,cement,tubing for first 20-25 Filters
Printing and Copying Materials $800.00 4 $200.00 Water Charity  
Travel for Trainers - Wayne $1,800.00 1 $1,800.00 Water Charity  
Honorarium - Wayne $400.00 1 $400.00 Water Charity **
Lunch/Tea for Trainees   50 $25.00 Local Community Lunch and Tea for five days**
Training Space   1 $200.00 Paynesville Church **
Trainers - Accommodation/Food $1,800.00 3 $600.00 Water Charity  
Internal Transportation $400.00 1 $400.00 Water Charity  
           
(Two trainers - Alisa and Ken Malloch - are paying their own transportation)        

*Molds and Toolkits are provided on long-term loan

**Local community contributions are required. 

This project has been funded by an anonymous donor. Please donate to Water Charity to allow us to expand our efforts in Liberia.

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AVEC Water Filter Training - Democratic Republic of Congo

AVEC Water Filter Training - Democratic Republic of Congo

AVEC – Northeast Congo

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This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION working with Friendly Water for the World.

Location: Nzulo KAMURONZA, Northeast Congo

Problem Addressed:
There is currently a major cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with 20 of 26 provinces affected. There is no clear count of the number of cases, as only those who show up at health centers are counted, but it is likely that there are 100,000 cases, and perhaps close to 2,000 deaths.

Nowhere is the epidemic worse than in the hilly areas to the northeast of the city of Goma. Because of mining operations (many of them illicit), water from the few streams there are is virtually undrinkable. People make do gathering water from small ponds and even puddles, or from ground-level cisterns. Waterborne illnesses seriously weaken the population, constantly ravaged by war and civil strife.

Project Description:
Initiated in 2009 when the great humanitarian Zawadi Nikuze began aiding survivors of war-related rape, the Peace Center for Healing and Reconstruction of Community (CPGRBC) has been a leader in building a framework to respond to inter-ethnic violence and rebuild social links, and to Drawing Filters in Classassist communities in seeking solutions to their own problems in the Congo. All of this takes place in the context of continuing war and civil strife, and as backdrop, a new, massive outbreak of cholera.

Over the past eight years, CPGRBC has created and sustained 120 peace committees and 23 village savings and loan associations (AVECs) (banks are not trustworthy), built a management office in Goma, and trained four new groups in BioSand Filters/community sanitation and hygiene. The original group of rape survivors that Friendly Water for the World trained in Goma has played a major role in fighting the cholera epidemic there. CPGRBC has also recently acquired new space to build a headquarters and training center.

The plan is for CPGRBC to train and equip four new groups, each representing one of the AVECs. These groups already meet weekly, so they are organized to take up the challenge, and to market BioSand Filters to all of their members. They will also include community sanitation and hygiene as part of the peace/conflict resolution curricula. CPGRBC is experienced in monitoring and evaluation, and is an excellent, trustworthy partner.

Project Impact:
The project is likely to have substantial impact among the populations CPGRBC serves. Already existing CPGRBC BioSand Filter projects in the region have made massive differences in people’s lives, both in the provision of clean water and new employment opportunities. Other projects in chicken and goat production have been generated, and many people now have enough income to be able to afford to send their children to school. People with HIV are now able to fight off opportunistic infections.

What makes this project special is that those trained come from the CPGRBC savings and loan associations. Banks in the area are unstable and untrustworthy. By banding together, members of the associations have new access to credit, all within the context of their local community. Once the new teams are created, there will be ready market for BioSand Filters among their own members, and those in need will be able to access funds to purchase them. This may become a new model program, and could later expand to all 23 savings and loan associations.Bio Sand Filter

Immediate Beneficiaries:

-          60 Individuals trained
-          300 members of their families

Community Beneficiaries (in first two years):

-          Four groups build & distribute 600 BioSand Filters each in first 2 years = 2,400 Filters
-          Each Filter serves on average 10 people – 24,000 people served
-          60 Filters go schools and orphanages – 4,200 people served

Future Beneficiaries:

-          Program spreads to as many as 19 other AVEC groups
      

Impacts:

-          Waterborne illnesses curtailed
-          Health improved
-          Child morbidity and mortality reduced
-          Medical/pharmaceutical expenses curtailed
-          School attendance increases
-          Community productivity enhanced

Person Directing:
Aristote Bwaire has long experience working with CPGRBC since its inception, and in carrying out BioSand Filter training programs with CPGRBC throughout the region. He will work with Friendly Water for the World’s Medical Officer, Dr. Kambale Musubao and Congo-DRC Country Representative Eliphaz Bashilwango.

Monitoring:
Each group will have a monitor trained to go into homes and check on Filter installation and use. The groups will report 90 days after the workshops are set up, and business plans adjusted as appropriate. CPGRBC will be responsible for communicating results. Funds are included in the project for follow-up.

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Budget 

PROJECT COSTS
  Transport facilitators 2X5 days @ $15 ea = $150  
  Certificate 40 @ $2.5 ea = $100  
  Molds 8 @ $650 ea = $5200  
  Sand, gravel, cement 4 groups @ $250 ea = $1000  
  Tool kit 4 groups @ $450 ea = $1,800  
  Facilitation (2 people) @ $150 ea = $300  
  Printing modules 40 modules @ $7ea = $280            

LOCAL CONTRIBUTION (BENEFICIARIES)   
  Training Materials = $1OO
  Coffee break 40 persons @ $3 x 5 days = $600  
  Room rental 5 days @ $50/day = $250  
  Transport of participants 40x5 days @ $10 ea = $1,000  
Local Participation$2,950  

This project has been funded by an anonymous donor. Please donate to Water Charity to allow us to expand our efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

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Nyiragongo Water Filter Training Project - Democratic Republic of Congo

Bio-Sand Filter Congo

Another Huge Water Filter Training for the Democratic Republic of Congo!


​This project has been completed.  Read the #Conclusion Report below.

Location
Nyiragongo, Democratic Republic of Congo

Water Line DRCMuja group; including the Territory of Nyiragongo and the Territory of Masisi. The training will take place in the city of Rubaya in Masisi region nearby. Both territories are in North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the women will come from 200+ villages around Nyiragongo.

Community Description
The territory of Nyiragongo and Masisi are entities of the North Kivu province. Nyiragongo is not far from the city of Goma, and has a volcanic environment. They are poor, in part, because of a government that has completely ignored the needs of the population.   

The land is fertile, but the water sources are few. The population waits for the rainy season to dig shallow holes and collect rainwater. Those who have the means walk 10 km or more to the city of Goma or Rubaya to get water. Sadly, the area is surrounded by mines.

The few water resources that do exist are heavily used in the extraction of minerals. Communities use dirty water coming from the quarries. The presence of rare earth minerals like coltan and beryllium have led to decades of conflict. While some foreign companies have grown rich on these resources, having a large amount of the most valuable elements on Earth hasn't benefited the local population... but on the contrary has made their lives a living hell on occasion, as various militias, armies and mercenary groups come through the area and ravage the land, kill people, rape the women and pillage the resources.

Now, at this point, the hundreds of villages in the area are nearly depleted of adult men, and are composed almost entirely of women, children and the elderly.  The men have either fled, been conscripted into government or rebel armies, or been killed.

Women of the MUSOsThe women of the region, against all odds, have banded together to form collective groups that are working to raise up this area, and have been very successful in providing for their own needs... serving the functions that governments usually serve in most countries. They have banded together in what are known as MUSOs (Mutual Use Sustainability Organizations), and created one of the largest and most successful self-help communities going in the world now. They have built health clinics, hired doctors and surgeons, kept up vital infrastructure, and now want to deal with their water issues!

This training project is being done with the Peace Center for Healing and the Reconstruction of Community Foundations (CPGRBC is the French acronym). This Congolese NGO is trying to help the people of the region in a number of ways. The CPGRBC today works in the field of rebuilding communities in Masisi, Walikale and Nyiragongo that have been long torn by armed and ethnic conflicts. It has implemented more than 120 peace committees, which are local structures of peace who work in their communities towards reconciliation and solidarity.  It has established 50 groups of women working in micro-credit. Also, the CPGRBC is working on a trauma healing program in the fight against neglected tropical diseases by assisting vulnerable people in Nyiragongo eradicate chiggers and waterborne diseases. 

Household in NyiragongoProblem Addressed
The lack of water in this area around the volcanoes, and the pollution that has engulfed the rivers used since ancient times, creates the current situation that the population her lives in water scarcity and is suffering from many different kinds of diseases. A major problem in the area is waterborne diseases due to water scarcity and consumption of unsafe water. Support these communities in their effort to drink clean water would help improve their health tremendously.

CPGRBC approached our friends at Friendly Water with the desire fight against diseases related to the consumption of unsafe water by providing opportunities for communities to obtain, make and distribute bio-sand filters. Water Charity was thrilled to be able to lend aid for this worthy goal, and decided to fund the entire effort.

Project Description
This project will consist of a series of 6-day trainings for a couple hundred women in the manufacture, use and upkeep of cement bio-sand water filters. The women will receive molds, tools and materials to make their first filters and will be trained on ways to turn all of this into small businesses for themselves, their MUSOs and their communities. Manuals and printed training materials will be given out in Swahili, English, French, Kinyarwanda, and a light lunch and tea for all participants will be provided every day.

Training women in DRC

The training will be conducted by Aristotle Lubao Mbairwe (Trainer with FW & CPGRBC), Zawadi Nikuze (CPGRBC leader), and Zawadi Mburano (also of CPGRBC). The training is in concert with Dr. Kambale Musubao (FW medical officer) and MUSO organizers.  CPGRBC and the MUSOs themselves are even coming up with a decent portion of the costs for this training.

The women who receive this training will go home with a functioning filter, but will also have the molds and designs to make as many as they can. They will be instructed in techniques to sell filters they make, sell clean water that they generate with their filters, and to proliferate the technology to others.

The profits made from some of the sales will go towards procuring more materials and molds. In this way, the projects are infinitely sustainable, generate income for these women, and can potentially reach and assist all the women in these villages via the MUSO system and the help of the CPGRBC.  FW & WC are proud to be able to create such a large and beneficial "ripple effect" with this project.

Project Impact
All residents of the 200+ villages in the region will benefit from this work.  In time, as many as 300,000 people could profit, as clean water, water filters, and the knowledge of how to make more disperses in these MUSO communities that are dedicated to sharing and mutual solidarity.
 
Sand MakingVolunteer Directing Project
Zawadi Nikuze is directing this project on the ground, and management is under the direction of David Albert, Board Chairman of Friendly Water for the World, with Water Charity overseeing.  See below for Zawadi's story.

Monitoring and Maintenance
CPGRBC and FW representatives will monitor the project and forward its objectives, but its maintenance will fall mainly to the women themselves and the MUSOs they belong to.  Given how self-motivated these remarkable women are, and have proven themselves to be in the face of all manner of adversity, we have no doubt that they will bring this raw strength and ability to bear on solving their water quality issues, and eradicate the scourge of waterborne illnesses from their lives entirely.
 

Comments
This project is part of our Training and Support Initiative, and is a sister project to our Minova Water Filter Training Project.

In the past, the ongoing war in Goma prevented training activities, and the general situation in the DRC kept WC from operating there due to our model of helping people efficiently as possible and never asking our volunteers to put themselves in harm's way.  We are extremely happy now, however, to be able to render aid in such a needy area, and in such a sustainable way.

     History and the present:

•    In late 2007-early 2008, a new phase of the Congolese war resulted in hundreds of thousands of people streaming out of the countryside toward the city of Goma.
•    Without any preparation or permission, they set up their own makeshift refugee camp southwest of the city. It is said to have grown quickly to almost 200,000 people.
•    Some international organizations attempted to provide material assistance there.
Zawadi Nikuze•    A small group of Quakers led by Zawadi Nikuze, a Quaker social worker, worked in the camp. The main work that the Quakers were involved in was trauma healing and reconciliation efforts, especially trying to prevent conflicts within the camp from erupting into violence.
•    In 2009, the government decided they did not want a refugee camp there, and sent troops to oust people from the camp. They sent tens of thousands of people out into the countryside, to “return to their homes” (but most of their homes had been destroyed). Thousands are said to have died of starvation, exposure, and in the ongoing military conflict.
•    Some 200 women, many with young children, refused to go, even at gunpoint. These women were survivors of rape, and had been rejected by their families and could not thus not even join the diaspora. 
•    Zawadi began working with these women, found primitive places for them to stay in Goma, and to provide them with minimum support.
•    Zawadi’s organization became one of “participatory development” alongside its trauma healing and peacebuilding activities. It is non-sectarian.
•    Zawadi came on three speaking tours to the U.S.
•    Zawadi was trained by Friendly Water in Newberg, Oregon in October 2013. (She was 8 months pregnant at the time.)
•    In March 2014, Friendly Water for the World held a training in Goma, Congo, which spawned three new groups: one associated with Dr. Kambale Musubao and the MUSO groups; one associated with Zawadi and CPGRBC; and God in Us-Africa, in Gisenyi, Rwanda. All three became hugely successful.
•    The women rape survivor affiliated with CPGRBC built and installed the first Filters in the 26 Goma orphanage, and later formed a major part of the program that eliminated cholera in all of them.
•    CPGRBC has expanded to encompass some 120 local peace committees and 50 groups of women. Most are working on trauma healing and reconciliation activities.
•    Later, it is hoped that members of CPGRBC will receive training in the fabrication of rainwater catchment systems/ferro-cement tanks, so that the open cisterns will no longer be able to spread disease. WC is happy to support them in this.

This project has been fully funded by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.  If you would like to see us expand, scale up and do more projects like this one, use the DONATE button below, and your donation will go to more training projects like this one.  

 

Women of Nyiragongo
Manager and Orphanage in Goma
Kambale and Women
Ndosho Orphanage


Conclusion Report: Peace Center for Healing and Reconstruction of Community Foundations (CPGRBC) – Nyiragongo Project

This training project went off without a hitch, and was another unmitigated success in our Training & Support Initiative.  Many people in the region will benefit from this technology being propagated.  Not only are the 4 communities and the CPGRBC making and selling BioSand filters, but they are also selling water, purchasing more tools, and teaching more people to do the same.  Waterborne illness has already diminished since the project was completed earlier this year.
Trainees with certificates Nyiragongo

​Trainees with their certificates!

Background to CPGRBC and Water: CPGRBC was originally formed in 2009 by Zawadi Nikuze to provide healing and services to some 200 refugee women (and their children) who had been raped in the ongoing conflict in northeastern Congo. The project has grown steadily since. In 2013, when 8 months pregnant, Zawadi Nikuze was trained by Friendly Water for the World. In turn, in March 2014, she helped trained rape survivors from her group in Goma, who have gone on to manage a sustainable BioSand Filter project. They provided the first Filters to the 26 orphanages in Goma to help overcome the cholera epidemic there.

Making a filter with a mold
The Project: Friendly Water for the World trainers conducted a series of five-day trainings for four communities in Nyiragongo and Masisi in the fabrication of BioSand Water Filters, and in community sanitation and hygiene. The communities themselves contributed $6,250 in goods and services.  The four communities – Mudjua, Mutayo, Rusayo, and Rubaya – each received two steel molds and a toolkit, needed for BioSand Filter contruction. Some 100 people were trained; 48 of them women.

As of February 1st, 2017 (60 days after the end of the last training), 92 Filters had been built (87 installed). Since then, these numbers have grown exponentially. 

Among the results:

-  People have a better understanding of the BioSand Filter, and hygiene and sanitation. They also have better health and improved life style.

-  The groups have created a solidarity fund to be able to help other members of the community who have no resource have access to clean drinking water through the BioSand Fitlers.

-  The groups have become volunteers and advocates for clean water and awareness on the waterborne diseases in their respective communities.

-  The groups are already taking steps to ensure sustainability:

*     They have formed sustainable BioSand Filter, hygiene and sanitation philanthropies in their communities;

*     They are saving a part of the proceeds from BioSand Filter sales to purchase more materials to make more filters.Sifting Sand

*     They have formed follow-up committees.
 

In the longer run, the participants expect this project should give rise to other projects such as:

•    Microcredit

•    Vegetable growing

•    Child protection

•    Formation of solidarity groups.
 

All in all a very worthy project.  As we receive more reports from the field, we will continue to post them here.  So check back, follow our RSS feed, follow us on Twitter, or follow us on Facebook!  (links at bottom of this & every page)

Remember that this was the water source they used before:
Drinking from an old water source

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Simanjiro Maasai Training Initiative - Tanzania

Boy filling container in Simanjiro

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

Girl Filling Water - SimanjiroLocation:
Simanjiro district, Manyara region, north-central Tanzania

Problem Addressed:
Simanjiro is a semi-arid district of some 185,000 people south of Mount Kilimanjaro and the Arusha region. Most of its inhabitants – 85% Masasi, plus some Bantu groups – are pastoralists. There are constant water shortages, and it is not uncommon for women to get up in the middle of the night and walk for as long as nine hours to fetch water from ponds or shallow wells, where the water is shared with cattle. The water is unclean, with constant outbreaks of waterborne illnesses, particularly typhoid, bacterial dysentery, and, before the rainy season, cholera.

Project Description:
Community Life Amelioration Organization (CLAO – Mwanza, Tanzania), with the enthusiastic support of local government authorities, plans to train six groups of 10 people, mostly Maasai, from six different wards in Simanjiro. Three groups will be mixed (male/female) and three groups all-women, with the Girl Pouring Water - Simanjiro, Tanzaniaidea of comparing their effectiveness in fabricating and distributing BioSand filters. 

The six groups with ten beneficiaries from each of six wards will be trained and provided with starting materials. Participants will be trained on fabrication, installation, distribution and maintenance of BioSand water filters. Also, education on water, hygiene and sanitation will be provided, as well as basic skills on keeping records, financial management, and basic business planning.

Project Impact:
This project will be beneficial to 60 community members from 6 wards (each ward, 10 participants) of Simanjiro District; 30 of them will be women who will form 3 groups among 6 groups.  The actual number of beneficiaries will grow exponentially as the filters, clean water and knowledge of how to build them are spread.  It is possible the reach of this project could extend to 10's of thousands of people eventually.

Among the expected results, in addition to reducing waterborne illnesses, is increasing school attendance (many children miss school because of waterborne illnesses), and the community’s capacity to engage in other economic activities. Once better health is achieved, CLAO hopes to move forward by training groups to build rainwater catchment/ferro-cement tank systems, reducing ‘the long walk to water’. This will become increasingly viable once local authorities have experienced a successful partnership to improve the lives and health of their constituents.

There will be an increase in knowledge regarding hygiene and sanitation, as well as the importance of clean drinking water. Enhanced job creation and self-employment will reduce burden on family members and government in general through improved living standard. Waterhole - SimanjiroEnough income will be generated to start other small projects. Disease burden will be reduced. The district will experience economic growth.

Person Directing: 
Robert Kennedy Mahili and Obed Gidion, leaders of CLAO, will direct the training. They both have extensive experience in the field. They will be joined by Friendly Water for the World’s treasurer Ginny Stern, who is currently in Tanzania with the Tanzanian Teaching Fund.

Monitoring:
In collaboration with local authorities, group leaders, and the CLAO team, a communications plan will be established to ensure flow of information among groups trained and trainers for technical support, challenges, and progress of the project. Each group will have a trained monitor. CLAO representatives will meet with each group after 90 days, to evaluate progress, and make necessary modifications to the business plans.


Budget Details:

No

Item description

Quantity

Unit price $

Total price $

Funder

1

Steel molds

12

550$

6600$

 WC

2

Set of toolkit

6

450$

2700$

 WC

3

Mold Transport

1

250$

$250

 WC

4

Set of Starter material

6

250$

1500$

 WC

5

Certificates 

60

3$

180$

 WC

6

Printing manual

60

4$

240$

 WC

7

 Trainers honorarium

4

300$

1200$

Participants contributions

8

Trainer Transport

1

300$

300$

 WC

9

Trainees transport fees

60

@5$×60×5 day

1500$

Local authority

10

Trainer accomm, food, communication

4

@30$×4×6 days

720$

 WC

11

Participants lunch and tea

60

@6$×60×5days

1800$

Local authority

12

Venue

1

50$×5 days

250$

Local authority

13

Training materials (flip sheet, pens, note books)

FF

350$

350$

 WC

14

Monitoring and evaluation

FF

400$

400$

 WC

Simanjiro, Tanzania

Expected Results

Short-term

-          This will increase the knowledge of the trained members and the community in general on hygiene and sanitation

-           Knowledge on treatment of water before drinking will help to reduce water related diseases

-          Education on Consequences from using unsafe water and benefits from using clean water will lead to health improvement

-          Knowledge on job creation and self employment to participants will reduce burden to the family members and government in general hence improve living standard

Long-term

-          Start of small projects in order to increase their incomes.

-          Reduction of unemployed people in Simanjiro district and Tanzania in general.

-          Reduction of diseases from unsafe water by distribution Bio Sand water filters.

-          Contribution to community’s economy and the whole country in general.

-          Increased number of people with access to clean water.

-          Economic growth of the District since people will be healthy.

Sustainability 

From the profits of this project, trained groups will invest in other different businesses and they will keep providing clean water to community via BioSand water filters distribution. On the contrary, the idea will be sold to other NGOs working in and out of Simanjiro district to adopt and distribute the idea to those who have no access with water.

UPDATE: Simanjiro, Tanzania Filter Training
 


Footage of dancing and jubilation concluding our training.  Full conclusion report to be posted soon!

 

Project Funding: 
This project has been funded through the generosity of a donor who chooses to remain anonymous.

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Village of Hope - Rotary Biosand Filter Training - Tanzania

Village of Hope, Tanzania

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This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION, working with Friendly Water for the World.

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

BSF in process of being built

Location
Village of Hope - Nyegezi, Mwanza, Tanzania

Community Description
Village of hope is a care center for children located at Nyegezi ward in Mwanza region. Mwanza is a mid-sized port city on the southern shores of Lake Victoria in northwestern Tanzania. With a population of over 700,000, it is Tanzania's second largest city, following Dar es Salaam. Mwanza is the capital of the surrounding Mwanza Region.

Problem Addressed
The Village of Hope care center provides all the basic needs of children and youth, such as housing, food, education, health care and so on.  Children are brought to the center at different age stages, but once they reach 18 years old, they get sent back to their family or community. Some of the kids have no family to be sent to, but they have a good chance to start a new life independently because of the skills they learned at the center.

The center has no reliable source of drinking water, which makes it extremely hard to keep the kids healthy. A big chunk of the center’s income has been spent on charcoal for boiling water. Nonetheless, waterborne diseases such as typhoid, amoeba and dysentery are common at the center.

Project Description
The idea of a BioSand water filter training project was introduced to the community for the purpose of providing safe and clean water to people in order to reduce water-related diseases. They were enthusiastic :-)

This project is a WASH and Bio Sand Water Filter Fabrication Training. Projects like this have proven very valuable and deliver high performance and profound effects in many areas of lesser developed countries like Tanzania, where access to safe water is still a problem. Improvement of people’s health is the major outcome, and there is a rise in living standards of people who are engaged in these projects. New employment opportunities is another impact in Tanzania. Approximately 200 group members who have been trained so far, are now employed under this project through fabrication, selling water and selling filters to earn income.

This project to provide training on the making and maintaining of BioSand Water Filters to 28 members of the center will have similar benefit. The operation will not only provide a continuous and reliable access to clean drinking water but it will also provide a source of income to the center through the sale of drinking water and filters in the community.
Training in progress, VOH Tanzania
Community Organizations
​This training is a collaboration of Water Charity, Friendly Water, CLAO and Village of Hope.

Community Life Amelioration Organization (CLAO) is the local organization (initiated by Tanzanian) registered under nongovernmental Organization act, 2002 (registration no 00NGO/0008807) with the aim to implement bio sand water filter projects in Tanzania with Friendly Water For The World. CLAO will be working with community at grassroots level in different projects initiated to raise community wellbeing economically, socially and in terms of health. Under this project, CLAO will organize the training, do preparation for all other requirements of Testing the BSFthe training, and conduct the training, monitor and evaluate the project’s progress.

Our vision is “to see a sustainable community where everyone has a decent and contented life”

Mission
“Fostering rational utilization of skills and manpower for sustainable development in both social and economic spheres as well as creating friendly environment in order to ensure diversity sources of income and improve livelihoods of communities.

Village of Hope (VOH) is a nonprofit organization that exists for the sole purpose of bringing hope to vulnerable children in Mwanza. They try to accomplish this by providing vulnerable children with shelter, education, healthcare and nutrition. They are currently serving over 300 children through their children’s home and school.

Vision
The vision of Village of Hope-Mwanza is that all children are loved and care for.

Mission
Village of Hope-Mwanza exists to bring lasting hope to the children at risk so they can embrace adulthood as independent and contributing members of the society.

Village of Hope-Mwanza came to exist due to stories of children, including abandonment and death of one or both parents. Many of the children were found abandoned in a certain area and brought to police and then to social welfare, which brought them to VOH. A few stories involve the death of both parents and family being unable to care for the child. In some cases the mother died at birth and no family was available.

Children are raised at the center until the age of 18 years, then released back to society to start independent life. It becomes a challenge for them to cope with community life, as some of them do not even know their relatives. They often have no life skills, apart from home-based education that they have received during years spent in VOH. 

New BSF!Each year, numbers of youth complete their secondary education with no hope for further studies, hence becoming a burden to society or engaging in adverse psychosocial behaviors.

Project Impact
More than 300 children living at Village of Hope-Mwanza and more than 30 workers employed with VOH will gain access ro safe and clean water. Trained youth will become employed, enabling them to earn income and  benefit the community.

Volunteer Directing Project
Julius Kenyamanyara

Monitoring and Maintenance 
Community Life Amelioration Organization (CLAO) in collaboration with Village of Hope-Mwanza (VOH) will monitor the progress of the project, whereby selected leaders from the group will collaborate on providing progress report and share groups information. 

Sustainability;

-Entrepreneurship and marketing skills will be taught as part of the training to provide members with techniques on selling of filters.

-VOH will be responsible to advertise, and find other donors to support the group.

-VOH should contact their partners to introduce them to the project hence more training is expected in the future in partnership with FWFW and CLAO.

Expected Outcomes:
Short-term

  • Equip group members with the knowledge and skills on fabrication and installation of bio sand water filter
  • Capacity building on water, hygiene and sanitation education to group members
  • Provision of safe and clean water to VOH community
  • Employment opportunity                                                                  

Long-term

  • Improve living standard of the group members and families in general
  • Reduction of water borne diseases as more people will be using bio sand water filters
  • Health improvement

Certificates Awarded
Village of Hope, Tanzania - Training Concluded!

The training was conducted and was a tremendous success.  Many filters were constructed and the knowledge that the certified trainees gained has already been passed along throughout the area.  The additional income generated for Village Of Hope is allowing them to expand their reach and aid even more children there.

A group of 28 people were trained: 24 youths, 2 teachers and, and 2 house women.
 

At the end of the training all the participants received a certificate, that prove their capability in making and maintaining the BioSand Water Filter as well as the basics of hygiene and sanitation.

 

Certificate awardedOutcomes:

- More than 300 beneficiaries in the Village of Hope center now have safe and clean drinking water, and the surrounding community also benefits from the project.  Members of the village of hope are designated to educate people on the importance of using safe clean water. This will also increase the sale of filters.

- Improvement of living standard of the group. The operation is making filters for the center and for the community. The BioSand filter is in high demand, and people buy them from the center.

- In a long run the center is projecting to be trained on the making of rainwater catchment system to have readily available source of water.

Up to date the group made and installed 139 filters. The center management has purchased 31 filters for all the workers at the center to be installed  in their households.  The center is proceeding to make filters for the surrounding community. The group has also recently received an order of 7 filters from the neighboring village of Bugarika.

The Village of Hope has a goal of making 200 filters by the end of the year, which will serve about 1,400 people.

​UPDATE:  They have already surpassed their goal, and continue to expand this very successful operation.  Who can say how many people will drink water free of microbes due to this project in the long run...

This project has been paid for through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

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Minova Water Filter & Training Project - Democratic Republic of Congo

Women's Center - Congo

Our 1st Water Filter Training Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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

 

Village of MinovaLocation
Minova, DRC

50 km west of Goma, on the northwest shore of Lake Kivu, in South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo

Community Description
The village has about 30,000 inhabitants, plus 5,200 internally displaced people in camps (refugees). There are another 30,000 or so in three surrounding villages.

The surrounding area is mountainous, with numerous volcanoes. The volcanic soil is fertile, but does not hold water well.

     War Torn Area

  • For the past 20 years, war has raged throughout the area, mostly over control of natural resources, including coltan.
  • In 2012, Congolese government forces, backed by United Nations troops, fought and lost a major battle with M23 (and perhaps other) militia forces in Goma.
  • Congolese troops retreated to Minova, where besides other destruction and killings, they raped at least 139 women and young girls as young as nine years old.
  • Following an international outcry, a trial of 37 low-ranking soldiers was held in Goma, Dozens of survivors testified.
  • Only two were found guilty of rape.
  • The events and the trial are depicted in the 2015 Academy Awards shortlisted short film The Testimony. http://www.thetestimonyfilm.com/  (It can be seen on Netflix.) Photos from the trial can be seen here: http://www.dianazeynebalhindawi.com/the-minova-rape-trials-congo-2014/

  Woman With Baby   Women Coming Together

  • Almost all the women had been farmers.
  • Most of the husbands of the women who had been raped deserted them, leaving them without funds to send their children to school, or enough labor to tend their fields effectively. Food became scarce, and hunger common.
  • HIV had been relatively uncommon in Minova. However, the war – and rape – brought HIV to the community.
  • A community leader named Masika Katsuva, who was among those raped, stepped forward to help organize a group of the women in agriculture (180 in all), to give them a voice, and to help them come forward at the rape trial. She also set up a center for women and children abandoned by their families.
  • Masika’s story is told in the 2014 feature-length documentary film Seeds of Hope. http://www.seedsofhopefilm.co.uk/ Watch the trailer on the website.
  • Masika’s organization APDUD received significant international support before and during the trial.
  • International support of APDUD fell off significantly after the trial.

In February 2016, Masika died, leaving APDUD in some disarray. Her daughter Desanges hopes to revitalize the organization, and at only 23 years of age, has already done a lot to promote the organization and organize local women.

It is through Masika's women's center organization APDUD, and working with Desanges Kamate Kabua, Congolese NGO leader Herman Chirahambali, and our friends at Friendly Water For The World, that Water Charity will be conducting this support and training in much needed water filters. Herman met Dr. Kambale who does training and work for Friendly Water, and recognized the need for this project immediately.

Problem Addressed
The area is prone to large amounts of waterborne illnesses.  Cholera, dysentery, and a host of other pathogenic microbes pollute all the available water sources, and sickness due to these microbes is a huge problem.  Children under 5 are especially vulnerable to such illnesses. Worldwide it is the 2nd leading cause of death for children, and in the DRC, Diarrheal Diseases are the #1 cause of death (according to the CDC and the WHO)! 

Desanges and kids!Project Description
Water Charity will fund a biosand filter workshop led by trainers Dr. Kambale Musubao and Aristote Lubao Mbairwe (who work with our friends at Friendly Water Congo), for the women of Minova.  At least 35 women will be provided with a 5-6 day training on how to construct, use, and care for their own biosand filters. These filters, when used correctly, can basically last forever... especially the cement mold types we will train them to make. 

We will provide them with a few molds, and materials enough for all of the women to make their own filter.  Manuals and printed training materials will be given out in Swahili, English, French, Kinyarwanda. Furthermore, they will receive business training by which they will build filters, and sell them (as well as water) to the people of the Minova area.  

There will be an office established at the Women's Center whereby the women of the program can advertise and sell their product... and in time, they can even begin to conduct their own trainings to spread the technology.

Funds raised by selling water and filters will go towards purchasing more molds, more materials and more tools.  Filters and water are in high demand, so there is every reason to believe that this effort will be sustainable, effective and successful.  We expect that more women will come wanting to learn how to make these lifesaving devices, and the Women's Center will be happy to share this with them.  Thus, in a short time, the ability to make effective water filters will spread across the region.

All in all, a very sustainable effort with a great deal of positive "ripple effect!"

Project Impact
The project has the potential to help and impact all of the 65,000 plus people in the Minova area (Minova town, refugees, and the 3 neighboring villages).  The direct, immediate beneficiaries include all the families and friends of the women of the Women's center, as well as everyone who purchases a filter or water from them.  This number is hard to pinpoint, but it should amount to 5,000 or more people in the first year alone.

Volunteers Directing Project
Herman and Desanges will be running the project on the ground, and management of the project will be under the direction of David Albert, Board Chairman of Friendly Water for the World, with Water Charity overseeing. 

Herman Chirahambali

  • ​Herman is a former school principal. His career came to his end when soldiers came and occupied his school, destroying all desks and burning all books. His mother was killed when rebels pillaged his village. His sister died of AIDS, the result of war-related rape. His wife died giving birth to his second child, who also died.
  • Today, Herman is a volunteer for a non-profit that teaches environmental stewardship through language. They teach female farmers native literacy classes and also run an after-school English language program for children. They reach hundreds of women and children, yet still struggle to raise the $6.00/month they need to rent their classroom while operating with no computer and only a few books.

Minova Farmer Woman

Desanges Kamate Kabua

  • Daughter of Women's Center founder and current organizer and leader of APDUD.
  • It was her drive to help the families of Minova that led to FW and WC becoming involved in this wonderful project.

Monitoring and Maintenance
Eliphaz Bashilwango (FW representative) will be tasked with reporting, in concert with Herman and Desanges, who will be there on the ground to make sure the project achieves its goals.  Should further training and assistance become necessary, any of these individuals will be able to contact WC & FW and request such aid.

Comments
This noteworthy project is part of our Training and Support Initiative, and is a sister project to our even larger and more comprehensive DRC filter project in Nyiragongo, which is being started promptly. It is our desire to have a continuing and substantial effect on these communities, so expect even more projects of this nature there, including training the women to build rainwater catchments and fero-cement water tanks!

This project has been fully funded by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.  If you would like to see us expand, scale up and do more projects like this one, use the DONATE button below, and your donation will go to more training projects like this one.  Use the comments if you wish your donation to be used for DRC projects specifically.

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

 

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Wondo Genet Well Rehab Program - Ethiopia

Fetching water in Wondo Genet

Phase 2 of our Ethiopia Well Rehab ProgramPromoting Transformation and Hope among the Most Marginalized in EthiopiaNPCA & WC LOGOS

This project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.

Non functioning wellLocation
Five villages in the Wondo Genet region of Ethiopia, spread across three Kebeles (counties).  Kube, Wuchale 1, Lomicha, Wuchale 2, and Abosa.

Community Description
Wondo Genet is in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia, about a four-hour drive south of Addis Ababa. It also is part of the Sidama Zone located in the Great Rift Valley.  Wondo Genet is bordered on the south by Malga, on the west by Awasa Zuria, and on the north and east by the Oromia Region. Based on the 2007 Census, this woreda has a total population of 155,715, of whom 79,664 are men and 76,051 women; 23,125 or 14.85% of its population are urban dwellers.

This region has been suffering from an interminable drought, as well as intractable poverty.  As such, they desperately need assistance to meet their basic living requirements.  The people of these 5 villages have wells which have fallen into disrepair, and are currently unusable... thus making their hard lives even harder.

Problem Addressed
A WaSH survey conducted by the district water office shows that there are 60 existing wells that are not functioning and need repair to provide water to the respective communities. To meet demand, 81 new wells need to be constructed.  Studies have shown that operation and maintenance of water supplies fail after a short period of time because of poor operation and lack of effective maintenance. The district water office has no budget for maintenance and cannot effectively provide technical support. Delay or negligence in operation and maintenance of water facilities negatively impacts the wellbeing of the population, forcing them to travel long distances and wait in lengthy queues for potable water.  Many people resort to dangerous undeveloped water sources, most of which amount to nothing more than a muddy pit.  Naturally, this causes severe, and often deadly, health concerns with a high incidence of waterborne illness.

Project Description
This project is to rebuild 5 wells, one in each of 5 villages. 

Gathering water with donkeyWater Charity has initiated the repairs by partnering with local NGOs to drill the wells deeper, replace handpumps, and otherwise enact repairs that will bring water back to the people of these villages.

Our friends at Water is Life International have people on the ground and a substantial infrastructure for doing WaSH work in the region, including a number of well-drilling rigs donated by our partners at Wine to Water.  By partnering with these groups, WC is able to do these projects at a fraction of their normal cost, without having to have our own personnel waste valuable funds in transit.

Before the repair work begins, an intentional process to engage the community and the government is followed in order to avoid a handout-mentality that can create dependency.  After receiving government permission, a Water Use Committee (WUC) has been elected in each community to take responsibility for the use and maintenance of the repaired well.  The WUC is comprised of four women and three men, which ensures that women will have a strong voice and position to manage the well.  The management of the well by the WUC usually includes charging a nominal fee to the users, in order to maintain a fund for repairs.  This fund is then used for maintenance and repairs to keep the pump operational. In this way our repaired wells are unlikely to meet the fate of many such wells in the region, and should be functional far into the foreseeable future.

Gathering water from a streamA productive and functioning well brings joy to the community as it promotes a healthier life, eases the physical burden of the community, and returns time to women (as the duty of fetching and carrying water traditionally falls to them).  It is vital to the sustainability of the well that the community is involved in the project throughout the entire process for design, planning, and implementation of the project.  WaSH training is provided to the WUC so they can become permanent trainers in the community. The idea is improved sanitation and hygiene behaviors within the community, such as Open Defecation Free areas and consistent handwashing, through the hygiene and sanitation training.

Hydrogeological conditions on site indicate that groundwater is in accessible depth (20 to 30 meter below the ground), has adequate hydraulic conductivity and storage volume and good quality.

Project Impact
Approximately 1,500 people will directly benefit from these repairs... as well as anyone who visits these villages.

Project Management
Josh Elliott, of Wine to Water, is providing administrative oversight for these projects.  And Water is Life technicians are managing the implementation and training aspects.

Monitoring and Maintenance
The WUC set up in each village will be responsible for the monitoring and maintenance of their well.  This will be overseen by WiLI personel who will continue to work with the villagers and train their SLT's.

Undeveloped Water SourceComments
As we have more funding for this program, and its parent programs, Water Charity is committed to continuing this work, and hopes to be able to fix all of the broken wells of Wondo Genet eventually.  As such, we ask you to donate generously.  Every dollar raised in excess of the cost of these rehabs will be spent on further rehabs in the region. 

In this program, as with all WC projects, we have used existing funds to start this project immediately. We only ask for donations once projects are already underway. In this way we can be extremely responsive and speedy in delivering aid where it is needed. Even a short delay in implementation can be costly when dealing with waterborne illness. Other charities reverse this, but we feel time is of the essence. In this way, donating to this program is actually reimbursing us for funds we have already allocated.  The more money we have on hand, the more projects like this we can start.

Dollar Amount of Project
$11,000

This project has been fully funded by an anonymous U.S. donor.  To help us provide more programs like this one, please Donate to our Ethiopia Well Rehab Program.

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


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