One of the ways Pennywise shines bright is in understanding that building strong and trusting relationships with local governments, community leaders and charitable organizations is critical for success no matter what the project. Whenever feasible, Pennywise staff visits potential grantees and grant recipients to see service work underway and, whenever possible, meets with beneficiaries to learn how the goods or services offered are impacting them.
Last month, Pennywise directors Laura Subin and Liz Subin were invited to be part of a ceremony in Boca de Poteca, Nicaragua to celebrate the partnerships that allowed the technical assistance team at Agua Para La Vida (APLV) to bring clean drinking water to that community for the first time ever. One of the reasons Pennywise selected APLV (Water for Life) as a partner was because of the organization’s deep commitment to building lasting relationships and support between project beneficiaries and local authorities. We were thrilled to see this in action in Boca la Poteca where the community and the municipal government in Wiwili came together to address the demonstrated and critical need for clean water and sanitation.
For just about $400 and 45 days of labor per family, the community- with the support of the APLV technicians- was able to build a water system that offers a tap and latrine to every family in the community. Residents were also trained to oversee ongoing maintenance and management of the water system so that it can continue in successful operation for generations.
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