Construction of 3 water and sanitation projects in Nicaragua and visits to 3 composting latrine projects in Nicaragua and El Salvador to investigate the possibility of this technology.
El Porvenir has worked in El Sauce and Camoapa for 8 and 13 years respectively developing potable water and basic sanitation projects in small rural villages which had no other possible source of financial support for infrastructure.
LocationManagua, Managua, Nicaragua
Primary Focus: Drinking Water - Community
Secondary Focus: Sanitation - Households
People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 38
One well will be built in Nueva España, El Sauce, Nicaragua serving 8 families.
School Children Getting Water: 0
People Getting Sanitation: 385
48 latrines will be built in 2 communities. 18 in Nueva España and 30 in Peña de Cáfe, Campoapa. In Nueva España, an additional 17 latrines will be built (a total of 35), but will be financed by another donor (to be determined). 2 wells in Peña de Cáfe have been financed in previous Blue Planet grants. A total of 77 families will be served.
People Getting Other Benefits: 385
All beneficiaries will receive hygiene and sanitary education, training in long term maintenance of projects, and the opportunity to take part in reforestation of microwatersheds in their communities. The education component will occur in 2008, reforestation will likely start in 2009, when the water component is complete.
Start Date: 2008-01-01
Completion Date: 2008-12-31
Water project: hand-dug wells with rope pump (see http://www.ropepump.com), simple traditional VIP latrines.
Projects which include both wells and latrines in one community will be developed in two phases, latrines first, then wells. Well development is concentrated in dry season from January to May.
The community had to come to El Porvenir in the first place to request this project, i.e. it is a need identified as important by the community. We do not initiate projects. The community must elect its own committee to manage the project and take long term responsibilityfor its care and maintenance. Community provides all labor on a volunteer basis. community must obtain site control of any water project, through donation or purchase, which is legalized by attorney and municipal government. Community finances any repairs needed in the long term.
See above. In well projects several members of every community participate in installation of rope pump so that later they know how to take it apart and fix it and reinstall it. Repairs are cheap, e.g. $3 for a new rope.
After project construction, water project communities are invited to participate in reforestation. Those who want to do so will develop seedling nurseries in Jan-March, transplant in the rainy season May-June, and maintain the plantations under barbed wire fence and "no burn" protection for three years minimum. Reforestation project includes construction of fuel-saving, smoke-free stoves in the homes of the best reforestation participants (and eventually others). Community health educators will visit all projects after construction to teach hygience (handwashing e.g.) and encourage ongoing maintenance and repair of all projects, strengthen local committees, etc.
In order to measure the impact of our projects, we collect data several times a year from clinics serving rural districts where we have a high concentration of projects: number of visits due to diarrhea, etc. As the number decreases we feel that hygiene education has been effective.
For further information, please review our web site: http://www.elporvenir.org
Well project beneficiaries pay for repairs as needed by community collection.
Prior art before metrics
This budget only includes the costs applied for. Not the co-funding.
Co Funding Amount: $3,910
Donor not yet identified to fund the additional 17 latrines in Nueva España.
Community Contribution Amount:
Estimated value of volunteer labor all projects $US1500