2020 has been a challenging year in so many aspects, but in spite of that, our work in Nicaragua has continued to move forward. We are proud of the fact that in collaboration with three different communities, we’ve delivered water to around 1000 people in over 120 households in rural Nicaragua.
Two of those community projects were part of our very first Rotary International Global Grant which we received in 2019 for $89,000. We are pleased to announce that those projects are both complete and the final report has been accepted by Rotary. In 2021 we hope to embark on our second Rotary Global Grant project in the community of Bilampi, Nicaragua where 41 families, three schools, and a church will have clean spring water delivered to their doorsteps through an underground distribution system.
We are growing as an organization, which is so rewarding to see. Our team in Nicaragua has grown to seven this year, our largest size ever, as we stretch to manage and implement multiple projects simultaneously. In Austin, we have a core three-person staff buoyed by a strong network of volunteers, interns, and board members all working together.
Without every component of this complex puzzle, we could never make schools, water, and latrines a new reality for these communities in Nicaragua. We are so grateful to all of the financial supporters, volunteers, team members, and especially the community volunteers in Nicaragua working to improve their own lives through their own hard work.
I’ve always been amazed by the determination of our crew on the ground in Nicaragua to overcome the unbelievable logistical challenges they confront in making these projects a reality and this year has been no different. And so we push onward into 2021 determined to keep going and grateful for the opportunity to keep doing so.
Director of Operations