Boaco Viejo – Nicaragua

Submitted by Jon Polka | Location: Boaco Viejo, Nicaragua | NGO: El Porvenir | Date: Aug. 20, 2010 | Project Tracking Page

After touring some nearby projects, my guide (Angel from El Provenir) stopped to have lunch in Boaco Viejo at Elba’s restaurant. After eating she began to tell us her story and experience with the projects.

Elba was born in Boaco Viejo and has lived there her entire life. She says the community has a population of about 4500 people (with 35% of the population having immigrated into the community at some point).

She said the community had little luck before 2006 in getting someone (most likely a government institution) to help with the water situation. In 2005, they started developing this project with El Porvenir. They felt that water and latrines were what they needed most as a community. El Porvenir helped developed the plans for the execution of the project. In 2006, they started to build latrines and then moved onto wells. The project was developed in 2004-2005 (planning stages). In 2006, the execution phase began and in 2007, the project was completed.

Elba says there are ten wells in the community. She is very grateful for El Porvenir for helping with wells, latrines, educational workshops, reforestation, and eco-friendly stoves. She says that the community has benefited greatly from all these contributions and improvements.

Before the construction of the projects, Elba and the rest of her community would walk great distances to get water, which made life much more difficult. Now, she can bring water into her home and she says most people only have to walk ten or twenty meters. It has helped the families and has really had a dramatic effect on the health of the community. Elba says that it is a benefit for both adults and children.

El Porvenir also provides educational classes about the wells and latrines. They offer these classes in school as well. Elba said that the educational workshops have been very important to Boaco Viejo because not everyone is accustomed to the new norms that are associated with having accessible latrines and a reliable supply of clean water. The classes have been great for implementing new habits into the community and for teaching people how to properly care for and maintain the latrines.

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