We have completed our first implementation trip and are proud to
announce that the five hundred residents of Colonia Segovia now have
running water, right in their own backyards. This is due in no small
part to the generosity of our donors, and the hard work of Chris Hickey,
our local Peace Corps volunteer, Rhonda and TR Sweeney from Hope to
Honduras, and most importantly the hard work and personal financial
contributions of the residents of Colonia Segovia.
The residents heard news of our arrival, and when we stepped back into
the community after a year of absence, we found over a hundred residents
outside, hard at work digging the several kilometers of trenches needed
for piping. Segovia was a whirlwind of activity, as we had less than
one week to dig all of the trenches, lay all of the piping and control
valves, construct the eighty household taps, and complete the finishing
touches for the pump house and water tower. Luckily we had the help of
many community members who quickly picked up all of the construction
methods - families dug trenches into their properties, parents helped
seal the junctions, children jumped in to help us tape and screw taps
together, and men (one of whom only had one leg) scrambled up the water
tower to seal the walls and connect the metal pipe drops. Most
importantly, the community is now educated and organized to fund and
perform any maintenance or repairs that the system will need in the
As the sun set on our final day, we performed the final pump and leak
tests to excited murmurings of "Agua en la noche" that quickly turned to
sheers and smiles as the valves opened, and everyone quickly ran to fill
their buckets and pilas. Despite this exciting accomplishment, our work
in Segovia is not complete. We have committed to five years of
engagement with this community to ensure that the systems are
sustainable and to track the impact of these civil improvements.
Segovia continues to battle with sanitation issues, which are worsened
by substantial annual flooding. We will be returning to the community
in the near future to address these issues, and will continue to provide
updates on our progress.
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