This project will give an immediate solution to lack of water for 45 families of the Santa Maria Ostuma Municipality in El Salvador. In this country, 1.5 million people do not have drinking water in their homes, so, especially women spend 8.5% of their productive time carrying water and approximately 16% of their family income. With your help, we will build and install 4 rainwater harvesting systems that will provide free community access to safe water for 165 Salvadoreans in La Paz department.
Santa Maria Ostuma's families need an urgent solution to bring safe water to their homes. Villagers, especially women walk more than 2 km in rural areas that generate workload and risk of suffering accidents or crime-related experiences. Also, rivers are drying up, and every year there's less water, so they buy it and spend 16% of their income. However, the rainy season lasts 5 months, which means a valuable source to be reused and converted, with the proper technology, into safe water.
This project will introduce to 45 families an excellent method for collect and store rainwater. Together we will install 4 rainwater harvesting systems and learn about its proper use. Each one contains a geomembrane, an eco-filter, an extraction pump, a lifting tank, etc. so they store up a tremendous amount of water (6600 GL per year). Preparatory activities will be done, such as flattening the land, adequate roofs, plumbing, etc. Also, we will empower women on leadership and climate change.
The project will bring a better quality of life, health, and well-being for 45 Salvadorean families by accessing safe water, which could revitalize family agriculture and guarantee their food safety. It will also contribute to the family's budget since they'll spend less money on buying water. In the long term, the people from the Santa Maria Ostuma Municipality will increase their resilience capacity against climate change, especially for women who play a vital role in water management.