$501 to $1,000

Frumuşica High School Well Project - Moldova

Frumuşica High School Well Project - Moldova

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

Location
Frumușica, Florești, Republic of Moldova

Frumuşica High School Well Project - MoldovaCommunity Description
Frumușica is a small village in the district of Florești, in Northern Moldova. The village consists of around 900 locals, the majority of them being children or the elderly. It is very common for early-20s to late-50s adults to work and live abroad, sending home money for their children and elderly parents.

The village consists of an Eastern Orthodox church, the mayor's office/post office, the sector police station, the club house, a pharmacy, a kindergarten, a small clinic, a handful of small convenience stores, and the local high school.

Frumușica High School is the home to 157 students and 31 school employees from 6 neighboring villages including Frumușica, Căinarii Vechi, Scăieni, Izvoare, Trifanești, and Alexandrovca. The students range from grades 1st - 12th with ages 7 - 18 years old. It is the biggest school in the area, and plays a vital part in the community.

Problem Addressed
There has been a high number of cases of hepatitis A, along with diarrhea, among the students and staff at the high school. This is due to the fact that the school lacks access to clean, filtered, and consistent running water.

With unstable running water, they cannot consistently wash their hands, use the restrooms, cook, prepare meals, or even clean efficiently - which ultimately halts their progress toward a healthier lifestyle.

From observations, surveys and open discussion, students stated when the water is low or abruptly stops running, which it often does (no water for a week out of a month), they cannot use the sinks to wash their hands before meals or after using the restroom. In fact, they are forced to use the unsanitary outdoor toilets.

The cooking staff cannot properly prepare meals for the primary school and the high school students and staff without running water. They are forced to go to the nearby uncovered well which is a 3-5-minute walk.

The cleaning staff, all over the age 50, have to fetch buckets of water from the wells throughout the day to clean and maintain the school. The service staff mention that during the cold season, water is used to fill the heating system throughout the school, and without water, the school does not sufficiently heat up.

The school had its own water well system. However, in 1995 the well dried up and the school had to find an alternative water source. The school brought water from other wells in cleaning tanks and stored them in large barrels. This did not meet the sanitary and health requirements.

In 2014, Frumuşica High School tried another alternate source for water. However, they ran into the same problems, with the prices being extremely high and constant interruptions.

Without running water, there is a high risk of spreading transmittable diseases, especially if the students and staff cannot wash their hands properly, use the restroom appropriately, and prepare or eat a meal at school correctly.

In the Florești area, there have been outbreaks of hepatitis A. According to the public medical center, the 11 villages sector (including Frumușica, Trifanești, Izvoare, Scăieni, Căinari Vechi, Alexandrovca) have a total of 176 registered cases of hepatitis (A, B, C) with 21 of them being children. The total registered cases of hepatitis (A, B, C) in Frumușica is 34, with 5 of them children.

Project Description
This project is to build a well to provide for the water needs of the school.

The well is designed to connect to the school waterline and provide water to the cafeteria, sinks, indoor restrooms and faucets. The school will use a water pump, generator and water filtration system to provide clean, filtered running water.

The school director, groundskeepers and some of the men in the community will help with the purchasing of the materials and the construction of the well.

Water Charity funds will be used to purchase the necessary materials to dig, clean and build the well, and to compensate those who work on the construction and installation of the project.

The community will contribute 25% of the overall project budget, paying for gas, electricity, transportation, transportation rentals, and work.

Project Impact
188 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Aana Barabas

Monitoring and Maintenance
The school's groundskeepers and maintenance team will be responsible for monitoring and maintaining the water pump and pipes. As they will be involved with the construction and installation of the well, they will have the knowledge to properly replace or fix any problems that arise. The school and parent association will replace the water filter, every 3 to 5 years as needed.

Comments
With the construction of this well and access to clean, reliable water, the students and staff at Frumuşica High School will have several benefits, namely:

1. The renovated sinks can be used for handwashing on a regular basis.
2. The indoor restrooms will be available and in use for the students and staff.
3. The school cafeteria can operate and serve lunch to the students in a hygienic manner.
4. The cleaning staff can clean in sanitary comfort with adequate supply to water.
5. The school can properly be heated during the cold season with the water-fueled heating system.
6. The students will have a reliable and consistent source of pure drinking water.
7. The female students and staff can safely and comfortably use the restroom facility during their menstrual cycle.

Frumuşica High School Well Project - MoldovaLet Girls Learn
This is an official Let Girls Learn project, being implemented pursuant to the partnership between the Office of the First Lady and Peace Corps.

It is important to note that 55% of the students are girls and 77% of the school employees are women. The lack of water greatly affects the female populations, especially those who are of menstruating age. Most females feel so uncomfortable with the unsanitary conditions that they stay home from school or go home early.

As part of the project, the health teachers and health club have all already conducted a menstrual/reproductive health seminar and invited all the female students in grades 4th-12th, along with the staff members.

Fundraising Target
$1,700

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

Donations Collected to Date
$1,000

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Dollar Amount Needed
$700

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

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Mboro Master Farm Water Project - Senegal

Mboro Master Farm Water Project - Senegal

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

Mboro Master Farm Water Project - SenegalLocation
Mboro, Thies Region, Senegal

Community Description
Mboro is a relativity small coastal city of roughly 30,000. It is located 5 kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean, roughly 85 kilometers north of the capital city of Dakar. Mboro is one of the few areas within Senegal that can effectively grow vegetables throughout the entire year, due to its high water table.

Although fishing is a large part of the local economy, vegetable production is by far the majority income/job-generating source. A large part of the population is dependent on local farms to produce everyday foods. Many families are, in one way or another, tied to a relative’s field.

Mboro is also an up-and-coming tourist destination due to its proximity to the ocean. Currently two hotels are being built in order to fulfill the need.

Problem Addressed
Farmers in the area do not know the appropriate techniques needed to maximize output. Furthermore, they lack water sources needed for proper irrigation of their fields.

Mboro Master Farm Water Project - Senegal

The Master Farm concept, taught by Peace Corps Volunteers in Senegal, has proven to be extremely effective in demonstrating modern farming practices. The work of Master Farmer Cheikh Senghor falls into this category.

Cheikh has a well on his property. However, because of the lack of water within the Master Farm, roughly one-third of the field is completely unproductive.

Project Description
This project is to provide a water system for the irrigation of the Master Farm.

A PVC pipe will go five meters into the water and connect ten meters above the water, for a total of fifteen meters of pipe.

A pump will be installed to draw water from the well. It will have a 50 mm suction port that will be able to pump 600 liters per minute on maximum power. It will have a metal cage around the motor itself to protect it from damage.

Water will be pumped into an existing pipe system to allow the water to flow into basins to be distributed. This will allow a large portion of the field to be watered.

The Master Farmer, two workers, and the PCV will buy, transport and install the pipe system and pump.

Project Impact
100 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Brian Deehr

Monitoring and Maintenance
The system will be monitored and maintained by the Master Farmer, in collaboration with the PCV.

Comments
The improvements will increase the amount of land that can be used for demonstrations for future agricultural classes held there. Improved agricultural practices will benefit the local farming community in the time to come.

A hot season turnip demonstration will display proper use of biological pesticide for 20 local farmers, as well as farmers who just happen to stop by.

The Master Farmer will also be able to provide for his family and the extended family that he supports. He is one of the few members of his family who has any ability to produce food and generate income. He will also have an increased number of crops that he will be able to sell in the local market, improving food security throughout Mboro.

Fundraising Target
$700

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

Donations Collected to Date
$100

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Dollar Amount Needed
$600

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Sil Latrine Project - Senegal

Sil Village

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

Location

Sil, Department Koupentoum, Region of Tambacounda, SenegalMen and boys in the village

Community Description
Sil Village has a population of approximately 2,000 people, although this fluctuates quite a bit when the farming season ends. The main form of income generation is selling peanuts as cash crops.

Sil acts as a logistic, religious, and social hub for the surrounding communities which are populated by about 10,000 people. The people are 100% Muslim, mostly split between two different "brotherhoods". One of these brotherhoods, the Maurids, is headed by a Marabout whose family started the village three generations ago. This family holds hereditary title of both the positions of Village Chief and Marabout.

PCV Derek Rush reports that, "Living in Sil has been an extraordinarily trying experience for me. Not only have I experienced a great difficulty with language, but the culture has given me more than a few moments of frustration. For example, when I first arrived in village I tried desperately to find meaningful work and to get people organized. Meetings would start two hours late some days and others would not happen at all because I would plan them on days such as Sunday, which also happens to be the day of the weekly market. Slowly, as my language and understanding of the people improved, both my work and integration into the community have become easier, though daily challenges still exist."

TrainingsProblem Addressed
Traditionally, most latrines in the village have been constructed by digging a pit and then covering the top with either a cement platform or logs that are then topped with soil. Due to the sandy condition of the soil though, these latrines frequently experience collapses when the rains come and families commonly resort to open defecation in the bush until a new one is constructed. What is needed is brick walled pits to support the latrine to prevent this.

Some of the difficulties facing this community are its geographic location and the difficultly accumulating capital for such projects. The village is located 30 kilometers from the main highway and mostly reliant upon the sale of peanuts for income. Because of this, financing construction projects is a difficult prospect.

Project Description
After doing a brief survey of latrines at the site, and having several discussions with village leaders, a plan was formed to build simple lined pit latrines for families that were willing to come to the planning meetings and related trainings. Of the more than 50 families who initially showed interest in the project only fourteen have consistently come to all the trainings and meetings.

The trainings consisted of two 45 minute to one hour long talks covering the importance of latrines, how diseases spread from open defecation, hand washing, and how to build a Tippy Tap.

The objective for this project is to provide fifteen latrines; fourteen to families and one installed in the Health Post that is meant for the mostly Pulaar women who refuse to use the Turkish toilets and have frequently dig cat holes in the facility to defecate into.

Villagers

The intent is that these latrines will lead to a more sanitary environment that has fewer cases of diarrhea and other illnesses caused by open defecation. In addition I hope that families will also adopt improved hand washing techniques for the same end.

Community Organization
Sil Latrine Group and Sil Health Post

Project Impact
This project will impact 75 people.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Derek Rush

Monitoring and Maintenance  
Derek will be personally supervising this entire project from the purchase of the materials, construction of individual latrines, and follow-up home visits. These visits will be conducted to see how families are using the skills and knowledge which were taught at the community meetings.
 

Comments
This project has been nearly six months in the making. Derek admits that he learned a lot through this project and considered cancelling it several times due to lack of community participation and lack of experience.  After he engaged in several long conversations with his community work counterpart, participating families, and health post staff in the village, they successfully collected all of the community contribution.  People are beginning to collect the necessary sand and gravel to make the cinderblocks that will be used.

Dollar Amount of Project
$660

Donations Collected to Date

$0

Dollar Amount Needed
$660

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Botou Health Post Water Project - Senegal

Youth in Botou

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

Location

Botou, Tambacounda, SenegalSenegalese women gardening

Community Description
Botou is a small, rural Bambara village 10 km northeast of Tambacounda, a region in southern Senegal. There is no electricity, although the lines and poles are up.  There is a water tower with functioning spigots in many of the compounds in the village.  The village is comprised mostly of subsistence farmers cultivating corn, peanuts, cotton, millet, and sorghum.

There is a health post that serves over ten villages in the surrounding area, which has recently received a professional nurse to oversee the basic health needs of the communities.  The health post focuses on maternal and child health, malaria prevention, and other basic health needs.  

As a sustainable agriculture extension agent in Botou, Peace Corps Volunteer Lianna Reed helps to improve food security for her community. Lianna reports that she works with the community members to improve gardening practices, diversify crops and fruit trees, and increase their overall knowledge about improving their income generating activities. While she doesn't work especially with the health post, she does visit there often, and has taken many of her siblings to get medicine there. It has become a very busy post given that it is the closest health facility without spending money to go to the regional hospital in Tamba.

Sinks at the health centerProblem Addressed
The problem is that the health post, while it has been open and working since October, 2014, has no running water.  Every two days, water is brought to the hospital on a donkey cart in bidons, the ICP (nurse) lives at the health post with her children and women give birth there... but without water, which is difficult to say the least. They have been asking for water since Lianna arrival in Botou in December, 2014, and she has been working tirelessly with the community to get the pipes extended from the existing water tower.

Project Description
The project will extend the existing pipes 400 meters from the current public water spigot to the hospital.  

The hospital already is equipped with the piping needed to get water to the sinks and other faucets in the health post.  The villagers will be digging the trench for laying the piping (400 m) and then Mahdu Fofana, a plumber in Botou (and the man who oversees the water tower) will be installing the pipes and connecting them to the health posts faucets.  

The village is also providing some piping that they got from the water facility in the regional capital.  Water Charity funds will be used to purchase the remaining pipes and connection pieces needed to bring the water to the health post.

Project Impact
This project will impact 1,000 in Botou, plus 2,000 from surrounding villages, for a total of over 3,000 people.Lianna and a local farmer

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
 Lianna Reed

Monitoring and Maintenance 
ASUFOR (Water Association in Botou) will be responsible for the monitoring and maintenance of the water system with the PCV checking in to ensure the water is being maintained.

Comments
ASUFOR is the community organization involved in this project.  The project will increase the capacity of the health workers, provide a stable water source for the ICP, and enable a garden to provide food for the health post community.

Dollar Amount of Project
$950

Donations Collected to Date
$300

Dollar Amount Needed
 $650

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

Youth in BotouSink and Toilet that need water

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Lombel Village Latrines Project - Senegal

Lombel Villagers

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

Location

Lombel, Fongolimbi Arrondissement, Kedougou Region, SenegalVillagers of Lombel

Community Description
Lombel is a village of approximately 200 people on the edge of the Guinean plateau in the Kedougou region of Senegal. The community is isolated. It is located at the border of Senegal and Guinea, 4 kilometers off the primary laterite road between the city of Kedougou and the border. Lombel is located on top of the cliff edge of one of the many waterfalls that drains the water of the plateau. Lombel is very small, allowing for close personal relationships between every member of the village. A typical day involves working in the morning for everyone in the village, followed by an afternoon of sitting in a group and sipping tea.

More than half of the population of Lombel is under the age of 18, meaning there is a big group of children talking, singing, and dancing loudly late into the night almost every night of the week. The people of Lombel are extremely welcoming, generous, and hardworking, and they are putting every effort and resource that they possibly can into completing this project.

Problem Addressed
Lombel previously had several latrines constructed by an international aid organization. These latrines were completely used in a short time because they did not provide adequate longer-term coverage for the populations of these villages.  There were simply not enough latrines built. Currently, no one in Lombel has access to a latrine. The current standard for defecation is open defecation in the bush surrounding the village. This causes human feces to enter the rivers that the residents of these villages swim, bathe, and wash clothes in, a likely source for the incidence of schistosomiasis and diarrheal diseases in the village. This is a situation that is easily addressed, and this project is designed to do so.

Digging a pit for the latrineProject Description
The project will involve building a total 23 pit latrines, each 3 cubic meters, in Lombel. Members of the villages will be digging and capping the latrines themselves, and in fact have already dug out 10 of the latrines and are well on their way to finishing the digging portion of this project by the beginning of 2016.

Sidi Camara and Demba Camara are leading the organization and execution of the project. The latrines will be dug to ensure equal distribution of latrines throughout the village, averaging about 9 people for each latrine. Two members of the village work regularly as masons and will be capping the latrines themselves.

Water Charity funds will be used to pay for the materials needed, such as cement, iron bars, and metal wiring, and the transport of these items from the city of Kedougou to Lombel.

Project Impact
This project will benefit 225 people.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Ethan Quinn

Monitoring and Maintenance
Each latrine will be kept up by the families that use them.  They are relatively hassle-free, and don't require much in the way of maintenance.  When they are completely full, they can be filled in and covered, and new latrines will need to be dug.  This will likely be many years in the future. 

Comments
Lombel is an incredibly difficult place to access, and the large truck that will be required to haul all of the materials for this project would currently have some difficulty making the journey all the way to Lombel. Knowing that this would be a problem, the village Villag kidshas banded together and has been manually widening the path between Lombel and the commercial center of Fongolimbi in order to allow it to fit a large truck. These people are extremely excited about this project.  It should completely eliminate the need to practice open defecation for a long time to come.

Fundraising Goal
$1,000

Donations Collected to Date
$70

Dollar Amount Needed
$930


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Maqellare School Water and Bathroom Project - Albania

Students making traditional food

NPCA & WC LOGOSThis project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.
This is a project under the LET GIRLS LEARN Program, a collaboration of First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps to expand access to education for adolescent girls around the world!

Location
Maqellare SchoolMaqellare, Diber Region, Albania

Community Description
Maqellare is a small town of around 7,000 inhabitants in Northern Albania. Situated in a region called Diber, this area is one of the poorest in Albania, and its isolation from the rest of the country has resulted in a lack of economic and women's rights development in relation to the rest of the country. However, with the construction of a new highway, the area is primed to become a hub of Balkan transit from Albania's capital of Tirana to Macedonia, Kosovo, and beyond. Therefore, it is a moment of touristic, cultural, and economic significance in the region and the community needs better education facilities and opportunities to meet these future changes.

Problem Addressed
According to the entire staff and student body of Maqellare 9-Year School, the restoration of the school's restroom is a necessity. The school has no running water, no doors, and no toilet apparatus at all for its restrooms. Instead, there are simply open sewage pipes that are used for restroom purposes, and no cleaning takes place at all during school hours. Only after school has finished, the cleaning staff has the means to fetch water via a nearby well and clean the restrooms. This pollutes the hallways with unbearable smells.

These conditions cause students to leave school for bathroom purposes, which wastes valuable education time, and, furthermore, students often do not return to school at all after these bathroom trips. As these students are unsupervised when they leave the school, this presents a significant safety danger to the students and exposes them at an early age to cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs during school hours. Poor lavatory facilitiesPerhaps most importantly, these conditions pose a significant health hazard to the students' health, and these poor condition nurture poor sanitary behaviors that will stay with the students in the future. For example, the lack of running water does not allow for students to wash their hands after using the restroom, and not doing so at school teaches them poor behaviors that are sure to persist in the future.

In terms of the health and safety of the community's girls, the lack of doors especially poses a significant safety hazard each time that the girls use the restroom, as they are at a high risk for sexual assault. In addition, these conditions do not accommodate the needs of girls during menstruation, which causes them to leave school or, as is often the case, not attend school at all during menstruation due to the lack of proper restroom facilities. Especially in a community like Maqellare where women's rights have not yet been given the attention that they deserve, these issues are amplified, as the casual mistreatment of women leaves the specific needs of girls to be unheard and unresolved by the community. Therefore, the installation of these doors, running water, and proper toilet apparatuses will engender a safer and more accommodating learning environment for these young women.

Project Description
Once the funding is received, Director Qoku and Peace Corp Volunteer Sho Tsubakiyama will purchase the desired materials from a local seller in the community. All funds will be used to procure the materials needed to install four doors, four sinks, four toilets, and a water deposit. In advance, Director Qoku has worked to make a detailed budget with the plumber in order to anticipate all the needs of the project and prevent the possibility of future material needs. Within a week thereafter, the plumber will begin the installation of the restroom equipment, and the doors will be installed.  Director Qoku and staff will help monitor the project and ensure that the work is completed within the proposed one-month time frame.

Hole in the floor toiletThe plumber and other construction-experienced parents have agreed to donate the necessary labor and will begin by removing the existing tiles in the bathrooms to restore the plumbing and install the toilets and sinks. Once this is completed, the bathrooms will be re-tiled, and the team will begin to construct a pipe to a new water deposit. The school already has a pump but no means to store this water and cannot keep this pump operating 24/7 due to the expensive costs of electricity.  Therefore, the new deposit will be installed to provide continuous running water for the students and staff in the future. The volunteer plumber and other community members have all the necessary equipment to carry out these objectives. 

With the construction of the facilities completed, the local health promotion department will hold a training for students and staff regarding proper hand washing and sanitation concerns that they should be aware of when using the restroom.  Director Qoku will be responsible for organizing the staff and students to attend the event, while the local health promotions department will be responsible for the content and presentation for the event.

Project Impact
This project will directly benefit 553 people, consisting of  517 students and 36 teachers, plus visitors to the school.  

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Sho Tsubakiyama

Monitoring and Maintenance
Maqellare 9-Year School will be responsible for monitoring and maintenance, and will ensure the longevity of the bathrooms for the students.

Comments
Maqellare 9-Year School is the beneficiary of the project, and the school's director is working with Sho Tsubakiyama, the Peace Corps Volunteer directing project to see it to completion.

PCV Sho with studentsThe following is a message from Sho Tsubakiyama, Peace Corps Volunteer directing this project:


To me, this region of Albania has quickly become a second home.  Coming from Los Angeles, I always lived by the beach and never experienced the seasons. However, here, in this mountainous region of Albania we get cold winters, have clear, star-filled skies, and I've met some of the kindest and most welcoming people that I have ever come to know in my life. Each time I hike into the villages, people open their doors to me and invite me in for coffee. Due to the tight knit and friendly nature of the community, any walk about town lasts double or even triple the amount of time that one would normally expect, as friends and acquaintances greet each other in the streets and exchange warm inquiries about each other's health, life, and family, the latter being of exceptional importance to Albanian people. Therefore, from the area's natural beauty to its affectionate people, the Diber region has tremendous touristic and economic potential that is yearning for the development and change that the new road will offer. As businesses are being opened and expanded to anticipate this future, this project looks to provide better learning opportunities for community's youth, as they will be the greatest beneficiaries of this change and their preparedness will dictate how far the city will develop during this time of growth.
 

This project is part of the "100 Water Projects" program that Water Charity is pursuing in Albania as a major thrust of the LGL initiative. 

Fundraising Target

$950

Donations Collected to Date

$200

Dollar Amount Needed

$750

This project has been completed.  To read about the conclusion, CLICK HERE.  We are still requesting donations.

 

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Avni Rustami School Bathroom and Water Project - Albania

Avni Rustami School Bathroom and Water Project - Albania

NPCA & WC LOGOSThis project is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association.
This is a project under the LET GIRLS LEARN Program, a collaboration of First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps to expand access to education for girls around the world!

Location
Tepelene, Gjirokaster, Albania

Community Description
Tepelenë is a town and a municipality in Gjirokastër County, southern Albania. It was formed at the 2015 local government reform by the merger of the former municipalities Kurvelesh, Lopës, Qendër Tepelenë and Tepelenë, that became municipal units. The seat of the municipality is the town Tepelenë. The total population is 8,949 (2011 census), in a total area of 431.24 km2.  The population of the former municipality at the 2011 census was 4,342.  The town is located on the left bank of the Vjosë river, about three kilometres downstream from its union with the Drino. 

In 1920, an earthquake destroyed the town, which was completely rebuilt afterwards; local tradition says that if Tepelenë exceeds 100 buildings then it will be destroyed. In the same year, 400 Italian soldiers surrendered to the Albanians, during the Battle of Vlora.

Problem Addressed
BathroomThe Avni Rustami School restrooms are in need of repair.  These toilets and restrooms are visibly covered in mold, stall doors are rotting, and most toilets do not flush.  The bathrooms lack running water.  The lack of adequate restrooms hinders females students especially, as it exposes them to harassment or assault.  Most girls miss school during menstruation, as there is no running water for them to clean up.  The hygiene component is important for both genders and gastrointestinal diseases to a large degree can be prevented through good hand washing. Repairing the restrooms in the schools will eliminate these risks and distractions.

Project Description
This project will repair the 2 restrooms located in north end of the Avni Rustami Primary School.  The repairs will include 10 toilets: 4 in the boys’ restroom and 6 in the girls’ restroom.   Five sinks will also be repaired; 3 in boys’ restroom and 2 in girls’ restroom.   One water heater will be installed which will be shared between the two restrooms. 

The project will include repairing all 10 toilet stalls and ceiling of both of the restrooms, which leak water when it rains. These repairs in addition to any painting, wall repair, or tile installation is to be paid with the community investment part of the total budget.

Kids in classProject Impact
This project will impact 400 students and staff directly as well as guest and visitors to the school.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Mohammad Ashique

Monitoring and Maintenance
Monitoring and maintenance will be provided by the Bashkia and will be supervised by the Tepelene Education Office.

Comments
This project is part of the LET GIRLS LEARN program sponsored by FLOTUS Michelle Obama.  It is intended to have a positive effect in keeping girls in school after they reach adolescence.  Lack of clean facilities is a leading cause of women dropping out of school. Water Charity is proud to have sponsored the very first LGL project, and continues to be a leading contributor to the program, as evidenced by projects like this one.

Dollar Amount of Project
$950

Donations Collected to Date
$0

Dollar Amount Needed
$950

 

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This project has been completed.  To read about the conclusion, CLICK HERE.
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Gjimnaz Ramiz Aranitasi Water and Bathroom Project - Albania

 Gjimnaz Ramiz Aranitasi Water and Bathroom Project - Albania

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Gjimnaz Ramiz AranitasiLocation
Çorovodë, Skrapar, Albania

Community Description
Gjimnaz Ramiz Aranitasi is the only high school in Çorovodë and it contains approximately 450 students and 30 staff members. For the nearly 500 people that attend school there are a total of nine bathroom stalls (though three stalls do not function at all), and three small sinks. Three stalls for males (though one does not work) and six for females (though two do not work). The High School was recently renovated, but the bathrooms were left out of this renovation.

Problem Addressed
The bathrooms lack certain resources necessary to ensure a hygienic experience. Aside from the lack of soap and toilet paper, the Turkish toilets do not have a direct connection to running water.

Project Description
current stallThe objective of this project is to fix six of the bathroom stalls so that they have a direct connection to running water and to provide initial supplies for the bathroom, including soap and toilet paper. The 25% community contribution will come from the Bashkia and the potential impact of this project will make the bathroom experience for teachers and students more hygienic and overall, more enjoyable.

Project activities include collaborating with community members to implement the renovation of the toilet stalls and working with the teachers to educate students in practicing respect for their hygiene and for the bathroom.

Project Impact
500 people will benefit immediately with that number growing as time goes on.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Alayna Côté

Monitoring and Maintenance
The school cleaning staff, students, and teachers will be responsible for monitoring and maintenance.

Comments
While this is not an official Let Girls Learn project, it does fall into Water Charity's LGL+ grouping of projects that have a pronounced element involving helping girls go to, and stay in, school.

Dollar Amount of Project
$700

Donations Collected to Date
$155

Dollar Amount Needed
$545

 

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


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Mouye Well Project - Senegal

Mouye Well Project - Senegal

NPCA & WC LOGOSThis project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the National Peace Corps Association.

Location
Mouye Women's Group Gardening OnionsMouye, Katiout community, Region of Kaffrine, Senegal
 
Community Description
A small farming village of less than 400 people.
 
Problem Addressed
The problem is access to water for growing essential food crops during the cold dry and hot dry season. To empower a local woman's group in an area exhausted by peanut cultivation, they need a well.
 
Project Description
The well will be built on a former peanut field that the women have guaranteed access to.
 
      SPECIFICS:
 
      The well will be 27 meters deep. It will be hand-dug by a professional in the region (Baba Njay) for the cost of 440 American dollars. It will be a very basic well.
 
      The mason's labor will be 300 American dollars (We got a lower price because the community is volunteering time and labor. The mason will operate as a skilled foreman, directing the community workers while also doing the more technical aspects himself).
 
      Materials needed include:
 
      40 bags of cement: 207 American dollars 3 truckloads of sand: The community has agreed to pay for the sand (52 American dollars)
 
Women's group member
Project Impact
The women's group and their families.  Approximately 66 people.
 
Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Justin Mattison
 
Monitoring and Maintenance
Monitoring and maintenance will be handled by the Mouye Women's Group. and  they will be responsible for any future repairs or improvements.
 
Comments
Peanut farming in the Kafrrine region of Senegal has slowly destroyed the soil since its introduction during colonization. Now, with most farmers continuing harmful practices, families can barely produce enough peanuts to survive. Most years they operate at a deficit. The desert is creeping steadily down from the north, and most farmers are inviting it to come faster with their exploitative and unsustainable farming techniques.
 
The women's group have found a more environmentally friendly way of farming market vegetables on a small piece of property that often makes more money than their husbands’ large peanut fields.
 
The Agroforestry king in the area, who has already turned 2 hectares of land into a Mango plantation complete with live fencing, tree wind-breaks, cashew fire-breaks, and nitrogen fixing alley cropping, is also progressive when it comes to woman's empowerment. That's why he donated his peanut field to the woman's group and is helping them through the process of incorporating agroforestry technology to their already successful method. He is teaching them how to construct a live-fence out of thorny trees, take care of mango trees, and use certain trees for wind breaks, alley cropping, and fire breaks.
 
Dollar Amount of Project
$1,200
 
Donations Collected to Date
$227
 
Dollar Amount Needed
$973
 
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This project has been completed.  To read about the concusion, CLICK HERE.

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Thiara Middle School Latrine Project - Senegal

Thiara Middle School Latrine Project - Senegal

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

Location
Thiara, Kolda District, Kolda Region, Senegal

Community Description
A small farming community in the south of Senegal.  The middle school students in Thiara are lively and enthusiastic. They would greatly appreciate latrines for their school.Thiara Middle School Teacher

Problem Addressed
There are no latrines at the middle school in Thiara. Previous latrines were built unskillfully, leaving students without access to sanitation.

Project Description
The project is to build latrines, one for boys and one for girls, at the local middle school. The reason for this is that there are currently no latrines at the school. They had hoped to build a new one this year, however not enough students are paying their inscription fees, leaving the school with little money to spare.

While people in the village are generally using latrines, many of the students come from other villages and it is unclear what their level of latrine usage is. Additionally, if students need to use a latrine during class, it can be a bit of a walk to find the nearest latrine. This pulls students out of class for unnecessary amounts of time, if they choose to look for a latrine. Also, the lack of a latrine and shelter can dissuade girls from going to school when on their period, as they would have to walk somewhere to find a place to clean themselves, an undesirable situation.

The middle school has attempted to build latrines for the school in the past, but the mason they used was unskilled and the latrines broke. A reliable mason living in the village has been conscripted to build two pit latrines with shelters, one for boys and one for girls. The pit latrines will be built in one corner of the school grounds, opposite the well. The latrines will have pits 2 meters by 2 meters with cement lining, cement slab, cement shelters, zinc roofs, and zinc doors. The mason chosen has built many latrines in the village and the surrounding area, several of which have been standing for quite some time, and all appear of sound structure.
 
A hand-washing course will be given and the students will help build hand washing stations outside of the latrines.
 
The funds will be covering the cost of the majority of the materials such as cement, sand, gravel, rebar, and zinc, while the community will be contributing by paying for the manual labor required to build the latrines, including the mason and an assistant.  Additionally, the community will be covering the cost of the transport of the materials from the regional capital to the village, located on the Route National #6. If necessary, the village will also contribute to the cost of the materials for constructing the latrines.
 
Project Impact
250 students and teachers.
 

Thiara Middle School Parent's AssociationPeace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Randi Rumbold

Monitoring and Maintenance
The students are already required to take turns watering trees after school, and we will add replacing water in the latrines.  Parents' Association is providing the lead counterpart and ensuring that the community contribution is collected.

Comments
The materials will be purchased and transported from the regional capital.

This project is part of our Western Africa Wate & Sanitation Program.

Dollar Amount of Project
$720

Donations Collected to Date
$80

Dollar Amount Needed
$640

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This project has been completed.  To see the results, CLICK HERE.

 

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