Clean water is flowing in Mancera, Nicaragua. The forty families in this small community have been working since December to harness a high elevation spring to bring water to their homes.
They’ve finished the spring capture process and clean water is flowing downhill through pipes they are currently working to bury in a 2-mile trench to the site of a future storage tank. Once that first section of the main conduction line is complete, they can start building the 45,000-gallon storage tank that will provide water to their homes.
This is back-breaking work and this particular spring capture was more difficult than average. Sometimes the springs are easily accessible and not located far from the community they will serve, but in Mancera, the spring is two miles up a formidable mountain accessible only via narrow trails. All the cement, sand, gravel, and pvc had to be carried on horses, mules, and by hand in the hot sun and, sometimes simultaneously, through deep mud.
I’m continually amazed at the persistence and sheer physical fortitude of the communities we work with. They spend month after month carrying supplies, digging trenches by hand, and laboring in challenging conditions to get water to their families. This project is slated to be complete by August of 2021.
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