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RPCV Jillian Churchill Honduras 2009-2011. About Me BS Chemistry MS Environmental Engineering No Spanish No Design Experience Water and Sanitation Engineer.

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1 RPCV Jillian Churchill Honduras

2 About Me BS Chemistry MS Environmental Engineering No Spanish No Design Experience Water and Sanitation Engineer Honduras

3 Peace Corps Background Six to 12 months from application to arrival in country 11 weeks of training o Cultural/ Language o Technical Live and work in one site for 2 years

4 Where I Lived El Paraiso Town of ~25,000 On the border with Nicaragua 72 villages that were served

5 Overview of Projects Secondary Projects o Coaching o Science Day o Clubs o English Classes o HIV/AIDS awareness o Treatment of Animals Primary Projects o Potable water systems o Rainwater collection o Improved Stoves o Trainings o Troubleshooting Systems o Latrines o Environmental Conservation o Sanitation Improvement

6 Potable Water Systems Surveyed for 6 systems o Average of 50 household o Get dropped off for unknown amount of time Designed 5 systems o Used massive Excel spreadsheet Troubleshooting for existing systems o Pressure problems o Water shortage problems o Additions to systems

7 Improved Sanitation 100 Hours of Training for each system o One person from each household must attend Building Latrines o Give each step at a time Building Improved Stoves o Improves Lung and Eye Health o Uses 20% of firewood o Becomes Women’s project

8 Water Board Training Each community has it’s own Water Board In charge of: o Setting/ Collecting Fees o Maintaining System o Community Sanitation Made of community members Normally Receive Little Training Book Developed by PCVs

9 Important Aspects of Community Training Cultural Differences Education Level Differences Continuing Monitoring Logistics

10 Other Training Technical Training La JAM Basic Surveying Design Principle Basics Trainees Everything they will need to know

11 Secondary Projects

12 TRIPS!!!!!!!

13 TRIPS !!!!

14 What’s Happening in Honduras Agricultural/ Environmental Damage Trash 2009 Coup Drug/ Gang Violence 2012: Peace Corps pulls out of Honduras Honduras named most dangerous country

15 Questions?


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