400 people in the Jucuapa Occidental are waiting for reliable access to clean water and hygienic sanitation.
Agua Para la Vida (APLV), local residents and the municipal government have raised nearly 90% of the funds needed to build a low cost, highly effective system that will meet the water and sanitation needs of the Jucuapa Occidental community. Sadly, as a result of the current political crisis, APLV lost funding that would have enabled them to break ground on this critical project.
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This spring, in spite of the political and environmental challenges confronting the country, APLV is moving forward with two new projects.
In El Guaybo Coperna 168 people will have access clean drinking water and hygienic sanitation for the first time. Right now, in order to get water, residents face long walks to small rivers that are far too often contaminated. They are also relying on dangerously deteriorating latrines which contribute to landslides and drowning deaths.
Over a period of seven months, APLV will work hand in hand with the local community to build a gravity based water system that will provide clean water to 32 houses, 4 churches and a primary school. They will also build 30 double ventilated improved pit latrines. The total cost of this life saving system is $122,360 USD. All but $4,048 of the required funds had been secured when APLV reached out to Pennywise. We were thrilled to be able to help the project over that final hurdle.
Pueblo Nuevo is another rural community with a high poverty rate but circumstances there have improved since APLV partnered with residents to build a water system in 2004. The population of Pueblo Nuevo, though, is growing at much higher than expected rates. The water system is becoming strained. Additionally, 36% of the population is practicing open-air defecation, which results in dangerous sanitary conditions that impacts the health of all.
Together, the Pueblo Nuevo community and APLVN have developed a plan that will add 38 new home connections to the existing water system. They will also build 26 new double ventilated improved pit latrines. Again, just a small shortfall - $3,423 USD- was standing in the way of this critical rehabilitation project. Again, Pennywise was able to bridge the gap.
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