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2012: Nicaragua Stove Project
For all the updates on this project, visit past entries about the Nicaragua Stove Project
In the Nicaraguan countryside, families with little means have often lived with very inefficient stoves in their homes. These stoves require large amount of wood and are poorly ventilated causing heavy smoke to cloud the home resulting in unsafe health conditions for the mothers and families. In addition, because of the need for a lot of wood for these stoves, the countryside has vast areas of deforestation, which leads to soil erosion and flooding.
We provided the funding to have several highly efficient cookstoves built for families. The construction of the stoves used local labor and materials and were built on site in several homes. The stoves burn with very little wood and have a ventilation stack to keep the air quality safe in the home.
This project was managed by local NGO, El Porvenir whose mission is to improve the standard of living of poor people in Nicaragua through sustainable self-help water, sanitation and reforestation projects.
Greg S., Harriet H., Marcie C., Joe G., Fran V., Patricia J., Toni S., Deborah S., Lola O., Bruce D., Leslie B., Sheila D., Christoph S., Jennifer L., Luke F., Tricia C., James W., Leo W., Andrea S., Amanda L. and the students of Team Bradford.
This project also included donations made in memory of: Lynn Hargraves, Joanne Scaduto Ziegler & Winnie Strunk
2012: The Water Tank/Feeding Program
For all the updates on this project, visit past entries about the Water Tanks Project.
Keeping students in school and providing them with good nutrition are two issues facing students in Uganda. The Mpambara-Cox Foundation works to address these issues through their 10:30am Porridge Program. This is a school feeding program that provides a daily meal to children served at 10:30am, Monday through Friday. The focus is on providing nutrition and giving the children an incentive to come to school and to maintain regular attendance. The porridge is prepared and served at government aided schools located in rural locations where most families live on less than $1 a day.
We provided the funding to install two water tanks with filters to be used for both clean drinking water and for the preparation of the porridge. The tanks were installed in the Kasinde and Nymiyaga Schools in Uganda.
The Mpambara-Cox Foundation operates under a mission that is based on the belief that education and global understanding are the keys to solving poverty and to improving our shared world. They have built a strong partnership with the local communities and schools to ensure the long term success of this program.
Amy N., Christoph S., Craig Z., Luke F., Tricia C., Toby S., Kevin M., Leo W., Florence S., Harriet H., James W., Jason T., Patricia M., Doris D., Sybille R., Erika J., Farrell B., Nayda M., Nathan M., Steven Cappiello
Team Blue Members: Mudiwa M., Elisabeth W., Emilie T., Elie H., Peter H., Madoka K., Carmel I., Celine V., Maxime A., Marina R., Enkel D., Shadrack M., Anima D. Carolina V., Shaun., Mauricio M., Jenny M., Mukund R., Milton J., Jon C., Andrea O., Heidy M., Ana T., Sae K., Mary O., Mary Joy A., James G., Carolina R, Matias L., Peter H., Daw Y.
2011: The Bachevra Water/Sanitation Project
For all the updates on this project, visit past entries about the Bachevra Project
Located in the Northern State of Uttar Pradesh in India, Bachevra is a small community with limited to no infrastructure. This issue often impacts both water and sanitation. As with many rural areas of India, lack of sanitation for schools and communities can lead to poor hygiene and cause major health issues for the local residents.
Working in partnership with the NGO Haritika, we funded the construction of a new bathroom facility which will serve the students at the adjacent school and also help serve local residents in the community. A new facility such as this not only brings dignity to people, but prevents the spread of disease.
Haritika has managed several similar projects in India and continues to promote the importance of sanitation and clean water under their School Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Education (SSHE). Coordinated by local founder Avani Mohan Singh, the team works with the local community to ensure its long term management.
Jacqueline V., Logan T., Patricia R., Nerissa C., Joe G., Greg S., Steve S., Leslie B., Adriana M., Dard C., Pat J., Harriet H., Bruce D., Roseanne B.: In Memory of Mary G., Roseanne B.: In Memory of Isaac B., Roseanne B.: In Memory of Winifred M., Jane F., Eric O., Larry W.
2011: The Foyer d’Orelph Roof Project
For all the updates on this project visit past entries about the Foyer d’Orelph Roof Project
Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, European Disaster Volunteers (EDV) has been working on several projects to improve the lives of the local people. One of these projects is with the Foyer d’Orelph Orphanage and School which serves 53 orphans and is getting ready to provide education to over 100 students at the school. As with any region that has been struck by a natural disaster, the conditions of buildings and infrastructure have been devastated.
Currently the classrooms at the school only have a tarp as protection from the elements. The women who cook are drenched when it rains. Together we are about to change this.
This project will be providing a much needed roof over a classroom and kitchen. In addition, improvements will be made to waterproof the interiors and address drainage problems which have been causing a serious health risk to the children.
European Disaster Volunteers (EDV) is a volunteer driven, registered charity that aids disaster affected communities worldwide by providing initial relief and helping them achieve sustainable recovery.
Dennis B., Victoria K., Shannon E., Jimmy A., Inga K., Anne Marie O., Claudia S., Maureen L., William W., Carrie Ann B., Jeff H., Patricia M., Charlotte D., Sebastien T., Peter Y., Kristana T., Lou D., Joe P., Hillary K., Mogulhood, Gerr P., Windi M., Yolanda C., Mary F., Jeanette W., Mike C., Caitlin C., Deanna & Carlos M., Meg O., Daniel M., Darlene M., Thomas M., CJ I., Marabeth F., Lola O., Nicholas T., Bill O., KayDeion L., Scott M., Renee S., Andrew M., Marcie C., Dennis H., Deborah S., Warren N., Carole M.
2010-11: The Orissa Hygiene Project
For all the updates on this project, visit past entries about the Orissa Project
In the rural farmlands of the state of Orissa in India, there is very little infrastructure. With no access to toilets of any kind (even in most homes), people are forced to use the open fields. When the heavy rains of the monsoons come, this causes an increase in disease. This situation continues in schools where there are no facilities for any of the students or staff.
Working in partnership with the non-profit, Citta, we funded the construction of a new bathroom facility for the students at the Vivekananda School, home to over 150 primary school students.
Citta, founded by Michael Daube, runs several programs in India, Tibet, Nepal and Mexico. Project Manager Govinda Lenka, oversaw the construction of the new facility. The school will be implementing an educational component to better educate the students on the importance of good hygiene and proper sanitation. The school will also be maintaining the facility.
Nicholas T., Warren N., Dennis H., Samora S., Marcie C., Bruce D., Pat J., Leslie B., Joe G., Sheila D., Christoph S., Craig Z., Stu K., Greg S., Joseph T., Jennifer W., Wendy L., Tricia C., Amy N., Luke F., Cindy L., Arthur F., Kevin M., James W., Ashley F., Leo W., Dennis M., Dana R., Jane F., Birgit D. Sr., Birgit D., David W.
2010: The Chisoyo Well Project
For all the updates on this project, visit past entries about the Chisoyo Well
As with many remote areas in Zambia there is a desperate need for clean drinking water. Over the years there have been wells built but not maintained or projects for wells that never materialized. This has forced communities to have to walk great distances for water or worse yet, get water from an unsafe source.
Partnering with the African Community Project, we are funding the digging of a new well outside of a school attended by over 250 children with no access to clean water. Once dug, the well will help provide clean water for the children as well as the local villagers.
African Community Project, started by Garry Brooks, works with local communities throughout Zambia to ensure that the work is accomplished and maintained. Garry has a local “well technician” that determines the location with the biggest need and constructs the finished well. In addition, there is a local community association that is made up of local members who will work to ensure that the well is maintained. Water is life, and is therefore highly respected.
Bill R., Yolanda C., Marcie C., Victoria K., David P., Keri D., Tricia C., Stu K., Jimmy A., Craig ., Jim B., Luke F., Jessica M., Denis B., Lisa H., Jennifer W., Carmela M., Jeanne E., Jonathan F., Sheila D., Renee S., Eric B.
2009: The Fuli Water Project
For all the updates about this project, visit past entries about Fuli Water Project.
Before our intervention there were over 500 people who did not have access to fresh drinking water in this area. Residents spent two and a half hours every day traveling to and from the only fresh source of water.
The completion of this project will bring the water to the people of Fuli and allow them to spend more time working and providing in their local village.
This project is being run by RUDEC (Rural Development Center). They are a local, certified non-profit that provides numerous services to the surrounding region. Visit them online.
A Brief History of the Fuli Water Project:
The construction of the main pipeline started in 1978; how this was coordinated is still unknown. At sometime pre-1990, however, construction was coordinated by a Local Development Union, comprised of an association of five villages, which acted as the coordinating and decision-making committee.
Between 1987 and 2008, support has been given to the project by various organizations – some from government and some from voluntary sectors, through funding or technical assistance.
The Donation Team:
Joe Gonzalez, Tara Bracco, Joe G., Pat J., Amy N., Bruce D., Leslie B., Jane F., Kevin Y., Greg S., Darlene M., Yolanda C., Elizabeth R., Ben A., Florence S., Marcie C., Victoria K., David P., Keri D.