SHI: Improving Water Quality in Rural Nicaragua

 
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Nov 25, 2014

Self-Help partners to provide clean water

Chlorinator installation at Isla Grande
Chlorinator installation at Isla Grande

Christian is in charge of the hygienic and security department for the orange company FRUTAN. He recently contacted Self-Help International (SHI) to obtain information about installing CTI-8 water chlorinators at several of FRUTAN’s orange farms.

Self-Help International staff asked Mr. Gonzalez how he had heard about this program and he answered that he was from northern Nicaragua where there are also CTI-8 water chlorinators installed. He also said his former employer installed the chlorinators and he considers them one of the best as CTI-8 chlorinators are easy to acquire and manage.

When Christian came to work in southeast Nicaragua he found out that the water FRUTAN employees were drinking was untreated. He asked the general manager about the poor water quality and the manager said he didn’t have any idea where to get the proper treatment for the water or where to go since their location is so far away from the city. Christian told the manager about Self-Help International and the CTI-8 water chlorinators. He explained to his manager the benefits of clean water to FRUTAN and its employees including the technical training provided to manage the equipment.

Not long after, Self-Help staff met with Christian to discuss the clean water program and its mission. With the help of SHI, FRUTAN made the plan to install water chlorinators at seven different locations. By the end of November, six of the seven chlorinators will have been installed bringing clean water to more than 1,500 more beneficiaries. Chlorinator locations include Lote, Melchora, Garita, Palo de Arco, and two in Isla Grande.

It is important that we work together to help provide clean water to the people of Nicaragua. Your generous donation has contributed to the installation of 40 total chlorinators providing clean water for more than 33,000 people. In addition, your support allows companies that care about their employees, like FRUTAN, to collaborate with Self-Help and ensure its employees have clean drinking water.

Chlorinator installation in Lote
Chlorinator installation in Lote
Chlorinator installation at Melchor
Chlorinator installation at Melchor
Installation at San Pancho
Installation at San Pancho

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Aug 26, 2014

Knowledge, training increase project participation

Brochures distributed to promote water program
Brochures distributed to promote water program

In the last four months, Self-Help International (SHI) staff have visited 45 communities all from the Río San Juan area to promote and present information on CTI-8 chlorinator installation, maintenance and the benefits of clean water.

In an effort to share information, SHI staff members are distributing informational brochures to people in the communities they visit. The brochures provide technical information on the systems as well as testimony from beneficiaries in communities where chlorinators are already in use. Brochures from the Nicaragua Ministry of Health are also being distributed. These brochures describe illnesses that come from drinking contaminated, untreated water.

During recent visits, staff has provided 195 chlorinator tablets to community water committees to be used in the chlorinator systems. Three new chlorinators were installed, one each in the communities of El Tule municipality of San Miguelito, Las Bellezas a municipality of Morrito, and Papaturro municipality of San Carlos. These newly installed systems will provide clean water to 1,785 people.

Including new installations, Self-Help’s clean water program now benefits 30,063 people. That’s is an increase in 1,785 people since April 2014. Beneficiaries of the clean water program tell Self-Help staff that they are happy to have safe water to drink. They also said they are no longer concerned about illnesses and parasites that come with drinking raw water.

Your support has provided these communities with the knowledge and training to improve the quality of water therefore improving the quality of life. Thank you for your generous donation.

Las Bellezas water committee receives training
Las Bellezas water committee receives training
Chlorinator installation in Papaturro
Chlorinator installation in Papaturro

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May 20, 2014

Water quality improved in four communities

CAPS leader Marcial Arce from Los Chiles
CAPS leader Marcial Arce from Los Chiles

In this first quarter of the year, Self-Help International has been conducting visits to each community where we have chlorinators installed with the purpose of providing technical support, advising, and assistance in order to keep the CT-8 chlorinators operating effectively and efficiently. Self-Help staff also went to several communities where no chlorinators, or any other type of water treatment, were yet installed to promote the CTI-8 chlorinators by means of technical presentation, chlorinator display, and discussions explaining the benefits of this technology.

During this time, Self-Help installed five new CTI-8 chlorinators in the following municipalities: Morrito, San Miguelito, San Carlos and El Castillo. Staff also distributed 260 chlorinator tablets to all of the communities that benefit from this program. Up until today we have installed 27 CTI-8 chlorinators and provided clean water to 28,278 people, preventing several kinds of preventable illnesses like diarrhea.  

In the communities where we have CTI-8 chlorinators installed, the people have shared with Self-Help International that they are really happy and thankful for the organization and its staff for providing the opportunity to improve water quality. Now they feel more confident when they drink the treated water. Also because SHI provides advising on how to avoid illnesses by taking actions such as using the chlorinated water to wash their hands after using the facilities, wash their hands before each time of meal, wash the dishes, wash the vagetables and fruits before using them and eating to prevent diahrrea, parasites, and renal infections. People in the community have said that their children look much healthier now that have access to clean water, rather than the raw water that comes from other water systems. They have noticed that the children don’t have diarrhea as often as before, so this program is having a great impact on the entire community.  

In January SHI also got the results of the water analysis the was done last year at the beginning of December. In the featured photos, you will see some of the CAPS members, MINSA (Health Department), and other leaders from each community that came to the Fred Strohbehn Training Center to learn about the status of the quality of their drinking water.

Self-Help staff is also planning to meet with the mayor from San Miguelito to discuss outreach. With her guidance SHI can reach more communities and people that are still thinking about getting the CTI-8 technology for their use. It may take some time for us to do so but our next goal is to work along with the mayor of each municipality, as some CAPS don’t have the technology due to the lack of money. If they get monetary support from their mayors, it may be easier for them to convince themselves that the program is good for them. So far some of them are questioning it, as they don’t want to pay for something that may not be good for them.

Your support has provided these communities with an opportunity to take ownership over their town's water quality and impove the health of their families and neighbors. Thank you for your generous donation.

Training and presentations at training center
Training and presentations at training center
CAPS members from Cruz Verde
CAPS members from Cruz Verde
Hygentist Carlos learning about new technology
Hygentist Carlos learning about new technology

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Feb 18, 2014

San Carlos citizens benefit from clean water

Chlorinator Installation
Chlorinator Installation

Morrillo is a small community of about 200 people, located in the municipality of San Carlos on the northeast shore of Lake Nicaragua. The village is located about 34 km by road from the county seat.

In October 2012 a technical presentation and installation of a CTI-8 water chlorinator was performed, and since then, the community has disinfected drinking water, free of pathogenic microorganisms. SHI staff has paid a monthly visit to San Carlos for the last four months. Self-Help has met with members of the Water and Sanitation department, who have been trained and have trained others in the use of the CTI-8. Trained leaders and responsible staff supplied the Chlorine Tablets and have supervised the operation of the CTI-8 chlorinator with the accompaniment of the community leaders.

The people of San Carlos have benefitted greatly from this water system. They say that they are pleased with the results of the health of their families and are grateful to Self-Help International for bringing this technology to their community.

The photos above and below show the exhibition and installation of the CTI-8 in the water storage tank for the population of Morrillo.

In December 2013, together with Ministry of Health, SHI conducted a course in each of the CAPS towns of San Carlos. To sample water quality well water was tested, which is the main source of supply for the community, and residual chlorine was monitored in the water storage tank and the network of household consumption. The results are:

  • Membrane No. 1 (center plate) with water from the well, with 15 points positive bacteria present
  • Membrane No. 2 (left plate) with water from the storage tank and Membrane No. 3 (right plate) with water from the household network, taken from the house of Don. Efren Urbina. Both samples are free of bacteria.

Thank you for your kindness and support. Your help has brought clean water to San Carlos and many other communities like it.

Chlorinator demonstration
Chlorinator demonstration

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Nov 18, 2013

Three communities benefit from clean water program

La Conquista water training
La Conquista water training

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.

Los Chiles chlorinator installation
Los Chiles chlorinator installation

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Jori Wade Booth

Wavelry, IA Nicaragua

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