Strengthening local capacities
In order to create a solid organization, it is necessary to strengthen the capacities of our local technical team. All of our employees are Nicaraguans and more than 85% of them come from rural areas, a large number of them being alumni of our Technical School.
We believe in the capabilities of Nicaraguan people, who regardless of their age, work hard to make a positive impact and promote the development of the country.
Another key element for our work in Nicaragua is our Technical School (ETAP), through which we are able to train future professionals specialized in the water and sanitation sector. Training and educating people from rural areas who have lacked access to the human rights of drinking water and sanitation guarantees that their work will be carried out with greater love and passion.
On the other hand, the beneficiaries are at the center of capacity building, since the sustainability of their own systems will depend on them. We train and accompany the communities so that they can build, manage and maintain their own drinking water supply and sanitation systems, with a focus on integrated water resource management and the promotion of hygiene and health practices.
- Community participation
We do not take projects to the communities, we simply support organized communities that approach us and are willing to work on the implementation of integral projects, conceived and executed. With the active participation of the community in all phases. In addition to being willing to work together with local authorities, donors and partners.
We promote community involvement as an essential factor for project sustainability. The population must express their needs, identify potential solutions and contribute to project costs through financial, in-kind and labor participation.
For example: For a water project to be implemented, the community should have identified the water source, have made prior coordination with the Mayor’s Office, have a population census and general information that allows us to assess the feasibility of implementing a possible project.
We only work with MOTIVATED COMMUNITIES, since community participation is a strategy used to execute the project, empower its beneficiaries, and increase the sustainability of each project.
- We build strong relationships
Our technical team moves to live in the communities during the project, which allows for better coordination and more training time.
We are in step with the population at every stage of the project:
- Feasibility study
- Flow assessment
- Potable water system design
- Project formulation
- Surface source catchment
- Water treatment
- Distribution to household connections
- Follow-up visit 6 months and 1 year after the end of the project.
- Technical assistance when required by the Water and Sanitation Committees in the long term.
As far as possible, we work to create an environment of trust and communication, so that beneficiaries can communicate potential obstacles and support needs to us in a timely manner. In addition, these links allow for fluid communication with community leaders after the project is completed.
- Our innovative softwar
Part of our mission is to develop cost-effective design tools that are adaptable to the realities of rural communities, that allow the implementation of long-term sustainable projects, and that facilitate the training of local technicians.
With these software we hope to contribute to the training of people with minimal training as water professionals, a challenge that we believe responds to a widespread need.