Project #2734

Clean Water and Sanitation -Rainforest of Peru

by House of the Children
Jan 15, 2013

Goals Reached in Tayakome!

A new tap stand at the home of Judith and Abran.
A new tap stand at the home of Judith and Abran.

The year-end visits to our project village of Tayakome were action packed as the people once again welcomed our team with enthusiasm. Their sleeves were rolled up and they were ready to build additional tap stands at village homes and to conduct overall yearly maintenance of their water and sanitation systems.

Our highlights included:

  • The building of additional tap stands with underground greywater drains at two newly built homes.  Sixteen household taps have been built throughout a 6 km water distribution line since 2009, serving nearly 200 villagers.
  • Additional skylight panels were added to the thatched palm roof of the school bathroom structure, built in 2010. The bathrooms remain in very good working order. The children are completing their daily maintenance duties and the bathrooms are clean and hygienic.
  • Anti-parasite medicine was given to children and families that participated in our yearly testing program. Since 2009, dangerous intestinal parasite levels have decreased nearly 30% in the overall population.  
  • Technical training was provided for the water and sanitation committee in building, and repair and maintenance. Water quality/safety tests to secure the water was optimum for human consumption, were also conducted. This committee is doing a great job monitoring and repairing the water and sanitation infrastructure that was installed in 2009 - 2010.
  • Monthly house-to-house visits were made by the village health promoter, to connect with the people and to check the condition of the tap stands and drains installed in 2009-2010. All are in good working order, hygienic and delivering clean water to the people.
  • The village health promoter carried out weekly hygiene lessons for the school children.  

Long Team Health Advances and Sustainability is the GOAL!

The Matsigenka people of Tayakome are taking full advantage of the opportunity that is being given to them. They have learned how to take better care of themselves and their installations. The water and sanitation committee and the men of the village remain dedicated to the maintenance of the water system, as well as the bathrooms and waste disposal system.

A 30% decrease in intestinal parasite infestation is wonderful encouragement that we are on the right path!  The health promoter, a young Matsgienka mother named Mircia, has blossomed into a leadership role as she teaches families how to care for their installations and their health. We could not be happier with her growth in our programming and the overall growth of the villagers.

HOTC is in the process of handing over full ownership of the project to the people. In 2013 - 2014 our intervention will be bi-yearly technical and health supervision visits. These visits will allow us to continue to monitor the progress of the people. The advances in Tayakome are monumental and serve to improve the health and well being of the people in this environmentally vital rainforest region of our world.

Many thanks to our GlobalGiving Family for the difference you have made in the lives of the people these last three years. You have helped to create a truly sustainable clean water, sanitation and health project. Our advances with the people simply would not have been possible without your generosity.

This will be our last project report. Please visit our website at  to follow our Manu Rainforest Expansion Project which will continue to bring basic human services of water, sanitation and health to an additional six indigenous villages in the southeastern Peruvian Amazon.

With deep gratitude, 

Nancy Santullo

Founder and Executive Director

House of the Children 

A healthy and thriving rainforest makes for a healthier world.




Water committee member building a greywater drain.
Water committee member building a greywater drain.
Health promoter conducting hygiene lessons.
Health promoter conducting hygiene lessons.
A youth builds his greywater drain.
A youth builds his greywater drain.
Construction of a tap stand in Tayakome.
Construction of a tap stand in Tayakome.
Water arriving to a new tap for the first time.
Water arriving to a new tap for the first time.
Children carrying rocks to build thier drain.
Children carrying rocks to build thier drain.



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Organization Information

House of the Children

Location: Los Angeles, CA - USA
House of the Children
Project Leader:
Nancy Santallo
Staff Member
Los Angeles,, CA United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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