This woman's community pride is clearly etched on her face.
…to overcome obstacles and and achieve success. When the communities of La Hondonada and La Javilla (Sánchez Ramírez) started working with PCV Jennifer Vettel ('12-'14) planning to bring clean water to their community, they didn't envision the difficulties they would face or the successes they would achieve. The task was daunting: just digging the trenches and laying nine kilometers of PCV pipe over hilly terrain was a major feat. Building a 30,000 liter storage tank also presented a challenge.
FDR's Community Challenge Fund committed early to the project, allowing the community to get started on the tasks. Unfortunately, another major funder that had committed to the project did not release their funds in a timely matter, resulting in several months delay in the work. Frustrated, the community was so anxious to finish the project, they conducted local fund-raising to pool the $1,200 needed to finish. When the agency finally released the funds for the project, the community used the funds to expand the project. Originally planned to reach 50 homes, the finished project provided clean drinking water 24 hours a day to 72 homes, the primary school and two churches!
The Community Challenge Fund supports basic needs projects in the Dominican Republic like this one. Community-based projects have provided water access, electricity, educational facilities, sanitation and improved health. Grants up to $2,500 for construction materials, for example, support the contributed labor of community members to construct needed improvements. On-site Peace Corps Volunteers help to plan, coordinate, and monitor projects. If you would like to support these efforts, please click on the donation button on the top right corner of this page.