Residents of El Caracol, Golondrinas, Terrabona have built fuel-efficient vented stoves, latrines, and a water system. They are also working to restore and improve their watershed.
Doña Rafaela is 67, lives in El Caracol, and is part of El Porvenir’s volunteer community health educator program. She tells us that the project has been a great benefit for their community: “Since El Porvenir came, the face of our community has changed.”
Water is always a great need. Before having a water system, the women had to walk up to 2 km to a river to wash clothes. “Now, we have clean water at each home—and a latrine, too—which translates into health for the community,” says Doña Rafaela.
Some of the benefits that residents highlight are the workshops on how to use your latrine, hygiene talks at the schools, and when and how to wash hands. They also actively participate in and appreciate the community clean-ups of the river.
“The best part is that this project hasn’t stopped like others that have come and gone in the past. The work with El Porvenir has continuity,” says Doña Rafaela.
The community has changed significantly, according to Doña Rafaela: “Before, the children died of diarrhea, parasites, vomiting, fever—and it was because the community wasn’t clean. Above the water source, the animals roamed free. And that’s where our drinking and bathing water came from.
“Now, our water is clean, and the illnesses are gone. It’s been a complete change.”