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3rd International Rainwater Cistern Systems Conference
Khon Kaen, Thailand - January, 1987

Section G: Related Topics

Paper G.1

Rainwater Harvesting Workshops in Togo and Bolivia: The Wash Experience

Craig Hafner
Senior Project Officer
WASH Project
Arlington, Virginia


This paper describes the recent workshop experience in Togo and Bolivia using the USAID-funded Water and Sanitation for Health (WASH) Project's "Training Guide -for Rainwater Roof Catchment Systems," The Togo project, entitled "cistern campaign," is an activity of the USAID funded Rural Water Supply Project, The campaign developed as a result of the failure of drilling to. produce water, and the lack of alternative water sources. The goal of the campaign was to construct 1500 individual cisterns (cement stave modeled after a grain storage silo) and 125 village roof catchment surfaces (hangars) over two years starting in late 1985.

In Bolivia, the Ministry of Health requested a WASH consultant to assist in the training of rural technicians to construct rainwater harvesting systems in eastern Bolivia. The workshop was implemented to train and stimulate the interest of rural technicians in this technology through the use of the WASH Training Guide and to possibly develop a project: in the future.

A description of the development: of the WASH Training Guide is followed by a discussion of its application in rural water -project workshops in Bolivia and Togo, A comparison of the similarities and differences in these two workshops is presented, followed by some lessons learned and conclusions for applying the WASH Training Guide and conducting workshops on rainwater harvesting.

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