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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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Colcamar Water Purification Project - Peru

Colcamar Water Purification Project - Peru

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

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

Annex Xxxxxx, District Colcamar, Region Amazonas, Peru

Colcamar Water Purification Project - PeruCommunity Description
There are seven annexes in the district of Colcamar but this project will focus on one in particular, Xxxxxx. The community consists of 30 families, a small health post, an elementary school, a church, and a small town square. The people are incredibly welcoming and open.

The town is closer to the highway than to the district capital of Colcamar, and therefore it has been easier for them to send their children to the regional capital for high school. The quality of education is slightly more advanced in the regional capital, and after receiving their education many students come back, and have elevated the overall understanding and education of the town.

As one of the smallest annexes, they often feel as if the municipality has forgotten their needs, so they work hard to provide for themselves. The members of the water committee were changed in 2016 and this new group has proven to be very animated about their jobs. They were able to convince the community to pay for their water service for the first time.

Problem Addressed
The water system of the town was constructed more than 20 years ago. Although an NGO came to the annex five years ago, little was done to improve healthy water coverage. The NGO constructed a new reservoir, but they left the rest of the system without improvements, without a chlorination system and without training the community in basic maintenance.

The town is drinking crude water straight from the source, as there is no treatment system. This leaves the people susceptible to any and all bacteria and pathogens that are in their drinking water. The members of the community know they have been drinking untreated water but do not fully understand the consequences of that.

The water committee has shown an interest in bringing their people treated water but do not know how to go about it on their own as they have not been trained by the municipality, and largely working by themselves.

Colcamar Water Purification Project - PeruProject Description
This project is to provide a safe and secure source of water for every member of the community through the installation of a chlorination system for water purification.

A drip system chlorination system will be installed in the reservoir, along with a small house structure to protect the system from the elements and thieves.

A large (600 L) tank will be placed on top of the reservoir, filled with a mother solution of concentrated Cloro. There is a flotation apparatus that sits on the mother solution and feeds the Cloro down through a tube out of the tank that will enter the reservoir at a controlled drip rate.

This system is the current model promoted by the Peruvian government and NGOs in the region. It works best with smaller water systems, allows the operator of the system to reduce trips to the reservoir (only have to refill the mother solution every 2 or 3 weeks), and is easy to implement and to train people on its proper use and maintenance.

The PCV and a representative from the municipality will provide 6 trainings to the water committee of the town in themes of administration and system operation and maintenance. After these trainings, the water committee will become a more autonomous entity.

The PCV and municipality representative will also hold 3 town hall meetings to discuss the project and how it is advancing as well as provide information as to the importance of drinking treated water.

Having the water committee help with the installation will give them a sense of ownership. The PCV will visit the town weekly (for 6 weeks) after the installation of the chlorination system to monitor that it is functioning correctly and the Cloro level is sufficient for the community.

Project Impact
125 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Sally Clark

Monitoring and Maintenance
With weekly trainings in themes such as administration, operation, and maintenance of a water system, the water committee will improve their abilities and their confidence. A short diagnostic will take place at the beginning of the project and the very end to evaluate specific knowledge that has been learned by the members.

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

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Upper Fulladu District Water Extension Project - The Gambia

Upper Fulladu District Water Extension Project - The Gambia

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

Upper Fulladu District Water Extension Project - The GambiaLocation
This project summary has been redacted for security reasons to omit the specific project location.

Xxxxxx, Upper Fulladu District, Central River Region, The Gambia

Community Description
Xxxxxx is located in the Upper Fulladu West district of the Central River Region of The Gambia on the west coast of Africa. The village is ethnically Fula, with a couple of Wolof and Mandinka tribe compounds. The village has 20 compounds, about 26 tax-paying households, with a population between 250-400 depending on the time of year.

The major income generation comes from farming season, between the months of June to January, with all members of the household being extensively involved in all stages of agriculture from preparing the fields to harvesting. The majority of farmers employ subsistence-farming techniques with no modern equipment, and the scant surplus of crop that is not used for sustenance is usually sold for a small profit.

Xxxxxx has a large basic cycle school (early development care or nursery school through grade nine). The school services students from villages up to 5 kilometers away, and employs about 30 staff including administration, teachers, cooking, cleaning, and laundering staff, security, and local food vendors.

Upper Fulladu District Water Extension Project - The GambiaProblem Addressed
The only clean water source in Xxxxxx is a closed hand pump in the center of the village. However, it is also a popular clean water source for many people living outside the village, frequented by workers at the Bansang Hospital and Regional Health Team, students from the Sololo Basic Cycle School, and Bansang locals. All these groups have expressed that the water in Xxxxxx is the best quality and worth the few kilometers just to fill up a couple of bidongs (local plastic water jugs). Pickup trucks and ambulances come daily to fill up a few bidongs for drinking water.

For this reason, community members spend a lot of time waiting to fetch water for their own compounds and families. At peak hours in the early morning and late afternoon, women often wait to pump water for up to 30 minutes to fetch a small bucket, not nearly enough water to cook, clean, and launder for a whole family.

Additionally, during the PCV baseline health survey of the village, people expressed that environmental sanitation and malaria were prevalent health problems facing the village. Only 1/20 compounds contained a tippy tap or pre-made hand washing station and upon observation, and only 4/20 male heads of compounds could list the four critical hand washing.

The local community health nurse works mostly with primary healthcare (PHC) villages, larger villages of more than 30 compounds that have a health clinic in the vicinity, and often small non-PHC villages such as Xxxxxx are neglected.

Project Description
This project is to extend the only current closed pump in the village of Sololo through an extensive pipe network to new taps in various locations around the village.

Water will be pumped from the current well to a 4,000 L above-ground water tank and distributed throughout the village through a pipeline network that will exit through taps closer to compounds on the outskirts of the village.

Able bodied men and members of the youth group will help with the manual labor part of the project, which will be factored into their contribution.

Once the taps are constructed, the water committee and compounds immediately surrounding the taps will attend two meetings: (1) a training implemented by Water Point, a local Public Health Officer, and the PCV on tap usage, and (2) a training for the compound heads to work on a system of payments for their local tap.

Upper Fulladu District Water Extension Project - The GambiaAfter the construction of the tap system, the construction of a health corner, to serve as an educational center, will begin. A health mural will be painted on a wall facing the center of the village, and the station will be properly fenced to keep out livestock and reduce the amount of standing water.

Once all construction and labor has finished, the committees (VDC, water, youth) will have monthly meetings to continue the development of the village.

Project Impact
1,000 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
B. Hu

Monitoring and Maintenance
The PCV and counterparts will use the project logic model of intervention to monitor the implementation of the project activities and to track project performance. Similarly, the model will be used to evaluate the immediate outcomes (impacts) of the project as well as the long-term impact whether the intervention has achieved the expected objectives and goal of the project. The PCV and counterparts will use Peace Corps water, sanitation, and hygiene data collection tools to collect the relevant figures during the project implementation.

The specific objectives of this project include contributing toward improved access to education for girls in the community, improving health care status of members of the community, and improving health care knowledge of the members of the community. This project will impact all members of the village and members of the greater community, who travel lengthy kilometers to pump drinking water.

Let Girls Learn
This project qualifies as a Let Girls Learn project because it reduces the burden on girls to collect water, thereby making it easier for them to remain in school. It is a part of our Let Girls Learn Initiative - Worldwide

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

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Clinic and Middle School Water System Project - Togo

Clinic and Middle School Water System Project - Togo

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

Clinic and Middle School Water System Project - TogoLocation
This project summary has been redacted for security reasons to omit the specific project location.

Xxxxxxxxxx, Tchaoudjo Prefecture, Central Region, Togo

Community Description
The village of Xxxxxxxxxx is located in the Northeast corner of the Central Region of Togo. It is 27 km from the regional capital of Sokode and is nestled in the mountains between Sokode and the Benin border. Nearly all inhabitants are ethnically Kotikoli Muslim, and speak the language Tem. A minority of people (mostly educated males) speaks French.

The clinic and middle school serve Xxxxxxxxxx and six other surrounding villages. The total clinic catchment area is close to 4,000 people. The village of Xxxxxxxxxx itself has roughly 1,000 inhabitants. Most everyone in Xxxxxxxxxx is a farmer, owning at most 2 hectares of land, and participates in small animal husbandry, including raising goats, sheep, and chickens. Additionally, the village is known for its traditional fabrics made by local weavers.

The biggest health issues are malaria and diarrheal diseases. There is one pump in Xxxxxxxxxx. Most people get their water from open wells or the nearby stream, all of which usually dry up during the dry season.

In terms of fetching water, showering, finding vegetables, and other daily activities, living in Xxxxxxxxxx is difficult. However, although the villagers are isolated and live in poverty, they are open, friendly, welcoming, and eager to learn.

Problem Addressed
There is no clean water available at the Xxxxxxxxxx clinic and no water source at the Xxxxxxxxxx middle school. The lack of clean, running water at the clinic lowers the overall level of hygiene at the clinic, especially during births. The clinic staff makes village women, oftentimes the family members of women giving birth, bring water (oftentimes from the non-potable, open well nearby) to the delivery room to clean the room, supplies, bloody rags, etc. and to provide drinking water for the pregnant mother.

A lack of running water also makes it difficult for health practitioners to wash their hands regularly. There is no available drinking water for clinic staff and patients. Pregnant women are often forced to return to their homes during their pre-natal consultations to bring drinking water in order to take their anti-malarial medications. If the women come from outlying villages, they are forced to buy water to take their medications, which can be a barrier to some women.

Clinic and Middle School Water System Project - TogoThe lack of a water source at the Xxxxxxxxxx middle school also presents a plethora of problems. Teachers and students alike do not wash their hands after defecating or before eating during recess. Food vendors do not have access to water to wash their hands before serving food to the children or to appropriately wash dishes between student use. The nurse has often seen waves of diarrheal diseases among students that stem from these food vendors' unsanitary practices.

Children also have no water to drink during the school day. Some students are forced to go without water all day, especially those who cannot return home during lunch because they live too far away. If a child is thirsty, they must walk to the stream 1 km away to drink dirty river water or ask households beside the school to give water.

Handwashing efforts at the school have failed because of this water access issue. Teachers even make female students fetch water from the stream during class, making them even more behind in their studies.

The Xxxxxxxxxx clinic was constructed in 2000. The original clinic construction included a tower and pipes to provide running water. Villagers or clinic staff would manually pump water every morning, which would be propelled into the sinks at the clinic.

When the clinic and water system was built, the workers stopped digging once they hit rock. Consequently, the running water was only available during the rainy season and dried up completely during the dry season. The running water system stopped working entirely in 2013. An Islamic NGO recently built a shallow well with a manual pump head mechanism close to the clinic. However, this pump head mechanism continuously breaks, and the well is not deep enough to sustain itself during the dry season.

Project Description
This project is to rebuild the water system at the clinic and provide a new water source at the middle school by constructing a well.

The project funds will be used to dig this well deeper (with help from the Islamic NGO) and connect new piping to the original tower. The water will then be pumped into the clinic sinks using electricity (the village got electricity last year).

The second part of the project will build a new 15-meter well at the Xxxxxxxxxx middle school. The well will be covered with a manual pump head mechanism. A well-experienced plumber from Sokode is in charge of all technical construction. Villagers will provide unskilled labor (e.g., digging the well deeper, withdrawing water, sand collection at the riverbed, etc.).

The president of the Village Development Committee is the project leader and will coordinate the clinic and school water committees. The clinic nurse and middle school teachers will co-implement trainings with the PCV.

Clinic and Middle School Water System Project - TogoThe already-established Committee for the Organization and Overview of Community Health will serve as the water committee for the repaired clinic water system. Several members of the parent teacher association, student leaders, and teachers, as well as the school director, will serve on the school water committee.

Both water communities will collect money periodically to make sure that there is always a current sum in their account to fix the systems at any given moment. The electricity bill for the improved clinic water system will be paid out of pharmacy and consultation revenues.

This project includes the following trainings: intensive WASH training (including treatment of water) with both water committees, handwashing and handwashing station construction training with the entire student body, and a gender equitable practices training with the middle school teachers. Fifteen water committee members (of the nineteen total for the two committees) will be able to identify at least three critical times to wash hands, as evidenced by pre- and post-tests.

Project Impact
4,000 inhabitants in the canton, including 260 students at the middle school, will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Y. Ryder

Monitoring and Maintenance
By participating in the water committee, five parents will strengthen the community-school relationship. Four students will also serve on the school water committee. These students will demonstrate leadership by motivating other students and food vendors to maintain school hygiene.

Observation logs will be used to monitor handwashing and water treatment at the school, improved hygiene by the school vendors, handwashing and water treatment at the clinic, and implementation of gender equitable practices by teachers in the classroom. By the end of the project, at least three teachers will have demonstrated gender equitable practices in the classroom.

The two water committees, one at the middle school and the other at the clinic, will ensure maintenance and sustainability of the project. The clinic water committee will be molded into the already well-established COGES committee. Future repairs to the water system will be paid for by the COGES's reserve account, which comes from pharmacy funds and village collections.

Because the new running water system will be powered through electricity, the clinic's monthly electricity bill will increase slightly. The clinic will still be responsible for paying all electricity bills.

The water committee at the middle school will be made up mostly of members from the Parent Teachers' Association, an active group in village. Repairs will come from the Middle School account, which gets money from school fees. The school water committee will collect money from students and their parents at the beginning of the project to add to the school account, and will continue this collection annually.

Both teachers and students in the water committee will ensure that water is treated before drinking and arrange work schedules to fill all classroom water buckets and handwashing stations.

Let Girls Learn
Women and girls are disproportionately affected by the lack of water at the clinic and middle school. More specifically, the lack of water at the school has spiraling negative effects on girls' education in Xxxxxxxxxx.

Girls are often pulled out of class to fetch water. This trip can take up to thirty minutes, especially if they are going to the nearby stream. Lack of water also makes girls late for school because they have to fetch water for the classrooms or school food vendors in the morning before class.

Girls are less likely to come to school during their menstrual cycles because they know they will not have access to clean water. Because they do not come to school full-time, they become very far behind and must drop out or retake a grade level.

This project will not only provide a water source at the school but will also teach the teachers how to implement gender-equitable practices in the classroom. One teacher and the director of the middle school have already attended a Student Friendly Schools training and will help me facilitate the gender training and classroom observations.

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

Clinic and Middle School Water System Project - TogoClinic and Middle School Water System Project - Togo

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Natural Mystic Rainwater Catchment Project - Jamaica

Rainwater Catchment Culvert & Water Tank For Village Of Bob Marley's Birth

Rainwater Catchment Culvert & Water Tank for the Village Of Bob Marley's Birth in the Mountains Of Jamaica!

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This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION, and is being implemented by Sol Adventurers Foundation.

LocationOn the farm
Natural Mystic Organic Farm & Grass Roots Healing Center
Nine Mile, St Ann’s Parish, Jamaica, West Indies

Community Description
The community of 9 Mile is best known as the birthplace of Bob Marley, and is also home to the Mausoleum where he is entombed.  It is one of the few places in Jamaica, where the village mentality still lives and thrives. Nine mile is up in the hills of the Dry Harbor Mountains (in St. Ann's Parish, Jamaica), where no rivers or springs flow.  The bedrock is made of limestone, so when rain hits, all the water runs straight down to Ocho Rios (large town on the coast), unless you have a means to catch it.  A rainwater catchment is the only way to access water in this region.

Problem Addressed
Due to the lack of rivers or streams in the Dry Harbour Region, and the limestone bedrock causing the rainwater to run straight down to Ocho Rios, water is definitely an issue in this region.  There is a shortage of water in the area, especially when dealing with farming. 

Project Description
This project is to build a large rainwater catchment system to supply the farm, healing center, visitors, and volunteers with fresh, clean water.  A 16 x 16 cement tank will be built to hold the water and a concrete runoff area for the rainwater to run down the hill into the tank.  The filtered catchment will be placed on the organic farm for use as a source for watering the crops, and  by the healing center as well. 

The materials for the project are listed below. The supplies include: concrete blocks, sand, steel beams, cement, wire, plywood and 1 x 3 boards.

600 8 inch blocks     
10 yrd Rough sand     
1/2 ton steel              
5 yrd grit/gravel            
80 bag cement           
50 lb 1/4 wire                
10 lb binding wire           
4 yrd granite sand         
3 lb concrete nail             
10 length of laut                                     


Construction Underway in 9 Mile, Jamaica
Community Organization
The Natural Mystic Organic Farm and Grass Roots Healing Center will be working hand in hand with Sol Adventurers Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) based in California working to empower youth globally to discover their gifts and share them with the world. Rosey at the farm in Jamaica

Sol Adventurers is run by Roseanne Ware, who has worked with Water Charity on a number of projects, and has been of great help to the organization for a couple years.

Roxanne Little is the owner of the Natural Mystic Organic Farm and Grass Roots Healing Center.  She is certified in iridology, sclerology, ultrasound physics, cardiovascular and pediatric emergency ultrasound and is the CEO of Loving Care, LLC.  She has been providing much-needed health screenings and medicinal herbs free of charge to neighbors, friends and family throughout Jamaica. 

With a stroke of good fortune, she was able to acquire the same land where she lived and grew with her father as a small child.  She has been developing this farm and retreat center over the last 12 years with her sons.  In addition to the farm and healing center, the property provides community resources for the area iHorse at Natural Mystic Farm & Healing Centerncluding drum & fire pit, hiking trails, bird sanctuary, camping areas and monthly healing circles.

Roxanne and the community are covering labor, delivery and filter costs.  All other costs have been covered by Water Charity. 

Project Impact
This project will directly impact approximately 2,700 individuals, and many others indirectly, who will have access to the produce grown with the water.

Volunteer Directing Project
Roseanne Ware

Monitoring and Maintenance 
A committee will be established to ensure that the rainwater catchment is monitored and maintained on a monthly basis, and collect funds to be used towards maintenance.

The farm is strictly organic, which is few and far between in Jamaica, where most farmers have the belief that you have to spray (pesticides).  There is a real movement in Jamaica to have access to Organic produce.  You can find some people within the Rastafari community that believe in growing their crops naturally with no pesticides or insecticides, but for the average Jamaican this is hard to find and many don’t even know it exists.  Even in Kingston, there is only one farmer's market on Saturdays where organic produce is available.  In Coronation Market, the biggest farmers market in Kingston, organic produce is nonexistent.

Roseanne Ware has previously done the One Love Children's Home Water Project  in another area of Jamaica.

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

Nearby HillOrganic Farm in 9 Mile, Jamaica


Dry Harbor Region of the Blue Mountains in Jamaica

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Call To Nature Permaculture Tree Planting Project II - Ghana

Local Kids - Ghana

This project is to raise, plant, and maintain 20,000 trees near Accra, Ghana.  It is made possible by the partnership of WATER CHARITY & the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION

Project Location:
Villagers discussing the projectThis project will be implemented in an area that stretches from Pokromu (village) to Gyankamah (village), all in the eastern part of Ghana which shares a border with the capital city of Accra.

Community Description:
Trees will be planted along the APAPOMU river that has its source from Pokromu, runs through Gyankamah, and finally into the ocean in Accra. This location was identified through a search to determine communities that face a huge water challenges during the dry season in the country. After the search, it was determined that the high level drying of rivers was a result of lack of trees to provide a heavy canopy to prevent evaporation during the hot and dry seasons.
Description of Problem:
The community is feeling the impact of draught, caused by a changing climate.  To remediate the effects, and plan for the future, an increase in the number of trees is required, with concentration on placement to maximize benefit. 
Project Description:
The project is to raise 20,000 Cedrela tree seedlings, and plant them along the Apapomu river bank.
The Cedrela tree was chosen for this project because of the following: fast growing, evergreen, resists drought, heavy canopy formation, food and medicinal benefits, and many more.
The trees are to be planted at 10 feet apart on both sides of the river to allow a heavy canopy formation in a short period.  This will help prevent the evaporation during the hot dry weather periods. 

The project will be done as a partnership involving schools, churches and the general public coming together out of mutual self-interest to achieve a successful future outcome in the region. The project will bring together about 500 participants during planting period, with 50 people working at a time over a 10 day period.

Project funds will be spent on the following:Cedrela tree
° 200 bundles of poly bags 
° 1 ton of manure 
° Nursery set 
° Seeds  
° Transportation 
° Feeding for 500 people 
° One year monitoring and maintenance 
The project will proceed as follows::
°Nursery establishment and nursing of seeds 
°Nursery maintenance  
°Distribution and planting 
°Trees maintenance, monitoring and evaluation 
° Project hand over to communities/ government
This project will benefit a population of about 4,800 living in the area.
Volunteer Directing Project
Solomon Amuzu, Founder and Director of Call to Nature Permaculture

Monitoring and Maintenance
After the planting, a selected team together with CTNP will monitor and maintain the trees for a period of years, thereafter handing the project over to the community and the government for further maintenance.

The trees will provide numerous benefits such as:
° Erosion control
° Provision of habitat for aquatic bodies
° Prevention of water and air pollution
° Increase energy conservation
° Food and medicinal benefits
° Result from this project will also serve as educational resource for students and the local people.
Solomon has previously done a tree-planting permaculture project with Water Charity in Ghana together with Peace Corps Volunteer Michael McGaskey.  Click Here to see the 1st Call To Nature Permaculture Tree Planting Project
Dollar Amount of Project
Donations Collected to Date
Dollar Amount Needed
$0 - This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of the Robert Victor Sager and Beatrice Mintz Sager Foundation.
Gyankamah Village, Ghana
Riverside ApapomaApapomu River, Ghana
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Lamore Spring Rehabilitation Project - Ethiopia

Current state of the Lamore Spring

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This project, to rebuild the Lamore spring so as to provide water for Doyogena, is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.

LocationJerry Cans waiting for water
Lamore Spring in the Doyogena Woreda, Kambatta-Tambaro Zone, Ethiopia

Community Description

Doyogena is a beautiful welcoming community. It is a highland area surrounded by scenic mountains and greenery. The local plant, known as inset, and also known as false banana, can be seen in abundance through the land and along the roads. 


Doyogena is the woreda center town of the Doyogena Woreda. Doyogena has 17 kebeles, 13 rural and 4 urban. This woreda is fairly recent, only being established as its own woreda about 7 years ago. Doyogena is located in the Kambaata-Tambaro region, and the local language spoken is Kambatina.

Lamore Spring is found approximately 1 km from the Doyogena town center, and 170 km from the regional capital, Hawassa. Lamore is a natural spring, the water source coming from the ground. In 1986 a small reservoir was constructed to store the natural spring water, and allow it to be distributed to the community. At that time, it was estimated to serve more than 700 people. 

Problem Addressed

There have been many challenges with the reservoir built in 1986. First, it was not fully enclosed, so the water being stored was easily contaminated by rain water. Second, the reservoir built out of concrete has developed a hole that has increased in size over time, so that no water is able to be properly stored in the current reservoir. Third, the population in the town has greatly increased, and it is estimated that over 2,000 people are coming to this reservoir as a source for water. 


Hole in the encasment

Due to the small size, unenclosed reservoir, and giant hole, the water is contaminated and unclean. The community members often wait overnight in order to fill their “jerry cans" with the slow dripping water from the pipe connected to the natural spring. The discharge of the spring has been getting higher, and the collection chamber is not able to reserve enough water to satisfy the increasing demand of the society. The community also faces a shortage of the main water supply in the town. There is no money for them to budget for the much-needed repairs.  The leaky pipes, broken enclosure, and contamination of this water source are a source of consternation for all the people of the region.

Project Description

The proposed solution for the Lamore spring rehabilitation is to build a new reservoir, holding container for the natural spring water. The reservoir will have a capacity of 10,000 liters, and will be have a concrete foundation. There will be 4 faucets out of one outlet so that 4 different people can access it at one time. It will be fully enclosed to ensure that the water stays clean and avoids contamination from rain water/ other natural elements. The new reservoir will be built in an open area of land next to the natural spring, and will be connected by pipe to the current pipeline. 


The project includes:

-Cleaning the capping box area

-Rehabilitating the existing collection chamber

-Constructing the existing water point

-Making a drainage line to take the spilled water

-Constructing a protective fence around the water point


Much of the planning on the project was done by Melody Halzel, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.


Long view of the spring as it is now.

Project Impact
By restoring the Lamore spring, and creating a new reservoir to hold the water, the community (over 2,000 in population) will greatly benefit.
Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Helen Boxwill, Executive Director of H2 Empower.
Monitoring and Maintenance
There will be a community board set up to oversee the project. The members of this board will include a community liaison, the water office director, two local engineers from the water office, two local elders, and one neighbor whose land is next to the current Lamore spring.
The community board will maintain the improvements, and make all necessary repairs.
The community will donate 10% of the proposed budget. The community will also build a fence from local materials to provide safety and security for the new reservoir. The community will also provide a “waiter”, or person who will keep the community members in line while they fetch the water. This will help to avoid overcrowding, fighting, or any destruction to the new reservoir.  

This project has been funded by an anonymous donor.  If you would like to see more projects like this, please donate to the East Africa Water & Sanitation Program.

Waiting for water at Lamore Spring, EthiopiaCurrent state of the spring at Lamore, Ethiopia
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