Construction of 4 wells and 26 latrines in Boaco Viejo, Camoapa, Nicaragua

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    About 4 Years after completion 20 Aug, 2010

    Interview with Elba Lopez Guzman (Restaurant Owner)

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    After touring some nearby projects, my guide (Angel from El Provenir) stopped to have lunch in Boaco Viejo at Elba’s restaurant. After eating she began to tell us her story and experience with the projects.

    Elba was born in Boaco Viejo and has lived there her entire life. She says the community has a population of about 4500 people (with 35% of the population having immigrated into the community at some point).

    She said the community had little luck before 2006 in getting someone (government institution) to help with the water situation. In 2005, they started developing the project with El Porvenir. They felt that water and latrines are what they needed most as a community. El Porvenir helped with developed the plans for the execution of the project. In 2006, they started to build latrines and then moved onto wells. The project was developed in 2004-2005 (planning stages). In 2006, the execution phase began and in 2007, the project was completed.

    Elba says there are ten wells in the community. She is very grateful for El Porvenir for helping with wells, latrines, educational workshops, reforestation, and eco-friendly stoves. She says that the community has benefitted greatly form all these contributions and improvements.

    Before the construction of the projects, Elba and the rest of her community to walk really far to get water, which made life much more difficult. Now, she can bring water into her home and she says most people only have to walk ten or twenty meters. It has helped a lot of families and has really had a dramatic effect on the health of the community. It is a benefit for both adults and children, she pointed out.

    El Porvenir also provides educational classes about the wells and latrines. They offer these classes in school as well. Elba said that the educational workshops have been very important to Boaco Viejo because not everyone is accustomed to the new norms that are associated with having accessible latrines and a reliable supply of clean water. The classes have been great for implementing new habits into the community. She also stressed the importance of remembering how to properly care and maintain the latrines… which was also covered in the educational workshops.

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    About 2 Years after completion 27 Jul, 2008

    Note for internal use

  • Impact Assessment (M&E) Phase Project completed on 30 Jun, 2006 Implementation Phase
  • Implementation Phase Project started on 1 Dec, 2005 Preparation Phase

Construction of 4 wells and 26 latrines in Boaco Viejo, Camoapa, Nicaragua

Sustainability

Creating and measuring long-term impact

Gravity flow water project beneficiaries pay monthly stipend in anticipation of system repairs. Well project beneficiaries pay for repairs as needed by community colection.

Other Issues

Unusual and unexpected issues faced during project execution

After project construction, water project communities are invited to participate in reforestation. Those who want to do so will develop seedling nurseries, transplant in the rainy season, 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 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.

Impact

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 193

32 families

People Getting Sanitation: 188

31

People Getting Other Benefits: 193

32 families will receive health and hygiene education, training in long term maintenance of projects, opportunity to take part in reforestation of microwatersheds

Maintenance/Operating Costs Annual, in US$: $3

Creating and measuring long-term impact

Gravity flow water project beneficiaries pay monthly stipend in anticipation of system repairs. Well project beneficiaries pay for repairs as needed by community colection.

Funding

funded:
$3,640
Final Cost:
$7,444
edit $3,640:
Blue Planet Network

Plan/Proposal