Los Castillos School Water Project – Peru

Los Castillos, Santiago District, Ica Province, Peru

Community Description
The community of Los Castillos is an annex of Santiago that is very far away from the rest of the district. It is made up of about 75 households.

The community is hard to reach by car, and the issues of Los Castillos are relatively ignored by the municipality.

The community is small and poor, but community leaders have implemented a few small development projects in recent months.

Problem Addressed
Los Castillos only receives water once a week, and then only for a few hours. Most households fill up large containers of water to last them through the week.

After an inspection of 9 schools by a group including a representative of the municipality and a technician, it was noted that the Los Casillos preschool and elementary school have the greatest need in the area for running water for hygiene and sanitation. Since the schools do not have water storage capabilities, the students rarely have access to running water.

Project Description
This project is to provide running water and three handwashing stations at the preschool and elementary school.

The system will include 3 water storage tanks and pump combinations, and piping to connect them to the main supply line. During times of water availability, water will be pumped from the municipal supply to fill the tanks.

Three 1,100-liter plastic tanks, each with a ½ horsepower pump, will be purchased and delivered to the site.

Water Charity funds will pay for the tanks and pumps, piping, fixtures, fittings, and miscellaneous materials.

The municipality and the community members of Los Castillos will do the necessary work for installation.

The municipality has already purchased faucets, soap dispensers, and other materials.

After the schools have sufficient running water and soap, trainings will be held for the teachers by two health post workers regarding handwashing. The teachers will be assisted in teaching the information to their classes and monitoring compliance.

After all of the trainings are complete, random inspections will be made to ensure that the new installations are being maintained and the students are continuing to use them correctly and consistently.

Project Impact
155 people, including 100 students at the elementary school, 50 at the preschool, plus 5 teachers, will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Taylor Warren

The project will result in a regular supply of safe water for all of the needs of the school. The benefits in hygiene and sanitation will improve the health and well-being of the students and teachers.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has received major funding through the generosity of the Elmo Foundation, with additional funds from friends, family, and supporters of the Peace Corps Volunteer.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify the Peace Corps Volunteer of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by the PCV and/or those of other PCVs in the country of service.

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.