We do small but critical water and sanitation projects worldwide using appropriate technology. We invite your participation.
As an initiative of Water Charity, we do small but critical water and sanitation projects. Each one is a solution to a problem, costs no more than $600, and uses appropriate technology. We start them at once and complete them very quickly.
We work with Peace Corps Volunteers serving throughout the world, who assist people and organizations in or near the communities where they live or work to identify, implement, manage, and evaluate the projects.
Each project has a high impact, resulting in clean water and effective sanitation for individuals, families, and communities. We are flexible, and can react to emergencies.
We offer you, individuals and organizations alike, the opportunity to participate in our work, and fund these projects, in whole or in part.
At this time, we are not accepting unsolicited proposals. However, if you are a Peace Corps Volunteer or a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and have a project in mind, give us a brief description and we'll get back to you promptly.
The project was to build and repair water catchment systems and construct latrines for the poorest members of the community.
This project has been successfully completed.
Two new latrines were constructed as planned. In addition, enough materials remained to allow for the construction of the floor for a third latrine.
The work was done by two local experienced masons, with assistance from members of the community.
The new latrines and increased capacity to collect and store water will have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of the specific beneficiaries and the community at large for many years into the future.
We are grateful to Thomas for completing this project, and again extend our thanks to Cristopher Lin for providing the funding.
The project was to provide running water for the school bathrooms, and to construct a new faculty bathroom.
The project was initiated by two school staff members, who took on the key advisory roles. We met with local masons and plumbers to develop a materials list, a budget, and a sold community contribution. Prices were checked with the nearest hardware store, and the application was written.
When the project was funded, I notified all local partners that we were ready to begin. The school staff and students organized a work day to clean the restrooms to a level sufficient for building to begin.
In early April, I accompanied a staff member to our nearest road town to purchase plumbing, construction, and cleaning materials. There was a slight delay in beginning construction due to a religious celebration in our town, but by the third week of April, the mason and plumber had dug all necessary trenches, installed piping and faucets, and were ready to connect the bathrooms to the water main.
Once this work was completed, the students scrubbed, bleached and scoured every inch of the bathrooms, and the mason installed new latching doors in the toilet entrances. At the end of the month, the school restroom was ready to use!
Our school now has 9 bathroom stalls, each with a faucet connected to running water for flushing, hand washing and cleaning for the first time in years. There is a new staff bathroom, made by refurbishing an existing outbuilding. All stalls have been clearly marked for male and female students. The bathrooms can be locked after school hours to prevent damage or improper use.
Each classroom has a plastic toilet kettle and supply of soap to use as needed, and to be replaced by the school fund and parents association when necessary. Each class has also been assigned a week to clean the toilets on a rotating basis.
Throughout the whole process the health workers of Khogue and I have been giving hand washing education talks to foster proper use and hygiene. It's our hope that diarrhea rates in our village will drop in the second half of this year because of this new resource!
We are grateful to Rebecca for completing this excellent infrastructure project.
The project was to construct a ventilated pit latrine for female students.
The project has been completed, and the latrines are now designated for used by girls attending Dabo High School.
The headmaster oversaw the work of a mason and carpenter in constructing two latrine stalls and entryway/handwashing area. Working with the local mason was a good experience for the school administration as they embark on future building projects as they continue to expand.
Water Charity's funds provided for the cement, aluminum, rebar, sand, wire, PVC piping, brick molds and the work of the mason.
The high school paid for the remaining materials and work, including the work of the carpenter, ceramic Turkish toilets, mosaic tile flooring and handwashing supplies, and will pay for any necessary repairs in the future.
The students are very happy to have the additional latrines and to no longer have to share toilets with the teachers and male students, nor walk to neighboring family compounds in order to use the bathroom.
The latrines are located in the southwest corner of the school property, near two classroom buildings. After the latrines were completed, members of the student government visited each classroom to inform students that the bathrooms were open for use. The completion of the latrines was also announced during weekly community announcements at the mosque, at the request of the headmaster, who took great pride in the project.
A high school student group performed skits at the elementary school on hygiene and handwashing, and at the middle school on HIV prevention for students, as their part of the school's "community contribution" towards the project, as public health education for their younger peers.
We are grateful to Sophie for completing this important project.