We began our Nicaragua project in 2014 in a community called Los Chaguites. The community’s main problem concerns a lack of clean water. Our project, directly and indirectly, affected about 950 people. The NGO that we partnered with is AVODEC. As the result of an indefinite travel ban to the country as well as the community receiving additional government assistance, we closed out the project in the Summer of 2018. Here’s a timeline of our project!
May 2014 – First assessment trip
Accomplishments: took water and health surveys, facilitated communication with the community to understand their needs
January 2016 – Second assessment trip
Accomplishments: took more water assessments, assess what the government and other non-profits have built and brought into the community, discovered the community’s enthusiasm towards chlorine producing units
August 2017 – Implementation trip
We just returned from our implementation trip where we provided the community with five chlorine producing units (CPU). CPUs use electrolysis to make chlorine from a mixture of table salt and water and is powered through a solar panel. The chlorine is then used to treat the drinking water!