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Nyiragongo Water Filter Training Project - Democratic Republic of Congo

Bio-Sand Filter Congo

Another Huge Water Filter Training for the DRC!

Nyiragongo, DRC

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.
Kambale and WomenVolunteer 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.

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
Sand Making
Ndosho Orphanage


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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

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.

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.


Rape victims group

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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

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.

Waiting for water

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Water For Zambia Program - Zambia

Water For Zambia Program - Zambia

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This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the National Peace Corps Association.

Mansa District School, ZambiMansa District, Luapula Province, Zambia
Community Description: 
The primary schools where this project will take place are located in and around Mansa District in the Luapula Provnice of Zambia. These communities and schools are often without electricity and running water. The villages surrounding the schools consist of mud huts with grass thatch roofs. The main source of income in these communities is subsistence farming. 
Problem Addressed: 
The lack of safe drinking water at the middle schools of the district is the main problem to be addressed.  
Another community need is for food security, as schools are not currently able to create gardens and orchards due to the long distance to reach a water source.  A new water source will allow easy watering of plants and provide improved knowledge of gardening for students, as well as a convenient food supply.

Project Description:

This project is to restore water to 13 schools through the installation of a new water pump and associated improvements at each school. 

During Emily’s time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia, she recognized the problem of inadequate access to safe drinking water sources throughout her 20-km catchment area. She was shocked to discover that all of the three schools in the area lacked an on-site, working water source.

Borehole and Pump - ZambiaThere was an existing play pump structure at all three schools, but the pumps had not worked since 2009. With the help of Water Charity, she was able to work with a local government group (similar to a Public Works Department) to renovate the water systems at all three primary schools. Each borehole now functional, and is expected to provide access to clean, safe drinking water for 300 people daily for a lifetime of 50 years.

Emily was informed of 13 other schools in Mansa District, with the identical play pump structures, currently facing water crises. She determined that the problem could easily and affordably be solved with the demolition of the existing structures and installation of new Afridev borehole pumps.

When she returned home after her Peace Corps service, she vowed to find a way to return to Zambia and renew her efforts to bring safe water to schools in the country.  She reached out to Water Charity to assist her in this endeavor, and a plan was developed for her to go back to Zambia and do this series of projects as a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.  Water Charity decided to send her back with enough funding to accomplish this ambitious goal. 
This is one of the rare cases where WC paid to send someone to a location, and foot their living expenses while there.  The fact that she is doing 13 schools, and will also be sharing her experience with currently serving PCVs to develop their own WASH development work, makes this cost effective.
The work will be supervised by Emily and done by skilled technicians.  At each school, on the first day, there will be some demolition and installation of the pedestals. Then, after one week, allowing the pedestals to cure, the pumps and PVC piping will be installed

Each installation will include a runoff area, drain, soak pit, and other improvements as necessary.Mansa School Borehole Project - Zambia

Each community will provide the sand and perform the unskilled labor.
Each community will create an action plan regarding borehole maintenance, budgeting for spare parts, security, and sensitization of students, teachers, and surrounding communities.
Each school will host an orchard and garden.  The project will allow schools to complete other projects which may have been delayed due to a lack of water.
During Emily's stay in Zambia, as mentioned above, she will work with serving Peace Corps Volunteers to assist them in developing additional water and sanitation projects.  She will help them with all phases, including conceptualizing with the community, planning and budgeting, implementation, and maintenance and evaluation.  Her efforts in training and support on behalf of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association will result in a continuing flow of needed development projects. 

Project Impact: 
3.900 people will benefit from the project.  
Mbaso SchoolEach borehole will provide access to clean, safe drinking water for 300 people daily, for an expected lifetime of 50 years. As a result of this clean drinking water source, communities will experience improved health and sanitation. School absences for teachers and pupils (especially girls) will decrease, improving education for all.  There will be an increased knowledge of gardening and agriculture, food security, and community development.
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project: 
Emily McKeone, RPCV
Monitoring and Maintenance:
Local Community Maintenance Committees, School Administration, and Mansa District Municipal Council will play roles in the monitoring and maintenance
In 2014, during Emily McKeone’s Peace Corps service, new boreholes were installed at an initial three primary schools within Mansa District in conjunction with Water Charity, as mentioned above. To read about that project CLICK HERE.  Not only did the communities report improved health and sanitation, but schools were also able to complete construction projects and further develop their infrastructure. This project and its 3 schools/ boreholes served can be considered the pilot project, or 1st project of this program.  Thus, when finished, a total of 16 schools and their defunct boreholes will have been served.
Dollar Amount of Project: 
13 additional schools at a cost of $28,000

Dollar Amount Needed
$0 - This project has been funded by a major Water Charity donor, who prefers to remain anonymous.

Any additional donations will be utilized to fund additional projects in Zambia.
Emily at her first borehole project for WC
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Kaymore School Bathroom and Water Project - Senegal

Kaymore School Bathroom and Water Project - Senegal

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

Kaymore School Bathroom and Water Project - SenegalLocation
This project summary has been redacted for security reasons to omit the specific project location.

Commune of Kaymore, Department of Nioro Du Rip, Region of Kaolack

Community Description
The community is a small rural village that gains most of its income from agriculture. The village does not have electricity but does have a water system with a few spigots throughout the village.

The French school is a primary school with two teachers and 88 students.

Problem Addressed
The French school in the community does not have bathrooms or access to water on school grounds. If the students need to use the restroom or get a drink of water, they must go seek out a compound in the village. This takes away time that the students should be spending in the classroom learning.

Project Description
This project is to build two bathrooms, and install a water line on the school grounds.

One bathroom structure will be built, with two separate bathrooms, one for girls and one for boys. A water line will be run from the main village water supply line to the building.

A local mason will be hired to do all of the construction work, and community members will dig the trench for the water line, and the hole for the bathroom.

Water Charity funds will be used for materials and to pay the mason for his work.

Kaymore School Bathroom and Water Project - SenegalThe community will contribute unskilled labor, local resources, and a small amount of money.

The project includes 20 solar lamps, to be distributed to the students as needed. Since the village does not have electricity the lamps will allow the students to study at night.

A training will be held regarding health, hygiene, sanitation, and the upkeep and maintenance of the bathrooms.

Project Impact
88 students and 2 teachers will benefit from the project each year.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
A. Evans, who previously implemented the Padaf Water System Project - Senegal.

Monitoring and Maintenance
The PCV will visit the site frequently to ensure that the facilities are being properly used and maintained.

The community is home to a few masons who can perform repairs as needed. The school teachers have played a large role in the planning of the project and will work hard to maintain what they have gained.

The WASH training will help the students understand the importance of hand washing and proper bathroom sanitation.

This project has been funded by an anonymous donor.

Kaymore School Bathroom and Water Project - SenegalKaymore School Bathroom and Water Project - Senegal

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CABIOCHI Water Project - Mexico

CABIOCHI Water Project - Mexico

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

CABIOCHI Water Project - MexicoLocation
Chiapas, Mexico

Community and Problem Addressed
    The life of a small-scale coffee grower is a life of poverty
On the steep mountain slopes of the Sierra Madre of Chiapas thousands of small-scale farmers produce the exceptional coffees that importers are always looking for. While this valuable commodity may be traded far away on the New York Stock Exchange, the survival of the cafetaleros, peasant coffee farmers, depends on factors beyond their control.

Coffee production can be a heartbreaking enterprise. The plants are vulnerable to bad weather such that a couple of days of strong wind or an unseasonable rainstorm can strip immature beans from the trees in a few hours. The price they receive from year to year depends on geopolitical and economic forces originating far from the where coffee is grown that impact exchange rates and commodity prices. Farmers assume large debt to cover the cost of production and harvest, so in years when prices are depressed or the yield is low, they end up in the red at the end of the harvest.

For the average cafetalero, farming has never afforded them more than an impoverished quality of life but recent years have been especially difficult Rising temperatures have allowed the roya pest to proliferate at elevations where it did not thrive before. Roya has devastated coffee farms throughout Chiapas and neighboring Guatemala, depressing local economies for several years, causing small businesses to close and forcing more people to seek work as undocumented laborers in the United States.

    Joining a cooperative is the best strategy for poor farmers
Moving coffee from the farm through all the steps leading to exportation is complicated. The best way for poor farmers to maximize their chances of obtaining a better price is to participate in a cooperative organization that can negotiate contracts on their behalf. If the cooperative is well organized and forward thinking, it can obtain government grants earmarked for rural development in the coffee sector.

CABIOCHI Water Project - MexicoFive years ago, CABIOCHI, Cafetaleros de la Biodiversidad de Chiapas S. C., was formed and now includes members from over 16 communities. Many of these communities have benefited from water projects already completed as part of the Sierra Madre Water Program and several are on the waiting list for help to have access to potable water. Among these are the remote communities of Bremen, San Juan Calera, Via Hermosa, Ejido de Ojo de Agua, Victoria, Checute, Berriozabal, Hermocillo, Ejido Bandera Agentina, Ejido Cipresal, Los Lagos, Agua Prieta, Buena Vista, 20 de Abril, and Niquivil.

This year CABIOCHI is working to obtain organic certification which will give them access to the Specialty Coffee Market with buyers who pay premiums for organic gourmet quality. The most important strategy for acquiring and retaining loyal buyers is to maintain vigorous plants on well-managed farms that produce the highest quality beans they are willing to pay well for.

    CABIOCHI's Nursery Project
Under normal conditions, every year farmers replace unproductive coffee plants with new seedlings to keep yields strong. It takes several years for the new plants to mature and start bearing coffee so this work must be done in a timely manner. Now with so much damage to the trees from roya, it is urgent that they replace a larger portion of their plants with resistant varieties if they are to be able to recover from the losses. But the cost of acquiring seedlings is prohibitive, especially now that they have had a several bad years with very little income.

Four years ago, CABIOCHI began producing seedlings for its members on a large lot they rent for their nursery in Barrio Xelaju Chico on the outskirts of Motozintla, the largest city in the region. This year they received major funding to significantly expand the nursery from SAGARPA, Secretaria de Agricultura, Ganadaria, Desarollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentacion, the federal agency of the Mexican government responsible for rural development. While they were awarded funding to produce 100,000 plants, CABIOCI has managed to double the capacity to 200,000 through the wise management of those resources.

CABIOCHI Water Project - MexicoProject Description
This project is to complete the irrigation system for a nursery that will produce coffee plant seedlings. The plants will be distributed to 398 small scale coffee farming families to empower them to improve their household economies.

To get the nursery going four years ago, they installed 2.5 kilometers of 2" hose to bring water from a perennial stream for irrigation. The hose that was installed was not new, so some sections now need to be replaced. In addition, the line needs to be extended to reach a better point for uptake where they have just acquired the water rights.

A catchment dam at the source will be built and the newly dug holding pond at their facility reinforced. It is expected that this upgrade will create a system that will serve for decades to come.

Project Impact
The organization has 398 members, each representing a multi-generational family of an average of 6 or more members. A conservative estimate is that 2,400 people will benefit. The nursery project employs 40 people who provide the labor on site. Farmers who are members of CABIOCHI will receive the plants free of charge.

As CABIOCHI gains a reputation for providing consistently exceptional quality coffee, the benefits in terms of acquiring more favorable terms for export are significant. The organization continues to grow as they reach out to more farmers in other communities.

Project Managers
The project will be administered by Tamara Brennan, Ph.D. and Francisco Barrios, of The Sexto Sol Center for Community Action, an award-winning non-profit that has had a permanent presence in the region since 1997.

In addition to experience with working with communities to create potable water systems, Sexto Sol has 20 years of experience assisting small-scale coffee farmers seeking to obtain a better price for their coffee.

CABIOCHI was founded by Isac Ventura who has played a significant role in the Sierra Madre Water Program by facilitating partnerships with communities in need of potable water and the Sexto Sol Center.

Monitoring and Maintenance
The managers of CABIOCHI will monitor and maintain the system. Sexto Sol will periodically check to ascertain that the system is functioning properly.

This project is the 11th water system project in the ongoing Sierra Madre Water Program, a comprehensive effort to improve water access in the underserved and impoverished Sierra Madre de Chiapas region of Mexico, spanning the border with Guatemala.

In addition, Tamara Brennan, Ph.D., Sexto Sol’s Executive Director, will provide capacity building to help people better manage their domestic water. This will include preventing waste water from pooling on the ground where animals consume it and become ill. With simple changes, usable gray water can be directed into edible plants. She will also provide a demonstration on how to recycle plastic into useful items as a strategy to keep it out of the watershed and prevent contamination of the environment.

This project has been funded through the generosity of the Paul Bechtner Foundation.

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Mbeya Clinic and School Water Project - Tanzania

Mbeya Clinic and School Water Project - Tanzania

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

Mbeya Clinic and School Water Project - TanzaniaLocation
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Xxxxxxxx, Mbeya district, Mbeya, Tanzania

Community Description
The community of Xxxxxxxx is located in the region of Mbeya. The population is 1,500 people, 740 females and 760 males. A high percentage of this population is composed of children; HIV and other illnesses have had devastating effects, leaving 200 orphans to be cared for by other family. A staggering 25% of the population is under 18.

The Xxxxxxxx clinic is responsible for the care of the 1,500 community members as well as surrounding communities. In total, the Xxxxxxxx clinic serves over 4,000 people, and the school’s 250 students.

The community members, despite their issues, are always kind and welcoming to all people, and it is a very peaceful environment. There is little to no crime in the community. The community consists of hard workers: farmers and pastoralist who sell their goods in a nearby town. They always love to talk to people about where they are from, teach them tribal greetings, and overall just sit down and have a good laugh.

Problem Addressed
Xxxxxxxx is a poor community where easy access to clean water is a serious problem. It is also a particular issue for the health clinic and school as the closest water source, a river, is about a 5-km walk. This hurts the already vulnerable young and sick community members.

During dry Season, these already small rivers become more scarce and farther away. Many villagers having to walk an hour or more to the river in the village over. The path conditions to the water are also dangerous and dirty, often on a road with speeding buses, cars and motorcycles that cover the people they pass in dirt or mud. This dirt has been getting into the lounges of the children causing high respiratory infections in the village.

Besides the issue of distance, this water is highly contaminated as it has run through the mountains, farm land with manure and pesticides, as well as living quarters, adding human contamination.

Community members suffer from various illnesses, caused or worsened by the lack of sanitary water, making it a struggle to recover and stay healthy. For example, one community member recently died due to dehydration while working his field. Approximately 100 children a year are treated for dehydration due to diarrhea; half of those are school-age children who miss school, hurting their education and health. Cases of typhoid and cholera have also been reported in the village due to unsanitary conditions of the water.Mbeya Clinic and School Water Project - Tanzania

Due to scarcity of water, washing hands is rarely practiced, leading to increased illness in the village. The village health clinic and school also do not have access to clean drinking water or cleaning water.

Young students are often tasked with the chore of fetching water, distracting them from school work and hurting their ability to succeed. The only investment in a water system has been private, for use as farmland irrigation.

Project Description
This project is to build a piping system to provide safe water for the clinic, the school, and the community at large.

Uncontaminated water will be piped from a spring at the top of the mountain (750 meters above the community) to the health clinic, school, and community office. The PVC piping will be 2 ½ inches in diameter, and will run 2,011 meters down rugged terrain of the mountainside. The piping will be buried in some tougher areas by the community members, but in most areas it will be weighed down using buried cement blocks created by a local carpenter.

It will take an estimated two weeks to complete all the installation of the pipes. Some committee members will be present while the work is being done in order to ensure quality and to answer any questions by the contractor. The project committee will be responsible for purchasing of the pipes, stands, faucets, cement, and connectors, and delivery to the contractor.

Once the installation is complete, the project committee will hold a community meeting with the nurse to teach people about sanitation of the water, and good hygiene practices now that water is more accessible.

Water Charity funding will be used for materials and skilled labor. The community will pay for transport of materials, local materials, and unskilled labor.

The work will be coordinated by the project committee, which includes town leader Paulo JoJo, Peirs Masalamwez, Anastazia Daniel, Yassin Ibilahim, Teacher Issa Hassan, Jerimiah Francis, Suzani Shanbo, Jane Julius, Lidia Edson and the PCV.

Mbeya Clinic and School Water Project - TanzaniaProject Impact
4,000 people will benefit from the project

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
E. Anthony

Monitoring and Maintenance
The contractor lives in the village, and will inspect the installation monthly. If anything unexpected happens, he will be able to help without having to wait for an outside contractor. This contractor has past experience with installing piping systems from the top of the mountain, and knows how to fix issues with the PCV piping, such as holes, connection problems, or animal interference.

The clinic’s records from the previous years will be used to measure changes in water-related health issues; these records show age, gender, issue, and time of visit. School records will be used to compare student absences and performance in previous years with those after the completion of the project.

This project will decrease the incidence of illness due to lack of clean water. This will decrease the amount time missed from school due to diarrhea, improve daily hydration, and decrease the amount time missed from school due to fetching water.

This project has been funded by an anonymous donor. Please donate to our East Africa Water & Sanitation Program

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Dang Tong District Water Project - Cambodia

Dang Tong District Water Project - Cambodia

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Dang Tong District Water Project - CambodiaLocation
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Xxxxxxxxx, Dang Tong District, Kampot Province, Cambodia

Community Description
Xxxxxxxxx is home to about 10,000 people. It is located directly on the national road, so it's not your typical quiet Cambodian community. Many people commute to and from the local provincial town or the capital city every day.

Even though Xxxxxxxxx may be more hustle-and-bustle than your average Khmer community, none of the famous Cambodian friendliness has been lost. Every day is different from the next in the village.

Problem Addressed
Xxxxxxxxx Health Center serves the greater community's pre/post-natal care needs. Pregnancy check-ups, deliveries, and vaccinations are all done there. The center also provides basic medication and simple procedures, such as minor sutures.

Dang Tong District Water Project - CambodiaCurrently, all water provided to the health center is pumped out of a well on the corner of the property and placed in plastic buckets in the rooms where it will be used. Stagnant water is a breeding ground for mosquitos, bacteria, and therefore disease. The health center staff is left with no other practical option than to use this water for hand washing, cleaning minor wounds, and sanitizing medical equipment. This greatly increases the probability for staff and patients to contract or spread disease.

Project Description
This project is to construct a system to deliver water from the site of the well directly to the rooms of the health center to be used for all medical needs . Water will be pumped from the well using a motor and directed into a 2,000-liter water tank. The tank will stand 6-8 meters off the ground, supported by stilts. A series of pipes and hoses will connect the water tank directly to the rooms requiring water (bathrooms, ante-natal care room, delivery room), which are already equipped with sinks and a water disposal system.

Dang Tong District Water Project - CambodiaThe Xxxxxxxxx Health Center staff will implement the project and maintain the system, which is expected to result in an improvement in hygiene and sanitation. Time and energy will be saved, and there will be a great improvement in patient care.

Project Impact
The entire community of 10,000 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
A. Gonglach

Monitoring and Maintenance
The running water system requires minimal upkeep. The plan for sustaining the project requires nothing more than occasionally pumping water into the water tank, and taking care of the water pump and pipes.

This project has been funded through the generosity of the International Foundation.

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Health Center Well Project - Cameroon

Health Center Well Project - Cameroon

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

Health Center Well Project - CameroonLocation
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Xxxxxx, Bafia District, Centre Region, Cameroon

Community Description
Xxxxxx is a large rural village covering 27 kilometers in the Centre Region, just outside of Bafia. There are dirt roads scattered throughout the area, many of which are in rough condition, making travel difficult and expensive.

The population is 58,348 among 35 villages. They are spread out, but there are several market days for people to buy and sell their local harvests. The major language is French, the official language in the region. However, most people, when speaking with one another in the community, use a form of patois.

Some of the challenges are poverty, poor education, health disparities, and lack of clean water. Despite the fact that people live with very little, they have an incredible will to get by with what they have.

There are problems with limited access to water, electricity, and treatment for sickness. While all this can be discouraging, people have amazing resilience and ability to not only get by, but get by with kindness and positivity.

Health Center Well Project - CameroonProblem Addressed
Poor water availability and quality is a main problem when it comes to the health of many people in the village. Especially, during the dry season, finding safe water is a daily struggle and a necessity for life.

The health center usually has patients bring their own water, which causes a huge sanitation problem. Deliveries are often made with little water available. This can cause health problems and lead to people spending more time in the health center, less time at school or work, and more money spent

Project Description
This project is to build a well at the health center.

The well will be centrally located, near the primary school. The project is expected to take 3 weeks.

The well will be hand dug to approximately 21 meters, and lined with rebar and cement. An immersed electric pump will be installed.

A platform will be built, and a 3,000-liter storage tank will be installed. Water will be pumped to the tank, treated to remove contaminants, and fed by gravity to the access points.

The local council, working with the Mayor’s office, will contribute 25% of the funds necessary for construction.

Health Center Well Project - CameroonThe health staff will hold sessions on WASH issues.

Project Impact
500 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
J. Pelusi

Monitoring and Maintenance
The newly-formed water committee and local technicians will ensure the proper functioning of the improvements. A monthly use fee will be collected to ensure that funds are on hand for repairs when needed.

The health center, the school, and the community at large will have better access to clean water, reducing illness and improving wellbeing.

Let Girls Learn
Girls have the primary responsibility for retrieving water, often from distant places. This takes time that can be better spent in school, studying, and doing household work. This project relieves them of this major burden, and makes it easier for them to remain in school, and is therefore a part of our Let Girls Learn Initiative - Worldwide. https://watercharity.com/let-girls-learn-initiative-worldwide

The Water Charity participation in this project has been funded by an anonymous donor.

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St. Matthew's School Water Project - The Gambia

St. Matthew's School Water Project - The Gambia

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St. Matthew's School Water Project - The GambiaLocation
St. Matthew's Basic Cycle School, Kaimoh (aka Kayimu), Western Region, The Gambia

Community Description
St. Matthew's School is the only Basic Cycle School in the area around Kayimu (Kaimoh) village, which is due south of Sibanor and less than 1/2 mile from the border with Senegal in the Western Region of The Gambia. GambiaRising's Community Coordinator Isatou Camara, is a teacher at the school, which draws students from a number of surrounding communities. In 2016, GambiaRising funded a donkey cart school bus from Kayenga village to transport a crippled student, and a half dozen new students, too small to walk the distance to school, who were also enrolled.

The school now has 281 students and 16 teachers.

Problem Addressed
The school participates in the World Food Programme's school lunch program but in recent years that program consists largely of donated rice, and the school strives to supplement the lunch with fresh vegetables and fruit. Nearly 20 years ago, an excellent well and garden was designed, providing drinking and washing water for the school, and with excess water designed to flow down into the garden.

St. Matthew's School Water Project - The GambiaOver the years, the garden fence has fallen into disrepair. Although the school has attempted to shore it up with fallen branches and twigs, goats still frequently find a way in.

The school was "managing" until recently, when the hand-pump stopped working. Teachers and village women are now carrying water from the village well to water plants in the garden, but the school itself has no source of water.

Project Description
The project has four parts:

1) Repair of the hand pump - a professional will be brought in to repair the Mark II pump mechanism. The community will build bricks to repair the wall around the pump. The water will be used for all school purposes, and to irrigate the garden.

2) Replacement of the garden fence, with sturdier materials, while also expanding the size of the garden - New fencing material will be purchased, and a new fence will be built, expanding the size of the garden while making it goat-proof again. All labor for this will be donated by the community.

3) Installing handwashing stations - 2 handwashing stations will be installed, consisting of barrels with spigots. These will be periodically filled with water from the pump.

St. Matthew's School Water Project - The Gambia4) The school has 6 latrine toilets and 4 ill-conceived flush toilets, with no water connection, installed many years ago. Buckets and cups will be purchased for each toilet so that students can clean themselves and when appropriate, manually flush the toilet with water from the bucket.

Project Impact
297 students and teachers at the school will benefit from the project.

Project Administrator
Mike McConnell, Managing Trustee, GambiaRising, and Former Country Director for Peace Corps in The Gambia from 2007 through 2009, is leading the project.

Mike previously directed the Fula Bantang Senior Secondary School Well Project - The Gambia and the Njie Kunda Latrine Project - The Gambia

Monitoring and Maintenance
GambiaRising's Community Coordinator, Isatou Camara, lives and teaches at the school.

Isatou's husband, Kebba Sanyang, is GambiaRising's Up Country Program Coordinator and will oversee the project as well (Although Mr. Sanyang works further up country in Fula Bantang, his family home is near Sibanor, and he visits St. Matthew's often.

Mike McConnell, GambiaRising's Managing Trustee, visits The Gambia regularly, and will ensure that the improvements are properly used and maintained.

Let Girls Learn
Of the 281 students at the school, 143 are girls. Eight of the school's 16 teachers are women, as is the Principal. This project will restore the water supply, allow the garden to thrive, and maintain proper sanitation and hygiene, all of which contribute toward making it easier for girls to spend time on their studies and remain in school.

This project has been funded by an anonymous donor. Please choose from among the many other projects that need your support.

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