Do you want to make a significant difference in the lives of families in need? Are you interested in supporting clean water and improved sanitation initiatives that save lives and enhance the quality of life for rural Nicaraguans?
El Porvenir is partnering with community members in Barrio Apanguares, El Sauce, Nicaragua, to build 22 double-pit latrines and achieve 100% safe sanitation coverage for the 130 people who live there. Your support will provide the materials for these 22 families to improve their hygiene and quality of life.
You can make a high-impact contribution today.
Each gift of $600 will change the life of 1 of the 22 families by providing the resources they need to build their own latrine, improve their health and environment, and reduce the impact of waterborne illnesses.
Manuel de Jesús Largaespada Canales of Miramontes, San Lorenzo knows what it's like to live without a latrine. He waited near to 60 years for a new, safe latrine so that he could relieve himself with peace of mind and safety.
Five people live in his house, and all of them were afraid of using the makeshift latrine they had. Manuel had built the latrine out of the materials he had available. His family’s lack of resources made it impossible for him to build a sturdy latrine on his own.
"We needed a new latrine to live better and improve our hygiene; we know that it is good for our health. Now we have privacy and our lives are better," concludes Manuel.
Fabiola Urbina (pictured above), 25, definitely remembers not having a latrine at their home where 7 people live in Miramontes, San Lorenzo. For a while, they had a latrine, but it filled up quickly; no one had taught them what to do when it filled up, so they just stopped using it. Then they learned about El Porvenir and quickly requested to be part of the community double pit latrine project.
"It is important to have a good latrine in order to have hygiene at home and to have good health," said Fabiola. With this project, Fabiola has been part of the hygiene education training and knows how to take care of the latrine: how to keep it clean, have a covered trash can to deposit the papers (don’t throw them into the latrine), have a hand washing station to wash your hands, and what to do when the pit fills. "Given good maintenance, they last for many, many years," she said.
Fabiola concludes, "We want to thank the donors and let them know how important these latrines are to us."