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Gikongoro Secondary School Ecological Latrines Project - Rwanda

Gikongoro Secondary School Ecological Latrines Project - RwandaLocation
Nyamugari, Gasaka, Nyamagabe District, Southern Province, Rwanda

Community Description
Nyamagabe district, located in the Southern province of Rwanda, has a population of 319,786 people. The majority of community members are farmers who grow tea, coffee, bananas, potatoes, beans and cabbage.

Nyamagabe district is known for having some of the best academic educational secondary school systems in the Southern province.

Currently, Gikongoro Secondary School has 283 secondary students, of which 173 are female. The population is increasing at a rate of 7% per year.

Gikongoro Secondary School Ecological Latrines Project - RwandaThere are 6 newly constructed ecological latrines for use by male students, male teachers, and male visitors only. Because funding was limited and discontinued, the school was unable to construct ecological latrines for females.

The female students, teachers, and visitors currently share a poorly constructed pit latrine.

Project Description
This project is to construct 2 new ecological system latrines (often called composting latrines or Eco-San latrines) for the Gikongoro Groupe Scorlaire Secondary School for the use of female students, female teachers, and female visitors.

This new latrine design approach allows human waste of urine and hard waste to be separated during the process and later used as natural fertilizers to improve the soil quality for improved yield production. (An example of the latrines built in a neighboring community is shown in the pictures.)

Gikongoro Secondary School Ecological Latrines Project - RwandaProject funds will be used to purchase all materials needed for the implementation of the project. It is expected that the local Nyamagabe District office will donate some materials and some parents will make small contributions.

The latrines will be maintained by rotating secondary students.

Project Impact
At least 198 people will benefit from this project immediately, including 173 female students and 25 female teachers. Female visitors to the school will also benefit.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Camille Simpson

Comments
This is an innovative way to provide effective sanitation with additional benefits. The project will not only result in clean and private facilities for the females, but will also result in increased food security and nutrition through healthier crops from the availability of sustainable natural fertilizers.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$500.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - 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 Peace Corps Volunteer Camille Simpson 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.

MAFUREBO Primary School Water Project – Part 2 – Rwanda

MAFUREBO Primary School Water Project – Part 2 – RwandaLocation
Manyagiro Sector, Gicumbi District, Rwanda

Community Description
The Manyagiro sector of the Gicumbi District is located in the northern province of Rwanda in East Africa. The rural area is mountainous and does not have running water, spigots or electricity. Subsistence farming is the main source of income for residents of the Manyagiro sector.

The MAFUREBO Primary School is determined to educate the youth that attend through progressive and forward-thinking curriculum.

The previously completed MAFUREBO Primary School Water Project - Rwanda resulted in the building of a water collection and storage system at the school. Additional work is needed to distribute water throughout the school and ensure the safety of the water supply.

MAFUREBO Primary School Water Project – Part 2 – RwandaProject Description
This project will consist of two parts:

First, an above-ground spigot will be constructed and connected to existing underground piping. This will provide clean water for the entire school. Concrete steps leading to the spigot will ensure safe usage.

The second part is the construction of a concrete cover, to replace the metal one, for the existing water collection tank. This will prevent rust and contamination of water collected and stored in the tank.

This project is being carried out in partnership with the school, the Parents and Teachers Association, and the local government sector.

MAFUREBO Primary School Water Project – Part 2 – RwandaInformation on the use and importance of hand washing and hygiene will be illustrated through demonstrations and lessons integrated into the existing curriculum throughout the school year. Additional teachings on health and hydration will be highlighted as well.

Project funds will be used to cover the costs of materials, supplies, transport fees, and skilled labor.

Project Impact
Approximately 1,320 teachers and students will directly benefit from this project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Avery Karlowich

Comments
This project will result in continuous access to running water for the faculty and students during the entire year. It utilizes existing resources, has great community support, and builds upon the successes of the prior project.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$500.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - 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 Peace Corps Volunteer Avery Karlowich of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by this PCV and/or those of other PCVs in Senegal.

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

Rubona Health Center Water Project – Part 2 – Rwanda

Rubona Health Center Water Project – Part 2 – RwandaLocation
Rubona, Rwamagana District, Eastern Province, Rwanda

Community Description
Rubona is a rural community in Rwamagana District in the Eastern Province of Rwanda, with a health center that serves a population of 24,620 people.

Health center services are comprehensive and include general consultation, maternity, voluntary counseling and testing for HIV, vaccinations, and laboratory testing.

The population of Rubona encounters high rates of traumatic injuries, malaria, and respiratory illnesses, including pneumonia, and a higher-than-national-average HIV infection rate.

Rubona Health Center Water Project – Part 2 – RwandaResidents walk as many as 25 kilometers to reach the health center for treatment. The clinic treats an average of 3,000 new cases of illness each month.

As a result of previously completed Rubona Health Center Water Project – Rwanda
directed by Peace Corps Volunteer Jennifer Boyd, Rubona Health Center enjoys running water in maternity, laboratory, and consultation services. In other services, staff relies on buckets of water, scooping from these barrels to wash hands, facilities, patients, and medical equipment.

Project Description
Part 2 at Rubona Health Center will complete running water in desired services by providing piping to run the existing water into wound care and dormitories housing infants and new mothers.

Rubona Health Center Water Project – Part 2 – RwandaPiping will be extended from the newly completed basin in the delivery room in order to give all patients access to adequate sanitation and hygiene. It is particularly important to bring running water into wound care, as preventing infection and promoting swift healing are key.

Project funds will be used to purchase piping, sinks, and other materials.

Project Impact
The 24,620 people in the service area will benefit from this project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Emmett V. Reeb III

Comments
This phase brings water to the unserved parts of the health center, and is integral to curbing the spread of disease and improving health in the region.

This project demonstrates the desired sustainability and continuity of development by building on successes.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$500.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - 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 Peace Corps Volunteer Emmett V. Reeb III of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Emmett and/or those of his counterpart PCVs in Rwanda.

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

Gakenke District Health Centers Plumbing Training - Rwanda

Gakenke District Health Centers Plumbing Training - RawandaLocation
Gakenke District, Northern Province, Rwanda

Community Description
Gakenke is a district in the Northern Province of Rwanda. The population is 80% farmers and all relatively poor. The total catchment population for the targeted health centers is 334,000 people.

There are 18 health centers in Gakenke District with some form of running water. The plumbing facilities in the health centers are constantly out of order because of basic maintenance and repair problems.

The staff of the health centers has had no training on how to maintain or fix the plumbing, including toilets and sinks. The result is that once plumbing fixtures are broken, they are no longer used, and the hygiene of the staff and patients of the health center is compromised.

Gakenke District Health Centers Plumbing Training - RawandaNurses are unable to wash their hands after each patient consultation, people cannot wash their hands after going to the bathroom, and patients' families cannot wash their hands before preparing meals for the patients.

At present, plumbing problems are dealt with by calling a technician from a distant place, sometimes 3-hours away. It often takes days for a technician to come out to repair something as simple as a broken faucet or sink.

Project Description
This project is to provide training for a representative of the maintenance staff of each of the 18 health centers to maintain and repair the plumbing of the facilities.

A plumber has been selected to lead the hands-on training session in Kinyarwanda, the local language. The 18 participants will be organized in small groups of 6 people to encourage hands-on practice. Each training session will last two days and will end with a hands-on test where the participants will demonstrate the skills they have learned.

Gakenke District Health Centers Plumbing Training - RawandaThis training will be a pilot project, and, if concrete results are seen, it will be repeated with health centers of other districts in Rwanda.

Project Impact
334,000 people will benefit from this project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Kitty Hall

Comments
With this training, representatives of each health center will be able to maintain the plumbing and do basic repairs, which will encourage good hygiene.

This is a unique approach to a simple but widespread problem, that of reducing the spread of disease that comes from poor hygiene. The impact of training key people to do work when it is required will be orders of magnitude more effective than reacting to each problem as it comes up as an individual need.

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 Elmo Foundation.

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

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

Coko Health Center Water Project – Rwanda

Coko Health Center Water Project – RwandaLocation
Gakenke, Gakenke District, Northern Province, Rwanda

Community Description
Gakenke is a district in the Northern Province of Rwanda. The population is 80% farmers, and all relatively poor.

The Coko Health Center serves the district, and has a population catchment area of 16,956 people. It is the first stop for sick people and pregnant women in the community. However, it is very remote, located over a one-hour drive from the closest paved road.

The health center addresses the basic health needs of the entire population, including maternity services, HIV/AIDS voluntary counseling and testing, pediatrics service, and a laboratory.

Currently only one consultation room in the main health center building has running water, making it impossible for nurses to wash their hands between patients.

Coko Health Center Water Project – RwandaA new building that is used for HIV/AIDS voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) as well as prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS (PMTCT) has 7 sinks in the bathrooms, laboratories, and consultation rooms. However the building is not connected to a water source.

Project Description
This project is to put running water into two buildings at the health center.

First, sinks will be provided and water connected for two consultation rooms in the main health center building.

In addition, a water supply will be run into the new building that provides VCT/PMTCT services. A presently unused water tank will be used as a water supply.

Currently the health center has two functioning 5,000 liter water tanks which collect rain water and are connected to an underground water source.

Coko Health Center Water Project – RwandaThe health center will provide labor and funds as needed to bring the project to fruition.

Project Impact
16,956 people will benefit from the improved hygiene in the health center.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Kitty Hall

Comments
This is a huge project in terms of impact it will have on the heavily-used community health center. It will improve hygiene, reducing illness, and allowing staff to demonstrate proper sanitary practices that others will emulate.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$500.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has now been fully funded, through the generosity of Owl Studios Jazz Records.

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

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

Mulindi Health Center Latrine Project - Rwanda

Mulindi Health Center Latrine Project - RwandaLocation
Kaniga, Gicumbi, Northern Province, Rwanda

Community Description
The Kaniga sector, District of Gicumbi, Northern Province, Republic of Rwanda is a rural area, composed mainly of poor agro-pastoralists and subsistence farmers.

The Mulindi Health Center is the primary intake facility for the sick in the area, serving a population of almost 17,000. The service area includes 3 sectors, 10 cells, and 41 different villages. Because of its proximity to the Uganda border, the center also serves a significant transient population.

Mulindi Health Center Latrine Project - RwandaThe latrines currently in use at the center are beyond capacity, and can no longer accommodate the needs of the expanding patient caseload.

Project Description
This project is to build new pit latrines at the health center.

The latrines will be constructed using local labor and mostly local supplies. A hole 6 meters wide and 4 meters deep will be dug. Then, a building of two rooms will be constructed, one for men and the other for women.

The building itself will be made of mud bricks and stones, with a sheet metal roof. The foundation will be made of cement and stone.

Mulindi Health Center Latrine Project - RwandaProject Impact
16,966 people will benefit from this project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Devin Johnson

Comments
A health center must provide facilities that comply with the best practices of hygiene espoused by the staff. Since existing facilities are unsanitary, and have become unusable, the replacement of the latrines is crucial to the ongoing delivery of services to the increasing population.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$500.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has now been fully funded, through the generosity of Sarah Johnson, of Ft. Wayne, IN, USA and friends and family of Devin Johnson.

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

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

MAFUREBO Primary School Water Project - Rwanda

MAFUREBO Primary School Water Project - RwandaLocation
Manyagiro, Gicumbi, Rwanda

Community Description
The Manyagiro Sector, Gicumbi District, is located in the Northern Province of Rwanda. The rural area is mountainous and does not have running water or electricity. Agriculture is the main source of income in the region.

The MAFUREBO Primary School is determined to educate the youth that attend through a progressive and forward-thinking curriculum.

MAFUREBO Primary School Water Project - RwandaThe current rainwater collection system at the school is unsafe and unsanitary. It is also inadequate, as it does not accumulate enough water during the rainy season to last through the dry season, and there are no spigots in the region to obtain water by other means. Thus, the school is left without access to water during part of the year.

Project Description
This project is to install an 80 cubic meter water collection and storage system for the MAFUREBO Primary School. The improved system will be constructed of plastic and will be covered to keep contaminants from entering.

Project funds will be used to cover the costs of materials, supplies, transport fees, and skilled labor.

MAFUREBO Primary School Water Project - RwandaInformation on the use and importance of hand washing and hygiene will be illustrated through demonstrations and lessons integrated into the existing curriculum throughout the school year. Additional lessons on health and hydration will be highlighted as well.

Project Impact
1,320 teachers and students will directly benefit from this project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Avery Karlowich

Comments
A safe and hygienic water collection system will provide a year-round water supply for the school. It will immediately have a positive effect on the school and dramatically improve the health and wellbeing of the students.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$500.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - 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 Peace Corps Volunteer Avery Karlowich of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Avery and/or those of her counterpart PCVs in Rwanda.

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

Gishali Police Health Center Water Project - Rwanda

Gishali Police Health Center Water Project - RwandaLocation
Gishali Police Health Center, Rwamagana District, Eastern Province, Rwanda

Community Description
The community of Gishali is geographically close to Rwamagana Hospital, but tucked in among uneven roads, banana trees, and houses lacking electricity and water.

The staff at the health center supports a population of 17,362 and sees an average of 2,785 new cases of illness each month. Frequently-diagnosed illnesses include malaria and respiratory infections, common in the district. In addition, Gishali faces a spike in new HIV infections, the rate of new infections being more than double the district average.

Gishali Police Health Center Water Project - RwandaGishali Police Health Center has electricity and previously-run water lines around the health center, but these lines have not been connected to provide water inside the center.

Project Description
This project is to provide water to the laboratory, consultation areas, lavatories, and maternity building of the health center.

Funds will be used to run pipes from the water source into designated areas of the health center. Existing fixtures will be used where possible, and new fixtures will be purchased if necessary.

Project Impact
17,362 people will benefit from this project.

Gishali Police Health Center Water Project - RwandaPeace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Jennifer Boyd

Comments
This project will allow staff and patients to maintain proper standards of hygiene, and thereby reduce the spread of disease. This is an extremely high-impact project, in that, in addition to directly affecting thousands of people, it demonstrates appropriate hygienic behaviors for patients to take back to their families and incorporate into their daily lives.

Dollar Amount of Project
$500.00

Donations Collected to Date
$500.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - 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 the Peace Corps Volunteer of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by this PCV or those of other PCVs in the host country.

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

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