The project will consist of th construction of a spring box ; conduction line of 3.2 km; a 5 cubic meter storage tank;and repairs of an existing storage tank.
Since 1994, AGUA PARA LA SALUD has worked in the municipality of Nebaj providing gravity-flow water systems to local communities. We build working relationships with the communities while providing access to water for all members within the community. Our goal is good health for the communities in which we work. Health and hygiene promotion are an integral part of each project. Aps provides consistent technical support for the villages in the area. APS has also carried out some specific projects providing appropriate sanitation to communities. More than 35 water projects and 60 school projects have successfully been completed.
Pulay is a village located in the northwestern region of the municipality of Nebaj. Nebaj is a municipality of the department (or state) of El Quiche. Set amid a mountainous landscape, the climate is cold, humid and extremely rainy. All the inhabitants are indigenous Maya and speak Ixil as their first language. Approximately 20% of the population also speaks Spanish fluently. The level of education in the area is low, due to its isolated location and the hard life in the region. Most of the community members are subsistence farmers—working from sunrise to sunset.
Women's work in the area consists of household chores-- such as cooking and cleaning, taking care of children and weaving. Women also cultivate vegetables and fruits. Children normally attend school from 7a.m. to 12:30 p.m. After school, children help their parents working, with boys in the fields and girls at home weaving or taking care of their siblings.
Unfortunately, this area supports only one harvest per year. Maize is the main crop and the staple of their diets. Potatoes and beans are also grown. Many of the families own small "milpas" or parcels of land, upon which they grow their crops. Typical flora and fauna are pines, scrub oaks and alders; local animals include pigs, chickens and goats at home, and birds, squirrels and monkeys in the near forests.
The vast majority of the area´s residents are Catholic and Evangelical(Protestant) and a small number of villagers still maintain traditional Mayan beliefs. The incidence of sickness is high, especially during the rainy season. Common illnesses include respiratory infections, diarrhea, and the common cold. Hunger is a problem late in th growing season. For more serious health problems, villagers visit the hospital in Nebaj, a one hour trip by car or bus.
During the civil war the the area was seriously affected. Many people were killed by the army and the rest of the people escaped or were split into two groups, those who supported the guerrilla movment and those who worked for the military. With regards to other NGOs working here, the Guatemalan organization FIS and UNIPAR built a water system here about fifteen years ago. However, these system no longer works properly nor have sufficient water for future growth of the villages.
LocationQuiche, Altiplano, Guatemala
Primary Focus: Drinking Water - Community
Secondary Focus: Hygiene Education
People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 1,900
The village has about 250 families and about half of these are children.
School Children Getting Water:
People Getting Sanitation: 0
This project is not planning on improvements in sanitation at this time. The village did recive a drainage project some years ago fromthe govenment and the majority of home have some form of human waste disposal.
People Getting Other Benefits:
Start Date: 2008-10-01
Completion Date: 2009-02-01
Basic reinforced concrete spring box; pvc tubing burial; ferro cement tank construction; and lining of existing tanks with re-inforced ferro cement.
Single phase with the thought that as more funds are available in the future we will return to the village to improve the distribution system to the houses.
The community has organized and purchased the new spring site; collected 10% of the materials costs to cover their expenses during the project such as right of ways;legal documents travel by the committee; purchase of rock and wood for forms; and unforseen needs.
A hygiene project will be carried out in conjunction with the teachers at the school.
Village will collect fees to maintain village water system and write an agreement to participate in training and book keeping. APS has been in the area providing technical assitance for 14 years
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