Project #155 | Water and Sanitation for Improved Health in Nicaragua
Our partnership with El Porvenir
Nicaragua, the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes, is a country heavily dependent on rain for water and food security. Over the past decades, Nicaraguans have suffered natural disasters and civil war that have destroyed infrastructure, drained resources, and derailed the country’s economic development. People across the country have nowhere to get water. The prolonged dry season leaves people digging holes alongside dried up streams in hopes of finding water. They then take the muddy water home, wait for the mud to settle to the bottom, and drink the murky, dirty water that will later make them sick. In a country where 31% of rural people have no safe drinking water and only 37% have access to sanitation facilities, El Porvenir’s water, sanitation, and hygiene education programs are a critical way to improve the living standards of the rural poor.
One Day’s Wages is partnering with El Porvenir and 319 rural Nicaraguans to build a water system and latrines to improve the health of people living in the El Chaparral, Sabana Grande, Borditos Martinez, San Agustín and La Sabana communities. Through the construction of a well, piped water system, 52 double-pit latrines, and ongoing hygiene/health education, the standard of living for these rural communities will be greatly improved. Women will have time to do more than retrieve water, children will have time to go to school, and all of the residents will benefit from decreased water-borne diseases and improved overall health.
Our collective impact
People Directly Impacted
People with Access to New Water System
People with Access to New Latrines
Meet Don Bernardo Gutiérrez
Don Bernardo Gutiérrez, 77, was born and raised in the community of El Chaparral, El Sauce. He says that El Porvenir’s drilled well project in the community fit like a “wedding band on a ring finger” thanks to the fact that both the community and the school needed potable water. “The well project is important because we need and want the most hygienic, cleanest water, and the wells we had before are already drying up,” says Bernardo.” Don Bernardo says that the entire community became involved with the project due to the need for water and their hope for having a source where they could drink, bathe, and cool off. “When the children go to school they will all be bathed and clean; this project is very important because everyone in the community will have water: the children, the elderly, we will all have water,” he continues. He thanks the donors and the El Porvenir project. “We highly value you, and thank you for the well project in our community,” he concludes.
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.