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.

Nuevo Progreso Pump Project - Guatemala

Nuevo Progreso Pump Project - GuatemalaLocation
Paraje Nuevo Progreso, Canton Pahaj, Santa Lucía Utatlan, Sololá, Guatemala

Community Description
Sololá is located in the western highlands of Guatemala. It is the second poorest state, with 94% of people living on less than $3.00 per day. According to the Guatemalan government, 98% of the state of Sololá is indigenous Maya.

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.

They have recently received land to build their new school and have begun the process to construct the building. The school currently has 30 children, 2 teachers and 17 mother volunteers.

Nuevo Progreso Pump Project - GuatemalaProblem Addressed
Nuevo Progreso is a community with a serious water problem. There is no water in the school or the majority of the homes, so mothers have to get water from other sources and carry large jugs on their heads to provide water for the school and their homes.

The community has recently dug an 18-meter deep well on the new school land to provide water for the school for the hygiene program, nutrition program, and general usage.

Project Description
This project is to purchase and install a pump, piping, fixtures, and fittings to provide for the water needs of the school.

The project will be implemented under the direction of the school and town council of Nuevo Progreso, and directly managed by the school principal and the president of the town council.

The work of assembling and installing the system will be performed by local well experts.

Nuevo Progreso Pump Project - GuatemalaWater Charity funds will be used to pay for the skilled labor as well as the equipment and materials, including a submersible electric pump and motor of suitable capacity, a control panel, tubing, pipes, adapters, cables, and a small water storage unit.

Project Impact
49 people will immediately benefit from the project, with many more to be served in the future as the school population continues to increase.

Project Director
Carolyn Daly is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, living in Sololá, currently working for Mil Milagros. She previously completed the Sololá School Filter Project – Guatemala.

Monitoring and Maintenance
The school will create and implement a plan for continued maintenance. Mil Milagros staff will monitor the pump to ensure it is properly used and maintained.

Comments
This project will improve the health and wellbeing of students and their families, as well as the school staff. It will add to the educational experience by relieving all of the beneficiaries of the daily responsibility of bringing water to the classroom for ready use during the school day.

Dollar Amount of Project
$1,280.80

Donations Collected to Date
$1,280.80

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded through the generosity of Michael and Carla Boyle of Nelsonville, OH, USA.

Keur Daouda Cisse Water System Project – Senegal

Keur Daouda Cisse Water System Project – SenegalLocation
Keur Daouda Cisse, Thies region, Senegal

Community Description
This small village lies one hundred years and nine kilometers from Thies, the third largest city in Senegal, yet it has no electricity. Most of its water comes from two wells in village. Its 300+ residents live in some 19 compounds.

The females tend to the home, a few sit under a central baobab tree with trays of vegetables to sell. Most of the men try to earn a little money selling peanuts if their annual crop yields enough. Two men in village drive bush taxis, one drives a bus, one drives a 7-place bush taxi, and one works for Tostan.

Problem Addressed
A significant number of men in the village own parcels of land big enough to attempt cultivating mangos, cashews, and some vegetables such as beans and sorghum. Their efforts thus far have been thwarted by lack of water to their fields, which remain parched as rains are sporadic, and prone to drought. These farmers consider cultivation of the fields as their only hope of being able to raise the money their families need.

Keur Daouda Cisse Water System Project – SenegalUnemployment among the men in the village, due to the country's financial condition, and their lack of means and education, exceeds 75 percent. When their fields refuse to produce, they have less to eat, and nothing to sell.

A water tower in the adjacent village of Tawa Fall about 300 meters away produces sufficient water to allow cultivation on fallow land, but the community has not had the financial resources to bring the water to the fields.

Project Description
This project is to provide a water system that will enable the growing of fruits and vegetables on presently idle land in the community.

The project is being implemented under the direction of the Keur Daouda Cisse village elders. The work will be done by members of the community.

A trench will be dug from the water tower to a point where the fields of 5 farmers meet. 300 meters of PVC pipe will be connected and buried.

Keur Daouda Cisse Water System Project – SenegalEach of the farmers will be able to tap into the supply pipe to provide water for their respective fields.

Water Charity funds will be used to purchase the materials.

Project Impact
300 people in the village will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Karen Chaffraix

Monitoring and Maintenance
Monitoring and maintenance is to be provided by Magget Cisse, the Chief of Village, and the group of farmers participating in the project.

Comments
This project will improve the health and wellbeing of the village by producing a more abundant and varied harvest. It will also increase the economic opportunities that arise from creating crops for sale.

Karen previously completed the Keur Daouda Cisse Well Project – Senegal.

Dollar Amount of Project
$849.25

Donations Collected to Date
$50.00

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
$799.25

Usuk Secondary School Pump Project - Uganda

Usuk Secondary School Pump Project - UgandaLocation
Usuk, Katakwi District, Uganda

Community Description
Usuk Secondary School is a government-run school located in rural northeast Uganda. Water is generally obtained from boreholes. There is currently no electricity in the area.

The school has approximately 700 mixed boarding and day students in 6 different grades. Science classes are mandatory for the first 4 grades (S1-S4) and optional dependent on which educational track the student follows in the upper level (S5-S6).

Problem Addressed
The science labs utilize a rainwater catchment system whereby water captured in gutters is pumped to a tower, and then gravity fed into the classrooms.

Usuk Secondary School Pump Project - UgandaThere are presently about 34 m of PVC gutters feeding into a 1,500 L plastic water tank. From there, there is a hand-operated pump that feeds into a 500 L tank on top of an approximately 10 ft tower. That tank feeds into the building, which is divided into three separate laboratory rooms, each with an attached storage/teachers room.

The physics and biology labs each have 13 sinks, 12 in the classroom and one in the storage/back room. The chemistry lab has an additional 4 sinks in the classroom for a total of 17. The sinks are in various states of disrepair.

Unfortunately, the hand pump broke many years ago, and since then, the rest of the system has fallen into disrepair. Therefore, the students, in order to conduct classes, must fetch water from the borehole, and are forced to wash lab equipment outside.

Usuk Secondary School Pump Project - UgandaProject Description
This project is to renovate the water system supplying the science laboratories at the school.

A new hand pump will be purchased and installed.

Sinks will be repaired where possible. The remaining sinks, numbering about 4 or 5 per classroom will be replaced. The connecting piping indoors will be repaired as needed.

Work on the gutters and outside piping will complete the renovation and make the system operable.

The major installation of the hand pump will be overseen by a contractor chosen by the school administration and supported by the school staff. Unskilled work will be done by school staff.

Water Charity funds will be used to purchase the pump as well as the fittings and piping.

Project Impact
700 students will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Kenneth Ivory

Monitoring and Maintenance
The school staff will monitor and maintain the system after completion.

Comments
This is an important project for the school. It will vastly improve the educational benefits of the laboratory experience by restoring running water to the classrooms.

Dollar Amount of Project
$740.00

Donations Collected to Date
$345.00

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
$395.00

Madibira Secondary School Water Project – Tanzania

Emily Hoppes - TanzaniaLocation
Madibira, Mbeya Region, Tanzania

Community Description
Madibira is a large and thriving village in the Mbeya region of the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. It is far removed from any large cities in Tanzania, but it is not too isolated.

The 2002 census showed 28, 414 people living in the 5 sub-villages of Madibira and the surrounding farming communities, who engage mostly in subsistence farming, especially rice farming.

Madibira Secondary School is the only secondary school serving the population. It was opened in 2000 with 80 students and 8 teachers. The school has grown significantly since then and now it has an enrollment of about 700 students, about 300 girls and 400 boys. There are now about 25 teachers and 8 support staff, most of whom live at the school.

Many of the parents are poor and struggle to fully pay the school fees, so it is difficult to raise money for development projects.

Emily Hoppes - TanzaniaThe school received money from the district to build a girl’s dormitory in order to increase girls’ attendance at school, and a donation from World Bank to build a school laboratory.

Students are required to be in class from 7:30am-2:30 pm each day and then again in the classrooms studying from 7pm-10pm each night.

The school has been served by 3 Peace Corps Volunteers, all of whom have taught science as their primary job. Past volunteers have completed projects to build a library and to install solar power for use in all of the classrooms at night.

Problem Addressed
The most pressing need at Madibira Secondary school is water. With students on campus for most of the day, water is needed for drinking, cooking (3 meals a day for each student), bathing, and cleaning.

Emily Hoppes - TanzaniaWater is currently found about 500 m away from the school and comes from a single water tap. This water tap often runs very slowly or goes out for long periods of time. It is unreliable because it is connected to a single pipe coming from the river to which several other taps are connected along the way. If another tap is being used along the pipe, the school’s tap stops or slows down. Because of this, a majority of students just skip the tap and go straight to the river about 1 km from the school.

The need for water is constant and it is very common for students to be pulled out of class to fetch water. Over 50% of Form 2 students say that they miss class at least once a week in order to fetch water for the school.

Project Description
This project is a part of a larger Peace Corps Partnership project to create a water system for the school.

For the overall project, three above-ground tanks, and three underground water reserves will be built. One 5,000 L underground tank connected to a 15,000 L underground reserve will be built at the girl’s dormitory and one 5,000 L above-ground tank will be built at the boy’s dormitory. Additionally, a 5,000 L above-ground tank and 10,000 L underground reserve will be built at the school’s dining hall.

Also, rain gutters will be added to both dormitories and the dining hall, and gutters will be added to five classrooms and will run into the water reserve that is already in place at the laboratory.

The additional Water Charity component of this project includes a 10,000 L water reserve to be built at the tap where the students currently go to fetch water. This tank will be filled during the night when none of the other taps on the line are being used. This will ensure that there will be plenty of water to fetch or pump to the school every morning as needed. It will be built first and provide great benefit immediately.

The reserve will be mostly made of concrete (treated with water-proofing materials) and will be reinforced with iron rods. The tank will be modeled after a similar one that was recently built at the school laboratory, a successful design that World Bank has been using in all of its similar projects in the area.

Also funded by Water Charity will be the final component of the project, a movable hand pump and underground piping connecting all of the water reserves. Every water reserve and tank will be fitted with fixtures for the attachment of the movable pump.

The pump will be run by the school’s small movable, generator and gas will be paid for by the school’s farm. This pump will allow the school to pump water from the tap to the school during dry season and will allow for rainwater that has been collected at the largest reserve near the laboratory to be pumped to the areas where it is needed. It will also be used to pump water from the underground reserves to above ground tanks.

The work will be done by local contractors, carpenters and builders from Madibira who have been recommended by the VEO (Village Executive Officer). Unskilled work will be done by parents and friends of the school, as well as by some of the students.

All of the materials will be purchased from hardware stores in Mafinga and Iringa and transported by local community members and truck drivers.

When all of the construction has been finished, there will be an assembly to introduce the water system to the students and teachers and explain the operation and water conservation plan.

Project Impact
800 people, consisting of 700 students and 100 staff and their families, will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Emily Hoppes

Monitoring and Maintenance
A sustainability plan has been developed by the Water Committee. The school will monitor the condition of the improvements and perform any needed maintenance and repairs.

Comments
This is an ambitious and important project being undertaken by the school. The reliable water system will improve the health and wellbeing of the students, and add to the educational experience.

San José Xacxamayo Rainwater Catchment System Project - Mexico

San José Xacxamayo Rainwater Catchment System Project - MexicoLocation
San José Xacxamayo, Puebla, Mexico

Community Description
The community of San José Xacxamayo is situated southeast in the municipality of Puebla, México with an elevation of 2,000 meters above sea level. It is perched on the hills above Puebla, isolated from the rest of the city. There are approximately 1,000 residents in the town.

The community is in a temperate semi-humid zone with 727 mm of annual precipitation. The rainy season lasts from the months of May to October.

Problem Addressed
The community is separated from the municipality of Puebla by Lake Valsequillo, which, due to its remote location and high costs to transport water, faces shortages. The little water they utilize comes from nearby wells that have become contaminated through daily activities, such as inadequate sanitation systems.

San José Xacxamayo Rainwater Catchment System Project - MexicoChildren are responsible to collect water from wells, a 3 km distance on rough terrain, starting as young as 6 years of age. Due to obstacles faced within the community, such as high poverty, lack of infrastructure, and time allotted for daily activities required in securing water, their economic productivity and educational advancement has been impeded.

Harvesting rainwater has been used in parts of the community as long-term, economical, sustainable solutions to meet their daily water demands in the dry season.

Project Description
This project is to build 3 rainwater capture and storage systems, each consisting of a tank of over 10,000 liters and the appropriate gutters, piping, and hardware. In addition, 20 water filtration systems will be installed.

The cisterns will be located at places identified as the most vulnerable within the community.

Each tank will be built below ground using cement, brick, sand, gravel, and wire, and covered by a concrete top. An opening will provide access to draw water using buckets as well as to permit entry for the cleaning of the system. The work will take 4-5 days to complete.

San José Xacxamayo Rainwater Catchment System Project - MexicoParticipants will be trained on the construction and maintenance of rainwater harvesting systems as well as the safe collection and management of water resources.

Participants will each begin by digging holes of 2.75 x 2.75 x 1.9 meters. The construction work will be done by local skilled workers, with the help of members of the community for the unskilled labor.

Gutters will be placed on the roof and then connected to the tank by PVC pipe.

The filtration is accomplished using a ceramic filter with a colloidal silver coating. Three will be installed at the locations of the new cisterns, and 17 others will be placed in locations where there is already adequate storage capacity but no filtration capability.

Each filter, produced by CATIS-Mexico, is a low-maintenance ceramic water filter that removes 99.999% of bacteria and pathogens. Each filter produces about 24 liters of clean water per day, and will last 2 to 3 years.

Project Impact
123 people will benefit from the project.

Monitoring and Maintenance
The cisterns will have a life-span of 30 years on average. However, if well maintained, with periodic draining, cleaning, and re-surfacing, they can even last longer.

In addition, the roofs and gutters must be cleaned each year before the start of the rainy season.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Elena Neibaur

Comments
The project will enable the community to be self-sufficient, maintain safe water standards, and ensure the availability of water into the future.

Dollar Amount of Project
$3,512.89

Donations Collected to Date
$575.00

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
$2937.89

Conclusion of Central River Region Handpump and WASH Improvement Program – Phase 2 - The Gambia

Conclusion of Central River Region Handpump and WASH Improvement Program – Phase 2 - The GambiaThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Jeremy Mak. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to improve water access and sanitation conditions across 5 villages by repairing handpumps and doing small sanitation and hygiene projects.

Jeremy reports:

This project successfully repaired three broken handpumps, scheduled maintenance for three additional pumps, constructed one toilet and two showering places, and distributed soap.

Activities were focused in 5 ethnic Fula villages, benefiting more than 1,300 local women, children, and men with increased water access and improved hygiene and sanitation conditions.

On April 8, 2014, we traveled to Fula Kunda, a village whose two pumps we had previously been fixed through another Water Charity project last year. The team was composed of Demba Jaow, a government-trained Mark II pump mechanic, Jaye Jallow, our local coordinator, well-versed in pump repair and fluent in three local languages--Fula, Wolof, and Mandinka, and myself. Demba, Jaye, and I had previously worked together to fix 39 pumps in 23 villages in the area.

On our arrival, we found that one pump was not working at all, and the other one was leaking water from the bottom and not holding water. Each time someone wanted to draw water, they had to prime the pump to bring water up 22 meters. The team pulled out each of the pump's cylinders and pipes one at a time.

The first pump that was not producing water had issues in the cylinder. The metal clip that held the plunging head, gaskets, spring, and metal disc had broken, and the restraining check nut had fallen off the plunging piston. This caused the rubber pieces that push water up the pipes to fall out, rendering the cylinder useless.

In addition to adding a new clip, the team added a male pipe segment in the cylinder end piece to lock in the cylinder straps. The force of the pump operation had slowly started pushing the strap hooks out. The addition of the pipe will hold the strap hooks in places, preventing them from popping out and the end piece from disconnecting from the cylinder and dropping into the water.

After we tested the repair cylinder and put the pipes back into the well with new teflon seals, we also added a rod guiding plate between the water tank and pump head. This keeps the pipe rods aligned and reduces wear on the centralizer pieces and keeps the rods from grinding again the pipes. We also replaced the old check nut and centralizer and added grease.

The second pump at Fula Kunda had a broken end piece at the end of the cylinder. This end piece is older and has welded parts. The welded joint broke, allowing water to leak. We replaced this end piece with another one and added new rubber gaskets, teflon seals, and replacement hardware for some parts. As we put the pipes into the well, they got stuck on an obstruction on the way down. Once we were able to put them in, we noticed the pump started drawing sand and then stopped working. We concluded that some of the concrete rings within the well were starting to crack, letting in sand. The pipes likely got stuck to exposed rebar from broken rings.

We pulled out the cylinder, took out the sand that was clogging it, and put the pipes back in. By this time, the sun had set, and we had to close. Fortunately, when we returned on the 14th, we found that the second pump was drawing only miniscule bits of sand and clearing up. Both pumps were leak-proof and holding water.

Fula Kunda's women and girls can now reduce the need to walk to the neighboring village to draw water. However, we advised the village that it was likely that the well was breaking internally and had a chance of caving in. We suggested that they find a qualified person to open the well to investigate, and also plan for developing another water source soon.

Here is a video testimonial for the Fula Kunda pump repair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-tXpM1rexI

Last year, we visited Mount Carmel, an elementary school in Sare Gynalko village and saw that its garden pump was not working. This made it impossible to water the school garden. This year we were able to return. The pump is 17 years old and had not been working for 4 years. Misuse and abuse had completely destroyed the pump housing and handle. On April 9th, we pulled out the pipes and added new cylinder gaskets and seals, new teflon seals, and new centralizers and rod couplings. We also put in a new handle, head, hand axle, bearings, chain, hardware, and rod guiding plate. The pump is now producing water!

Here is a video testimonial for the Mount Carmel pump repair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKJoEykDSQM

For the Mark II pump repair component of this project, no new parts were purchased except for teflon tape. Replacement parts used in this project were brought out of storage--they were left over from our massive pump repair drive. Only modest transportation and communication costs and reasonable labor costs for Demba and Jaye were required.

Conclusion of Central River Region Handpump and WASH Improvement Program – Phase 2 - The GambiaThis project also funded scheduled maintenance for the 3 Bluepumps installed in 2012 through Water Charity's Choya, Si Kunda, and Kalikajara Pump Repair Project. SWE-GAM, the local distributor of the Bluepumps, will send a dedicated crew in the next month to Choya, Brikama Lefaya, and Madina Wallom villages to inspect each community's Bluepump cylinder, rods, centralizers, and internal parts and perform any necessary repairs/adjustment.

Bluepumps are much more reliable and durable than the Mark II and produce more water. We've found that these three Bluepumps have turned into local water holes for many villages. Herdsmen from Jamara now take their cows to Madina Wallom to drink. Children from Sambang and Buniadu drink from the Bluepump at Brikama Lefaya on their way to and from school. Early preventive maintenance is key to keeping these pumps working and the water flowing.

Next, this project constructed a toilet and two showering slabs in Brikama Lefaya village. The existing toilet was caving in and filling up. The slab was cracking as well. A new toilet dug down 4 meters and a concrete slab with reinforced metal was built. Local labor was used to dig the hole, and a welder fused the metal supports. The result is a stronger and long-lasting toilet.

Two showering slabs were built by Jaye and myself to give community members more comfortable and hygienic places to shower. We bought rebar, metal wire, concrete, and a bolt cutter from nearby Bureng. We also paid for a local tractor to bring in loads of sand and rocks.

We cut the rebar and tied sections with wire to make reinforced grids for the concrete. We then dug down about 4 or 5 inches for the slabs, inserted the rebar, and poured concrete. Next, we topped each shower slab with tiles to increase durability. Lastly, we made soakaway trenches around the slabs to promote good drainage of used water.

Lastly, we distributed soap to 9 families in Brikama Lefaya and Choya that regularly experience soap shortages. We purchased regular soap from Bureng and antibacterial soap from Soma. This injection of soap will give a boost to general hygiene in these villages and guard against common skin infections.

Thanks again to Water Charity for all your support! We were able to serve 1,300+ villagers in 5 communities with effective interventions with your assistance.

We are grateful to Jeremy for completing yet another important project. His dedication to the cause, shown by his repeated return on his own time and at his own expense, is worthy of the highest respect and admiration.

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Conclusion of Central River Region Handpump and WASH Improvement Program – Phase 2 - The GambiaConclusion of Central River Region Handpump and WASH Improvement Program – Phase 2 - The Gambia
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Conclusion of Kyarn Khin Migrant Community Bio-Sand Filter Project – Thailand

Conclusion of Kyarn Khin Migrant Community Bio-Sand Filter Project – ThailandThis project has been completed under the direction of Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Mark Cox. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to build and install bio-sand water filters in all 14 houses in the village.

Mark reports:

The Kyarn Khin Water Project, designed to help 14 Burmese migrant families set up their own bio-sand water filters, was completed successfully!

During a four-day training session, families worked together with students from a community development program (Wide Horizons) and RPCV Mark Cox to learn about, collect materials for, and eventually build their own water filters. These bio-sand water filters use plastic barrels, PVC piping and other materials from the local hardware shop, in addition to local materials like sand, stones and charcoal.

Conclusion of Kyarn Khin Migrant Community Bio-Sand Filter Project – ThailandThe first two days consisted of collecting sand, large stones, medium stones and small stones from the local area. The third day was used for the community training, and the final day consisted of a practice session and also the building session, in which community members and Wide Horizons students worked together to set up 14 water filters.

Challenges included one filter having issues with tap installation, and another filter having joint integrity problems. Both of these issues were solved by follow-up sessions.

Thank you again to Appropriate Projects for funding this program, as well as the generous donors who helped out. Also, special thanks to Emma Tobin (Wide Horizons teacher) and the Wide Horizons students who gave their time and effort in implementing the training."

We are grateful to Mark for his management of this project. We join him in again thanking the donors and students.

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Water Charity WHOLE WORLD Water Program – Cambodia

Water Charity WHOLE WORLD Water Program – CambodiaWe are pleased to announce the implementation of the Water Charity WHOLE WORLD Water Program – Cambodia.

In partnership with WHOLE WORLD Water, the program will be carried out by Water Charity, in coordination with the United States Peace Corps, to provide running water for people in rural areas of Cambodia.

The program is a concentrated effort to build new water projects in areas of great need. In its initial phase, 6 new projects will be implemented in various locations in Cambodia, and will directly benefit at least 1,800 people.

The program will focus on all aspects of supplying drinking water, with the allied objective of also providing water for sanitation, hygiene, and agriculture. Benefits will be sought in reducing morbidity and mortality, improving quality of life, improving food security, and providing economic benefits for direct participants and the community at large.

Typical projects will be wells, pumps, rainwater catchment systems, aqueducts, water storage systems, and irrigation systems.

Each project will utilize the appropriate technology to achieve the maximum reduction in illness and death caused by lack of water and/or the consumption of contaminated water. The design of each project will incorporate measures to maintain the improvements after completion.

All of the projects will be implemented under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) living and working in the locations where the projects are implemented, with the assistance of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who bring a wealth of background and experience to bear.

The overall program is being implemented under the direction of Stewart Mills and Christin Spoolstra, with the technical assistance of Bruce Kelsey. Stewart, an RPCV who served in Cambodia from 2011 to 2013, will spearhead the program.

Christin is a PCV currently serving her third year in Cambodia. She will coordinate the work of PCVs who are developing and implementing projects. She previously completed the Kandieng Reay Health Center Bathroom Project - Cambodia and the Hun Sen Prosaut High School Water Project - Cambodia.

Bruce is an RPCV who served in Cambodia from 2011 to 2013. During his service, he completed 10 projects in partnership with Water Charity. He developed several new technologies that will be incorporated into the new projects being started under this program. He also was extremely successful in raising funds for Water Charity projects, and will continue to assist us in soliciting outside funds to augment the work started by WWW under this program.

The program has begun, with the following projects already underway:

The list will be updated as new projects are started, and reports will be published as individual projects are completed.

You may donate to this program by clicking on the DONATE button below. All contributions will be used to continue to implement similar projects in Cambodia.


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Whole World Water
Whole World Water (WWW) is a program whereby participating members in the hospitality industry worldwide work to eliminate the environmental problems caused by bottled water by filtering and bottling drinking water on site and selling the water to their patrons.

Funds from the sale of WHOLE WORLD Water from hotel, resort, spa and restaurant members are contributed to the WHOLE WORLD Water Fund, a registered UK charity. 100% of these funds are invested in approved clean and safe water projects around the world.

Water Charity
Water Charity is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit that does water and sanitation projects around the world. In the past 6 years, it has implemented 1,600 projects in 60 countries.

Water Charity has helped Peace Corps Volunteers in Cambodia to implement 56 projects to date.

Peace Corps
The Peace Corps is a United States international service organization that sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change in the communities in which they live and serve.

The Peace Corps program in Cambodia began in 2007, and there are now 300 PCVs who have served. At present, there are 100 PCVs living and working in Cambodia available to implement projects under this program.

Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project - Cambodia

Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project - CambodiaLocation
Prosaut, Svay Teab District, Svay Rieng Province, Cambodia

Community Description
Prosaut is a growing community within Svay Teab District, Svay Rieng Province. As it is located along National Road 1 (the road which connects Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City) and is not far from the provincial town or the Bavet border crossing, there is a constant flow of heavy traffic.

Kandieng Reay Health Center officially services 21 villages in the area (with a population of 21, 493 according to a 2012 survey). However, the population has increased steadily since that survey and many people from outside those villages are also beginning to use the health center.

While last year the health center had 9 people on staff and between 1,200 and 1,500 visitors per month, now there are 11 on staff and 1,500 to 2,000 visitors per month. By next year, the staff is expected to double and the patient number to increase dramatically, particularly the number of overnight patients (now only about 10/month).

Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project - CambodiaIn the early 1990s, the health center consisted of only a triage center and maternity ward plus a pharmacy. In July of 2013, the health center received funding to renovate 2 buildings that a UN health program had abandoned when the TB rates in the area decreased sufficiently.

Now, there are extra patient wards to care for injuries and longer-term illnesses. The acquisition of an ambulance has further increased patient intake.

Problem Addressed
The health center has only one well to provide for all of its needs for patient care, including drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene. There is a single functioning bathroom, completed previously as a Water Charity project, located behind the maternity ward, far from the two new buildings.

There exist 3 other bathrooms, one shower, and outlets for water for drinking and cleaning, but there is not enough water to supply them.

Kandieng Reay Health Center Well Project - CambodiaProject Description
This project is to build a new well with a pump, and install a piping system and 3 water filters throughout the facility.

The project has been entirely planned by community members, and will be carried out under the direction of health center staff (including the co-director and a midwife), with extensive community input.

The well will be drilled by professional drillers using the technology common in the area. It is anticipated that the water table will be reached near 40 meters. The above-ground improvements, including a cement platform, will be built by skilled masons.

The new well will be fitted with an electronic pump to circulate the water to various parts of the center.

PVC piping will be installed to bring running water to the bathrooms, shower, operation room, and overnight patient/staff room.

3 water filters will be purchased and installed to ensure that staff and patients have clean, safe water to drink. These will most likely be of the type used by the Red Cross, and recommended by the Peace Corps Medical Officer.

Water Charity funds will be used to pay for equipment, materials, and skilled labor.

The community will contribute additional funds from reserves from the health center’s annual budget.

Project Impact
This project will benefit the 20,000+ residents of 21 villages who use the services of the Kandieng Reay Health Center.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
This project will be implemented under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Christin Spoolstra, who is serving as a third-year volunteer.

Christin previously completed the Kandieng Reay Health Center Bathroom Project - Cambodia and the Hun Sen Prosaut High School Water Project - Cambodia.

Monitoring and Maintenance
Health center staff will monitor the effectiveness of the water supply system, maintain its security and functionality, and perform all necessary repairs.

Comments
This is a necessary and cost-effective method for providing water for all patient needs, leading to improved patient outcomes while contributing to an improved work environment for the staff.

This project is being implemented as part of the Water Charity WHOLE WORLD Water Program – Cambodia. Donations to continue the overall program are being accepted on the program page.

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




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