The Nicaragua Travel team has news from our partner community:
We’ve just returned from a successful assessment trip in Silvio Mayorga where we met with members of the community and collected information to begin the prototyping phase of our project. We discovered that many residents have access to clean water from a deep central well. The water tank connected to the pump, however, is not well supported, and many other residents still lack access to water from this well, either due to lack of water pressure or funding for an expansion of the distribution system.
Throughout the week, we conducted surveys with almost every household, tested various water sources for calcium and bacteria, and mapped out the town’s wells and water distribution system. Through all of our work, we got to know the people of Silvio Mayorga, and appreciated their kindness and openness to a group of relative strangers, struggling to make themselves understood in Spanish.
Using the information we’ve collected, we can begin to formulate a solution that will best suit the needs of the community and that will be sustainable for years to come. We hope to return as soon as possible. Both we and the community are excited and determined to improve clean water access in Silvio Mayorga. Beyond that, we hope to continue our partnership once this project is completed.
Picture 1 - Group shot after our final town meeting - from left to right, our mentor Justin, Silvio Mayorga’s pastor Don Carlos, Vikram, Wei Han, Darling (Esterlina), Jen, Doña Maria Josefa, and Doña Josefa
Picture 2 - The church well, with the pump and tower/tank structure installed over it
Picture 3 - The group testing one of the small private wells in the community - from left to right, Justin, Wei Han and Vikram