Nicaragua Water Projects 2012/13
The first picture is the group after the completion of the first phase of the third water project.
The Trust has agreed to fund three water projects in Nicaragua to provide clean and safe drinking water, in partnership with local communities. Rebecca Atkinson and Jed Pattie (see under Raleigh, Bursaries) worked on the first project in El Pajarito, which was completed in September 2012 and Franklina Owusu-Brobbey (also under Bursaries) worked on the second one in Los Loros, which was completed in December 2012. The third one, Monte Frio No.1, will be completed this summer.
The top picture on the right of this page is the plaque which goes with the first water project and note that the Trust is also on the T-shirts.
Update March 2013
Access to clean and safe water is a fundamental human right – without it health and livelihood are at risk. Many people currently take their water from streams, which often dry up during the dry season and into which flow all the pesticides that they place on their fields. What Raleigh propose to do is help the people who currently don’t have access to clean and safe water through the construction of gravity water feed systems. The initiatives for the projects are driven by the communities and the projects are driven by Raleigh in conjunction with the community leaders. Raleigh and its partner organisation, the Cooperative Juan Francisco Paz Silva, provide the co-ordination, administration and group of young volunteers to help the community construct these urgently needed gravity water feed systems.
The communities are :
El Pajarito – completed in September 2012.
Los Loros – completed in December 2012
Monte Frio No.1 – is being done at the moment – summer 2013
The Cooperative Juan Francisco Paz Silva
One of the key organisations in the Achuapa area is the Cooperative Juan Francisco Paz Silva that was set up in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch to help small and medium sized producers. Principally they have been working in finding markets for organic sesame seed production which, in the early days, began with a relationship with the Body Shop for the manufacture of cosmetics. Since then the amount of sesame seed that local cooperative members produce has increased dramatically and the cooperative helps members with supplying credit, medical services, veterinary services, access to reasonably priced agricultural products and a series of social projects aimed at improving the quality of life of the local people. The cooperative have been working in partnership with Raleigh for ten years, building 28 water projects, three community centres and school hostels during this time.
The planning and coordination of the projects will be undertaken in partnership between Raleigh and the Cooperative Juan Francisco Paz Silva.