Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 78% of the population living on less than $2 per day. Weak public institutions, lack of public investment, and economic austerity measures have left many parts of Nicaragua with large deficits in public health, particularly in terms of water and sanitation. This lack of access to safe water and sanitation facilities creates economic burdens through increased health care costs, loss of educational opportunity due to illness, and reduced opportunity costs due to the daily struggle to collect safe water. These burdens disproportionately affect women and children, ultimately hindering their equal participation in society.
LWR’s implementing partner for this project is the Centro Intereclesial de Estudios Teológicos y Sociales (CIEETS), an institution formed in 1986 consisting of evangelical churches and ecumenical, social, and agrarian organizations working toward sustainable human development in Nicaragua’s most vulnerable communities.
The project builds on the successes of a previous LWR-funded project in these three communities which achieved access to safe water for 604 families and latrines for 502 families. As a result there are strong community assets in place (water committees, trained leaders, widespread good hygiene practices) which this project will use to continue expanding coverage of water and sanitation services.
The goal of the project is to increase water quantity and access to water and basic sanitation services in the communities of San Pablo, Yucul, and Hornos, in order to improve the quality of life for the families living in these three villages.
Supply safe water for human consumption to 50 families by constructing infrastructure for water catchment and storage, along with delivery of household water filters, thereby contributing to the reduction of water-borne diseases
Improve hygiene and environmental sanitation conditions for 50 families by installing ventilated pit latrines and training the families in the proper use and management of these latrines.
Change attitudes, knowledge, and practices about personal hygiene and environmental sanitation among 200 families through involvement in a two-year, community wide sanitation curriculum which will involve the schools, teachers, community leaders, and water committee members.