News from Burkina Faso

I hope you are very well, by His grace.

Here the projects are steadily growing and i am very happy to grow with them along with the sisters and brothers involved... Such an interesting life!

I have some good news i wanted to share with you about the last donation, you remember, emanuele Antola Fondation helped our group of Fulani women to build their shelter for multipurpose devices (mills, welding post, etc).
Well, they are doing fantastic work and here are some pictures i took lastly.
Hope you enjoy!

Please take good care,

By His grace


Mafi-Zongo Water & Medical Project 2009

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Mafi-Zongo Dam survey on Dike September 2008.jpg

Request 4 - 2010 - The Mafi-Zongo project requests a motorcycle for a health worker to enable better service to the population in the area. UPDATE: This request is still open as per June 2010. The Foundation already provided one motorcycle but more are needed.

Request 3 - 2009 - The Seva Clinic is requesting finance for rapid HIV tests. At the moment they have a medical doctor at the clinic and they need to implement the HIV prevention program. UPDATE: this request is over.

Request 2 - 2009 - Mafi-Zongo Water Project: Financial help for Bulldozer work on the dam - for details open the three attached files.

UPDATE: This request has been fulfilled.
Letter from the Project Manager:
I would like to follow up on our request for assistance for the Zongo dam, that I submitted to you on September 23rd. The details are very much the same. The fuel cost is down, and the bulldozer cost may be up slightly. But the amount needed is the same. We are trying to scrape together enough money to do this work before the heavy rains start. If rains are too much, the dam could be in danger.

The money for the valves was sent to the UK and all the details are ready. The money will be transferred to the company maybe today or tomorrow, and the valves will be shipped to Ghana by air. The total cost of the valves including shipping is £4,167.

Hope it works out, we really appreciate your help twice for the health education program in Burkina Faso, and hope that you will also find our project worthy of help for a second time.

Thanks for everything.

All the best

Request 1 - 2009: This is a request for $2,000 USD to purchase special valves for a filtration system that serves more than 9,000 people in the Zongo river area in Ghana, Africa. See the information supplied by the project manager below.
Updated: The Foundation has wired $1,000 to AMURT Ghana to purchase the valves for the filtration system. The rest of the money was provided by AMURT USA.
Here’s the summary of the needs for the new sand filter, and some details about the valves that we are trying to buy. The project currently benefits more than 9,000 people through 45 standpipes in 26 communities

ZONGO WATER PROJECT - Construction of new Roughing Filter

The Zongo Water Project’s water source is surface water harvested by building a dike on a seasonal river.
The water is then treated through slow sand filtration, before it is pumped to a reservoir on a hill. From this hill, the water flows by gravity to the communities.

For the slow sand filtration to work effectively, the water needs to be of low turbidity, less than 10 NTU. During the rainy season, the quality of the raw water deteriorates more than the original design anticipated. Our pre-treatment filter, (also called roughing filter) turns out to be too small to adequately treat the raw water and reduce the turbidity during the rainy season. This causes reduced water quality and clogging of the sand filter as silt enters the sand filters.

AMURT contacted EWB in 2005, and on their second visit in 2006, they identified the problem and started working on a new design that would solve the filtration problems of the project.

After delays caused by difficulties in raising funds and changes in the design, the construction of the new roughing filter started in January this year. The construction is now in full swing, and we hope to complete the construction in March and make the new filters operational by April, before the heavy rains start in May.

The new filter is eight times the size than the old filters. The design is horizontal, while the old ones are vertical or up-flow filters.

Currently two engineers from Engineers Without Borders are on site overseeing the construction. Another team will come in Mid-March to oversee the final installations.

The total cost of the project is about 50,000 USD. Forty thousand has been raised by the EWB and Rotary Chapter in Tucson, Arizona. The rest is funded by AMURT with help from Lanesra Foundation and other donors.

The design calls for a special type of valves – 12 inch Knife Gate Valves, or sliding gate valves. Each of the six chambers in the filter, will have one valve that is used for hydraulic flushing of the filter media. The filter employs graded pebbles, which trap the silt and larger dirt particles, and in this way reduces the water turbidity for the slow sand filtration.

It is AMURT’s responsibility to buy the knife gate valves. They are not available in Ghana and West Africa. We have only found the right model available in the US. The original supplier we had found did not work out, and the only supplier we have now has made the valves much more expensive.

The cost is USD 987.50 per valve, making altogether USD 5,925. In addition comes the shipping of the valves to Africa. We are trying to ship by air.
The ocean freight is 1,100. we still have not finalized the air shipping. It will be a bit more than ocean freight. The EWB has accelerated the construction schedule, so we need to look into air-freight.

We currently have about USD 5,550 available in the AMURT account in Washington DC for the purchase and shipping of the valves. We need maybe as much USD 2,000 more. So, if you can contribute for this, it would be a great help.

In April, we would like to do bulldozer work for the dam, I think I sent you the information about this last year in October or November.

Thanks for your kind consideration

Diagnostic Lab in Kenya

Update (April 2009): the Foundation has wired US$1,000 to the Diagnostic Lab project in Kenya. Click here for the report.

The project manager reported that the rest of the funds have been
secured from other funding agencies.

This is a request for $1,500 USD to start a Diagnostic Lab to improve the medical services offered by the Abha Light Foundation in Kibera, a squatters slum in Nairobi, Kenya.

Diagnostic lab in kenya

Rural Development Project in Burkina Faso

This is a request from Burkina Faso for a Microdonation from Foundation Emanuele Antola:

Rural Development

Project description:
Our center is situated just at the edge of the artificial lake of Bissiri, deep in the country side of Burkina Faso, 45 kilometers south of the capital, Ouagadougou.
The region is extremely poor, with high rate of unemployment, dirt roads, no electricity, bore holes as a source of water, mud brick huts as shelter and more than 80% people illiterate. People traditionally make their living by growing their own food and rearing cattle for the most fortunate.

We have 4 hectares of land divided in two plots and 3 buildings. The main structure is a dormitory style building, another big store room houses our cereal bank, and a two room building has become a small clinic. The land was given by the community who expect us to assist in their development by creating employment and helping them satisfy their basic necessities of life.

• Farming and trainings:
Five families are currently living and working here. We grow vegetables and have a papaya, citrus and mango orchard. We have installed some irrigation system to improve the production and income generation through vegetable production in dry season when the prices go up.
We are introducing organic techniques and different programs included several successful demonstration projects and community mobilization campaigns (i.e. tippy tap school programs, watershed practices, agro forestry and groundwater recharge). Now the production and distribution of organic crops is slowly being organized at the community level. We are aiming at forming a producer cooperative in future.

• Bee Keeping Project
We established a bee keeping project with 7 hives and the material for collecting honey. The aim is to show the community an example of a low budget economic activity.

• Bakery

Nile River School

Project Report for Emanuele Antola Foundation

Project name: Nile River School

Website: not yet

Funding received: $1000

Project Report:

We have now good drinkable water! Beside the electric pump we have also a hand pump in case electricity is unavailable. The electric pump is not fixed at the new building for the time being because we cannot live there yet as the construction is going on. But the pump stays at the neighbors and is brought to our land when needed. Instead of plastic filter we got stainless steel filter which should be working better.

Financial Report:

Drilling 30m water hole …………..…………….$ 250

Pipes and stainless steel filter…..…………….$ 150

Italian electric pump ………………………………..$ 420

Handpump and piping ………..$ 200

Total ……………………………………………………… $ 1020

Thanking you very much for this valuable contribution.

Didi Anandarama, project coordinator

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