BENEFITING: FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
In February, 14 young adults will be traveling from the United States to the remote, rural village of La Danta, Nicaragua, to install 40 water filters in the the homes of extremely impoverished families who do not currently have safe drinking water. We are traveling at the invitation of the community, which has identified clean water as a top community priority. The cost of this project is $4500. Additionally, the community has requested help in installing solar panels on their new health clinic. This project would cost an additional $1500.
As in many other rural communities, the majority of people in La Danta make less than $2 per day. Most of the men of these families are either subsistence farmers or day laborers; they work off the land, harvesting corn and beans and raising cattle. The women have the full-time job of childcare, cooking, cleaning, and gathering water.
The biggest challenges in La Danta all stem from the fact that it is extremely isolated. For 10 months out of the year, the community is inaccessible by vehicle. Transportation to get to the nearest town is always a challenge; this makes access to health care and other services very limited.
Through the work of the nonprofit organization AMOS Health and Hope, the community has organized to work for its own health and development. Our team will be working closely with a Health Promoter from the community as well as with a community-designated Health Committee. Though our work is a short-term project, it is in service to the long-term goals identified by the community itself.
Our project is a comprehensive one that helps to prepare community members with training prior to the installations, focusing on education and community organization. While we are in La Danta, each registered family will receive a filter in their individual homes. Our team will help assess the homes, install the filters, teach how to use and maintain the filter, and reinforce healthy sanitation and hygiene.
Our fundraising efforts not only cover the costs of the individual filters, but will also contribute to yearly stipends for local “water promoters” as well as for future maintenance and repairs of the filters, ensuring clean water for years to come.
We had originally planned only to help with the water filters and with health and hygiene education for children. However, we recently received a special request from the community that we also help procure and install solar panels on the new health clinic. We would like to help with this! We need your help to raise the funds to make this happen.
Anything we raise above $6000 will be used to purchase resources for the children's health and hygiene education sessions we will help lead.