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.

Conclusion of School Toilet Construction Project – Tanzania

Conclusion of School Toilet Construction Project – TanzaniaThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Jessica Meigel. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

This project was to provide latrines for use by the students at the Mahulu Primary school in Kitula Village, Tanzania.

Jessica reports:

The project battled through delays in raising the funds, the onset of bad weather, inaccuracies in the budget process, and increasing material costs. However the effort ultimately accrued to the direct benefit of 328 students and teachers, and added facilities of use to the entire village.

Project funds paid for lumber, rocks, sand, gravel, frames, and doors.

The community contribution to the project, amounting to 43%, included funds for bricks, and labor for water transport, digging, and loading.

The school sold a part of its tree forest to cover remaining expenses to complete the project.

We wish to thank Jessica for completing this project, and again extend our gratitude to The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust for providing the funding.

Conclusion of 52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 12 – Dantaxoune

Conclusion of 52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 12 – DantaxouneThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteers Marcie Todd, Garrison Harward, and Joey Johnston. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

In this project, Marcie and Garrison began to implement a new process to prefabricate a number of pumps at once and then take them out to the individual towns for installation.

Marcie reports:

The first day of our 5 pumps in 5 days challenge began with a trek to Joey’s village school located slightly inland from the Delta. Garrison and I prepared all the material, grabbed our bikes and hopped on an Alhum- a makeshift bus/van with bench seats able to carry more than 50 people. Once we made it to Joey’s road town we stopped for breakfast and made an unexpected friend who showed us photos of her past life and family members while we waited for Joey to arrive.

Joey, Garrison, and I strapped the materials to our bikes and made our way to the school down bush-path roads. A few times we got stuck in sand and had to walk the bikes through. The first thing we saw upon arrival was this huge prehistoric steel pump that pronounced problems for the future, but luckily we also had about 7 buff men including a happenstance mason around to help.

The men quickly grabbed materials and began disassembling the old pump and installing the new pump while Joey, Garrison, and I began the process of fitting pipe and threading the rope. The assembly was very quick and we even had time to build a step for the kids to better reach the pump handle. All in all, this pump install was a success and one of the easiest installs yet!

Pump Output: 33 Liters/ Min

Total Number of People Benefiting: 109, mostly children

Funder: Tristan Harward

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Conclusion of School Water Supply Project - Burkina Faso

Conclusion of School Water Supply Project - Burkina FasoThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Jennifer O’Meara. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

This project was to build a water supply system at the primary school by installing piping to the existing water tower in the village and placing a tap at the school.

Jennifer reports:

For this project, Association Pour le Developpement des Adduction d’Eau Potable (ADEA) added an extension of a pre-existing water network to bring potable water to one of the primary schools in the village.

This solution resulted from a collaboration with the director of the school to find the best alternative for providing water to the school.

The trenches were dug by the parents of the students, with each being responsible for a certain distance. Connection of the pipes and installation of the faucet were done by skilled workers.

Project funds were used for the purchase and transportation of materials.

Neighbors to the school have access to the water supply as needed. A small charge was instituted for the use of the water from the tower, ensuring that there will be funds for maintenance and repair.

The students now have clean drinking water. This is expected to reduce the gastrointestinal illness that comes from drinking unsafe water.

It is estimated that 300 people are receiving the benefits of this project.

We again wish to thank The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust for providing the funding for this project.

52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 12 - Dantaxoune

52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 12 - DantaxouneThis project is part of our 52 Pumps in 52 Weeks Program, being implemented by Peace Corps Volunteers Marcie Todd and Garrison Harward. To read about the program and follow its progress, CLICK HERE.

Dantaxoune, Fatick, Senegal

Community Description
Dantaxoune is a small village outside of Sokone, which is home to the only primary school for 4 villages. There were, as of 2009, 99 female students and 94 male students.

The school is special in its function, as it also acts as an economic center. They raise chickens and buy millet when the price is low to sell when the price is high. This builds a sense in the students and parents alike that going to school will lead to economic success.

52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 12 - DantaxouneIn 2008 Association Sine Salome installed a very large steel pump that could work for adults with large muscles, but the primary students had a hard time turning the wheel. They also installed fencing and a water basin for a school garden to increase the school’s economic potential.

In 2009 Peace Corps Volunteer Jessica O’Haren was contacted to help the school with tree pepinaires and at the end of her service she introduced Joey Johnston, the current volunteer, to Thiam and Diouff.

Thiam teaches Arabic, Diouff teaches French, and they both have a passion for the success of the school garden. Teachers in Senegal, as in many places, are not paid adequately and supplies for school are nil.

52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 12 - DantaxouneThe money made from the garden, along with the other agricultural economic activities, helps to supplement the costs for materials and payment to the teachers. The garden also provides supplements to the school’s lunch plan, instituted by the World Food Program, which feeds kids that come from the further villages.

When Joey came to help, he quickly realized the lack of water was hindering their economic success and possible yields in the garden. The garden was almost exclusively growing okra and bissap. Okra and bissap are like tomatoes and basil in the United States; everyone grows them.

Last school season they started working on a more varied veggie garden, but had a hard time watering. They are now, pulling water from a well without a pulley located 30 meters away, which is similarly as hard as the massive steel pump for the smaller students. Also, it is preventing the students from wanting to water every day, leaving the plants water starved.

Project Description
This project is to build and install a rope pump for the school in Dantaxoune.

Project Impact
193 students will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Garrison Harward, Marcie Todd and Joey Johnston

The installation of the water pump will alleviate many of the water issues and make caring for the garden much easier. In turn, it will provide the school food program with more supplemental food as well as money for materials and teacher-pay.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of Tristan Harward, of Cambridge, MA, USA.

If you now contribute $100, your name will be placed on the waiting list to adopt the next project in order.

If you wish to contribute less than $100, the money will be applied toward the overall program.

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

Conclusion of Eco Education Project – Cape Verde

Eco Education Project – Cape VerdeThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Leah Tai. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

This project was to assist with an overall environmental education plan, with particular focus on the Health, Hygiene and the Environment program.

Leah reports:

During this Environmental Education project the Câmara Municipal collaborated with the Delegation of Education, the private waste collection enterprise, SaLimpa, and school leaders to organize an Environmental Education curriculum for students and teachers. This plan was created in late 2009 and implemented throughout 2010, including speeches, ecocontests, environmental talks in the classroom, environmental games and crafts sessions, field trips and trainings for teachers.

Eco Education Project – Cape VerdeThe project goals included passing new knowledge to students related to environmental concerns and to teachers about how to incorporate environmental education in the classroom. The objective of the training sessions with teachers was to capacitate them with new skills to use in the classroom to approach environmental issues. The overall project, which was created and executed with various groups of professors and other stakeholders, would also create linkages between professors from different schools and collaborating institutions as well as improve the communities positive environmental habits and increase awareness about environmental issues.

The trainings were very positive, teachers learned a lot and reported that they used their new knowledge in the classroom during the final months of school. 535 participants acquired new knowledge or skills.

Teachers acquired knowledge/skills about climate change, biodiversity, and reutilization of trash for educational school materials. Students learned about reusing and recycling “trash”, the importance of separating different types of garbage, waste disposal, plants, and the value of green space.

Community members and teachers will continue to apply their new skills in the classrooms during the next school years.

Save the Sharks

The message below comes from Eva Shivdasani, Creative Director for Six Senses Resorts and Spas. It is important that each of us understands the importance of sharks to the vitality of our oceans and our world environment.

Eva is a passionate environmentalist who constantly takes action to bring about positive changes on issues that affect us all. Each of us should follow her lead and do our part.

Save the Sharks Dear Friends,

Please take a moment to read this, and I would really appreciate if you could send it to all your friends. We have to save the world’s Sharks for many reasons.

There are almost 100 million Sharks killed each year. Most of these are killed for their fins in order to make a tasteless soup. This soup is consumed in Asia and where Asians live, as a gruesome status symbol. (This soup is extremely expensive.)

This cruel and unecological practice has led to a 90° decline in the shark population over the last 50 years. Some large species like Hammerheads, Blue Mackerel and Tresher Shark have declined by 99.99%.

Shark finning is a very cruel and inhuman practice. The Shark is caught, lifted up in the boat, all the fins are cut off, and the live body is thrown back into the sea to sink to the bottom and slowly die.

Putting the cruel treatment of the Shark aside, we badly need the Shark for our eco system, to keep the ocean’s species balanced. The Shark is the top predator, and bringing its population to the brink of extinction will allow for another species to take over. This could be a disaster, as we cannot control which one will, and there seems to be an invasion now of stinging Jellyfish.

Because the Shark is the top predator and the ocean’s “vacuum cleaners” they are full of mercury. Therefore anyone eating Shark fin soup will also get a huge dose of mercury on their plate. As we know, mercury is one of the most toxic and dangerous substances around.

Unfortunately restaurants serving Shark fin soup have also popped up in the western world, and many people ordering it are oblivious to what a huge damage they are doing to their, and their children’s world.

We have worked for a long time in the Maldives to put a stop to shark fishing, as I wanted at least Maldives to be a safe haven for the Shark, and where people could come and see these majestic animals while diving. The Government has now finally put a ban on catching Sharks, so the Maldives might become the only Shark sanctuary in the world.

I have heard that some other places in the world have also banned Shark finning, which is wonderful news.

Please ban all restaurants serving Shark fin soup, raise your voice and tell them why. Please make sure the only sharks your grandchildren will see will not be in an aquarium, and that they can bathe in a sea without masses of stinging jelly fish.

If no one speaks up, nothing will happen, and when the demand stops there will be no more need to kill these beautiful creatures. They have lived on this earth for millions of years. In the short time we humans have been here we have managed to almost make them extinct, and all this for a soup!


Conclusion of Community Well Repair Project – Mali

Conclusion of Community Well Repair Project – MaliThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Emily Hurley. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

This project was to do 35 top-well repairs in the central village and surrounding hamlets.

Emily reports:

We have completed 35 top-well repairs throughout 4 villages in the commune of Dombila. Two trained masons teamed with local volunteers to reinforce well structure and equip wells with metal covers. In addition, each beneficiary site received training in essential behaviors around the well areas and water treatment.

The project went smoothly, and our project objectives held throughout. We assessed the project with an evaluation event where PCVs teamed with Water and Sanitation Committee Members to assess well structure and sanitation.

The goals of construction and training were reached, and all but 4 of the sites reached the behavioral standards for well treatment and cleanliness spelled out by the committee. The committee then returned to these sites for additional training with beneficiaries.

Conclusion of Community Well Repair Project – MaliThe project was successful in training of over 700 beneficiaries on well sanitation, improved standing water, and water quality.

The project resulted in the committee improving in its management techniques and decision-making capabilities. In addition, we strengthened relationship with groups within and outside of the community working on similar goals.

The participants reported a noticed improvement in water quality and a decrease in water-borne diseases among beneficiaries.

In addition, the project greatly built the capacity of the masons. Last year, these two masons were but apprentices, but the quality of the top-well repairs only improved during the project. Now, these two men demonstrate high ability in technique of top well repaired and are groomed for similar work should it arise in the future.

To provide for sustainability into the future, each well site now has a packet of information on how to maintain their well, and many have established savings for upkeep costs. Sites are also required to pay a membership fee to the committee every year as reparation insurance. Each committee member is in charge of 3 to 5 wells and will report any problems, behaviorally or structurally, at monthly committee meetings. Members will also remind well owners to treat the water with chlorine at the start of every month.

We are grateful to Emily for completing the project and to The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust for providing the funding.

Conclusion of 52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 11 - Thiawando

Conclusion of 52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 11 - ThiawandoThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteers Marcie Todd and Garrison Harward. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

Garrison reports:

After a long break I was excited to get back to installing pumps. This was my 6th install, and going in I finally felt like I had worked out all the kinks, and that I knew the system and things would just go smoothly as well. They did!

This was by far the easiest and most successful install yet for the Kaolack side of this project. We started out at the beginning of the week with the well cap as usual and quickly discovered that beyond just being motivated in terms of work, this village is quite creative.

We finished pouring the cement and mentioned that it might be nice to decorate the cap with some of the extra red and white stones. The men helping us took this idea and ran with it. They made a pattern around the outside alternating the colors and then wrote out Alhamdoulilahi (grace be to god) and made two crescent and star Islamic symbols on either side. They were quite proud of their work.

Unfortunately we finished a little late in the day and it looked like a pretty big storm was on the way. Not wanting their beautiful craftsmanship to be washed away, the men quickly ran out into the fields to cut tall grass which they arranged over the cap to protect it from the rain. This ingenious solution worked like a charm. Apart from a few minor raindrop indentations the cap cured nicely.

At the end of the week we came back to do the install and unfortunately it was not raining. In Senegal when humidity reaches 100% and the sun beats down at close to 100 degrees, people don’t work. We were on a schedule however so we got to it.

We installed the cap, fed the rope through the pipe and then lowered everything down. This well turned out to have several lips where it got narrower below the water line, but since we couldn’t see this we were having trouble knowing if we were really on the bottom. Never fear though, on a hot day such as this there was no shortage of volunteers ready and willing to go down into the well to check.

Once assured we were on the bottom we finished the install and started cranking. The kids ran up to play in the water, while the adults who had previously been somewhat skeptical looked in wide-eyed amazement and immediately started praising our work. One man walked up to me shook my hand and said “May god give you the strength to install these pumps all over Senegal.”

Satisfied but very tired we went back to C.J.’s compound (The PCV in Thiawando) for lunch and a nap. Not more than two hours later a man from the next village came by because he had seen the pump and wanted to know how he could get one for his own village. He was just about ready to schedule the date right then, but I told him to wait and see how people like this pump before we make a decision. Looks like I might be back in this region very soon.

This large community with only two wells has never had easy access to fresh water. With this new source they are already discussing possibilities for starting a community garden and fruit tree nursery. Based on what I’ve seen here they certainly have the motivation and dedication to get the job done. This is just the start of many good things to come in Thiawando.

Pump Output: 26 Liters/ Min

Total Number of People Benefiting: 800

Funder: Susan Smith

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Conclusion of Regional Reforestation Project – Cameroon

Conclusion of Regional Reforestation Project – CameroonThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Matthew Cleaver. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

This project was to assist community leaders in remediation of the causes of deforestation, erosion, soil infertility, and desertification, all of which directly impact on the availability of safe water.

The project was designed to support the local economy by providing financial compensation to local tree nurseries for the trees planted.

Matthew reports:

The project was implemented by six local tree nurseries, which produced 1,620 trees for 24 community groups. Upon receipt of the trees, these groups out-planted and commenced care for them.

The project combined the leadership and organizational skills of community leaders from groups such as schools, churches, and mosques, with technical knowledge of local tree nurseries.

The goal of the project was to improve environmental conditions and community practices in the area. Additional objectives were to support local tree nurseries (directly through financial compensation for the trees planted an extension of additional technical expertise, and indirectly by developing a local marketplace for trees), to improve the community development skills of local leaders, and to educate local communities about the environment and the importance of trees.

The project successfully achieved two objectives. First, local tree nurseries benefited: they received technical support and consequently strengthened the technical expertise. They produced 1,620 trees and were financially compensated at the market rate. The local marketplace for trees became more developed as leadership skills of community leaders were enhanced through project planning, meetings, and community organization for project implementation.

Tree nursery managers have acquired knowledge and skills in tree production, marketing, and income generating activities. Their capacity to independently produce and sell trees has been increased.

Secondly, community leaders received some education on the environment and the importance of trees. However, the extension of this information to the respective communities has been only minimally effective thus far.

Community leaders have acquired knowledge and skills in project planning and implementation as well as leadership and organizational skills. Their capacity to design and manage projects effectively has been increased. They have also acquired extended skills in tree transplanting and care. Their capacity to manage trees and pursue further reforestation efforts has been increased.

It is estimated that 1,000 people directly benefited from this project.

We again wish to thank The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust for providing the funding for the Water Charity participation in this project.

Conclusion of Community Latrine Project – Togo

Conclusion of Community Latrine Project – TogoThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer A. Landis. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

This project was to develop a set of ecological community latrines (sometimes called eco-san latrines) to serve the population and visitors in a location where no public latrines existed.

PCV Landis reports:

The community feels that they have reached the goals and objectives as the latrines were completed roughly on schedule. They have already begun operating the latrines for public use and all the responsibilities in regards maintaining the latrines have been assigned to designated persons.

This goes to demonstrate that they have the will and the capacity not only to change their lives but the lives of their children as well since latrines could last generations if preserved in good working order.

With the project's completion, the 150 villagers now have an adequate place to defecate and urinate. They have also been trained by the local PCV and health workers on how to maintain this specific type of latrine.

The community members have been shown how the human waste can be stored and applied safely in a garden, to act as fertilizer without illness befalling those who eat the garden's produce.

The quarter development council has gained experience on how to manage a development project, and what obstacles tend to appear when such an activity begins, and how to avoid them.

Trust has been increased among the members of the community. The project has given community members the motivation to embark on other project ideas to develop the quarter. With one success it is possible they can defeat many decades of the cynicism that hangs around development work like a cloud.

The quarter community members have taken on the responsibility for the maintenance of the latrines and all the costs associated with them. These costs will come out of revenue gained from non-community members who use the latrines and pay a user fee. If these funds are insufficient, the community itself will provide the funds.

They will maintain the latrines by emptying the fecal matter every 6 months and the containers of urine as they fill up.

They will use the human waste for fertilizer in a nearby garden so that other villagers can see that such a fertilizer is safe and effective to use.

The development council now has both the experience in project management and design to use this project as a springboard for other project ideas.

We wish to thank Peace Corps Volunteer A. Landis for completing this project, and again extend our gratitude to The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust for providing the funding.


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