Clean water for 550 people in Villa Alvarez

A microproject by Self-Help International
Clean water for 550 people in Villa Alvarez
Clean Water Committee leader Henry and sons
Clean Water Committee leader Henry and sons

Wow!  Thanks to the generosity of the five families who invested in this project, the 100 families in Villa Álvarez, El Almendro now have clean, safe drinking water! 

Thanks to your five families, the children no longer suffer from regular bouts of acute diarrheal disease.  Thanks to you, they now spend their time in the classroom, not the health clinic.

Several months ago, members of the of the Villa Álvarez Clean Water Committee came together with other Clean Water Committees in El Almendro municipality to learn from the Self-Help about the CTI-8 water chlorination system and how it works to eliminate biological contaminants in the water. The committee was eager to get clean water to their community, and to install this PVC-pipe-based system in particular for its affordability and effectiveness at purifying the water in the 12,600 gallon tank their community uses.

Because of your sponsorship, Self-Help’s Clean Water Program Officer, Orlando, was able to conduct the preliminary study and analysis of the characteristics of the existing water tank, determinedthe best way to construct and install the CTI-8 system, and teach Henry, a member of the clean water committee, and his sons how to install and maintain the system to ensure that the whole community can access clean, safe drinking water on a daily basis.  He also taught the community about basic handwashing and sanitation now that they have regular access to clean water so they can take advantage of all of the health benefits that access to clean water provides.

Villa Álvarez is about 55 miles away from the Self-Help offices, but it takes more than an hour and a half to reach the community by car or motorbike due to poor road quality.  Your generous financial support covered the costs associated with fuel and transportation to and from the community during the analysis, installation, educational, and follow up visits, as well as the time and materials for staff to train the clean water committees, and for the chlorinator system itself.

The community will repay the cost of the chlorinator ($150) in installments over the coming months to ensure community ownership over the system. Those repaid funds will be placed into a revolving fund to purchase the materials for to construct a CTI-8 chlorinator for the next community in need, so your gift will keep on giving!

Already, your gift of clean water has reduced the incidence of acute diarrheal disease, enabling children to spend time in school, not the health clinic, and empowering their parents to live healthier, more productive lives.  On behalf of the the Clean Water Committee of Villa Álvarez, thank you for this life-changing gift! 

Henry and sons installing water chlorinator
Henry and sons installing water chlorinator
Orlando shows Henry how to build chlorinator
Orlando shows Henry how to build chlorinator
Installing the CTI8 Water Chlorinator
Installing the CTI8 Water Chlorinator
Orlando, Henry & son with new chlorinator
Orlando, Henry & son with new chlorinator
Distance to reach Villa Alvarez
Distance to reach Villa Alvarez


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Self-Help International

Location: Waverly, IA - USA
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Twitter: @SelfHelpIntl
Project Leader:
Nora Tobin
Wavelry, IA Nicaragua

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