Sometimes the generosity of our supporters extends well beyond an annual donation. The Caimito Water Supply Project is a case in point.
In the spring of 2015, a handful of longtime supporters were musing about pooling their resources to fund an agricultural project that would make a difference in the lives of the poor in Nicaraguans. In June this year, they sat down with FUNDACCO’s administrative head, Luis Enrique Mora, while he was in Edmonton. By the close of that meeting, they had agreed to support a project to bring clean water to 63 farm families in Caimito.
This community in northern Nicaragua has experienced significant climate change: the drought of the past two years has decimated the local water supply, forcing families to walk up to three kilometers to access potable water. The water supply project had been initiated in partnership with El Bloque, a Nicaraguan non-profit organization, but was stalled for lack of funding support.
Four Alberta-based sponsors were able to make quick work of soliciting funds to kickstart the project. According to one of the sponsors, “it seemed like the kind of project that gives the community a hand up instead of a hand out, and I’m sure Father Denis would have been 100% in favour.”
By mid August, preliminary studies had confirmed local support for a community-based water supply system. Project data was collected (the number of inhabitants and the amount of water required) and logistics (the location and flow rate for a new well, the choice of a tank-and-pipe distribution system, and the cost to the community of maintaining the water supply system once it is built) were identified.
Construction of the system is estimated at $11,000US. Delivery of household water barrels is anticipated in early 2016. Management of the system will be locally based with selected residents of Caimito serving on a regional water committee with responsibility for operations, administration and maintenance.
The 216 inhabitants of Caimito are understandably eager for the first water delivery day. They look forward to improving health and sanitation, and establishing backyard gardens. The women and children will also have more time for domestic chores and studies, and the community as a whole will be able to enjoy a higher standard of living. The generosity and initiative of these four sponsors has brought hope to the community of Caimito.
Residents of Caimito try out their new community pump