Nicaragua: Ongoing Project History
Started: July 2022
Current Project Managers:
Meghan Horan and Evan Erickson
Las Pencas and Las Mesas are two neighboring communities in Estelí, Nicaragua, found in the northwestern region of the country. Both communities are less than an hour from La Trinidad, where the local government is based. They produce beans, maize, chia seed, and flax seed, and also raise cattle. Las Pencas has 96 households and 375 inhabitants, while Las Mesas has 40 households and 133 inhabitants. The project will incorporate construction of a new water storage tank - placed at a higher elevation - to accommodate a greater capacity given the growth of the community, including the 15 houses currently not being serviced. Additionally, it will require a new distribution network that outputs water to household taps. The community has also requested service meters to support the 136 houses and select animal husbandry practices. It will likely require the replacement of some of the existing piping, since the current pipes are almost 30 years old.
Right now, our team has been working on writing up the pre-assessment document and coordinating travel plans for January 2023. We plan to travel to Estelí in January 2023 in order to complete our first assessment trip. During this trip, we have two main objectives: to provide a planning tool for chapters to use to ensure that the pertinent information is gathered during the site assessment visit and to provide EWB-USA staff and external reviewers with information about the trip in order to make recommendations to improve the quality of the project.
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