News From the Field: A Project Schoolhouse Newsletter
Greetings from Our Executive Director:
Just this week we are wrapping up the water and latrine project in the community of Bilampi, Bocana de Paiwas which started in 2021. This is the most spread out community water project in our history and the families worked so hard to get water to every home, in total hand-digging 22 kilometers of trench to lay the water distribution lines to reach every home, plus 2 churches and 3 schools. We hope to return to this community in late 2022 to build new schools for the children, replacing the dilapidated wooden huts in which they currently study, one of which is dangerously close to collapsing. I fear for the safety of the children but the only option is to study outdoors..
Texas Enactus & Project Schoolhouse Build A New Rainwater System
It was a pleasure to travel to Nicaragua in June 2022 with a multi-disciplinary student group from the UT- Austin Texas Enactus team. In partnership with Localized Water Solutions and Project Schoolhouse, the students worked for months to build a prototype of a remotely-monitored rainwater catch system on the UT-Austin campus. On this June trip, they collaborated with the Project Schoolhouse head builder in Nicaragua to modify the design for locally available materials and installed a similar system at the school in the community of San Isidro, Nicaragua. This rainwater system will give Project Schoolhouse a tool to bring clean water to schools and homes faster and more economically as we raise the funds needed for full topography studies and the fully distributed water systems that are the longer-term solution we have historically installed.