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.
The project was to start a Moringa tree plantation in a small village in the Savannah region of Togo.
Once we were able to secure the funds in early March, we set off immediately to purchasing the necessary materials for the Moringa tree nursery and plantation, and by April the nursery was already up and running. As soon as the rains started consistently arriving in June, almost the whole village of Nassiegou (neighboring village near mine) was out in the field digging holes for these trees.
With the generous land grant from the village chief, we were able to use 3 hectares to plant 10,000+ Moringa trees!, not a small number by any means. We also tried planting mango and leucena trees, but they did not successfully germinate as we had hoped, but we reordered a new batch of seeds, and will seek a new preparation process before the next rainy season the following year.
Also, although there had been funds designated for the implementation of a literacy training, we decided with the consent of the community to use the money towards the construction of four water pumps from the areas where these village women live. We do not want to diminish the need for having an adequate level of literacy, but access to potable water is more of a pressing issue as just a means of sheer survival.
Imagine spending an hour or two every other day trying to fetch water for daily household needs and walking a mile roundtrip to transport it. It was hard for even for me to fathom, and it’s normally only females who are relegated to this tiresome task. So when I heard that there was an external contractor willing to construct these pumps, with the precondition that we raise money from the community to ensure future reparation costs, I jumped at the opportunity.
William tells about the current status of the plantation:
The trees are about a meter tall. This is where we expected them to be by the end of the rainy season despite the lack of rainfall this year. We are estimating that by next rainy season that the trees will have grown to 2-3meters tall, and the leaves will be ready to harvest. In the meantime, we decided to use the little that was remaining of the money to produce liquid soap and sell it at an affordable price to promote hand washing in the region.
On the future of the project, upon his completion of service, William reports:
I am leaving it in the hands of the women and my two counterparts who have both worked endlessly since the inception of this project. This is what we had planned, as one of the goals from the outset was sustainability.
My replacement Peace Corps Volunteer has also added that he would willingly work with the women and my two counterparts to ensure the success of this project. Thus, I know that the project is in good hands.
Lastly, I just want to add that it was a great pleasure working with these women and my two counterparts. In Togo, where everyone has their own needs to attend to, these women were always ready to head to the field at six in the morning and work tirelessly in the backbreaking sun just to ensure the success of this plantation.
To see a video of the message of gratitude from the women, CLICK HERE.
We extend our thanks to William for his fine service, extending from the Moringa Ride – Togo: A Move to Reduce World Hunger to the implementation of this plantation.
We again wish to thank The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust for providing the funding for the Water Charity participation in this project.
In the past, we have focused on providing safe water and effective sanitation for those in need. “Sanitation” has mostly been limited to toilets, latrines, and drainage. In this project, we address a third part of our mission, the provision of public health resources to improve sanitation and hygiene.
This project is to construct 64 concrete floors in homes that presently have only dirt floors. The concrete will be mixed on site and poured and finished to a thickness of 6 centimeters.
The project will be implemented in the community of El Jícaro, Comitancillo, located in the department of San Marcos, Guatemala.
The objective of the project is to decrease the transmission rate of preventable infectious diseases (especially respiratory infections and diarrheal diseases) among rural families by improving sanitary conditions and hygiene within the home, resulting in healthier, more productive families.
The project has been planned by the community leaders and health promoters, together with other community members, who have been participating in monthly preventive health education activities since June 2010. The project grew out of an evaluation of the needs, which resulted in a determination that this project will address a problem of critical importance to the community.
The project is being implemented by Peace Corps Volunteer Lauren Truxillo. Lauren has been in site since July 2009, working in coordination with the local Health Center to train health promoters in preventive health.
As a Healthy Homes Peace Corps Volunteer, Lauren trains community health promoters and community leaders about preventive health education, and monitors the health promotion activities they carry out within their community. She trains them in organizational and project design skills so that they may develop the capacity to continue planning successful community projects in the future.
The community has undertaken the responsibly to carry out the project in its entirety, from planning and monitoring the project to managing funds and distributing materials. Additionally, they will contribute 100% of the labor expenses, which is 38% of the total project cost.
Project funds will be use to buy the materials, including cement, gravel, and sand necessary for the construction of the floors. (It is to be noted that the small stream that runs through the community is not a sufficient source of sand for the project.)
The project will directly benefit the 451 people who live in the homes, including the 74 women and 6 men who participate in the trainings.
This project has now been fully funded, through the generosity of friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Lauren Truxillo.
We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Lauren of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Lauren and/or those of other PCVs in the country.
This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.
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.
Six Senses is socially- and environmentally-conscious resort management firm, and a major supporter of Water Charity projects throughout the world.
The ANON Foundation supports global research, development projects and advocacy initiatives that benefit underserved populations.
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.