San Jose el Paraiso - Current School

Water Transforms San José El Paraíso (Part I)

Derek Hansen Education, News Leave a Comment

El Paraíso sits just up the road from Bocana de Tawa, our 2015 project. Representatives from El Paraíso sought out our delegation in 2015 and have quickly mobilized the community. A year and a half later, El Paraíso has united 31 families and completed the necessary paperwork. El Paraíso will receive the next PSH school. Homes will be equipped with latrines. However, our work begins with water.

San José el Paraíso - current school in need of repair and clean water

Children play outside their current school — a dark, one-room structure with rotting wood.

This month we break ground on the spring and initial water system, a crucial first step before building the new school. By capturing the natural spring now, three months before our first trip in March, we will establish clean running water and a workers’ kitchen for our school construction teams.

Immediate water access is vital for two reasons: to ensure the health of our workers and to mix the concrete for all of our construction. The Burdine Johnson Foundation agrees. They recently awarded Project Schoolhouse a generous grant to establish a clean water system in El Paraíso. Once the school is completed, we will assist the 31 working families in building water distribution to their homes. Pit latrines will follow.

Want to help out?
To learn more about our work trips to Nicaragua, please fill out our Nicaragua travel survey. We are currently organizing project dates and volunteers for Spring 2017. You can also contact us at

Update 12/15/16: El Paraíso suffered a small landslide near our water source. As a result, we will need more materials (cement, gravel, sand) to tap the spring. We remain on-track for March, but vulnerability and variability always play into our projects. Stay tuned for more updates.

Click on the map below to see a Google close-up of San José El Paraíso.
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