EL OJOCHE DIRIANGEN SCHOOL
IN NICARAGUA

IN PROGRESS

STATUS

people impacted

dollars funded

FUNDED JUNE 29, 2022

The people at the El Ojoche Escela Diriangen school gather water from a spring-fed well. During the March and April season, the spring dries up, and the women and children
must travel rough roads to find water.  The families go to the riverbed, dig holes in the riverbed, wait for water to fill the holes, and then scoop the water out and fill their containers.

Both of these options are still contaminated sources for the families, and cause waterborne illnesses such as typhoid and dysentery. Children have round bellies full of parasites, and struggle to focus at school. Women struggle with kidney infections and disease due to lack of enough drinking water.

There is not enough water to tend a garden for extra food. They must walk their livestock to the same water spot so the animals can drink. When they are done, they scoop up water
and bring it home.

Living Water International’s (LWI) program implementation through WASH Program Areas is unique in that it aims to bring lasting
physical and spiritual development in communities through a multi-year program focused on specific regions, thoughtfully integrating and contextualizing principles of water access, sanitation, hygiene, church mobilization, gospel proclamation, and sustainability. This project is within our WPA of Moyamba.

LWI will provide training and backstopping support during the first six years, until the local water committees and community have gathered enough fees to build a reserve for funding future maintenance. Water users will pay small monthly water user fees by household and these funds will be collected and managed by the water user committee, for future repairs and maintenance of the system. The well caregiver will be equipped to do the ongoing general care.

With a new borehole well and hand pump, life would be incredibly different for this community. Access to safe water close to their
homes would stop the time poverty cycle of walking long distances to gather water. They would have time to care for their children, grow a garden, or possibly start a micro-business. Once they learn how diseases are spread, they would have the knowledge to stop the transmission of illnesses and parasites. The children’s bellies would no longer be bloated, but instead, the children would be healthier. School attendance and focus would be much better. Women would no longer have the kidney issues because they feel they can drink enough water each day. The clinic would no longer be full of sick people with water borne illnesses. There would be a feeling of pride in the community, because they would have their own water well and they would take great care of this resource.

All projects are made possible by World Changers.