Central America Trip Report – Part 2 – Nicaragua
A representative for Global Water, Kathleen, recently visited Guatemala and Nicaragua to conduct site visits to WASH projects, including documentation of constructed facilities, meeting with community members and discussion of project outcomes and planning proposed future projects. Here are some notes and pictures from her trip:
Part 2 – Nicaragua:
After arriving in Managua, I met with Agua Para La Vida and took a bus several hours to visit the San Matias village. Global Water helped fund the spring catchment project, which included a tap at each home site (46 taps), a latrine at most home sites (36 latrines), a slow sand filter, over 5,000 meters of piping and a chlorine injector. We walked with community members and visited homes to see their personal taps and latrines. We talked about how two community members contacted Agua Para La Vida and asked for help with a water system. They rallied their community together to support the water/sanitation project and ultimately were successful in changing the lives of their community.
During my visit with another partner organization, El Porvenir, we visited La Lagartera, where 28 double pit latrines were being constructed. Each home visit showed different levels of completion, but everyone had to finish the construction process quickly as the rainy season was approaching fast!
We went to El Rodeo community and visited community members with their new latrines. With hopes of supplying each home in the village with a latrine, a three phase project was initiated years ago. Now we are in the final phase constructing latrines for the last part of the community. Here are some photos of the families that have latrines for the first time.
We walked three hours to reach the community of Chaguite Grande. The village welcomed us with lunch and a presentation to discuss the project and how their lives have changed with a new well and laundry system. Now they have a safe place to bath and clean clothes with clean water. We discussed questions they had about water treatment and the use of chlorine.