Project #191 | Clean and Safe Hands in Nicaragua
Our partnership with El Porvenir
El Porvenir committed to meeting the needs of rural Nicaraguans who didn’t have access to hand washing stations. El Porvenir originally responded to the needs of the community by increasing communication around hand washing and hygiene education. This included fliers posted throughout the regions where El Porvenir works, increased public service announcements on local radio stations, circulating trucks broadcasting hygiene messages, a Facebook page in Spanish dedicated to accurate Covid-19 and hygiene information, and increasing text messages about hand washing. Now, it is time to make water and hand washing stations available to keep rural Nicaraguans safe and healthy.
One Day’s Wages’ partnership with El Porvenir distributed 1,818 hand washing stations with soap to homes, schools, health posts, and health centers in need. This simple but critical intervention costed only $10 per hand washing station, and El Porvenir’s established network in 6 regions of Nicaragua allowed for quick and widespread response. With this third partnership between ODW and El Porvenir, we were able to reach 92,220 people in total with access to hand washing stations.
Our collective impact
Handwashing Stations Constructed
Water Point Built
Ana is one of the many community members who benefited from our partnership with El Porvenir who had access to the hand-washing stations. She quoted:
“Before these hand-washing stations, we did not have the education to wash our hands as we should. But now, given the circumstances that are occurring worldwide with the pandemic, we wash our hands more often. The hand-washing station helps us to remember that we have to wash our hands to avoid illness. We take great care of it; at night, we put it in the house so that it is not stolen, and if it is very sunny during the day, we move it from place so that the bucket and lid do not get damaged. We are changing the water daily and cleaning it with soap. We thank you.”
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 emergency relief fund.