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Water Charity is a 501©3 nonprofit that implements practical solutions to provide safe water, effective sanitation, and meaningful health education and public health services to those in need.
To date, Water Charity has implemented 700 projects in 60 countries.
Water Charity, in concert with project managers on the ground, surveys the needs, drafts the plans, assembles the resources, implements and manages the projects, and evaluates the results.
The Njoben Health Clinic is located on the paved road outside the village Njoben Wolof and close to the village of Jallow Kunda. The clinic provides care to the surrounding villages, including villages in Senegal.
The Holland Rotary Club built the clinic to provide health services to the area. There is a solar-powered Lawrence Pump system that provides clean water for patients and those living close to the clinic.
Currently the pump is not working. Water is now hauled in from the village of Njoben (open well) and also from another pump about 1/4 mile away close to Jallow Kunda.
This project is to replace the pump at the Njoben Health Clinic.
The water system for the clinic consists of a Lawrence Pump, powered by solar panels, two holding tanks, and piping connecting the components.
The tanks and solar panels are mounted on an elevated platform. The panels provide electricity to the pump, which is submerged in the well. The larger tank supplies the clinic while the smaller tank supplies the communities in the area.
The pump raises the water to the level of the platform, and running water is available for the clinic powered by gravity. There are spigots at each end of the back yard of the clinic.
Water Charity funds will pay for the pump and other necessary materials.
The clinic staff will help support the project by donating about $185.00 US.
This project will benefit the almost 1,000 patients per month who come to the clinic for services, plus the six staff members who live at the clinic.
Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
The project will provide the patients and the staff at the clinic with clean water for drinking, washing hands, and the bathing of women after deliveries.
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As most of you know, Tacloban city bore the brunt of what looks to be the strongest storm on record to ever make landfall. Lt. Col. Marciano Jesus Guevara of the Filipino military aid said that the biggest problem in Tacloban is a lack of clean drinking water. "Water is life," he said. "If you have water with no food, you'll survive."
Within days after the devastating typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, and while it was still ravaging Vietnam, Water Charity began this effort to get water filters to the victims. With over 800,000 evacuees still housed in makeshift housing, churches and community centers, and well before any refugee camps had been constructed, Water Charity was already organizing the delivery of life-saving carbon nanotube filters.
Our first shipment of filters was paid for out of our own pockets, and was flown to the Philippines personally by one of our colleagues to expedite distribution.
Far and away the best and most cost-efficient filter technology, these lightweight, durable and highly effective filters are engineered to less than a micron, and thus prevent all known pathogens, bacteria, cysts, protozoa, and even the smallest virus from passing through.
We started using this technology under our Filters for Life Program, so when the extent of the devastation became apparent, we were ready to step up and help with the relief effort.
The Sawyer filters are a practical, immediate, and long-term solution to the need for safe drinking water. They can last for over 10 years of heavy use, are washable, and are extremely versatile.
With filters ranging from $15 to $80 depending on usage, source water, and volume needed, there is no reason not to ensure that every single victim of this catastrophe can't at least have the best quality water possible.
The need for water is acute, and will be for quite some time. Long after this event has passed from the news, there will still be people without villages to return to, and helping them with this most basic of necessities is the most efficacious way to contribute to their health and wellbeing.
Waterborne illnesses are the scourge of refugee camps the world over. 80% of all diseases are waterborne, and the damage they do is compounded in the close-quarters and makeshift nature of any such camp. Help us prevent cholera outbreaks, amoebic dysentery, giardia and the host of other illnesses that are all too common in these situations.
Please give generously to this ongoing program. We will accept what you can afford, but we will give special recognition for donations of $100 or more.
Elmo Foundation, Charlottesville, VA, USA - $500
CannedWater4Kids, Sussex, WI, USA - $500
Dr. & Mrs. Gary Fraser, Redlands, CA, USA - $200
Carol Host, Glendale, CA, USA - $100
Elena Kramer, Raleigh, NC, USA - $100
Diane Ray, Chattanooga, TN, USA - $100
Robert & Sandy Barrett, Calimesa, CA, USA - $100
Gail Strasser, Perris, CA, USA - $100
Desmyrna Taylor, Loma Linda, CA, USA - $100
Wuro Yobi is a very rural community in the bush with a population of about 300. There is no electricity or running water. The community members are mainly cow herders and are very poor. A primary school was recently donated and built by UNICEF in 2008.
There is no source of clean water for the people of Wuro Yobi. There is a river 200 meters behind the school that is currently being used as the primary source of drinking water for the population. It is used for washing clothes and dishes, and the water is contaminated.
This project is to build a well in Wuro-Yobi.
The well will be located at the primary school, a central location for access by the children and the members of the community.
The construction of the well is a part of a project being funded by the Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP), which includes Water and Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities with the children at the school in order to improve sanitation and hygiene.
The overall PCPP program will also include a garden and nutrition project. Beds will be placed near the well and runoff will be directed toward the garden.
The hand-dug well will be 16 meters deep, which will provide an adequate water supply, even during the dry season. The digging has already been started with community contributions.
The well will be lined with 20 concrete rings, which will be fabricated on site. The engineer will first make two molds to begin fabricating the rings using cement, iron wiring and flexible boards.
Each ring will be lowered into the well by rope and straightened and aligned. The gaps will be filled with gravel and cement, making the well water tight.
A concrete top will be fabricated, and a hand pump and piping attached.
A drainage system will be built under the spout to reduce standing water by collecting and directing it to the garden.
The hand pump will be of the type generally used in the area and available locally. It will have a long handle and will be easy to operate by adults and children. It will be secured and monitored, and opened during certain hours.
Members of the water committee will be trained on pump maintenance and repair.
824 people will benefit from the project.
Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
The well will help change the lives of many by reducing the burden of obtaining safe water each day. The reduction in the use of contaminated water, along with the prevention of standing water, will reduce the incidence of typhoid and diarrheal diseases.
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Any contributions in excess of the project amount will be allocated to other projects directed by this PCV and/or projects of other PCVs in Cameroon.
This project has been completed under the direction of Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Jeremy Mak. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.
This project was to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene conditions in the region, and specifically to focus on the repair and installation of handpumps.
The Central River Region Handpump and WASH Improvement Project has been successfully completed.
Originally, this year’s Gambia Lifewater Project activities were designed to replace ageing Mark II handpumps in Gambian’s rural Central River Region with new, improved Bluepump technology. Many of the old, foreign aid-donated pumps in remote villages break due to poor maintenance and repair strategies, the lack of spare parts, and the absence of local knowledge and technical expertise.
If pump parts are not regularly replaced, this leads to mechanical failure. When pumps break, government and NGO assistance is usually unavailable. Villages become subject to the mercy of mechanics, who often use second-hand parts and overcharge. Communities either cannot afford repairs or are tired of paying for poor quality, expensive repairs for pumps that keep breaking down.
Desperate for water, locals sometimes pull out broken pumps, and revert back to using non-sterilized buckets and rope to draw water. In the process they contaminate protected water sources and return to using dirty water, exposing themselves to waterborne diseases. Thus, the cycle of poverty and ill health continues.
The recently developed Bluepump is a durable and much more sustainable answer to these breakdown-prone pumps. They do not require regular spare parts, produce more water, and have much longer life-spans. From its rigorous assessment of handpumps, Oxfam has called the Bluepump the best handpump on the market today.
In summer 2012, three Bluepumps were donated by the corporate sponsors of Fairwater, which manufactures the pumps, to Water Charity to install in three rural villages under the Choya, Si Kunda, and Kalikajara Pump Project – The Gambia. Additional donated Bluepumps were expected in December 2012, and summer 2013, but supply issues impacted their availability.
Rather than postponing this pump repair project and wait for Bluepumps to become available, this project shifted to repairing broken Mark II pumps and providing critical preventative maintenance to breaking and ageing pumps. As project plans had to unexpectedly shift, additional WASH side projects were postponed.
I volunteered to coordinate overall operations and supply chain management. Two local Gambians also served as key cogs in this project. Jaye Jallow led community relations and communications. Native to the area and fluent in the local Fula, Wolof, and Mandinka languages, Jaye helped villagers understand GLP’s mission and assists in pump repair and installation planning. Jaye and I surveyed local villages and conduct preliminary inspections on pumps in need of servicing or replacement. Demba Jaow, a trained and certified local technician, supervised Mark II repairs.
The Gambia Lifewater Project was fortunate enough to receive generous funding from Child Relief International that allowed the organization to broaden from solely fixing broken pumps to also performing preventative maintenance. Parts that were not completely broken, but wearing down were replaced. Instead of purchasing just a small number of critical parts such as cylinder components, axle bearings, handle axles, and chains, GLP also replaced rod couplings and check nuts, as well as hardware.
Moreover, for severely damaged Mark II pumps, GLP also bought replacement conversion heads, water tanks, riser pipe holders and gaskets, pipe sockets, handles, cylinder end pieces, and rod guiding plates, in addition to tools and neo-fermit and anti-seize pastes (to protect parts again corrosion). By greatly expanding its stock of repair parts and supplies, GLP drastically raised its ability to perform higher quality repairs, leaving less worn out parts behind that could cause mechanical issues later. This elevated thoroughness of repairs translated directly into more robust rehabilitations and most importantly, more reliable water supplies for local communities.
In total, 23 pumps in 20 villages were repaired at an average cost of $375 each.
To see a map of 2013 pump repair locations, CLICK HERE.
This summer’s work included rehabilitating ten pumps that previously broke down and were completely abandoned.
The initiative increased clean water access and restored water points for more than 10,000 women, children, and men.
For a complete list of Gambia Lifewater Project Summer 2013 Beneficiary Communities, with GPS coordinates, pictures, and videos, CLICK HERE.
We at Water Charity commend Jeremy for his outstanding work. We again extend our thanks to Child Relief International for providing the funding for this project, and to Beverly Rouse and Brian Lee for their additional contributions.
This project has been completed under the direction of Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) and Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) Laura Coberly. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.
This project was to participate in and expand upon a mangrove reforestation project in the village of Sipo.
The anticipated impact was to decrease erosion, improve the waterways, and reduce contamination of the water resources.
Reforestation took place in the villages of: Sipo, Ndorong Log, and Guague Bocar.
Total Senegalese participants: 128
Total amount of Avicennia planted: Approximately 4,800
Total amount of Rhizophora planted: Up to 350,000 (it was quoted that there are 10,000 propagules per sac)
The village of Sipo: Water Charity funding purchased 35 bags of Rhizophora propagules (37 were budgeted, but only 35 were available for purchase at the time of reforestation), and a Peace Corps SPA grant purchased 85 bags of propagules.
Peace Corps Volunteers and staff, and forty host county nationals participated in the reforestation day. The planting began around 8:00 am and lasted until approximately 2:00 pm. Men, women and teenagers were very active in planting and it was a highly successful day.
I negotiated the price per bag of propagules for the Water Charity funding after being quoted 7,000cfa by a local PCV, and a better price was established. Because of this reduction in price, the remaining Water Charity Funds were used to fund reforestation activities in the villages of Ndorong Log and Guague Bocar.
The village of Guague Bocar: Water Charity funding purchased over 2,400 Avicennia transplants for the September 14th Guague Bocar reforestation. This species was selected for this area because salinity is a major problem in this section of the Sine-Saloum Delta, and Avicennia can tolerate salinity better than Rhizophora.
Sixteen female and thirty-five male Senegalese Nationals participated in the reforestation (52 people in total including me). Participants included people from the villages of Guague Bocar, Guague Mode, Foundiougne and Mbam. Men, women, children and teenagers were very active in planting and it was a highly successful day.
The village of Ndorong Log: Water Charity funding purchased an additional 2,400 Avicennia transplants for the September 15th Ndorong Log reforestation. Both Rhizophora and Avicennia grow in this area. Avicennia was chosen in order to diversify the newly reforested species, and to ensure survival as it is nearing the end of the reforestation season, where water salinity is bound to escalate.
Fourteen male and twenty-three female Senegalese Nationals participated in the reforestation (38 people in total including me). Participants included people from the villages of Ndorong Log, Foundiougne and Mbam. Men, women, children and teenagers were very active in planting and it was a highly successful day.
Water Charity is extremely grateful to Laura for completing this outstanding project, achieving more than was anticipated, and accomplishing the desired results. It demonstrates the impact that RPCVs and PCRVs can have in the development process. It shows how collaboration with the Peace Corps, other organizations, and host nationals can multiply the impact, leading to truly meaningful change.
We are grateful to all who have donated to date, but want to extend our personal thanks to RPCVs Katherine Mario and Mary Pavelka. We are still accepting donations.
Sipo is an island village located in the Sine-Saloum Delta, Senegal. The village has a year round population of approximately 116 people, but it increases considerably during the tourist season.
Sipo is one of the 14 villages that make up the community managed MPA (Marine Protected Area) of Bamboung. The Bamboung MPA spans approximately 7,000 hectares, and is comprised of fourteen villages (for a total population of 30,000), each chosen for being located at the periphery of the Bamboung bolong (a Saloum Delta specific saltwater channel).
The area is known for its unique and rich mangrove forest ecosystem, over 30% of the surface area of the delta being covered by mangroves. These mangroves provide a habitat for a diverse array of tropical and subtropical animal and plant species and sustain the livelihoods of many coastal communities.
Mangrove branches, trunks, and roots provide a naturally effective form of flood and erosion control. They process and filter water, and treat and absorb waste (sewage) and toxins, thus reducing human disease.
The Senegalese population has increased from 3 million in 1960 to 10 million in 2000. This dramatic population increase has brought many complications, especially in the realm of sanitation and hygiene.
In Senegal, waterborne diseases are the main cause of mortality, particularly among children under five years old. There is an infant and child mortality rate of 160 per every thousand in rural areas of Senegal, with more than 17% of these deaths attributed to diarrhea.
Sine-Saloum island communities, such as Sipo, are particularly vulnerable to sanitation and hygiene issues because it is difficult to transport materials from the mainland to the islands. With over half of the population being under 15 years old, this problem is bound to escalate.
Mangroves have provided a natural method of erosion control and have kept waterways and water resources uncontaminated. However, due to its resistance to salinity and termite attacks (a major issue in Senegal), mangrove wood is sought after to be used in construction. It is often preferred by villagers as firewood because it burns longer and hotter, and the cutting of mangrove roots to remove oysters is an often-practiced, yet highly destructive occurrence.
The rate of decline in mangrove forests in Senegal has been greater than the rate of appearance, and the cutting intensities of mangrove wood are estimated to be between 1,500 and 5,700 individuals per hectare. This exploitation of mangrove resources exacerbates the problem of sanitation.
Without mangroves, there will be an increase in erosion, and waterways and water resources will increasingly become contaminated.
This project is to participate in and expand upon a larger mangrove reforestation project in the village of Sipo.
Approximately 50 Senegalese nationals and Peace Corps Senegal volunteers and staff will participate in a mangrove reforestation effort. Over 74 hectares of mangroves are expected to be planted.
A Peace Corps Small Project Assistance grant will cover the cost of 80 sacs of mangrove propagules (approximately 10,000 seedlings per sac).
Water Charity is funding the purchase an additional 37 bags of propagules (at 7,000 cfa per sac), and the transportation of the sacs from the mainland to the island.
116 people will directly benefit from the increase in mangroves on their island. The project will also indirectly affect the lives of all the people living in the Saloum Delta.
This project is being implemented under the direction of Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Laura Coberly.
During her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in 2010, Laura completed the Sokone Women’s Garden Well Project – Senegal.
She is now back in Senegal, working for 4 months with the Peace Corps on reforestation.
Please donate for this project by clicking the Donate button below.
This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.
This project has been completed under the direction of Rosângela Araújo, Vice President of Instituto Diamante Verde (IDV). To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.
This project was to construct two ferro-cement water tanks for rainwater collection, each with 30,000 liter capacity.
The project was to build 2 tanks and rainwater collection systems in Picos Village. In accordance with the plans two 30,000 liter tanks were built and are now in service.
IDV was able to empower institutional leaders, together with local leaders from school and community, to work together to accomplish the task.
The results of the project can be seen in the following video.
The work was performed in less than three weeks, particularly thanks to community support of the people of Picos Village, the Secretary of Education, and the City of Itiúba.
Previously, water had to be supplied to the town as needed by water truck. The new tanks allow the community to store water brought in by truck, but also to capture rainwater.
According to Prof. Jairo, 110 families are now benefiting from the completion of the cisterns and collection systems.
Meanwhile, the project "Water for Life" was selected in the category field experience by Mandacaru Award. The award is part of the set of actions of the Cisterns Program, coordinated by the Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger (MDS), through the National Secretariat for Food and Nutritional Security, in partnership with the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID) and the Brazil Sustainable Environmental Institute (IABS).
We are very glad to be able to bring new possibilities for better living in the semi-arid region of Brazil.
We thank Rosângela and IDP for completing this excellent project, the latest in an important series of projects in Itiúba. We again extend our gratitude to the Elmo Foundation for providing the funding.
This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Caroline Horlacher. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.
The project was to provide the people of Bendikwai with a sustainable source of clean drinking and cooking water through a community-wide network of rainwater harvesting systems.
The project was intended to reduce waterborne illnesses in the village of Bendikwai by providing every man woman and child with a clean and sustainable source of water. This goal was achieved in that the entire community now has access to clean drinking and cooking water.
Forty-five 400-gallon rainwater catchment tanks have been installed, and are now accessible to everyone, even during the long dry seasons.
For each installation, a wood or concrete stand was built upon which the tank was placed. Gutters and piping, along with tank structures where necessary, were then installed to capture the runoff.
The community contributed all labor for the tank installations and lumber for the tank structures.
Villagers have been instructed in, and will be responsible for, the maintenance of the installations.
The people of Bendikwai are deeply grateful for the assistance of Water Charity, and will continue to use and maintain the rainwater catchment tanks for years to come. Thank you again for your donation to this project.
We extend our gratitude to Caroline for completing this ambitious and important project, and again wish to thank the Paul Bechtner Foundation for providing the funding for the Water Charity participation.