plan 18831 Latrines in Quisaurita, Camoapa

Summary

Thirty-one families, 149 people, need adequate sanitation. The request is to install one latrine per home to improve the health of this community.

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Background

The people of Quisaurita drink water from open springs and use the bathroom in the open air. They suffer from diarrhea, vomiting, parasites, and skin rashes because of the lack of clean water and adequate sanitation.

They are motivated to improve their situation and approached El Porvenir for support to build latrines as a first step. They are willing to contribute the labor to dig the holes, line the holes, and build the exterior structures.

The people are very poor, laboring as subsistence farmers and sometimes working as day laborers.

No other NGO or governmental group has worked with this community.

Location

Camoapa, Boaco, Nicaragua

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Focus

Primary Focus: Sanitation - Households
Secondary Focus: Hygiene Education

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 0

This is a latrine project. Once latrines are complete, the community will likely ask for support to build a water system.

School Children Getting Water:

People Getting Sanitation: 149

31 families
30 women
34 men
85 children

People Getting Other Benefits: 149

Hygiene and sanitary education workshops to ensure improved health in the community as well as proper use and maintenance of latrines. Through the construction of the project, masonry skills are acquired that will help with the long term maintenance. In the medium term, once a water system is completed, reforestation training will take place.

Application Type: Project Funding

Start Date: 2009-06-30

Completion Date: 2010-06-30

Technology Used:

Community learns how to build and maintain sanitation infrastructure
-Purchase and transport construction materials to community by truck and animals
-Provide training and technical assistance to community in construction, maintenance and repair of latrines
-Build latrines (hand dig pits to depth of 9 feet, line with rocks, bricks or stones, install precast concrete slab and box seat, create walls and roof from zinc panels)

The superstructure shells are made of zinc and metal, so as to be easily reused (and moved) when the pit fills; we are investigating double-pit options (see application in Cooperativa Ismael), but in the meantime, in single-pit applications, we recommend community members to dig a shallow 1-2 foot pit for temporary use when the latrine fills, to let the current latrine lie fallow for 6-12 months. After that period, it is then safe to dig out the old latrine and move to superstructure back to the original.

El Porvenir has nearly 20 years of experience helping rural Nicaraguan communities build appropriate technology (wells, latrines, community washing stations, and fuel efficient stoves) as well as providing communities with the tools they need to manage their water, sanitation and forestry resources. The methodology of El Porvenir is based on three key principles: (a) community empowerment through active participation and ownership in all aspects of the project, (b) creation of sustainable organizations in the community to manage resources in the long term, and (c) focus on appropriate technology made from low-cost locally available materials that can be maintained by the community.

Phases:

The 31 latrines will be built in one phase.

Community Organization:

The beneficiaries have met with the El Porvenir Promoter and agreed to carry out, use, and maintain the latrines as per the 12 norms on the use of latrines. This includes keeping them in good condition, preventing contamination of the surrounding area, and understanding how this will improve their overall health.

Community Committee:
Juan Ramón Matuz Duarte, President
Oscar Danilo Suárez Lopez, Vice-President
Ángel Antonio Barrera Figueroa, Treasurer
Pablo Saúl Báez Siles, Secretary
Santos Sánchez Miranda, Hygiene
Álvaro Antonio Membreño Duarte, Responsible for Maintenance

Latrines are built on the property of each family, so each family owns their own latrine through their labor of building it.

Government Interaction:

This project is not connected to government programs.

Ancillary activities:

Health and hygiene education- Community learns how to reduce water and sanitation related illnesses through good hygiene practices.
-Identify and train local hygiene and health promoters from the community to reinforce hygiene trainings on an ongoing basis
-Carry out household visits and community workshops to help the community to identify risky behaviors and learn good hygiene practices. Topics covered include: Definition of hygiene, 10 rules for using latrines, Why sanitation is important, Water and sanitation related diseases, The cycle of contamination, Why hand-washing is important, How to maintain and dispose of garbage, How to use and maintain wells and community washing stations, How to treat and use water, Sources of water contamination, Role and responsibilities of Community Water and Sanitation Committee members.
-Create and air health and hygiene announcements on local radio stations to reinforce community health learning and to reach a larger audience.
-Organize community clean up days to reinforce training about environmental sanitation and waste management
-Collect data from local clinics and health centers on incidence of water and sanitation related diseases (diarrhea, skin infections etc.)

Other Issues:

This is a remote community; it is located 76 km from small city of Camoapa. To travel between the two places, villagers take the bus for 63 km, then walk 13 km on a small path.

Maintenance Revenue:

Our health and hygiene education program is how we ensure long-term impact. This program is explained in more detail above. Each family is responsible for maintaining their own latrine. The cost for El Porvenir is in providing the health and hygiene education program.

Maintenance Cost: $100

Metrics:

Prior art before metrics

Cost: $11,514

File attached.

Co Funding Amount:

Community Contribution Amount: $738

This is the in-kind community contribution for digging the holes, moving the materials, lining the holes, and building the exterior structure.

Fund Requested: $11,514

Implementing Organization:

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    Review process

    Rajesh Shah of Peer Water Exchange

    To reduce review time only one of a similar group of applications is being reviewed. The fate of this application is linked to a very similar one by EP: http://peerwater.org/apps/189

    To reduce review time only one of a similar group of applications is being reviewed.

    The fate of this application is linked to a very similar one by EP:
    http://peerwater.org/apps/189

  • 4 participants | show more

    Carolyn Meub of Pure Water for the World

    it would seem these people would benefit more from water improvement first. why not tackle this problem first? Byron

    it would seem these people would benefit more from water improvement first. why not tackle this problem first?
    Byron

    • Jenna Saldaña of El Porvenir

      Hello Byron, If you improve the water source without constructing latrines, the water has a great risk of contamination because of the lack of sanitation facilities. We encourage communities to build latrines first, but it is always up to the community to determine the projects. Jenna

      Hello Byron,

      If you improve the water source without constructing latrines, the water has a great risk of contamination because of the lack of sanitation facilities. We encourage communities to build latrines first, but it is always up to the community to determine the projects.

      Jenna

      • Carolyn Meub of Pure Water for the World

        improving the water source with bio-sand filter or nano- membrane filtration will provide homes with the ability to create safe water for less than $50 each. This would stop the intestinal distress and allow people the time to deal with other issues. We are 70% water, in my mind water is more important than any other issue, but that's ju...

        improving the water source with bio-sand filter or nano- membrane filtration will provide homes with the ability to create safe water for less than $50 each. This would stop the intestinal distress and allow people the time to deal with other issues. We are 70% water, in my mind water is more important than any other issue, but that's just me. Byron

        • Jenna Saldaña of El Porvenir

          Different ways of approaching the same problem. Our perspective is that if you have people using the bathroom all around where they live, there is a significant health problem caused that filtering water cannot solve.

          Different ways of approaching the same problem. Our perspective is that if you have people using the bathroom all around where they live, there is a significant health problem caused that filtering water cannot solve.

          • Rajesh Shah of Peer Water Exchange

            I have asked this question to others and there has not been an answer. Clearly, addressing sanitation will reduce water contamination, thus improving water quality. However, my observation is that even with people's fecal matter reduced (or eliminated) there is a large amount generated by animals, livestock which are abundant in these v...

            I have asked this question to others and there has not been an answer.

            Clearly, addressing sanitation will reduce water contamination, thus improving water quality.

            However, my observation is that even with people's fecal matter reduced (or eliminated) there is a large amount generated by animals, livestock which are abundant in these village settings.

            How much threat do they possess?
            How do we handle that?

            General question - not particularly addressed to this application.
            Rajesh

            • Rob Bell of El Porvenir

              I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer. However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one... Rob

              I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer.

              However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one...
              Rob

          • Rob Bell of El Porvenir

            I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer. However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one... Rob

            I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer.

            However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one...
            Rob

        • Rajesh Shah of Peer Water Exchange

          I have asked this question to others and there has not been an answer. Clearly, addressing sanitation will reduce water contamination, thus improving water quality. However, my observation is that even with people's fecal matter reduced (or eliminated) there is a large amount generated by animals, livestock which are abundant in these v...

          I have asked this question to others and there has not been an answer.

          Clearly, addressing sanitation will reduce water contamination, thus improving water quality.

          However, my observation is that even with people's fecal matter reduced (or eliminated) there is a large amount generated by animals, livestock which are abundant in these village settings.

          How much threat do they possess?
          How do we handle that?

          General question - not particularly addressed to this application.
          Rajesh

          • Rob Bell of El Porvenir

            I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer. However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one... Rob

            I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer.

            However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one...
            Rob

        • Rob Bell of El Porvenir

          I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer. However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one... Rob

          I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer.

          However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one...
          Rob

      • Jenna Saldaña of El Porvenir

        Different ways of approaching the same problem. Our perspective is that if you have people using the bathroom all around where they live, there is a significant health problem caused that filtering water cannot solve.

        Different ways of approaching the same problem. Our perspective is that if you have people using the bathroom all around where they live, there is a significant health problem caused that filtering water cannot solve.

        • Rajesh Shah of Peer Water Exchange

          I have asked this question to others and there has not been an answer. Clearly, addressing sanitation will reduce water contamination, thus improving water quality. However, my observation is that even with people's fecal matter reduced (or eliminated) there is a large amount generated by animals, livestock which are abundant in these v...

          I have asked this question to others and there has not been an answer.

          Clearly, addressing sanitation will reduce water contamination, thus improving water quality.

          However, my observation is that even with people's fecal matter reduced (or eliminated) there is a large amount generated by animals, livestock which are abundant in these village settings.

          How much threat do they possess?
          How do we handle that?

          General question - not particularly addressed to this application.
          Rajesh

          • Rob Bell of El Porvenir

            I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer. However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one... Rob

            I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer.

            However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one...
            Rob

        • Rob Bell of El Porvenir

          I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer. However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one... Rob

          I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer.

          However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one...
          Rob

      • Rajesh Shah of Peer Water Exchange

        I have asked this question to others and there has not been an answer. Clearly, addressing sanitation will reduce water contamination, thus improving water quality. However, my observation is that even with people's fecal matter reduced (or eliminated) there is a large amount generated by animals, livestock which are abundant in these v...

        I have asked this question to others and there has not been an answer.

        Clearly, addressing sanitation will reduce water contamination, thus improving water quality.

        However, my observation is that even with people's fecal matter reduced (or eliminated) there is a large amount generated by animals, livestock which are abundant in these village settings.

        How much threat do they possess?
        How do we handle that?

        General question - not particularly addressed to this application.
        Rajesh

        • Rob Bell of El Porvenir

          I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer. However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one... Rob

          I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer.

          However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one...
          Rob

      • Rob Bell of El Porvenir

        I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer. However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one... Rob

        I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer.

        However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one...
        Rob

    • Carolyn Meub of Pure Water for the World

      improving the water source with bio-sand filter or nano- membrane filtration will provide homes with the ability to create safe water for less than $50 each. This would stop the intestinal distress and allow people the time to deal with other issues. We are 70% water, in my mind water is more important than any other issue, but that's ju...

      improving the water source with bio-sand filter or nano- membrane filtration will provide homes with the ability to create safe water for less than $50 each. This would stop the intestinal distress and allow people the time to deal with other issues. We are 70% water, in my mind water is more important than any other issue, but that's just me. Byron

      • Jenna Saldaña of El Porvenir

        Different ways of approaching the same problem. Our perspective is that if you have people using the bathroom all around where they live, there is a significant health problem caused that filtering water cannot solve.

        Different ways of approaching the same problem. Our perspective is that if you have people using the bathroom all around where they live, there is a significant health problem caused that filtering water cannot solve.

        • Rajesh Shah of Peer Water Exchange

          I have asked this question to others and there has not been an answer. Clearly, addressing sanitation will reduce water contamination, thus improving water quality. However, my observation is that even with people's fecal matter reduced (or eliminated) there is a large amount generated by animals, livestock which are abundant in these v...

          I have asked this question to others and there has not been an answer.

          Clearly, addressing sanitation will reduce water contamination, thus improving water quality.

          However, my observation is that even with people's fecal matter reduced (or eliminated) there is a large amount generated by animals, livestock which are abundant in these village settings.

          How much threat do they possess?
          How do we handle that?

          General question - not particularly addressed to this application.
          Rajesh

          • Rob Bell of El Porvenir

            I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer. However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one... Rob

            I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer.

            However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one...
            Rob

        • Rob Bell of El Porvenir

          I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer. However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one... Rob

          I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer.

          However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one...
          Rob

      • Rajesh Shah of Peer Water Exchange

        I have asked this question to others and there has not been an answer. Clearly, addressing sanitation will reduce water contamination, thus improving water quality. However, my observation is that even with people's fecal matter reduced (or eliminated) there is a large amount generated by animals, livestock which are abundant in these v...

        I have asked this question to others and there has not been an answer.

        Clearly, addressing sanitation will reduce water contamination, thus improving water quality.

        However, my observation is that even with people's fecal matter reduced (or eliminated) there is a large amount generated by animals, livestock which are abundant in these village settings.

        How much threat do they possess?
        How do we handle that?

        General question - not particularly addressed to this application.
        Rajesh

        • Rob Bell of El Porvenir

          I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer. However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one... Rob

          I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer.

          However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one...
          Rob

      • Rob Bell of El Porvenir

        I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer. However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one... Rob

        I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer.

        However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one...
        Rob

    • Jenna Saldaña of El Porvenir

      Different ways of approaching the same problem. Our perspective is that if you have people using the bathroom all around where they live, there is a significant health problem caused that filtering water cannot solve.

      Different ways of approaching the same problem. Our perspective is that if you have people using the bathroom all around where they live, there is a significant health problem caused that filtering water cannot solve.

      • Rajesh Shah of Peer Water Exchange

        I have asked this question to others and there has not been an answer. Clearly, addressing sanitation will reduce water contamination, thus improving water quality. However, my observation is that even with people's fecal matter reduced (or eliminated) there is a large amount generated by animals, livestock which are abundant in these v...

        I have asked this question to others and there has not been an answer.

        Clearly, addressing sanitation will reduce water contamination, thus improving water quality.

        However, my observation is that even with people's fecal matter reduced (or eliminated) there is a large amount generated by animals, livestock which are abundant in these village settings.

        How much threat do they possess?
        How do we handle that?

        General question - not particularly addressed to this application.
        Rajesh

        • Rob Bell of El Porvenir

          I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer. However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one... Rob

          I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer.

          However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one...
          Rob

      • Rob Bell of El Porvenir

        I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer. However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one... Rob

        I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer.

        However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one...
        Rob

    • Rajesh Shah of Peer Water Exchange

      I have asked this question to others and there has not been an answer. Clearly, addressing sanitation will reduce water contamination, thus improving water quality. However, my observation is that even with people's fecal matter reduced (or eliminated) there is a large amount generated by animals, livestock which are abundant in these v...

      I have asked this question to others and there has not been an answer.

      Clearly, addressing sanitation will reduce water contamination, thus improving water quality.

      However, my observation is that even with people's fecal matter reduced (or eliminated) there is a large amount generated by animals, livestock which are abundant in these village settings.

      How much threat do they possess?
      How do we handle that?

      General question - not particularly addressed to this application.
      Rajesh

      • Rob Bell of El Porvenir

        I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer. However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one... Rob

        I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer.

        However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one...
        Rob

    • Rob Bell of El Porvenir

      I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer. However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one... Rob

      I am no expert in animal vs human fecal matter, but my understanding is that the danger is much less from animal fecal matter. In fact, animal fecal matter (and human for that matter) is excellent fertilizer.

      However, I leave it open to others to correct and enlighten me on this one...
      Rob

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Name Status Completion Date Amount Assigned
31 Latrines in Quisaurita, Camoapa Complete - Successful Dec 2009 $11,514