International Activities/ Peru

This was a US$ 27,000 project in 2014 to bring safe water purification to the village of in Canizal which is a small village in the municipality of La Union.

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Our Peru Project - Total Budget:US$ 27,277

Community: Canizal La Rosa part of the municipality of La Union       

Region:                Castilla ‐ Piura, Country   Peru
Number of Families:    200
Population:         1,200
Total Budget:      $ 27,277 USD
Accepted as an official Matching Grant project by the Rotary Foundation, we and the other clubs involved raised $9,300 with the rest of the money coming from the Rotary Fundation. The new project was approved and work began in January 2014.
The community of Canizal is no different than millions of communities across the world that lack access to safe water. The regional government lacked resources to tackle this problem and promote development. The only source of water in the village was the well which is shown in our picture. The project was to cover and clean the well and provide a pump and filtration unit which will ensure that clean safe water is available for the village.
Children were sick and missed school. Parents were trapped, desiring more for their families. Without help, there was little hope for this forgotten community with underdeveloped infrastructure. Progress was stunted by contaminated water.
Contaminated drinking water causes sickness, and is large factor in the continuous poverty cycle in this community. Diarrheal Illness, intestinal worms, cholera and stomach Illnesses were prevalent in this community and this community knew that the water is contaminated.
The well, their only fresh source of water, is located at the edge of the village, but was in a poor condition and only partly covered. The only means of getting the water was with a bucket on the end of a rope as there is no pump.
The majority of the community members obtained their income as labourers in local agriculture. The average household income is $75 USD per month.
The community of Canizal is committed to help promote health and hygiene education. The community also understands that safe water fees will need to be collected for sustainable operation of the water treatment system.
Like any kind of utility, there was expenses related to ongoing operation and equipment replacement (depreciation) costs in the future. Addressing these costs, specifically the financial burden placed on the community to maintain their project, is too often overlooked. The Project equiped the Safe Water Committee (SWC) with financial tools to plan for these future costs. We also work with the SWC to instill the value of safe water in the community and ensure affordability according to World Health Organization standards, as this is an issue of access.