Project #110 | Providing Clean Water in Nicaragua
Our partnership with El Porvenir
The community members played the greatest role in this project as they helped build the new water system in their village. Guácimos Salale residents, particularly the children and elderly, suffered from diarrhea and skin disease from drinking and bathing in dirty water. Women had to wake up early and spent most of their time walking to bring water back to their homes, which eventually took a toll on their physical health. Inadequate hygienic sanitation was also a concern as the old design was rustic: built from tree trunks, plastic and quarry stone. The community was able to build household latrines and now 16 out of 37 families have hygienic, dignified sanitation. Additionally, 40 families in the village of La Rinconada were also able to benefit this project and their own household latrines.
Residents reported better health and healthy children are less likely to miss school and healthy adults are better able to work. Women no longer need to spend hours walking to unhealthy water, so they are able to raise more domestic animals for sale get involved with their children’s studies, open a small store, and more! But more importantly, the community has been empowered to change their perception about themselves and realized they can self-advocate and create change in their community.
Our collective impact
Yorlin, 27, is currently a teacher in Guácimos Salale. She was born and raised there and vividly remembers the days of waking up at dawn to walk to the well and carrying the water back long distances. “Always, always I remember how hard it was for me because it took so much time to get water that I didn’t have time to bath—and it’s physically hard to carry water,” she remembers. Now with the new, community-build water system, not only do people have clean water, they have access to water in their homes and are able to get daily tasks done quickly. Incidences of diarrhea caused by drinking contaminated water have reduced and overall hygiene for all of the families have improved.
“It has been marvelous to have El Porvenir working with the community; unity is strength, and that’s what we’ve felt. Everyone is so happy with this project.”
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our water & sanitation fund.