Well Refurbishment

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Well Refurbishment
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Country: Morocco
Volunteer(s) Name: A Delaney
Volunteer(s) Homestate: Vermont
Funds community contributed: $663
Percentage community contributed: 24%
Funds needed were: $1217.04
Funds requested were: $1992
PPCP #: 378-111
Year of project approval: 2009
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Info about the Well Refurbishment

This project takes place in a village located in the mountains about 60 kilometers from the province capital. The village has a population of 2,600 and is a town of laborers, merchants, and farmers. There are 55 douars or neighborhoods. During my first six months of service as the Peace Corps Health Volunteer, I have been assessing local health. At that time my local counterpart and village nurse Allal Ajebli, brought to my attention an ongoing issue. He referred me to a member of this douar, Wazi Lahoucaine to help assess the health problem in this douar.

After a visit with Wazi it was discovered that the public douar well had problems that impact the community greatly. The well is located along side a dry riverbed. It is not covered. The depth of the well is 11.5 meters, with a diameter of 2 meters. The water depth is 3 meters respectively. The well is treated with chlorine tablets by the local nurse every 2 weeks.

Upon first review, the wells water surface was full of trash. Women spend the most amount of time at the well extracting water with homemade buckets with ropes attached. They extract water 2 to 3 times a day, as needed. The method is to stand on the cement block located on the center of the well. This is very dangerous. The surrounding drain around the well empties spilled water back into the well. The water is used for all uses from personal hygiene to drinking and for livestock. Many women use mules as a way to transport water they usually wait near the drainage area.

Wazi, a resident and worker in the village centers Commune has been trying for years to get assistance to cover the well. After he approached me, we began to work together. The objectives of this project are simple: By covering this well we can improve the health of the residents of this community. First, the quality of the water will improve. Second, the manner of water extraction will become safer and more efficient. No trash, natural or man made will enter the well. Two buckets will be used to extract water as opposed to every person bringing their own. This helps in reducing the transmission of germs. The risk of people falling in the well will reduce drastically. The easier water extraction is the more water can be used for personal hygiene. Overall, in covering the well the lives of the residents will improve.

Since there are no laborers and no local supplies as this town is a rural douar, the town elected to donate money. Each house hold will contribute with a total of 4,000 Moroccan dirhams. The remaining amount will be requested though a Peace Corps Partnership Program grant.

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