80 beneficiary families.
6 wells covered or refurbished to provide clean drinking water.
CLEAN WATER ACCESS
After many years working with Jaime Lovo on improving the living and housing conditions on Santa Isabel & providing education to workers young and old, we begin to look outside of the farm to seek a year-round impact.
All of the workers on the farm come from remote, and often dry regions around northern Nicaragua. Often, they have either no access to running water, or the access they have is to contaminated water sources.
After conversations with the Lovos and many of their workers, we embark on a project to provide clean water to 5 specific communities.
October 2017 The Lovos begin surveying several communities from which their harvest workers come. We find five places with insufficient access to clean water - many wells are either abandoned, too far away, or dirty and insufficient to drink from.
January 2018 We begin covering wells in four specific communities.
The first, El Llano, is home to a former NGO well that has rusted over and hardly functions. It's set behind a fence, and has an obviously abandoned clothes-washing station by its side. There are 35 families set to benefit from this well. We organize with the community leader here, Balvino, to put the families into shifts (16 in the morning, 15 in the afternoon) of getting water so that everyone has access.
The second well, in El Zapote, has been abandoned for the last 8 years. We arrive to clean up the inside and run the rope to get it functional. The well now produces about a gallon in 30 seconds. The average family uses one gallon/person/day for consumption. This well is set to benefit 10 families.
In the coming months, we will begin to work on closing two more wells for Jaime's workers' communities, providing water to several hundred people.