Our 2016 Projects

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Our 2016 Projects

We are currently focused on our largest project to date in . Bondeau, Haiti, where we installed two solar panel arrays and we are preparing to install a new drinking well. This will be a very special well that will also act as a 100 gallon cistern. We are also working in Kabilash, Nepal where we are installing a surface water system for a village devastated by the April 25, 2015 earthquake.

Our dedicated Board of Directors and Officers are refining our business plan and preparing grant applications which we plan to submit later in 2016-2017. To date our project successes include:

Verrettes, Haiti Clean Water Project

We installed a solar powered water system at the Good Samaritan School in the rural community of Cannue, Verrettes, Haiti. With funding from other concerned organizations and individuals our team:
  • built a pump house
  • laid pipe
  • drilled and developed a 100ft deep well
  • installed a submersible pump
  • installed water pressure tanks and a clorinator
  • installed a 2 panel solar array, batteries and electrical panel
  • installed 3 sinks in the school and clinic
Results: A running water system was installed and tests indicated the water was within USA EPA standards and was bacteria free.
  • Started: Jan 2011, Completed: March 2013
  • Local Sponsor: Good Samaritan School
  • Cost: $8,765
  • Funding Partners: Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, Epiphany Lutheran Church and School, South Florida water Management District Employee Committee, Grundfos Corporation,

Port-au-Prince, Haiti New Life Orphanage Well Repair Project

We disassembled, cleaned and repaired a hand-pump well at the New Life Orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. With funding from other concerned organizations and individuals our team:
  • Repaired hand-pump
  • Cleaned and disinfected well
Results: Tests indicated the water was within USA EPA standards and was bacteria free.
  • Started: Jan 2012, Completed: Jan 2012
  • Local Sponsor: New Life Orphanage
  • Cost: $450
  • Funding Partners: South Florida Water Management District Employee Committee

Haiti Public Well Water Quality Test

We tested 21 public wells across Haiti. With funding and donated test equipment we tested public drinking wells for contamination and provided water sanitation information to the local community, Our team:
  • Collected water samples using standard USEPA std. methods
  • Tested water using electric probe meter and test strips
  • Tested water using bio phosphorescence UV light method
  • Compiled test results and posted to WFSV online database
Results:Tests indicated water were not within USA EPA standards at most wells and bacteria was present. Information for each well was entered into WFSV database and shared with local community.
  • Stated: Jan 2011, Completed: Jan 2012.
  • Local Sponsor: Each well has a local steward or "well mother"
  • Funding Partners: Epiphany Lutheran Church and School

We have a list of suggested projects awaiting resources. We receive all project suggestions and then present them to our Board of Directors using our project selection method.
Pending New Projects

Starting a New Project

Before starting a new water project we first assess the needs and the available resources. Our wish is to be able to address the water needs in as many locations as possible but our resources are limited. We often identify a project site and then raise funds to carry-out the project. The needs for water a very similar around the globe: the right amount, at the right time, of the right quality. It sounds easy but installing a well can be an enormous undertaking. Designing a system that can be maintained by local people using readily available parts is also a very big concern. The result must be sustainable by the locals.
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After our successful fundraising campaign, having raised $18,500 we are currently considering projects for 2017.

    Projects Under Consideration:
  • Leyte, Philippines - water quality project
  • Guatemala - well project
  • Cuba - well project
  • Madagascar - well project
  • Honduras - surface water project
  • Belize - well project
  • Peru - surface water project
  • Haiti - well repair
  • Senegal - well repairs
  • Nepal - surface water project
  • Mafafa, Samoa - water tank project

Projects Underway

We are currently working in several locations around Haiti. The list keeps growing as we encounter other people who are also working in Haiti. We are currently actively working in :

  • Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Bondeau, Haiti
  • Kabilash, Nepal

Planned Projects

We have much more work to do in Haiti and Nepal which will be our focus for the year in 2016. As we receive funding we would also like to return to Tolear, in S.W. Madagascar. Stemming from our current relations we would also like to assist communities in the Philippines, and Honduras. During our first visit in 2009 we learned of villages in these areas suffering from extreme drought and a vanishing water supply. While we make our plans, we have identified wells in need of repair, and a watershed in need of improvements to allow the locals to manage their limited water supply.

Project Suggestions

Join our team. Suggest a project for future consideration. Offer your skills or help us raise funds to support a water project. We pledge absolute transparency on all financial data and we provide proof positive showing the results of our work.
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Potential Future Partners

No single organization can solve the worlds water problems. Before we undertake a project we first consider if there are other organizations we can partner with who may already be working in the area or working on a similar project. There are many water organizations online. We try to contact these organizations in hopes of maybe forming a partnership.

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The Project

Images of the spring box and pipe installation from Nepal, May 2016.



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Welcome Ceremony

Images of the welcome ceremony in Kabilash Nepal, May 2016.



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Nepal

Images from the field trip to Jomson Nepal, May 2016.



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The People

Photos of the people of Nepal, May 2016.



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  • Project Summary

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  • Planned Projects

    We have much more work to do in Haiti and Nepal which will be our focus for the year in 2016. As we receive funding we would also like to return to Tolear, in S.W. Madagascar. Stemming from our current relations we would also like to assist communities in the Philippines, and Honduras. During our first visit in 2009 we learned of villages in these areas suffering from extreme drought and a vanishing water supply. While we make our plans, we have identified wells in need of repair, and a watershed in need of improvements to allow the locals to manage their limited water supply.

  • What We Did

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  • What We Learned

    We learned the people of Kabilash, Nepal are a close cooperative of people in need of assistance improving their access to clean drinking water. The villagers enthusiastically volunteered their services, access to land, on-hand supplies, and hospitality. The area has received no support since the 2015 earthquake. The school provides education to 440 students from the surrounding villages, some students walk 2 hours each way to attend class. The village is very remote and is only accessible by a steep dirt road 3 hours outside Kathmandu. Given the right contacts it is possible to execute a small project in 7-days.

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  • What It Cost

    All funds donated were spent directly on the project. This includes the visit by our team, purchase of construction supplies, delivery, labor, parts and fittings. Our team is made 100% of volunteers who bring experience, skills and work side-by-side with the local poject team.

  • Costs

    The project consists of a two week onsite visit to assess the project in person, establish relationships, negotiate with vendors, appoint a local project team and project coordinator and purchase and deliver supplies. The pipe, valves, cement, concrete all cost $4,000. Cost for the onsite visit, transportation and room & board cost $4,500. Our team collected data, worked side-by-side with the local team to ensure appropriate construction and verify the results. We purchased $500 worth of items to bring back and use in our fundraising events scheduled for later this year where we hope to raise $10,000 to fund 6 additional pipe installations to the most remote areas of the village.

  • Data We Collected

    We sampled and tested water at public fountains. We collected GPS geographic data to establish elevations and locations of the project site, surrounding area and water test sites. We photographed and documented the surrounding area of the Kabilash village. We Collection contact information for pipe supplies, laborers, administrative contacts, hotels, supply vendors, transportation providors and local contacts.

  • Photo Album

    We have uploaded 363 photos of the project to our website. VIEW PHOTOS