Crisis Response: Water Distribution

In April of 2018, protests broke out in Nicaragua that resulted in over 3 months of unrest, widespread destruction of public property, and more than 300 deaths. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to respond to the crisis and provide families with support in the areas of food security, medical attention, water distribution, and income generation.

María Aguilar and her grandchildren with their new rain harvesting tank

Access to clean water is a serious problem in many communities. The public water supply system is insufficient to provide water to many rural communities. Most rural families rely on hand dug wells or mountain springs for their water sources. Providing water for their families often means traveling significant distances to haul water in buckets and pitchers. Some communities also depend on water that is delivered by the municipal government in a large truck. Unfortunately, that truck was destroyed during protesting.

We wanted to make sure that the most vulnerable families had access to water, so we decided to expand the rain harvesting project we started last year. In 2017, we installed systems for 45 families that would allow them to capture rain water and filter it for consumption. This year, we replicated the same system, with some minor improvements, for another 31 families in the Cerro de Piedra and Las Lomas communities.

María Aguilar lives with her children and grandchildren in a very remote area of the Cerro de Piedra community. The nearest water source is about a mile from their home, in the middle of the mountains. The family has to go the spring, which is not particularly clean, to wash their clothes and haul water back to the house for their drinking, cooking and bathing. They are very excited to have the new rain harvesting system, which will provide them with 660 gallons of water right at their home. This will help to dramatically improve their health and hygienic conditions, especially for the children.