Gilles Corcos an example of service and love for his fellow man

Dr. Gilles Corcos, born on September 10, 1926, in France, was a scientist and emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in fluid dynamics. In 1962, he built his first clean water system in a Native American reserve in California. However, his impact extended beyond borders when, in 1987, he traveled to Nicaragua and founded Agua Para La Vida.

What began as a small project grew into the organization it is today. Don Gilles took special pride in the Technical School of Potable Water that he designed to train hydraulic technicians from rural areas of the country, thus strengthening the Water and Sanitation sector of Nicaragua.

The passing of Don Gilles is a significant loss for all those who had the privilege of knowing him, but especially painful for the people of Nicaragua, whom he loved and helped with infinite dedication. His legacy endures in every rural community that now enjoys access to quality drinking water.

Don Gilles has left an immense legacy of admiration, gratitude, and love that will continue to grow year after year.

23 Municipalities supported

110 Projects implemented

59,711 People with better quality of life

47 Trained hydraulic technicians


“May our beloved founder,
Don Gilles Corcos, rest in peace.”

10/09/1926 – 10/09/2023

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