The mission of Water Charity is to implement practical solutions to provide safe water, effective sanitation, and meaningful health education to those in need.
The project village, Saly Escale, is the capital of the 'Communauté Rurale de Saly.' Saly Escale is located approximately 20 km southwest of the capital of the 'Département de Koungheul.'
Saly Escale has one Peace Corps well (built in 1973) in the Southwestern corner of the village that serves the entire community's water needs while also providing a water source for women visiting from out of town with horse carts and buckets.
The location selected for the new well location sits only a few kilometers west of the ruins of a second well that collapsed in 1998 because of improper construction techniques. The new well will serve as the primary well for the northernmost ‘quartier’ that sits farthest away from the existing 1973 well. Both of Saly Escale’s “poles” will have easy access to a free water source.
Local (and out-of-town) women will therefore be able to pull from this new public well and either: (1) Carry the water back to their nearby homes, or (2) Cart it back to their villages over the main road.
The new well will service the at-large community’s water needs for domestic use, such as drinking, cooking, bathing, laundry, and cleaning. It will also provide a dry-season irrigation source for the community’s vegetable garden (sized 40m x 50m).
During the nine-month drought season, local diets consist of meals stretched with grain staples, such as imported rice. These grains are intended to “fill bellies” and are often devoid of the requisite nutrition outlined in a proper balanced diet.
Currently, traveling produce vendors purchase fruits and vegetables for resale in the town of Koungheul (20 km away on a poorly maintained road) and return home to sell it. For the residents of Saly Escale, this produce can be prohibitively expensive due to value-added costs tacked on after transporting produce between Koungheul and distant agricultural centers and then finally between Koungheul and Saly Escale.
With water for irrigation readily available, a community garden will yield surpluses of fruits and vegetables for sale in neighboring communities during the lengthy drought season. This profit-making venture will be mutually advantageous for both Saly Escale and its neighbors, as it will offer communities facing similar circumstances an opportunity to purchase Saly Escale’s vegetables at a lower price than those purchased in and transported from Koungheul.
Saly Escale’s groundwater is potable and can be reached by digging down to the water table, about 15 meters deep. The well will be about one and half meters in internal diameter and lined with a cement “skin” to insure longevity.
The well walls will be reinforced with iron bars that resemble the standard ‘I’ beam used to reinforce large-scale steel construction projects in the United States. The iron beams will constitute a large portion of the project cost, but are vital to the long-term structural integrity of the well.
The well will have an inclined cement “skirt” surrounding the base at the ground surface. The “skirt” will allow water to run downhill and away from the cement borehole, keeping the well water free from debris, manure, and pesticides. It will also allow the water that runs off to be used for irrigation of the garden.
The well will be dug by hand by a Senegalese team of professional well diggers. They will reside in Saly Escale for the duration of the job, and will be hosted by members of the community.
All supplemental equipment and material, including buckets, rope, and pulleys, will be purchased by the community.
The project is being implemented under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Matt Gardine. Matt previously completed the Saly Escale Latrine Project – Senegal in the same community.
This project has now been fully funded, through the generosity of The Montgomery College Office of Study and Travel Abroad, and the students of Montgomery College.
Any donations using the Donate button below will go toward additional water and sanitation projects in Senegal.
This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.
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On April 4, the ANON Foundation Board voted to back two Water Charity programs. In coordination with the Peace Corps, the first was to implement a series of water and sanitation projects in Senegal. The second was to build water storage tanks in the Dominican Republic as well as Haiti.
The ANON foundation pledged $12,500 for the Senegal projects and $10,000 for the Haiti Projects. Six Senses graciously offered to match the commitment.
On the basis of the commitments, Water Charity implemented the programs.
The Ferro-Cement Tanks for the Dominican Republic and Haiti Program began immediately. Three tanks were built in the Dominican Republic. In the course of the construction a team of Haitians living in the Dominican Republic was trained by Peace Corps Volunteers in the technology.
The trained team was dispatched to Haiti, and is in the process of building 8 new tanks, and will continue to build more as funding permits. The need is huge, especially in light of the current cholera epidemic.
A concentrated effort to double the number of water and sanitation projects in Senegal as a coordinated effort was undertaken. The goal has been met, with 50 projects implemented through our regular Water Charity model and our Appropriate Project initiative.
Water Charity is a 100% volunteer effort, so all donations are immediately applied in full to projects in the field. Funds collected go to reimburse our general fund for money advanced, so we always have money for the next round of projects.
If you would like to attend the fundraiser, contact us through our Contact page, and we’ll send you an invitation.
If you wish to donate funds to be applied to the fundraiser, use the Donate button below.
The project was to plant and provide irrigation for sixty fruit trees at the Vaipu'a and Fogasavaii Primary School.
I am ecstatic to announce that the fruit trees have been planted by the students, under the direction of Ministry of Crops Division employees.
Elisa has another project underway under our Appropriate Projects initiative, the Vaipua Sanitation Project - Samoa.
We again wish to thank Six Senses Resorts & Spas for providing the funds for this project.
Great turnout for this event, in partnership with Community Work Day and Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter.
We picked up truckloads of trash AND pulled about 8 cars out of the cane fields.
Great job everyone! More +H2O events to come.
After the final count, we got this report:
Just what was recorded at North Shore Clean Up:::::4 hours-169 volunteers-4 miles-13,400 pounds of trash of solid wastes and metals including 8 recovered cars-1713 cigarette butts-drug pipes and syringes-212 food wrappers-159 plastic bags-339 caps and bottle lids. The North Shore of Maui is now a much cleaner, and safer, place. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.
To see photos of the event, CLICK HERE.
In addition, clean up participants, as well as the community, will attend an evening Fundraiser, with proceeds going towards the +H2O Water Charities Fund, contributing to future +H20 clean water projects.
Positive H2O is a team of four professional windsurfers, international athletes and watermen, bound together by a passion for their profession, love of the water and desire to make a difference in the world.
Positive H2O has committed to putting on events, sponsoring and implementing projects, and raising funds to assist Water Charity in our worldwide effort to provide water and sanitation to those in need.
To date, Water Charity has initiated over 300 projects in over 60 countries. This collaboration will allow us to continue to impact upon death and illness resulting from waterborne diseases and to provide access to safe water for everyone in the world.
Positive H2O has already begun to raise money for Water Charity through a campaign to encourage donors to Donate on the Water Charity website.
The work of Positive H2O and their relationship with Water Charity is further described in a new article that appears in Windsurfer International magazine.
This project has been completed. To read about the conclusion of this project, CLICK HERE.
The project was to construct a new health hut to serve the villages of Foulamory Demba, Foulamory Yero, Saere Djiba and Saere Sawaly, in the Kolda region of Southern Senegal. Water Charity participated in the construction by providing funding for the water and sanitation parts of the project.
The primary goal of the project was to create a community health structure for the four rural villages where I worked, so that people would be able to seek timely treatment for their injuries and illnesses, and so that women would have a safe place to give birth assisted by a trained midwife.
The structure was completed, and services were commenced. Olivia describes how the project was received:
The health hut is currently functioning extremely well, and the two mid-wives chosen by the community are about to start a six month training in the nearest city of Velingara.
The community will have access to immediate diagnosis and treatment of their health issues, and will be referred to the larger health clinic in the area for treatment of more complex health problems.
The community of Foulamory is very grateful, especially the women who now do not have to travel the 5 km to the nearest larger health clinic to find medicines for their children.
Thank you very much for your contribution to the project!
In addition to this project to build the health hut, Olivia also completed the Foulamory Health Hut Well Project - Senegal under our Appropriate Projects initiative during her service. She is looking to do another project before completing her service in Senegal
We are grateful to Olivia for the great work she is doing.
We again wish to thank Six Senses Resorts & Spas for providing the funds for this project.
Corinto is a secluded community, removed from nearby cities by mountains and horrible roads, giving the community a nest-like feel. Pine trees, banana and coffee trees, and cornfields color the landscape.
Improving the quality of the water in Corinto is a high-priority issue because of the high incidence of water-borne disease.
Peace Corps Volunteer Mark Gruen has been working with the Asociación Comunal Pinares de Corinto (ACOMPINCO), the communal water association. That organization has received funding and technical support from Living Waters for the World (LWW), a U.S. based NGO.
A 100-meter deep well has been dug on a small lot near the center of town to provide the water source. An adjoining small building has been constructed that will house the water purification system and the pump.
Water will be purified and transported in 5-gallon jugs to houses that do not have access to clean water, and sold at a greatly reduced rate.
3,100 residents of Corinto who currently do not have access to clean water will benefit immediately from the project.
We are pleased to be able to jump in quickly and assist in the completion of this critical project.
Any donations using the Donate button below will go toward additional water and sanitation projects in El Salvador.
The project was to construct three latrines for a school system in rural Guatemala.
The Community of Cojxac came together to construct 3 latrines, using old 500 ml bottles, for the elementary, middle, and weekend middle school students. Each family that had at least one student in the elementary or middle school was asked to donate 5 stuffed (with inorganic trash) 500 ml bottles, 5 Quetzales and 1 day of work.
The 500 ml bottles were used instead of cement blocks for the walls of the latrine. The 5 Quetzales was used to pay for the Mason. The day of work included tasks such as stuffing bottles with trash, collecting and washing trash to be stuffed in the bottles, digging and constructing the wooden frame.
The construction of the latrines took a total of 14 days.
Casey expressed the gratitude of the community and the students:
The mayor of the town came to the inauguration where he told me that:
"The community of Cojxac and its students greatly appreciate the time and effort you and Water Charity have put forth in the construction of these latrines. If it weren't for you, the school would be closed due to the health violations related to the previous latrines. Thank you"
We are grateful to Casey for completing this important project, which demonstrates a new technology that is extremely beneficial to the environment.
We again wish to thank The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust for providing the funding for this project.
This project, to build a ferro-cement tank for water storage, was the third to be implemented under Water Charity’s Ferro-Cement Tanks for the Dominican Republic and Haiti Program. It was the largest to be undertaken to date, and built upon the technology developed during the construction of the prior tanks.
In the community of La Colorada in Maimon, Puerto Plata, a ferro-cement reservoir tank was constructed with a capacity of 50,000 L. The tank is part of a water system that will provide potable water to 135 households, three churches, and a primary school.
The construction, which took place over a five-day period, was part of a program to train masons in ferro-cement techniques, with the aim of popularizing this low-cost method to more effectively meet water needs in underserved communities, particularly in Haiti.
The pictures demonstrate the construction process. Through the construction of these three tanks, the Haitians have gained proficiency in the technology, and are now capable of replicating the process in various locations in Haiti that are in dire need of water storage capacity.
We again wish to thank Six Senses Resorts & Spas for providing matching funds for this project. Without their commitment, this project, and the entire ferro-cement tank program, could not have become a reality.
Eighty-two percent of the homes have a latrine that was built by an organization called FONCODES thirteen years ago. Many of these latrines are no longer in working order. The other eighteen percent has no form of hygienic services.
Nineteen percent of the population in Huanaco has had a severe case of diarrhea in the past month and had to seek treatment. The three crucial components to reducing preventable cases of diarrhea are first and foremost building proper hygienic services facilities, then washing hands at critical times, and finally, improving the quality of drinking water.
The current situation creates a health, environmental and sanitation risk, which the community members fully recognize. However, the inhabitants are unable to put forth the money to construct new bathrooms for a future sewage system, nor do they have the funds to build new household latrines.
This project is being implemented under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Frieda von Qualen. Frieda worked with the Development Committee to elect the Hygiene Commission for Huanaco, made up of three men and three women. The Hygiene Commission will carry the project forward, with the support of the district municipality.
This project is to build two public bathrooms (each bathroom having a men's and a women's room), for the use of the entire community.
The project will also include educational sessions, to be attended by the entire community, to raise awareness of public health issues. These will include the construction, use, and maintenance of latrines, the importance of proper hygiene, the maintenance of a clean water supply, food preparation, and recycling.
The community has located the appropriate site for the two public bathrooms.
The community will supply the bricks, which have already been acquired. In addition they will also provide a portion of the roofing materials, unskilled manual labor, and the tools for the project.
The community made arrangements for the bricks for the buildings, and they are now available in anticipation of the start of construction.
The municipality will transport the materials to the work site, and the construction of the bathrooms will begin. An engineer from the district municipality will appoint a head worker to lead the construction.
The families have all agreed to pay a nominal monetary amount to help with the costs of the roofing materials.
The community is planning to have a faena (a day where the whole community works together on a project) to build the bathrooms. Each family will lend the tools from the household for the construction.
In total, the community is contributing approximately 34 percent of the project costs. The district municipality is also contributing approximately 17 percent of the costs through transportation of materials and skilled labor.
Maintenance of the facility by a paid person will ensure that standards of cleanliness are maintained and that the use of the bathrooms will be sustained.
This project not only provides the physical structures that will enable a more hygienic and healthier community, but also delivers an educational component that will ensure the necessary behavioral changes.
The participation of Water Charity in this project has now been funded, through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.
Any donations using the Donate button below will go toward additional water and sanitation projects in Peru.
This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.