Indigent, hardworking farmers in southern Nicaragua want a better future for their children. Self-Help International is working with hundreds of farmers to improve cultivation practices to increase yields by planting non-genetic Quality Protein Maize (QPM), containing double the digestible protein as regular corn. However, poor water quality is compromising these efforts. An affordable solution to improve water impacts health and well-being of thousands of Nicaraguans, especially children.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Training designed to improve quality of life for poor farm families in Nicaragua results in healthier bodies, minds and increased income. However, persistent illnesses such as diarrhea have caused setbacks in our objective to improve their health and nutrition. Closer investigation in four communities indicated that more than 6,000 residents were drinking contaminated water from wells and springs. Challenges include affordable systems to clean water and community members' acceptance/maintenance.
How will this project solve this problem?
A simple, affordable and effective water chlorinator system alleviates illnesses caused from waterborne diseases. Made with PVC pipes, valves, screen filter, and inserted chlorine tablets, valves control water flow and the amount of chlorine disbursed. Ministry of Health employees and community water volunteers are trained and actively participate in the project. Community water volunteers learn how to install and maintain each system, and inform the community its benefits.
Potential Long Term Impact
Each water chlorinator system serves up to 1,000 depending upon water source. The cost to build each unit is $135. One chlorine tablet ($3) lasts 1-3 weeks, depending upon water pressure. Within three years, up to 10,000 people in four communities will receive cleaner water from twelve water chlorinator systems. Extensive training and follow-up by Self-Help staff secures proper maintenance. Residents learn about waterborne diseases and the benefits of quality drinking water.
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,400
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $33,220
Total Funding Goal: $34,620