According to the UNDP, Nicaragua is the poorest country in Central America. 48% of the population in Nicaragua live below the official poverty line of less than 41 per day line and a staggering 80% of the population live with less than $2 per day.
Nicaragua is a water-rich country with a water availability rate more than five times the average for Central America and the Caribbean. In addition to this, there has been a relatively high level of investment in water and sanitation initiatives across the country. In spite of these positive factors, poor quality and efficiency of water service are serious and ongoing problems in Nicaragua.
This is largely due to the serious and widespread destruction of much of the country’s infrastructure in the civil war of the 1980s as well as a high rate of population growth.
So far Just a Drop has been able to aid in the provision of water and sanitation services to five communities in Nicaragua.