In 2010, Just a Drop partnered with Raleigh International and a local co-operative, Juan Francisco Paz Silva, to initiate a project in the Achuapa District to provide safe clean drinking water in five communities.
For seven months of the year, the Achuapa region receives little to no rain, making access to water a challenge. Many of the local villages take their water from local streams which are invariably polluted from livestock, poor sanitation systems and pesticides from farming. As a result, there is an unusually high rate of cancers associated with pesticide usage.
Springs and land where water can be sourced are often owned by one family and careful negotiation is required to secure access to those water sources for the benefit of the whole community – where divisions and personal history can be strong.
Rio Arriba: in Spanish, this means ‘Upper River’. After persuading two farmers to donate their water sources, two water systems were built to serve 59 families.
Las Tablas: the community came together – putting political differences aside – to work on installing two water tanks, which benefited 119 people who had previously gone without water.
El Portillo: El Portillo’s water system had fallen into disrepair and furthermore, it wasn’t large enough to supply all of the houses in the village. The Raleigh team – together with the local community – re-dammed a spring, built a new holding tank and fed taps for all 21 houses in the village, as well as the school, church and community centre, benefiting a total of 120 people.
Matapalo: one of the remoter communities in the area, so getting materials in place was a challenge in itself! The team had to walk for over an hour to reach the village site. Two tanks were built to provide water to 12 houses, for a total of 75 beneficiaries.
San Marquena: with a population of over 90 people, in another remote area, three different systems were built to provide families with fresh, clean water.
Date of Project: 2010
Beneficiaries: 682 villagers across five remote communities