The mission of Water Charity is to implement immediate, efficient, and practical projects around the world to provide safe water and effective sanitation to those in need.


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Appropriate ProjectsOur Appropriate Projects initiative enables instant deployment of resources to do small but critical water and sanitation projects. Check out the right column of this page for a list of projects that have been implemented to date in 60 countries around the world.

While continuing with our successful model of developing and carrying out projects of all sizes, we realize that there is a great need to do some projects without delay. Appropriate Projects cuts the process down to its bare bones.

Appropriate Projects offers the public the opportunity to Adopt a Project in its entirety or to make a donation for a project in any amount. If a donor funds an entire project he is given naming rights. A person could, for example, designate a project “in honor of” or “in memory of” another individual.

Please visit the Appropriate Website at http://appropriateprojects.com, and click on the Projects tab to see current projects in need of funding.

Goundaga and Lengewal Latrine Project - Senegal

Goundaga and Lengewal Latrine Project - SenegalLocation
Goundaga and Lengewal, Kolda Region, Senegal

Community Description
The villages of Goundaga and Lengewal (population 350 and 300 respectively) are located in the Kolda Region of Senegal. The villages are comprised of mostly farmers whose fields look onto the seasonal river nearby.

The children of the villages study either at the school in Goundaga or in the larger town of Kunkane about five kilometers away.

As you walk through the villages, you can't help but notice the large expanse of trees and agroforestry techniques adopted by the villagers, evidence of previous Peace Corps volunteers in the area. It is clear the people of these villages are hard workers and know how to best use volunteers to their advantage.

Goundaga and Lengewal Latrine Project - SenegalProblem Addressed
Sanitation within Goundaga and Lewngewal is lacking significantly. The few latrines in these villages have filled up, requiring people to go to the fields or forest to relieve themselves.

A common problem seen is allowing young children to relieve themselves in the middle of the compound because the alternative of taking them far away is too much work. People often neglect washing their hands because it is not readily available after they relieve themselves.

Project Description
This project will bring 15 latrines to individual households in Goundaga and Lewngewal.

Water Charity funds will pay for materials, including cement and rebar, and the labor of skilled masons. The masons will be employed within the village to build the latrine heads. In the process they will gain knowledge and experience, and pass the technique on to villagers, allowing for continued proliferation of latrines in the area.

Goundaga and Lengewal Latrine Project - SenegalThe beneficiaries will do the unskilled labor, including the digging of the holes. They will also gather their own sand and gravel to be mixed with the cement, as well as transport the cement and rebar at their own cost.

In addition to the latrine construction, the Peace Corps volunteers, along with their health worker counterpart, will conduct a series of sanitation trainings, including washing with soap, water sanitation, and the construction of Bidon Handwashing Stations.

Project Impact
650 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Stephanie McAlexander

Monitoring and Maintenance
At the project's completion, the Peace Corps volunteer will ensure each latrine has been built accordingly and that people are implementing proper sanitation practices.

Over the long term, the community health worker will report to the Peace Corps volunteer about latrine quality and sanitation within the community.

Comments
This is an important infrastructure project, with sustainability built in to provide for maintenance and expansion of model concepts.

Dollar Amount of Project
$482.65

Donations Collected to Date
$0.00

ADOPT THIS PROJECT BY CONTRIBUTING THE DOLLAR AMOUNT OF PROJECT

Donations of any amount will be appreciated. The full amount will give you "naming rights", if that is something you would like.

Any contributions in excess of the Dollar Amount of Project will be allocated to other projects directed by this PCV and/or projects of other PCVs in this country.

Dollar Amount Needed
$482.65

Conclusion of Pakour Pre-School Well Project – Senegal

Conclusion of Pakour Pre-School Well Project – Senegal This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Courtney Ruble. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to build a well at the pre-school.

Courtney reports:

The well has been completed.

The project was started without much incident. We began digging, and slowly brought in the materials to the pre-school as they were needed. Because of the high water table and the low-lying placement of the well, it turned out to only need to be ten meters deep instead of the projected twelve.

The well was then lined and the façade was finished.

The remaining funds were used to buy a cover for the well in order to prevent contamination.

The community contributed a lot of the labor, feeding the workers and keeping them accommodated.

The pre-school now has a ten-meter, cement-lined well that is fully functional. The community was very grateful for the contribution and has promised to maintain the well.

Shortly after completion, I was evacuated from my site and re-assigned elsewhere. I had previously gone through the WASH educative materials with the teachers at the pre-school so that they were familiarized with the program we were to implement in the upcoming school year. They were left to complete this component on their own, but were fully equipped to do so.

Water Charity is grateful to Courtney for completing this important project, which we saw personally on our recent trip to Senegal. We again extend our thanks to the donors to date.

Conclusion of Pakour Pre-School Well Project – SenegalConclusion of Pakour Pre-School Well Project – Senegal

Conclusion of Hope For Happiness School and the Cambodian Weaving Village Angtasom Water Project – Cambodia

Conclusion of Hope For Happiness School and the Cambodian Weaving Village Angtasom Water Project – CambodiaThis project has been completed under the direction of Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Stewart Mills and Peace Corps Volunteer Stacy Biggs. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to expand the water collection and storage capacity at the school.

Stewart reports:

Although the school had a pump, it did not produce enough water for the students, especially during the dry season. The project sought to create a rainwater catchment system whereby water would be captured during the rainy season and made available for all of the water needs of the school.

A foundation was made of cement and bricks. A 5,000-liter tank of the type commonly used in the area was purchased locally and transported to the site. The tank, which came with a cover and faucet already in place, was installed and secured on the foundation.

Rain gutters were purchased locally and installed on the edge of the roof of the school to capture the water. PVC piping was run between the gutters and tank.

Water Charity WHOLE WORLD Water Program – Cambodia funds were used to purchase the tank and materials, as well as pay for the work of the skilled craftsmen. School staff and several community members contributed their time and effort to assist with the work.

School staff and students were instructed as to the use and maintenance of the system as well as the proper storage and treatment of collected water. They expressed gratitude to all those responsible for making the project a reality.

In addition to the immediate benefits, the new water source will enable the school to engage in needed development projects, including a new bathroom.

The large tank now provides both organizations and the surrounding homes with enough water for drinking, sanitation, and irrigation of the gardens.

We are grateful to Stewart and Stacy for completing this project, and again extend our thanks to WHOLE WORLD Water for providing the funding.

Conclusion of Hope For Happiness School and the Cambodian Weaving Village Angtasom Water Project – CambodiaConclusion of Hope For Happiness School and the Cambodian Weaving Village Angtasom Water Project – Cambodia

Conclusion of Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project – Cambodia

Conclusion of Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project – CambodiaThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Christin Spoolstra. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to build a new well with a pump, and install a piping system and 3 water filters throughout the facility.

Christin reports:

The project is now completed and has greatly benefitted the over 21,000 people in the 21 villages that the health center officially services.

With generous help from the Water Charity WHOLE WORLD Water Program – Cambodia, Kandieng Reay Health Center in Svay Rieng Province was able to build a well, construct a water tank, and install water filters. This project resulted in water to re-open 3 bathrooms and 1 shower as well as to provide water to pipe into the operation room and overnight patient/staff room. The funding also provided three water filters for clean drinking water for use by the patients and staff.

Conclusion of Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project – Cambodia The Health Center Director and one of the midwives bought the tank and necessary materials from Svay Rieng Town (14 km from the village) and hired a drilling team from just outside of the provincial town. The team spent half a day drilling, going down a bit more than 40 meters until the water came out clean and without residue.

After they hit clean water, the drilling team inserted the pipe and constructed the cement area around it. They then built the platform, installed the tank, and connected the two pumps, one of which is powered by hand and the other motorized.

This new well can be pumped directly into a bucket by the hand pump or pumped with the motorized pump into the new 2,000-liter water tank, which takes less than one hour to fill.

The health center staff and the hired mechanic also buried PVC piping to bring running water to selected locations around the health center. To keep up with water needs, the water tank needs to be refilled about once every 10 days.

Conclusion of Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project – Cambodia One unexpected challenge came with the buried PCV pipes. They originally laid the pipes too shallow and when the rains softened the land, the weight of the water buffalos which graze in the area broke the pipes. The health center staff then used their own personal funds to buy 20 new pipes and bury them deeper than before.

The Water Charity WHOLE WORLD Water Program – Cambodia funds also went to purchase 3 water filters. One of the health center’s midwives reports that people have been happy to use these filters instead of having to purchase bottled water across from the health center.

The health center is committed to operating, maintaining, and repairing the water system. They have spare piping on hand to repair breaks if necessary. They have started a fund to pay the well professionals for servicing and repairs as required.

Community members who have visited the health center since the completion of the project have had extremely positive reactions and are happy about the cleaner, better environment. In particular, the maternity patients who stay somewhat longer term and need to cook at the health center are happy that there is now a cleaner water source and that they no longer need to cook with water taken from the bathroom.

We are grateful to Christin for completing this project, and again extend our thanks to WHOLE WORLD Water for providing the funding.

Conclusion of Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project – CambodiaConclusion of Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project – Cambodia
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Conclusion of Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project – CambodiaConclusion of Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project – Cambodia
Conclusion of Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project – CambodiaConclusion of Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project – Cambodia

Conclusion of Sololá Water Filter Project, Phase 2 – Guatemala

Conclusion of Sololá Water Filter Project, Phase 2 – GuatemalaThis project has been completed under the direction of Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Carolyn Daly. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to install 41 Sawyer filters in three partner communities at the homes of the volunteer mother leaders.

Carolyn reports:

Scope of the project
The Sololá Water Filter Project, Phase Two provided 41 Sawyer filters to mother leaders and their families in three Mil Milagros (MM) partner communities. The filters are now delivering safe water for 240 family members.

Specific work done
Filters were given to each mother leader in the three partner communities to be installed in their homes and used by their families. They were instructed and assisted in the installations, and taught about maintenance, health, and hygiene.

Progression of project
MM staff members trained the mother leaders in the setup and maintenance of the filters as well as expectations for continued use. After setting up one filter, the staff then supervised mother leaders in the installation of the rest of the filters and taught them how to clean the filters as well. The mother leaders then took responsibility for the maintenance and use of filters daily. MM staff continues to conduct regular visits to ensure proper use and care as well.

As a part of the endeavor, the Water Charity donors who had purchased the filters for the project traveled to Guatemala to assist in the installations. Lenora Hunter, and her son Aidan, worked with recipients to demonstrate the attachment of the faucets, tubes, and filters and help in setting them up.

Young Aidan, and his brother Zach, founded and run Aztech Labs, a nonprofit dedicated to providing clean water for those in need.

End result of project
Since the installation of the filters in the school kitchens and classrooms (through a prior project with Water Charity), the mothers have seen the children embrace the habit of drinking water instead of sugary drinks. The mothers had asked us if it were possible to provide filters to the families, since the children, having been introduced to clean water at school, were asking for water at home.

After receiving her filter, a mother from Nuevo Progreso told us, “Now our children will be able to drink (clean) water at school and at home. Thank you so much!”

We are grateful to Carolyn for completing another important project in partnership with Water Charity. We again express our thanks to Aztech Labs for providing the funds and helping with the installations.

Conclusion of Sololá Water Filter Project, Phase 2 – GuatemalaConclusion of Sololá Water Filter Project, Phase 2 – Guatemala

Pakour Pre-School Well Project - Senegal

Pakour Pre-School Well Project - SenegalLocation
Pakour, Velingara department, Senegal

Community Description
Pakour is in the Velingara department with a population of about 2,000. It is located to the side of Kolda closest to Tamba and geographically next to Kedougou. It is about 30 km off the route national on a laterite road which takes about an hour to drive.

Pakour village is Pulaar - both Pula Futa and Fulakunda - intermixed with an ethnic group called Badiaranke which is related to the Basari group in Kedougou. There are other diverse ethnic groups in in the village as well, due to the proximity of the roads leading to Guinea Bissau and Guinea Conakry. Villagers from outlying areas come through Pakour in transit, for market days, and to attend the schools (pre-school through high school).

Problem Addressed
L'Ecole des tout Petit is a pre-school serving the community, located in the Christian neighborhood of the village, next to the church's compound. It is lacking a water source, and all water must be brought to the school from a long distance away. The students and faculty need water for drinking, cooking, sanitation, hygiene, and irrigation.

Project Description
This project is to build a well at the pre-school.

The well will be lined and covered, and will be protected from contamination by a wall and a cover. It is anticipated that water will be reached at a depth of 12 meters.

Project Impact
100 people will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Courtney Ruble

Comments
This is an important infrastructure project that will improve the lives of the students in the pre-school as well as the staff and parents.

Dollar Amount of Project
$432.21

Donations Collected to Date
$120.00

ADOPT THIS PROJECT BY CONTRIBUTING THE DOLLAR AMOUNT OF PROJECT

Donations of any amount will be appreciated. The full amount will give you "naming rights", if that is something you would like.

Any contributions in excess of the Dollar Amount of Project will be allocated to other projects directed by this PCV and/or projects of other PCVs in this country.

Dollar Amount Needed
$312.21

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

Sololá Water Filter Project, Phase 2 - Guatemala

Sololá Water Filter Project, Phase 2 - GuatemalaLocation
Sololá, Guatemala

Community Description
Sololá, in the western highlands of Guatemala, is the second poorest of Guatemala’s 22 departments, where 94% of people live on less than $3.00 per day. 98% of the population of Sololá is indigenous Maya.

Mil Milagros (MM) is a U.S.-based charity with a local presence. Its mission is to ensure that all children in Guatemala graduate from sixth grade healthy, literate and prepared to continue their education.

Problem Addressed
It is estimated that over 90% of the water supply in Guatemala is contaminated.

In the Sololá School Filter Project – Guatemala, filters were installed in 6 schools to provide the children with access to clean water for drinking, hygiene, and sanitation. The families of these children now need a way to provide for uncontaminated water in their homes.

Sololá Water Filter Project, Phase 2 - GuatemalaProject Description
This project consists of 3 individual projects with 5 separate locations, community descriptions and problem descriptions.

41 Sawyer filters will be installed in three partner communities, to be given to the mother leaders who volunteer to prepare meals each school day.

MM will train the mothers on the installation, proper use and maintenance of the filters.

Locations of Projects
1. Paraje Nuevo Progreso, Canton Pahaj, Santa Lucía Utatlan, Sololá Guatemala 2. Aldea Chutinamit Pacaman, San Andrés Semetabaj, Sololá, Guatemala 3. Canton Pahaj, Santa Lucía Utatlan, Sololá, Guatemala

Descriptions of Communities, Problem Descriptions and Filters to Install

Paraje Nuevo Progreso, Canton Pahaj, Santa Lucía Utatlan, Sololá Guatemala

  1. Nuevo Progreso is a small, rural community in Santa Lucía Utatlan.  Families in this community saw the danger of sending their children to the closest school, where they would have to cross a busy highway, and asked each family in the community to put a small amount of money toward renting a two-room schoolhouse.  The school has 26 children, 2 teachers and 19 mother volunteers.
  2. Problem Description:  Nuevo Progreso is a community with a serious water problem.  There is currently no water in the school or the majority of the homes so water is carried in jugs from a nearby river. (A pump is being installed in a new school well under a separate project to rectify this.)
  3. Filters to Install:  7 water filters will be installed in Nuevo Progreso, one for each mother leader.

Aldea Chutinamit Pacaman, San Andrés Semetabaj, Sololá, Guatemala

  1. Chutinamit Pacaman is a small community that was displaced during a tropical storm in 2010.  Since then, the 22 families have been living in tents and tin shacks on a soccer field while they push government leaders to purchase the land needed to rebuild.  MM feeds all children year-round in this community due to their preciarious circumstances.  The community has 34 children, 2 teachers and 19 mother volunteers.
  2. Problem Description:  The community has water from the local town government and when there is no water, they use rain water catchment systems to ensure they have enough water.  However, the water is contaminated.  The children in this community have really latched on to drinking water regularly as they have had access to water filters that now need to be replaced.
  3. Filters to Install:  22 water filters will be installed in Chutinamit, one for each family in the community.

Canton Pahaj, Santa Lucía Utatlan, Sololá, Guatemala

  1. Pahaj is a larger community outside of the main town of Santa Lucía, with a large population of men who are in the United States.  Many are unable to send money to their families.  The school has 400 children, 19 teachers, and 220 mother volunteers.
  2. Problem Description:  Pahaj has very little water and the water sources are unreliable.  They have been lobbying to receive another water source.
  3. Filters to Install:  12 water filters will be installed in Pahaj, one for each mother leader and her family.

Sololá Water Filter Project, Phase 2 - GuatemalaProject Impact
About 240 people, comprised of volunteer mothers and their families, will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Carolyn Daly is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, living in Sololá, serving as In-Country Director for Mil Milagros.

Carolyn previously completed the Sololá School Filter Project – Guatemala, and is working on the Nuevo Progreso Pump Project – Guatemala.

Comments
This project expands the concept to include filters in the homes of the students so that the students can share the benefits of clean water with their families and continue to engage in healthful practices.

In building on the success of the first phase of this project, the effectiveness, sustainability, scalability, and ease of implementation and evaluation are demonstrated.

This project has been fully funded by Aztech Labs.

If you like this concept and would like to sponsor a similar project, just let us know. There is a tremendous need for clean water in Guatemala, and we would love to continue our work there.

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

Mah Di's Orphanage Well, Pump, and Tank Project - Cameroon

Mah Di's Orphanage Well, Pump, and Tank Project - CameroonLocation
Kumba, Southwest Region, Cameroon

Community Description
Kumba is located in the Southwest region, two hours north of Douala.

31 orphans live at Mah Di’s Orphanage, ranging in age from 4 months to 18 years. Many of the children have lost one or both of their parents due to HIV/AIDS. However, fortunately, every child has tested negative for the virus.

Mah Di is the sole provider for these children, and she continuously struggles with orphanage upkeep due to the overbearing cost of raising 31 kids. She is unable to afford many necessities that are required to keep children happy and healthy, thus leaving the orphans susceptible to disease and malnourishment. The orphans are particularly vulnerable to the HIV/AIDS endemic in Africa because of their lack of parental guidance and support.

Mah Di's Orphanage Well, Pump, and Tank Project - CameroonProblem Addressed
The only water source at the orphanage is a river that is 2 kilometers away from their home. The children must trek along a hilly dirt path to the river several times a day, and sometimes miss school for the sole purpose of collecting water.

Their current water source does not provide clean water for drinking, cooking, and bathing, thus leading to a high level of school absence and an increased risk of disease.

Project Description
This project is to build a system comprised of a well, pump, and storage tank to provide the children with convenient daily access to clean water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and sanitation.

The new well will be dug with a hydraulic drill, allowing water to be accessed from deep within the ground, reducing the chance of the well running dry in the future.

The pump will be an India Mark 2 hand pump, and it will be purchased new in Douala.

The tank will be built of bricks and lined with tile, and will be roughly 1 meter by 1/2 meter.

Mah Di's Orphanage Well, Pump, and Tank Project - CameroonSurrounding the well, the ground will be leveled and cemented for easy access and water runoff.

The orphanage will maintain and service the water system upon completion.

A Kumba-based NGO, Needs For Children, will contribute partial funding for the project as well as provide training in health, hygiene, and sanitation.

Project Impact
35 people, comprised of 31 children and 4 staff, will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Layne Anderson

Comments
The increased availability of water will result in a decrease in illness for the residents of the orphanage.

Dollar Amount of Project
$2,288.00

Donations Collected to Date
$170.00

ADOPT THIS PROJECT BY CONTRIBUTING THE DOLLAR AMOUNT OF PROJECT

Donations of any amount will be appreciated. The full amount will give you "naming rights", if that is something you would like.

Any contributions in excess of the Dollar Amount of Project will be allocated to other projects directed by this PCV and/or projects of other PCVs in this country.

Dollar Amount Needed
$2,118.00

Trodait Village and Koma Village Well Project – Cambodia

Trodait Village and Koma Village Well Project – CambodiaLocation
Trodait Village and Koma Village, Sampong Chey District, Kampong Thom Province, Cambodia

Community Description
Sampong Chey district is located at the border dividing Kampong Cham and Kampong Thom Province, approximately 80 km north of Phnom Penh. Trodait Village and Koma Village, though only 3 km from the national highway, have no paved roads, and as with many rural villages in Cambodia, several families share access to a single well to meet their water needs.

Problem Addressed
The roads are terribly muddy and flooded during the rainy season, causing many of the families farthest from the wells great distress in having to bring back water for their daily needs. Furthermore, most of the more distant families consist of elderly women who look after young grandchildren whose parents are off in Thailand or bigger cities to work in factories or fields.

Because the women are physically unfit to carry the water themselves and the children are too young, they often resort to using nearby water sources, which are frequently dirty ponds that gather fecal matter from animals and are infested with mosquitoes, exacerbating health issues.

Trodait Village and Koma Village Well Project – CambodiaProject Description
This project is to build two wells, one in Trodait Village and the other in Koma Village. The wells will provide for the water needs of the people, including for drinking, cooking, washing clothes, sanitation, and hygiene.

A local company will be contracted to machine-drill the hand-pumped well, approximately 25-35 m deep, in order to ensure access to water year-round.

Included in the construction will be a concrete lining as well as a runoff area and soak pit.

Water Charity funds will be used to purchase materials and pay the drilling contractor.

Community members will participate in the project by raising funds for an electric pump to be used to transport water to fill cisterns located at the homes.

Project Impact
This project will provide easy access to potable water for about 60 people.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Andrea Lim

Monitoring and Maintenance
Post-construction, water samples from each well will be tested for potability. Several community members will work together with the Peace Corps Volunteer to ensure the continued maintenance of the wells.

Training on safe drinking water will be conducted, and local high school students and the PCV will work together to educate village members on the benefits of growing a home vegetable garden, which can utilize runoff water from the well.

Comments
This is an important project that will give access to safe water for a number of impoverished families. The project is designed to be sustainable into the future. As an added benefit, the re-use of the water for agricultural purposes opens the potential for economic development.

This project has been funded by WHOLE WORLD Water as part of the Water Charity WHOLE WORLD Water Program – Cambodia.

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