FUNDED MAY 8, 2024


Barrio La Resistencia is located in the Chinandega province of Nicaragua. 

The community of La Resistencia is a peri-urban community, where its inhabitants have suffered considerably from the lack of water. There is limited water access from an old electric system that has served a small portion of the community that is no longer working as it should, so residents must search for water or purchase it from unknown sources. Due to rapid population growth, the current supply does not meet the needs of the population. The church has mobilized the community to request a new well be drilled to serve approximately 340 people of the 1,200 inhabitants, who live nearby the well. Potentially more people will utilize this well, and some small animals may be watered by this well also.

The current water situation is they are going to a stream or hand-dug wells. This causes people to have to walk a long distance away from their homes to bring water home. Some who have resources may purchase water from water vendor trucks, but this is expensive. They struggle with waterborne illnesses such as dysentery, Typhoid, kidney issues due to not drinking enough water, and parasites.  Children often miss school due to waterborne illnesses.


Living Water International’s journey in Nicaragua began in 2004, focusing on providing communities with safe water. We employ various methods, including borehole drilling, rehabilitation of water points, and constructing and improving water systems. Our efforts primarily benefit communities in Masaya, Granada, Rivas, León, and Chinandega. In 2015, we initiated the country’s first WASH Program Area (WPA) in Tola, Rivas, followed by another in Somotillo, Chinandega in 2021.

Living Water Nicaragua boasts extensive experience in the WASH sector and a dedicated team who view their work as a mission rather than a job. We’ve also established a unique stainless steel piping system for hand pumps, ensuring water quality and operational efficiency. Beyond infrastructure, we empower communities to take charge of their water points through operation and maintenance programs, aligned with Nicaraguan regulations. We emphasize collaboration with local authorities, churches, and partners for holistic community development.


This project will ensure unfettered access to safe water for generations to come. They will no longer have to return to rivers and streams to collect water or pay for water that may not be safe. The new water source will give children the chance to stay in school and parents to pursue livelihoods.


Project Details: Provide a borehole well with a hand pump and hygiene training.

Total Project Cost: $15,000 for the 5-year program

– Materials:            $      4,500
Labor:                   $         500
Administrative:  n/a – covered by general donations
Other:                   $  10,000 (provided by others)

Future Maintenance:  Paid for by other donations over the first two years and by the community through usage fees collected by the community moving forward.

Other Costs: Includes administration, community engagement, sustainability training, health and sanitation education, church engagement and spiritual outreach, ongoing monitoring and evaluation over an average of five years.

Other Funding Sources:  General donations and grants

Expected Start Date:      June 1, 2024
Expected Completion:   July, 2024


The community’s water committee will collect a water user fee (conceptionally similar to something like $.50 a month) from the community for any repairs or maintenance after the completion of the project. This “cash box” system allows for funding to be in place when an issue does occur in the future. The water committee will establish who can be excused from the monthly minimal fee, such as the elderly.


This project is part of a comprehensive Flourish program to engage church leaders and community members in the water project and experience first-hand the love of Christ. All will be welcome to drink from the well. Details about the Flourish program are available at

All projects are made possible by World Changers.