When our founders began to execute the first projects in rural communities in Nicaragua, they realized that there was a lack of local technical capacity to execute quality projects. They often had to hire engineers from urban areas who were not interested in understanding rural dynamics and creating solid links with the community.
It is for this reason that, in 1996, they decided to create the Drinking Water and Sanitation Technical School (ETAP), with the objective of strengthening the Water and Sanitation sector at the national level. Developing capacity in rural areas through the training of hydraulic technicians, capable of designing and implementing projects without the need for support from specialized engineers.
This school is located in the city of Río Blanco, Department of Matagalpa. It offers a two and a half year course, with a full scholarship to young high school graduates from rural areas of the country, which covers their tuition, teaching materials, tools, equipment, lodging, food, and a monthly allowance for personal expenses.
Upon completion of their training, the young people obtain a diploma of Technician Specialized in the Design and Management of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Systems, which is recognized by the INATEC (National Institute of Technology). Currently, many of the graduates work in municipalities and NGOs that develop water and sanitation projects, or offer their services as independent professionals.