In September 2013, Self-Help International trained community members and installed chlorinators in the communities of La Conquista, La Argentina, and El Castillo in Nicaragua.
In La Conquista, community water volunteers received intensive training on how to install and maintain the water system. Training was held right in the volunteers’ homes.
Also in September, community volunteers installed two chlorinators in Los Chiles, a small village with 6000 beneficiaries.
The water source in Los Chiles had several issues including various waterborne diseases that lead to a surge in the child mortality rate in the community. This simple water chlorinator system will improve the lives of many people and it will help decrease waterborne diseases. Most importantly children will get the opportunity to go to school without suffering from stomach pains from drinking untreated water. Easy access will prevent traveling long miles to fetch clean water. In addition, clean water also promotes a healthier diet and improves the life of many.
Thank you for your kindness and support. Your help has brought clean water to La Conquista, La Argentina, Los Chiles, El Castillo and many other communities like them.
On Tuesday, July 30 a water chlorinator system was installed in the community of La Esperanza, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from San Carlos.
Currently, there are about 200 households connected to the new system bringing clean water to nearly 1000 people. Prior to the installation, staff of Self-Help met with members of the community to discuss waterborne diseases and the benefits of quality drinking water. Community volunteers learned how to install and maintain the system.
This simple water chlorinator system will help alleviate illnesses caused from waterborne diseases. Clean water also promotes a healthier diet and good hygiene therefore building stronger minds and bodies.
Your generosity has brought clean water to this community and others like it. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Laurel Galán, is a community located about 10 kilometers from San Carlos. It has five sectors and a population of 1,400 people. In 2011 Self-Help staff visited the community to establish a Water Committee that would examineLaurel Galán’s water quality and at the same time promote the CTI-8 Chlorinators.
In June 2012, Self-Help installed the first chlorinator in the community. It was set in a concrete collector with the capacity of 34 cubic meters of water.
The beneficiaries are really happy with the results of this new technology and found that improving drinking water has had a direct impact on the health of their families. On behalf of the community, the Water Committee President Walter Machado thanked Self-Help International for bringing technology that is good and easy to get and also effectively cleans the water.
According to Nurse Alicia Machado Ocampo, who is in charge of the Health Center at Laurel Galán, the treatment of the water with the CTI-8 Chlorinator has had a positive impact on the community’s health. Now the Health Center staff are collecting data to support their theories.
“The people are healthier, especially children, even though at the beginning they had to get use to drinking the chlorinated water,” said Alicia. “We still need to work on the hygienic practices of this community. Starting with their own homes and family members”.
Alicia said that before using the CTI-8 Chlorinator people used to visit the health center with diarrhea, parasitic disease, and kidney infections among others. Now there are fewer patients with these types of problems.
Some areas of the community are not receiving chlorinated water yet. In this part of the area, the water is storedin a big metal container. Because of this it has been challenge for the Water Committee and Self-Help to install a CTI-8 Chlorinator.
Thanks to your support, Self-Help International can continue to provide clean water for Laurel Galán and communities just like it.
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