2020-31 Water Reservoir & Irrigation Water Storage System

St Jeromes University

The SJU Fundraiser!

What a great opportunity to make a difference!

SJU in Peru

Grant Description:
The rural community of Guadalupe in the Amazonas in Peru is a community of 270 homes and 1,108 people. They have road access, public electricity and lighting services plus early education, primary and secondary education available to their children.

Guadalupe is a community of small-farm producers of coffee and food that need to improve the productivity of their crops and pastures to improve their living conditions. Climate change is seriously affecting coffee and food cultivation. Rainfall is increasingly scare and has been reduced to only four months per year. With the support of the Café Femenino Foundation, crop diversification is being promoted with the incorporation of cacao on the family plot. The lack of water has had a adverse impact on their coffee crops and, ultimately, their family income.

Through the system of water channels the community has been able to distribute water quotas to the producers in a way that reduces flooding and distributes the water as needed for crop production. This request is to build small water reservoirs (pilcas) that will benefit 4 or 5 families and that allows them to store their annual quota of water, as well as the rainfall. An irrigation system will also be installed that will allow for sufficient water in the times of coffee flowering and deliver water needed during coffee and food productions. Sprinkler system water management will improve the quality of all crops and improve the quality of life. Funds requested will be used to purchase the reservoir liner, pipes for irrigation and some technical assistance. 4-5 families (15 people) will directly benefit from this water reservoir, storage and irrigation system and it will indirectly benefit 1,018 people in the community who will benefit from the improvement of their food diet through the increased production of vegetables, grains and fruits reducing malnutrition

*select “Water Reservoir Project – SJU Fundraiser” as the donation category.

 

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