Posted on October 13, 2010 by caridad
I was preparing for a regular inspection visit to the community of Las Flores, municipality of Chinacla in the department of La Paz, Honduras.
The inspection took place in mid-May 2010 with Mr. Ely Nicholas from Marcala, La Paz, who since April 2010 is supervising construction of a new water system in this small village, 80 kilometres north of the capital Tegucigalpa.
Picture by Carlos Mejía
There were two main points of discussion: the location of the storage tank, and the possible construction of a new small dam in addition to the one which was budgeted for, so that it could provide the desired amount of water.
After several hours of travel we arrived at the community and contacted the president of the water board, Mr Jose Lopez, who guided us through the community to the prospective location for the storage tank. This is where we encountered our first problem.
We looked at the design and found that the outside designer had situated the tank in the middle of the street, where it would block traffic. Big mistake! We analysed a new location and marked it. Although the first problem was solved, we did not know what was still waiting us.
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Posted on October 20, 2009 by caridad
It took years of lobbying before villagers from the beautiful Dang Valley lies Ghodd-haura, a remote village in western Nepal succeeded in opening a primary school for their children. Shree Primary educates 101 students of mixed ethnic heritage, including the Dalit minority, and its stone and woodwork building is in desperate need of renovation.
Shree Primary school Ghoddahura. Toilet made with UNICEF funds
Because of the small number of students enrolled, the government supports the school only up to grade four. If students want to continue their education, they have to walk downhill for an hour and a half and cross a river, which floods annually, to attend higher grades at another school, a signifi-cant burden for students at such an age. Similarly, all villagers who need to supplement their agricultural subsistence must walk for at least an hour and a half for food and other supplies.
Community Hygiene and Environment Improvement
Despite these challenges, the community convinced UNICEF to build toilets at the school for students and teachers. Teachers, villagers, and students carried the sacks of sand, cement, and bricks to the school from the base of the hill to ensure the toilet construction succeeded. Students and caretakers oversee their maintenance. Learning about this outcome, the Nepal Hygiene Improvement Project (NHIP) selected this school to participate in its school point-of-use pilot study conducted in early 2008. (more…)
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Posted on October 19, 2009 by caridad
During ICT4D 1.0, it seems that project designers often focused ICT application on a top-down determination of needs, rather than a bottom-up statement of wants. Projects were designed around a standard information needs template that said communities needed better access to information on health, education, governance, etc. However, when community members can freely discuss what they want from ICT, priority items are often a mix of help with new income and employment, and entertainment. (more…)
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Posted on October 5, 2009 by caridad
I got interested in stories because stories explain logical reflection from people’s actions that seemed illogical to me as un outsider and explain what their underlying reasons are.
Women in a village in Morogoro, Tanzania, used two wells. They maintained one well and not the other Why? Because the maintained one was a drinking wells and the “not maintained” well was a well for clothes washing and bathing. (more…)
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Posted on June 30, 2009 by caridad
The Indigenous Paéz Community Munchique – Los Tigres, Municipality of Santander Quilichao, Cauca Department, Colombia, South America Project title .
The Indigenous Government of Munchique-Los Tigres and the Municipal Government of Santander Quilichao, CONSAM, Alter-Eco Description of project Los Tigres – Munchique is an indigenous community with 4.000 inhabitants distributed in 17 villages in a mountainous rural area, two hours from the town of Santander. (more…)
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Posted on July 4, 2008 by dijoh2o
Maurice Verhaegh is doing field research in two districts in Uganda together with IRC and local partners on information exchange between local and national government departments involved in water, sanitation and hygiene. He is doing this for his MSc Business Administration at the Nijmegen University. He is sharing a few stories, based on his observations and conversations. Here is his first story from Kamwenge about creating boreholes in communities.
“Since this is a very expensive technology, the people in the communities mainly rely on the government for this kind of service. The problem with the total dependability on the government is that people acquire a low ownership for the facilities that are being created in their communities. In order to involve the people in the communities the government created a demand driven borehole creation service.
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