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Pa Taan Daai Bathroom Project - Thailand

Landscape - ThailandLocation
Pa Taan Daai Village, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Community Description
Pa Taan Daai Village is comprised of ethnic Northern Thai villagers. This project is being done at Pa Taan Daai Temple, which is attended by members of this village as well as the surrounding 3 villages.

The temple also runs a school for those who cannot afford the costs of public school. The majority of students are from Yao hill tribe villages in the surrounding subdistricts. They cannot attend public schools because they do not have Thai citizenship or national identity cards, so they become novice monks in order to receive an education at the temple. In addition to Buddhist teaching, the novices are also taught Thai, English, math, science, and ICT skills.

Project Description
Six new bathrooms are to be built at the temple facility. Project funds will be used to build two of them.

Construction will consist of concrete bathrooms in a row, each with dimensions 1.50 meters x 1.50 meters x 2.50 meters, with tiled roofs.

Mark - Peace Corps - ThailandThere are several students at the temple school who are disabled, and cannot use the standard squat toilets. Therefore, western-style toilets will be built so that the handicapped students can use the facilities.

The temple is contributing much of the materials, including floor tiles and roofing materials, and paying for much of the professional labor.

The bathrooms will be maintained by the monks in residence on a daily basis as part of their morning upkeep.

Project Impact
Novices at the temple school, numbering 140, will be the direct beneficiaries. Also benefitting will be the 20 monks in residence at school. Approximately 1,100 members of the surrounding 4 villages will also benefit.

Students - ThailandPeace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Mark Cox

Comments
This project directly benefits students, most of whom belong to an unserved group without other access to education. It has the added benefit of serving the often-overlooked handicapped minority.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$500.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - 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 Mark Cox of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Mark and/or those of his counterpart PCVs in Thailand.

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

Nong Sua School Handwashing Station Project - Thailand

Soccer - ThailandLocation
Village Baan Nong Sua, Tambon Khok Duer, Amphur PaiSali, Nakhon Sawan, Thailand

Community Description
Baan Nong Sua is a village located in the northern part of Central Thailand. It is a small community of about 700 people, with the majority working as rice farmers.

While Central Thailand is wealthier than other parts of Thailand, this village lacks the rainfall to harvest rice more than once a year. Therefore, many people in Baan Nong Sua are living on an insignificant income of around 1,500 USD a year, according to the Sub-District office of Khok Duer.

The village is charming with a beautiful wat, small wooden homes and rural dirt roads. Nong Sua School is in the center of the village, serving 60 elementary students. In addition, it is often used as the venue for village meetings, as well as larger gatherings, holiday festivities and daily socializing.

Kid - ThailandThe school was built over 70 years ago and has had very few amenities added since. While it is quite pleasant, it lacks the proper sanitation needed to keep the students clean and healthy. Presently, the students and the teachers have no efficient way of washing their hands, doing their dishes or brushing their teeth.

Project Description
This project is to build a handwashing station at the Nong Sua School.

The sinks will be built between the bathrooms and the kitchen, in an easily-accessible location. The sinks will be made of cement and covered with tile. There will be a number of spigots so that several students can be washing their hands or brushing their teeth at the same time.

Project Impact
The 60 students that attend school at Nong Sua will directly benefit. In addition, the 700 community members who attend meetings and gatherings there will also benefit.

Noelle - ThailandPeace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Noelle Neel

Comments
A sink with running water, for washing hands and brushing teeth, will replace the current system, in which all of the students use the same two bowls filled with water throughout the day. It is an easy solution to reduce the transmission of disease and introduce proper hygienic practices to the students.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$500.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - 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 Noelle Neele of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Noelle and/or those of her counterpart PCVs in Thailand.

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

Kham Deuay Learning Center Bathroom Renovation Project - Thailand

Kham Deuay, ThailandLocation
Kham Deuay Village, Amnat Charoen Province, Thailand

Community Description
Kham Deuay Village is a small, rural community located in Amnat Charoen Province, in Northeast Thailand, about 25 kilometers inland from the Mekong River. It is situated about 25 km southwest of the Thai-Lao border and 150 km north of Ubon Ratchathani.

The village population consists of approximately 2,000 people out of 10,000 living in the surrounding Sub-District area. 100% of the 157 households in the village work in agriculture, primarily focusing on rice and cassava.

The community's income per capita is THB 33,183 (USD $1,000), according to the Sub-District Administrative Office's Socioeconomic Baseline Data. This is less than 30% of the national income per capita.

Bathroom - ThailandWhile Kham Deuay suffers economic hardships, the village prides itself in its traditions and unity. Kham Dueay is a Phuthai community and is home to many unique customs and celebrations. Additionally, the village is home to several majestic forest temples and ecotourism venues.

Kham Deuay is certainly endowed with special resources, but local irrigation and plumbing are not as developed as in the majority of the country. These infrastructural problems obstruct the community from reaching its economic potential.

Project Description
The Kham Deuay Village Learning Center is the central meeting location in the village. Local occupational groups and schools gather there for trainings and cultural activities.

The chief complaint lodged by community members and visitors is the lack of a sanitary, functioning restroom facility in the learning center. The current bathroom facility is unable to draw water from the local reservoir, as it lacks a water pump and necessary plumbing. It currently relies on rainwater, which is insufficient.

Handwashing Sink - ThailandAlso, the faucets at the handwashing station have been completely unusable for many years. Visitors do not have a place to wash their hands before and after lunch breaks at the learning center.

This project is to install a pump and necessary piping, and repair the handwashing stations at this bathroom.

Project funds will be used to purchase the water pump, PVC piping, PVC joints, construction tape, and faucets for the renovation of this facility. These improvements will make the Learning Center a more sanitary place for villagers and a more appealing destination for visitors to the area.

Project Impact
The entire population of Kham Deuay, approximately 2,000 villagers, will benefit from this project. Additionally, these facilities will be used by tourists and citizens of other villages within the Sub-District during special activities.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Kent Elliott

Comments
This project brings water to a widely-used community center. It will have broad impact, contributing to the public health of an entire community.

It builds upon existing but nonfunctional facilities in the building, and has a great impact for a minimal budget.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$500.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - 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 Kent Elliott of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Kent and/or those of his counterpart PCVs in Thailand.

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

Napeng School Water Project - Thailand

Napeng Students - Thailand Location
Tambon Wanyai, Amphur Wanyai, Mukdahan, Thailand

Community Description
Wanyai is a farming community in Isaan (Northeast Thailand) with a population of roughly 5,000 people. It is not as developed as the rest of the country in basic water, sanitation, housing, income generation, and education. However, there are many motivated government officials at the sub-district level, and also school officials who are committed to improving the standards of living and education and helping Wanyai to become a better-established and more prosperous village.

Covered Area - Thailand Napeng School currently serves three different communities. The principal is dedicated to improving the quality of the school and sanitation and introducing innovative learning techniques, as well as creating an interactive learning environment. This has thus far had a very positive effect on the students

The school currently must buy clean drinking water each day. Hands are washed at a covered area that has two bathrooms and spigots, but is without a drainage system. Thus the floor remains wet and slippery, with algae growing.

Project Description
This project will provide clean drinking water for day care students. This will be accomplished by a water filtration system attached to the existing water supply. There will be 5 stages of filters: sediment, pre-carbon, carbon, ultra filtration, post carbon. Attached to this will be a cooling system to chill the water.

Napeng School Water Project - Thailand In addition a handwashing station will be installed for the students to use to wash their hands and brush their teeth. It will be convenient, sanitary, and safe, with proper drainage.

Project Impact
This project provides for clean water and a handwashing station for 47 nursery school students, two teachers and one principal.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Kristin Palbicke

Comments
This project provides adequate hydration for the students at a savings to the school, and creates sanitary conditions for proper hygiene. It originates from the school, satisfies an immediate need and is cost-effective.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$500.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - 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 Kristin Palbicke of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Kristin and/or those of her counterpart PCVs in Thailand.

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

Ban NaAng School Kitchen Project – Thailand

Existing KitchenLocation
Ban NaAng, Nongbualamphu Province, Thailand

Community Description
Ban NaAng is a rural village in Northeastern Thailand. The village consists mostly of rice farmers, who supplement their low monthly income by growing vegetables, raising chickens for meat and eggs, catching fish, and harvesting rice. They also make rice baskets and weave grass mats.

There are approximately 190 families with 4-5 people living in each house. for a total of 800 people. The elementary school serves as a meeting place for the community and special events.

Existing Wash AreaProject Description
This project is to build a kitchen and install plumbing in an elementary school. The kitchen will provide a sanitary place where food can be cleaned and prepared and dishes can be washed, rinsed, and stored.

Food is currently prepared on a platform inside the cafeteria and a small wash area, which is outside and exposed to rain and sun.

The plans call for improving an existing area by expanding the space, raising the roof, adding two sinks for washing and rinsing, building a counter for preparing and serving the food, and cupboards for storing spices, dishes, pots, and silverware.

The two sinks will be constructed with pipes that connect to the community water supply. Dirty water will drain to two cement filters set into the ground. Each filter is 80 cm in diameter and 60 cm deep, set one on top of the other and will contain layers of small rocks, charcoal and sand.

Kitchen DesignThe new kitchen will be used to prepare lunch each day for those at the school, and for community events.

All of the project funds will be used for materials. Community members, teachers and a few skilled carpenters and tradesmen will provide the labor.

Project Impact
The school has 110 students, grades pre-school to six, ages four to twelve, and eleven teachers, who will directly benefit from the project. Indirect benefit will extend to 800 people in the village.

The new kitchen will provide well-prepared and healthy food for students and community members. It will allow students to learn proper hygienic habits and to take responsibility for cleaning the cafeteria. In addition, it will build a strong relationship between the school and community.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Janet Rose

Comments
This project eliminates an unsanitary and inconvenient food preparation area, and replaces it with a clean facility that will provide healthy meals for students, teachers, and the community.

The strong community and teacher participation will ensure that the facility will be well-maintained in the future.

Dollar Amount of Project
$400.00

Donations Collected to Date
$400.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded, through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

Additional contributions were received from Kathy West, Laurie Ryan, and Dale Campbell, of Colorado Springs, CO, USA and Stephen Johnson of Grand Forks, ND, USA.

Any additional donations using the Donate button below will be used to fund other projects by this PCV and/or other PCVs in this country.

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

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