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 Guatemala City Garbage Dump Water Filters Project – Part 2

Conclusion of Guatemala City Garbage Dump Water Filters Project – Part 2This project has been completed under the direction Liz Love, Adult Literacy Director of Safe Passage. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to provide 35 additional Ecofiltro ceramic water filters to serve 280 persons, comprised of families enrolled in the Adult Literacy Program.

The background of the project is as follows:

In May 2009, 42 filters were provided by Water Charity and given out to women who attended Adult Literacy classes as well as 4 placed in Safe Passage public areas.

In June 2010, 32 of these women requested and bought a clay basin replacement with a 50% discount of Q100.00 provided by the company Ecofiltro.

Conclusion of Guatemala City Garbage Dump Water Filters Project – Part 2This project resulted in an additional 35 new filters provided to women and men in 2010, all of whom participated in training regarding use and maintenance of the filters as well as general public health education.

The success of this effort can be seen from a PowerPoint presentation prepared by a Safe Passage Volunteer, entitled Ecofiltros for Safe Passage Families.

There are a number of factors to be noted in this project. The selected technology is easy to install, use, and maintain. It is in great demand by the participants in the Safe Passage Program.

The large majority of those who received the filters in the first project liked them so well that they proceeded to buy clay filter replacements for the units and continue to use them.

Most importantly Safe Passage has continued to work with the beneficiaries and to document the health benefits that have accrued from the consistent use of the filters.

The PowerPoint shows universal compliance with proper water filtration practices among those receiving the filters. It also shows a dramatic reduction of diarrheal disease reported by users.

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

Conclusion of Go Cong Dong Water Project – Vietnam

This project has been completed in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Vietnam. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to implement a rainwater collection project to serve about 150 people who lacked an effective way to obtain water for their needs.

The partnership was successful in designing and implementing a rainwater collection project, which resulted in service to 23 homeowners and their families in the district.

The families are involved in a microfinance project and had the option either to build large, concrete rainwater catchment containers or to buy large rainwater jars, depending on the location of each household.

Habitat’s Dana McNairn reports on the project by presenting two typical case studies from among those who have been served by this project:

Conclusion of Go Cong Dong Water Project – Vietnam Chuyen’s Family
For the last five years living in Rach Bun hamlet in Go Cong Dong district, Nguyen Thi Thanh Chuyen and her two children suffered from a severe lack of water, as did the majority of their neighborhood. Due to the low elevation of the area, the soil is becoming saltier every year. Chuyen’s family collected water from a river nearby and stored it in three jars, containing about 100 liters in total. However, as the season changes, ocean water surges into the river, the resulting water is undrinkable. Throughout this season, the price of fresh water shoots up to around VND 100,000 (US $5) per liter, a price few can afford.

Within three days of implementing the project, Chuyen hired a team to complete the construction of a concrete rainwater container, measuring approximately 2m X 3m. She can store about 25 times more water than before and ensure that her family’s basic needs for safe water are met. “We used to drink from the river,” she said, “but now, we’ve got a more healthy drinking water supply. Our lives are much more improved.”

Conclusion of Go Cong Dong Water Project – Vietnam Linh’s Family
On average, each person needs at least 2.5-3 liters of water a day for basic survival needs. This means the four large water jars that Phan Ngoc Linh’s family were using would only provide enough drinking water for two months, leaving her family with a dramatic shortage of water during the annual dry season.

Living in a coastal area of Tien Giang province, the family has limited access to safe clean water. Due to the area’s low elevation, the rise and fall of the tides infiltrate the soil, making it too salty for ground water wells. On the other hand, it is far too expensive to drill deep wells. Piped water is also not an option due to the remoteness of the area.

While the five members of Linh’s family used to rely on four jars of river water, they knew drinking river water was not healthy and the jars not sufficient. When the project was begun, Linh signed up immediately and waited for her turn to build a concrete rainwater catchment container.

Habitat provided technical expertise on construction, as well as safe water and sanitation practice. Households like Linh’s also received assistance for locating sources of affordable materials, as well as supports on simple methods of water purification. Financially, each family also received a microfinance loan with very low interest to be paid in three years into a revolving fund so that other households can access money in the future.

Unsafe water causes approximately 1.8 million diarrheal deaths every year. The project has delivered to homeowners like Chuyen and Linh a way to avoid serious diarrheal diseases while making everyday life easier and less costly.

The project is important in two aspects. First, it was designed to assist the families with whatever services and materials they needed for their individual needs. Second, the impact of the funds spent on the project was multiplied by an innovative microfinance program, which will result in more families receiving benefits far into the future.

Well Improvement Project – Mali

Well Improvement Project – MaliThis project is to line, cover, and reinforce five wells in a rural village in Mali. In addition to preventing further erosion and cave-ins at the mouths of the well, this will prevent contaminated surface water (and chickens!) from falling in the wells. Pulley systems will be added to make drawing water easier.

This level of infrastructure will be a new step for the poor farmers who live in the village. Some of the villagers currently take their drinking water from wide-mouthed uncovered wells without any treatment.

The project is being carried out under the direction of Pilar Lyons, a civil engineer serving as a Water Sanitation Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Mali. The village in which she lives has no running water, electricity, or roads (access is via a rutted dirt track, mostly traveled by foot, bike, and donkey cart).

Well Improvement Project – MaliHer job is to find out what sanitation improvements her community feels they need the most and help them make whatever practical changes they see as necessary. In addition to physical projects like improving wells, this includes behavior change work on things like using soap for hand-washing.

The five wells selected for this initial project belong to respected community leaders. Improving the wells of prestigious people converts a household utility item into a status symbol and increases general interest in sanitation.

Four of the wells are topped by a slab of timbers and packed earth, with an old donkey cart tire forming the mouth. Only two are lidded even occasionally. The fifth well has suffered extensive erosion at the mouth, and gapes to 3 meters (nearly 10 feet) in diameter at the surface.

Well Improvement Project – MaliLarge puddles of churned muck are a feature of several of the wells, because clothes washing and dishwashing take place next to the wells so that women don’t need to carry water a long distance before doing their work. Animals are watered at the well for the same reason. The addition of a concrete wash-area with associated infiltration pit will greatly ameliorate this problem.

The community will provide all of the labor for the project and a percentage of the materials. Project funds will go toward purchasing cement and tools to complete the work.

Once the project is complete, the standing Water and Sanitation Committee will continue to utilize the skills and knowledge of sanitary water supply gained during the project to improve other wells in the village.

$0.00 - The Water Charity participation in this project has now been fully funded through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Pilar of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by the PCV and/or other projects in the country of service.

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

Antsikory Well Project - Madagascar

Antsikory Well Project - MadagascarThe rural village of Antsikory is located in the commune of Antsirabe Nord, about a two hours walk from town, or an hour walk from the main road. The village is comprised of roughly 2,200 people, about 600 of them children under 5. There is a local primary public school and a local Antsikory Women's Group.

Villagers do not have access to public taps or other sources of clean water. There is only one well in the village, which is not adequate to serve the needs of the community members who live there. Most community members use the local stream to wash clothes and dishes, to bathe and to collect water. As the stream is often stagnant and is used for many purposes, it has become polluted with trash and other human waste. As a result, many of the children in village of Antsikory suffer from diarrheal diseases and schistosomiasis.

This project is to build two wells for public use by the community, and to carry out health education targeted at mothers and children concerning proper hygiene, sanitation and other prevention measures for diarrhea and schistosomiasis.

Antsikory Well Project - MadagascarThe project is being carried out by Peace Corps Volunteer Maya Rao, in cooperation with the Antsirabe Nord Women's Group, with involvement from the local Antsikory Women's Group, local leaders and village members.

The Antsirabe Nord Women's Group will provide transport of materials from Sambava to Antsikory. The Antsirabe Nord Women's Group along with the Antsikory Women's Group and village members will also gather gravel, sand, and rocks locally.

Community members will then help dig the first well along, with supervision and direction from a well construction expert. The well builder will proceed to complete construction of the well, and another worker will construct the fence.

Once the first well is complete, construction of the second well will commence and move to completion following the same plan.

Training will be provided to primary school students and their parents, and also the community at large, on prevention measures for diarrheal disease and schistosomiasis.

The Antsikory Women’s Group will maintain the wells, ensuring the sustainability of the project.

Through the construction of two wells, water is being brought to people who currently have limited access to safe water. The training sessions will ensure compliance with safe practices. The elimination of the use of contaminated river water will have a tremendous impact on the health and wellbeing of the community.

$0.00 - The Water Charity participation in this project has been fully funded, through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Maya Rao of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Maya and/or those of other PCVs in the country.

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

Hack & Slash Support Water Charity

Hack & Slash Cristmas ShowWe are excited to announce our partnership with Hack & Slash, who have stepped forward to raise funds for Water Charity at the Hack and Slash Christmas Special in Color.

The product of John Davis (Hack) and Spencer Humm (Slash), this all-new show features an original score and a slew of top-notch entertainers providing holiday entertainment for the entire family.

Four performances are set for December 17-19, 2010 at the Chesapeake Arts Center, Baltimore, MD.

Hack & Slash, in the generosity of the season, have committed to sponsoring five Water Charity Projects:

We are grateful for their support, and for their acknowledgement of the Water Charity mission to provide water and sanitation to all those in need in every corner of the world.

Conclusion of Moringa Tree Plantation Project – Togo

Conclusion of Moringa Tree Plantation Project – TogoThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer William Vu. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to start a Moringa tree plantation in a small village in the Savannah region of Togo.

William reports:

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.

Conclusion of Moringa Tree Plantation Project – TogoAlso, 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.

Conclusion of Moringa Tree Plantation Project – TogoConclusion of Moringa Tree Plantation Project – Togo
Conclusion of Moringa Tree Plantation Project – TogoConclusion of Moringa Tree Plantation Project – Togo

El Jícaro Concrete Floors in Homes Project - Guatemala

El Jícaro Concrete Floors in Homes Project - GuatemalaWith this project, Water Charity is extending our mission into an extremely vital area, the improvement of the home in order to impact on public health problems affecting the wellbeing of the community.

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.

El Jícaro Concrete Floors in Homes Project - GuatemalaThe 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.

El Jícaro Concrete Floors in Homes Project - GuatemalaThe 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.

Saly Escale Well Project – Senegal

Saly Escale Well Project – SenegalThis project is to build a new well which will provide potable water for community use, and also yield water for the irrigation of the community garden.

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.

Saly Escale Well Project – SenegalThe well will be constructed adjacent to the garden space run by the Saly Escale Women's Group. The garden sits beside the road connecting Saly Escale with all nearby villages.

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).

The garden will be a source of low-cost vegetables, and provide “food security”, for the underserved and financially depressed 200-person village community of Saly Escale. In addition, at least 200 other residents in surrounding villages will be served.

Saly Escale Well Project – SenegalDuring 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.

Saly Escale Well Project – SenegalThe 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.

Water Charity Eclectic Art Auction for Haiti and Senegal

The Water Charity Eclectic Art Auction for Haiti and Senegal will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2010, in Loma Linda, California.

The event is sponsored by Six Senses Resorts & Spas and the ANON Foundation.

Six Senses Resorts & Spas 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.

Anon Foundation 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.

Conclusion of Fruit Trees for Youth Nutrition Project – Samoa

Conclusion of Fruit Trees for Youth Nutrition Project – SamoaThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Elisa Law. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to plant and provide irrigation for sixty fruit trees at the Vaipu'a and Fogasavaii Primary School.

Elisa reports:

I am ecstatic to announce that the fruit trees have been planted by the students, under the direction of Ministry of Crops Division employees.

Conclusion of Fruit Trees for Youth Nutrition Project – SamoaThis project will continue to provide the students with healthy foods for the lunch program.

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.



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