A project to ensure sufficient water for meeting the first goal of Peace Corps Healthy Schools program by building hand washing stations;repairing water systems;and constructing water storage facilities.
The Peace Corps Healthy Schools program has been active since about year 2000. The first goal toward certification as a healthy school by the department of education is to have sufficient hand washing stations and water available to train children to wash their hands before eating and after bathroom use. The schools identified in this project have not met this goal for lack of water and/or physical structures such as wells , storage tanks,pumps,and hand washing stations.
LocationSee summary sheet for school names, See summary sheet for department names and GPS locations, Guatemala
Primary Focus: Hygiene Education
Secondary Focus: Other
People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 0
Several of the schools will be receiving an increased supply of water. All of the schools will benefit by having more water available for hygiene. See summary for details. School are normally multipurpose facilities and are used by communities for public events.
School Children Getting Water: 3,738
Several of the schools will be receiving an increased supply of water. All of the schools will benefit by having more water available for hygiene. All See summary for details.
People Getting Sanitation: 3,738
Many of the schools will have increased water supply /access to provide water for flush toilets, hygiene habit formation, and school cleaning routine. The project will allow for more efficient access to water which will improve sanitation at the schools
People Getting Other Benefits: 3,738
The main focus of the construction activity and the healthy Schools peace Corps volunteers is to improve hygiene practices in the schools by training teachers.
Start Date: 2013-10-01
Completion Date: 2014-10-31
APS has been working with peace Corps since 2000 to provide facilities mentioned above to create in the school the means to the stated goal of washing hands and thus breaking the cycle of infection.
Aps has proved utility and sustainability of the structures over the last 13 years with projects funded by Peerwater Exchange, Rotary, Global Water, and Save The Children.
The first stage of the project is proposed to begin in October 2013 and end in October 2014. The second stage of monitoring the maintenance contract will be done during 2015-2016 as the schools reach Healthy Schools status.
The Peace Corps volunteers are responsible for organizing the communities in conjunction with APS. The schools will sign a maintenance agreement; a materials donation agreement; and a non-skilled labor agreement.
We have found that the best time to involve the local government is from a position of strength. If the project is approved the volunteer, the school committee, and the village committee will approach each mayor for assistance with funding some of the materials.
We have found in the past that mayors usually are not interested in participating or writing agreements unless the NGO (APS) has the funds in hand.
This is the result many previous NGOs promising projects and not preforming.
The Peace Corps volunteers are on school site for extended periods of time. This can last from 2-6 years depending upon the school reaching healthy schools status and being certified as such. The main dynamic is to teach the school teacher and directors in the hygiene process.
All of the schools in the program have requested the help of the peace Corps in this program and are motivated to improve the hygiene habits of their school children.
The Peace Corps volunteers have identified the schools that are most likely to reach healthy schools status in the next three years provided they have the facilities identified in the summary of of projects.
The Peace Corps volunteer PCV) and APS work together to ensure a maintenance program at the school. The school and the parents sign a maintenance agreement before project starts.
Maintenance Cost: $200
APS and Peace Corps presence in the area provides monitoring of the maintenance of the facilities. Funds have been included in the project to allow for the APS Circuit Riders to visit the sites for physical inspection once each year for two years and on call if the PCV needs assistance
See summary sheet
Co Funding Amount:
To be determined by negotiation with local mayors. Typically the mayors contribute when funds are assured for the project.
Any funds remaining in project due to these contributions are used at additional schools.
Community Contribution Amount: $6,551
See summary sheet for details.