Water for Humanity Newsletter
Volume 6, Number 1
American Society of Dowsers
Archived Newsletter April 2013
Archived Newsletter August 2013
Archived Newsletter December 2013
Welcome to the Water for Humanity E-Newsletter, created to keep you the membership and our supporters better informed of the activities of the WFH Fund, in supplement to our regular postings in the American Dowser.
A few news items:
During the period December and January, we have received an additional project completion report from Konditi Development Initiative International (KODI) on their project to build composting latrines for both the male and female teachers at Konditi Primary School in western Kenya. The same organization sent us a completion report on a community well project. A project completion report was also received from the Village Development Center of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Just received is a project report from Rural Education and Environmental Development Society (REEDS), also of Tamil Nadu, India.
The Water for Humanity Committee would like you to be informed that WFH Secretary Steve Herbert and ASD Bookstore manager Jax Willey are working together on a project to initiate a fund-raising campaign with Indiegogo, a crowd-funding website (www.indiegogo.com). Please watch for an announcement from ASD when it is up and running. We will very much appreciate your support to ensure this first attempt at crowd-funding will be a success!
Rachel Chevalier, having held a Member-at-Large position on the WFH Committee for four and a half years, has recently submitted her resignation from the committee. Rachel is a great believer in the WFH cause, but at this point in her life feels personally the need to shift to a greater focus on healing modalities. We thank her for her dedication and service, and wish her all the best with whatever she does.
In Memory of Andy Bray:
he Committee of the Water for Humanity Fund is sad to announce that it has lost a friend to its cause when ASD Trustee Andy Bray passed away suddenly on November 28th, 2013. Andy was an engineer, naval and private pilot, minister and dowser. He was active in his community and church, and served the ASD as Treasurer. Andy was a frequent invited guest of the WFH Committee at its meetings, and was always very helpful with advice and council. He was a strong supporter and donations were directed to the WFH Fund in lieu of flowers at his funeral. Generous donations collectively surpassing $1,000 will help a great many people in desperate need of the vital resource of ready access to adequate quantities of clean, potable water. We are sure Andy is pleased that this has been done in his memory.
To read Andy Bray's full obituary, click here
WFH Fund's Financial Summary for 2013:
Total incoming funds during calendar year 2013 were $35,301.62, which included $29,371.49 in donations, $5,916.17 raised from convention raffle table and sales, and $13.96 in interest. $6,069.20 of donations (20.7 %) were restricted.
Total outgoing funds were $36,972.78, of which $35,822.00 were voted for projects, with the remainder of $1,150.78 going to operating and office expenses. The total of all expenses not directly voted for projects represented just 4.1 % of total outgoing.
Call for applicants to the Water for Humanity Fund Committee:
A Member-at-Large position has recently opened up on the WFH Committee and we are inviting those interested in this position to let us know of your availability. Please submit a letter of interest along with a resume or other account of relevant experience. We'd like to know more about you, what experience you have to contribute, and what particularly you would like to focus on. Particularly, we'd like to know if you've had international experience, especially in the developing world, or have foreign language ability, have done development work, worked with non-profits, done fund-raising or written proposals. Duties include reviewing and critiquing proposals in preparation for voting, attending meetings, and generally giving input to the general business of a growing non-profit. Please submit application materials to WFH Chairperson Bill Bonnell at firstname.lastname@example.org and WFH Secretary Steve Herbert at email@example.com, or send to WFH, c/o ASD, P.O. Box 24, Danville, VT 05819
Announcement of Grant Award:
The members of the WFH Committee are pleased to announce that a proposal which was submitted to Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio at their invitation has been met with a positive response. This proposal was written with the intention to fund a package of projects in East Africa as a way to expand our activity in this region. Representatives of the Metabolic Studio have informed Secretary Steve Herbert that a partial grant has been approved to fund one line item of the proposal budget. This award in the amount of $8,400 will be directed to ASD to help compensate office staff for their time in supporting WFH activities and training WFH staff in computer and web technology. It will also help compensate ASD for use of office space and equipment, and purchase new computer equipment designated for WFH use.
World Water Day approaches:
We would like to remind the membership of ASD that World Water Dayis March 22nd. It is a good opportunity for chapters to hold fundraisers and benefit events for the ASD Water for Humanity Fund. These funds make such a tremendous difference in the lives of those in desperate need in providing ready access to adequate quantities of safe and potable water. Much of the time we can do these projects for less than $1US per beneficiary or a well for a whole village for less than $1,000! If you would like to organize such a fundraiser on or near WWD, you can contact Steve Herbert for a Power Point presentation, brochures, reports or a variety of photos to help with displays. He can be reached at (603) 616-7872 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Testimony of a Life-changing Well: With a project completion report from the organization Village Development Center of the southern Indian State of Tamil Nadu, came this testimony from among the beneficiary villages. The VDC has partnered with WFH in doing five previous projects, beginning in 2003, and a total of 20 wells. Funding for these first three wells on their 2/7/11 proposal was approved at the January 18, 2013, teleconference meeting of the WFH Committee.
VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT CENTER 2013 TESTIMONIAL
"I am Mrs. Pathimakani (43), wife of Abdul Kanai, living in Sirugudi village, Manachanallur Block, Tiruchirappalli District, Tamil Nadu, India. I have one son and one daughter. I am doing agricultural work in my farm. My village is remote from the main road. There are no frequenttransport facilities. 250 families are living in my village. VDC promoted a womens' self help group, namely Roja Women Self Help Group in the year 2007, and I am the President of the Group. There are 16 members in my group. Out of them three are dalith and six are from backward community and the remaining are Muslims.
We had no drinking water facility in our village. We would get water from the street pipelines once in three days which was not enough for us. We stored water for three or more days for drinking purposes. There is one bore well at a distance of 1.5 km and it was dry in the summer season. In this crisis situation we discussed in our womens group and decided to approach VDC for drinking water facility. They kindly considered our request. With support of Water for Humanity Fund, USA, they provided a hand bore well to us. Through this bore well 250 families are benefiting. This bore well was drilled nearby the school and so 200 school students were also benefiting. Now we are very happy with the new bore well. We express our sincere thanks to Water for Humanity Fund and Village Development Centre for their timely help".
Featured Profile: In this issue we are continuing with our profile series. Initially, we presented a series of profiles which introduced you to the members of your WFH Committee. Then we began introducing you to people who have high relevance to the activities of the WFH Fund. Commonly, WFH partners with local non-profit organizations who apply to us for funding. Therefore, those profiles were of the Managing Directors of some of these organizations. In this issue, we feature
Mr. I. George Rajamanickam, based in the southern Indian State of Tamil Nadu. This organization was awarded its first grant to construct five household rainwater harvesting systems in June of 2008 (see Spring/Summer issue of the American Dowser to view the project completion report). In June of 2012, a second grant also funded five household rainwater harvesting systems (read this project competion report in the Winter 2013-14 issue of the American Dowsers).
I. GEORGE RAJAMANICKAM, SECRETARY
I am George Rajamanickam, aged 48 years, presently functioning as Director / cum Secretary of Joint Action for Social Mission, Innovation Networking and Education Society, in short, JASMINE Society.
I was born at Ammupatti village, Nilakottai Taluk, Dindigul District. I studied up to 8th Standard in Ammapatti village. I completed my high school education at Ammayanayakanur which is 4 kilometers from my native place. I reached this school everyday by walking.
My father was a small farmer owning five acres of dry / garden land. We cultivated grapes and Jasmine flowers on this land. My mother was a household worker. The income from our land was just enough for meeting our family expenses.
Most of my college education was carried out at Gandhigrom Rural University, Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu. I completed my B.A. in Public Administration, Sociology and Community Development as my main subjects in the year 1986, with Sociology and Rural Development as core subjects at Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
As soon as I completed my post-graduate education, I was invited by DMCA Rural Development Centers, Trichy, to work as a social worker in Vandalai Village. This village was situated in a remote location with no bus facility. I was responsible for starting ten child care centers and look after land development work. I stayed in the project area and worked for two years. I was successful in organizing the child care centers with the cooperation of villagers.
During this time, in 1980, I attended an interview at New Delhi and I was selected as field officer by Churches Autilary for Social Action (CASA), I was posted at Chennai (Madras) and I was asked to visit various churches and NGOs in southern India. At CASA, I was provided with a great opportunity to work and study the lives of various sections of people. I was responsible for preparing various project proposals in the field of socio-economic development. Here I was provided with various opportunities to see the life of poverty in close quarters. While in CASA, I was sent for training in planning and development at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahamadabad, and for various training in XISS, Ranchi, RUSHA, and CAPART.
To read the rest of Mr. Rajamanickam's biographical sketch, click here
Volunteer and Travel Projects:
REPRESENTATIVES OF ASD WFH FUND
REPORT OF VISIT TO SPONSORED VILLAGE BORE WELL PROJECTS
24 DECEMBER 2013
Location: State of Tamil Nadu, India
Villages of Mettupatti and Koottathupatti (with organization RPDS)
Village of Konnamalai and vicinity (with organization SHERPD)
Visitors/Report Contributors - Justin Matthews, JoLyn Gillie, Eric Forner
This field report summarizes our visit to six operational bore wells in southern India sponsored by the American Society of Dowser's Water for Humanity Fund.
We are three friends from Washington State who were visiting southern India on vacation. Our affiliation with the American Society of Dowsers (ASD) is that one of us, Eric Forner, served in the US PeaceCorps with Steven Herbert, the Water For Humanity Fund Secretary. Knowing Steven and ASD were affiliated with projects not far from where we would be traveling, Eric reached out with the offer to make a site visit. The WFH Committee enthusiastically approved the idea and provided a small grant of $500 to help meet expenses. Eric in turn invited two colleagues to accompany him. As engineers, we had a genuine interest in seeing the wells and their value to the communities in which they were installed. Through email, we were able to arrange a brief trip to the state of Tamil Nadu where we would visit two local non-profit agencies who had received sponsorship funding from the WFH Fund for the installation of hand pumps and bore wells. Eric is a Forest Engineer for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, JoLyn Gille is a civil engineer specializing in geotechnical science from Seattle, and Justin Matthews is a civil engineer specializing transportation project design in Seattle.
Our morning on December 24, 2013, started with the Rural Peoples Development Society (RPDS) picking us up from our hotel in the city of Salem, Tamil Nadu. We travelled to a village on the eastern outskirts of Salem referred to as Mettupatti, the location of the RPDS office. Present for the RPDS was the director, Mrs G. Bhuvanshewari, the assistant director Govindaraj, the treasurer Permila, a local translator named Baskar and a local photographer. They warmly greeted us with a traditional Indian Tilak greeting, placing a red mark of oils/spices between our eyebrows.
To read the rest of the account of their visit to Tamil Nadu, click here
Appropriate Technology Feature: In each issue of the WFH E-Newsletter, we feature some aspect of appropriate technology, which is defined as technologies which are simple, yet effective, and can be produced or repaired with locally available materials and locally accessible parts. These technologies are appropriate where the rural peoples of developing countries have the capability of operating, maintaining and repairing such equipment, and where the technology is financially within their grasp.
This issue we feature the subject of Manual Pumps for Groundwater Access, a "primer" on hand pumps.
MANUAL PUMPS FOR GROUNDWATER ACCESS
by Steve Herbert
Pumps come in an amazing variety that differ in aspects such as design, power source, output, depth or intake capability, fluids ormaterials moved, or general application, etc. In developing countries, where the desired fluid is water, and there are limitations due to lack of electricity or financial means, the options narrow but still are available in a good assortment. Hand-operated pumps that bring groundwater to the surface come in a few basic designs that vary corresponding to depth and output capability.
The first most basic category of manual groundwater pump is the suction pump, designed for shallow wells such as open dug wells or bore wells. This design is typical of a reciprocating pump, which is the linear motion of a piston within a cylinder, where one complete cycle of two movements comprises one stroke. In a well, the cylinder is positioned vertically and the motion is up and down, for example.
To read this article in its entirety with photos and diagrams, click here
Project Completion Report: This issue we feature a completion report from the organization GUARD Society, of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This organization did their first project with WFH in 2008 with three wells. The second project of one well was funded in 2012 by the Mohawk Hudson Chapter and the Brett Wentworth Memorial Fund. The project completion report below is from the third project of three wells which was initiated in January of 2013.
Tirunelveli Tamilnadu; India
COMPLETION REPORT OF PROJECT-2013
"PROVISION OF POTABLE WATER IN THE VILLAGES"
Drought is a normal occurrence in our project area, the net result of absence of seasonal rains. The prolonged drought causes the vegetation to struggle to flourish. As the groundwater depletes it retreats further into deeper levels. However, the seasonal rains this year kept the ground water at the normal levels. Even then, the problem of drinking water persists.
We requested four bore wells with hand pumps in our project proposal. WHF sanctioned one hand pump with notification on 14th June 2012, and more recently sanctioned the remaining three hand pumps as agreed in the sanctioned letter dated on 19th January 2013.
During the project, Guard Society dug three bore-wells for the use of public people in public places of the villages. One is with a diameter of 6 ½ inches and up to 120 meters depth, at the main road of Sivakamipuram dalit Colony of Neduvayal Panchayat, Tenkasi Taluk in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. The other two bore wells also had a diameter of 6 ½ inches and both were drilled to the depth of 110 meters, in 1st ward of Achenputhur panchayat. One of these two bore wells is at 2nd street for use of dalit people, and the other one is in the East main street for the use of minority community. Now both the bore wells are supplying drinking water to the residents of the village.
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