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Breaking Ground in San Martín and Looking Ahead to Esperancita

April is the hottest, driest month of the year in Nicaragua; the best time of year for building water projects. That’s why the people of San Martín are working hard to clear the land and clean the area around the water source that will provide 86 families in this community. Here are some photos of the work that has being done:

Community members clearing the land around the water source, in preparation for the building of the catchment and filtration system.
Community members pitching in to clean the area where the catchment and filtration system will be.

Water projects mean a lot of community organizing and participation, as can be seen in these photos. And the construction process is just the beginning- after the system is built, the pipes are laid, and the meters are installed, the newly-formed Potable Water Committee will have to arrange meter reading, monthly payments, bookkeeping, and maintenance of the system. One of the benefits of SCSRN’s focus on relationship building is that we’re in this for the long haul- we’ll be working alongside the people of San Martín for years to come!

As we prepare for the construction of the water system in San Martín, we are looking ahead to next year’s water project in the community of Esperancita, and asking for your help! Just like the people of San Martín, the folks of Esperancita have to haul water from a far away source to meet their everyday needs.

A woman filling her bucket to haul water to her home
Washing station near a spring, where people take their clothes to wash by hand

You can help us provide water in the homes of 35 families by participating in our silent auction, which is live now! Clean water means better health outcomes, safer communities, and less time dedicated to water management, which means more time dedicated to education and income-generating activities. Thanks to all who are helping us improve the lives of our brothers and sisters in San Ramón!

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About Anjie Price

Anjie is Executive Director of Sister Communities, first and foremost an educator. She is originally from Mississippi, but now is a permanent resident of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Her favorite part about working with SCSRN is being involved in education in new and creative ways.


  1. Lonna Harkrader says

    The photo of members of the community working together so hard on the water project makes me feel hopeful and energized to keep raising what is needed to make the water project in Esperancita a reality, too.

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