Clean Water for Dominican & Kenyan Communities

by GRACE Cares, Inc.
Clean Water for Dominican & Kenyan Communities
Clean Water for Dominican & Kenyan Communities
Clean Water for Dominican & Kenyan Communities
Clean Water for Dominican & Kenyan Communities
Clean Water for Dominican & Kenyan Communities
Clean Water for Dominican & Kenyan Communities
Clean Water for Dominican & Kenyan Communities
Clean Water for Dominican & Kenyan Communities
Clean Water for Dominican & Kenyan Communities
Clean Water for Dominican & Kenyan Communities
Clean Water for Dominican & Kenyan Communities
Clean Water for Dominican & Kenyan Communities
Clean Water for Dominican & Kenyan Communities
Clean Water for Dominican & Kenyan Communities
Clean Water for Dominican & Kenyan Communities
Clean Water for Dominican & Kenyan Communities
Clean Water for Dominican & Kenyan Communities
Clean Water for Dominican & Kenyan Communities

We are deactivating the “Clean Water for Dominican & Kenyan Communities” project because Project Hearts in the Dominican Republic has received full funding for their subsidized water tank and filter program and the Watha Project has built its first two wells in Kenya.

Here are some of Project Hearts’s Water Access, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) accomplishments in 2020, according to their Executive Director Marissa Doiron:

“We impacted 63 homes in 19 different communities—that's 207 individuals, including 54 children—by facilitating 59 water tanks and 7 water filters. More than $9,000 was provided in discounts, funds which can thus be reinvested in the communities.”

We would like to thank everyone who supported this project and made it a success!

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The stream two years ago. There is less water now.
The stream two years ago. There is less water now.

In addition to providing vital W.A.S.H. education to children and adults here in Baitoa, DR, Project Hearts is also committed to making sure residents have the resources they need in order to put into practice what we teach about improving health via proper sanitation & hygiene, all of which depends heavily on having sufficient clean water. While we usually receive funding for our subsidized water tank and filter program, we do not always have enough money available to cover the costs of full donations to families who cannot afford to invest in water solutions. Thanks to your generosity, though, we have been able to assist such families, including that of Kenia.

 

Kenia’s home was situated right next to a stream, which is ideal for many families here in Baitoa who do not have reliable access to water. However, over the past few years, the stream has disappeared and all that remains is a rocky trench.

 

During the construction of their donated home, a water tank was cut and placed inside the home in order to provide them with running water. After a while, though, it began leaking and the family no longer had access to water in their home. For over a year they had to bring water from a nearby neighbor’s house.

 

But because of your gifts, we were finally able to complete the installation of a new tank – placed on a raised platform so Kenia and her family do not have to collect and carry buckets of water in order to simply wash dishes, flush the toilet, clean the house, or bathe. This will allow them to be healthy, especially during a time when something as basic as washing hands could save their lives.

 

This donation is especially meaningful to Kenia. For a long time she has struggled as a single mother after finally separating from her husband, who was emotionally abusive to her because of her darker skin. To provide for her three sons, Kenia cleaned houses for years, despite having severe arthritis and other debilitating health issues. In 2018 her physical condition finally deteriorated to the point that she could no longer work, this at the same time that her improvised indoor water tank began leaking.  Kenia is so grateful to have received this help!

Kenia's new water tank, donated by PH & YOU!
Kenia's new water tank, donated by PH & YOU!
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We are deactivating the Clean Water project because Project Hearts in the Dominican Republic has received full funding for their subsidized water tank and filter program and anticipates full funding of their Interactive Water Access, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Workshops as well. Soon GRACE Cares will be creating a separate project page on GlobalGiving to support only the Watha Project’s goal to build wells in Kenya so keep an eye out to learn more about that in the coming weeks.

We want to express our deepest thanks for your support of the Clean Water for Dominican & Kenyan Communities project. Your support allowed more Dominicans access to clean water and moved the well building process forward in Kenya.

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Guyo, leader of the Watha Project in Kenya, recently gave a progress report on digging for wells in the villages. Here is what he said:

“The water surveyor visited the site and spotted where the drilling needs to take place. As earlier agreed upon we shall start with one village with one well pump. We chose Garsemuke/Bombi village for starters and plan to move to other villages when funds become available.”

Guyo also decided on the company who will dig the well, the well’s location, and how community members will help with the project. Here’s what he wrote about the location and the role that community members will play: “Bombi shopping center is just within the village and the majority of the people around are Watha. We had agreed earlier with the local community that they will contribute by providing local materials that are available, e.g. sand and ballast, and they will assist by mobilizing and ferrying these materials to the site. This is one way they will own the project.”

GRACE Cares is proud of Guyo’s work so far and we look forward to sending you future updates as developments occur.

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Project Hearts hosted one of their five-week interactive workshop series on Water Access, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) for students in Los Ciruelos, Baitoa, Dominican Republic. A vital aspect of their work is educating the public about the importance of WASH subjects for improving health and quality of life. This workshop emphasized how littering (a major problem in Baitoa) negatively impacts valuable local water sources and how recycling can contribute to preserving their environment and enhancing their quality of life.

Recently, Project Hearts returned to a school where a workshop was previously held and were pleasantly surprised to see new recycling bins in the classrooms and on campus. A school administrator explained that because of the WASH Workshop they realized they should do their part to take care of the environment and ensure that water sources stay uncontaminated by litter and waste.

GRACE Cares is proud to partner with organizations like Project Hearts to not only give marginalized communities access to water filters and tanks but also to provide the knowledge necessary to live in harmony with nature and themselves.

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