School-centered Gardens





History Logs

Project Description

Country: El Salvador

Location: Bajo Lempa region

Total Budget: $10,000

Area of Focus: Water and sanitation

Activity Type: Water: Supply/Access


Our two partners for our work in El Salvador - Mangle Association (based in El Salvador) and EcoViva (Oakland, CA) - have begun a new school garden initiative. The Association trains teachers and help with the planting, implementation, and monitoring of 10 school gardens across the Bajo Lempa region, the poorest region in El Salvador. Because schools and community centers are often located on the same piece of property, these gardens, which include fruit trees, would also be available in the evenings for community residents. These gardens get well-watered in the rainy season, but suffer from dry spells and low productivity during the dry season (December - May).

Our proposal is to provide a sustainable source of water for irrigation of these crops and trees during the dry season months. Each solar pump irrigation system will include a completed well to depth, solar panels, a submersible solar-powered pump, and an elevated storage tank for gravity-flow irrigation. A demonstration system has already been put in place by a student service organization, in the Fall of 2013. Photos of this system are in the photo page of this grant application.

A cost breakout of this system is given below:

Well - drilling and 4-inch casing to completion $300

Solar submersible pump

(Advanced Solar, USA) $800

Solar panels, 2 x 100-watt

(DelSol, El Salvador) $452

Plastic tank (1000 liters) $350

Supplies, PVC pipe and fittings $80


This proposal is to ask funding for system materials and supplies to provide irrigation water for 10 schools at $10,000. The platform or tower would be provided by the community before installation, and the labor for system installation would be provided by local residents in cooperation with college student delegations from the U.S. Funds for the project will be managed in the U.S. by the University of Oklahoma (OU) Foundation, and disbursements in El Salvador will be managed by EcoViva. In-country Rotary Club support will be provided as needed by the Sirama San Miguel Rotary Club that has successfully managed two previous water grants funded by Rotary International in the Bajo Lempa region. U.S. leadership and support will be provided by Jim F. Chamberlain, PhD, P.E., research engineer with the OU WaTER Center (University of Oklahoma)

Project Contact Person

District: 5340

Rotary Club of: Mission Valley-Sunset, San Diego

Primary Contact: Marge Cole

Email: margecole81@gmail.com

Project Status

This project is "Completed". This means the project has been implemented and the report was accepted by the district leadership. The project will stay listed on this website as a testimony of the achievements of the project partners.

Project listed for the 2014-15 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Mission Valley-Sunset, San Diego (5340)





E-Club of the United Services, San Diego (5340)









Project Supporting Documents

Project Photos

History Log Entries


System Entry

Creation of project page.


System Entry

Pledge of $2,000 with $2,000 DDF by Larry Sundram of the Rotary Club of E-Club of the United Services, San Diego, District 5340.


by Marge Cole

The District 5340 Rotary Foundation Committee approved the request for DDF match of $3000. to the Mission Valley Sunset Club and $2000. to the E-Club of United Services for this District Grant. A check will be sent to the Clubs at the addresses provided when the DDF cash is received from The Rotary Foundation. The District thanks and commends these Clubs for their generous project in El Salvador.


System Entry

Project sent for club signatures.


System Entry

Project signed by Marge Cole.


System Entry

Project signed by Diana Roger.


System Entry

Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


System Entry

Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.


System Entry

Project has been implemented and final report uploaded.


System Entry

Final report approved by the District Approval Committee.

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