Support the Community of Jiñocuao this Giving Tuesday!

UPDATE: As of December 7, 2018, our Giving Tuesday campaign has officially ended. Thanks to your support, this has been our most successful Giving Tuesday to date: we raised $4045.00 for Jiñocuao’s water and sanitation project in 2019.

Thank you so much for your generous support - our community of donors and supporters allow us to continue partnering with grassroots communities, and helping them to reach their goals.

Our goal is to raise $5000.00 for Jiñocuao. Will you help us?

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 Community members in Jiñocuao who benefitted from the second phase of the latrine project in 2018

Community members in Jiñocuao who benefitted from the second phase of the latrine project in 2018

Jiñocuao is a community near the town of Somotillo, located 10 minutes away from the Nicaraguan-Honduran border. In 1974, Jiñocuao developed as a Christian Base Community, identifying with the social projects that were driven by the Sandinista Revolution in the 1980s. In that time, Liberation Theology grew as an ideology, committing the community and the local church to the fight for the rights of the vulnerable and marginalized, and prompting the development of life-giving projects like reforestation, creating a bakery, and chicken and pig-raising collectives for the development of the community. Located in Nicaragua’s dry corridor, Jiñocuao suffers from lack of access to potable water for consumption and irrigation, particularly during the dry months of summer.

The community of Jiñocuao is an incredible example of the things that a community can achieve when it dreams together and works together. With the help of community members on the Steering Committee, over the past six years, Casa – Pueblito has financed the construction of four classrooms for the community’s high school, which was completed in 2016. As a result of Casa – Pueblito’s involvement in the construction of the high school, the Ministry of Education has given four young adults in the community permanent teaching positions.

Since 2017, 100 latrines have been built in Jiñocuao with Casa – Pueblito support, reaching vulnerable families with the most need. The community’s leadership makes sure that community members who have never been reached by previous development projects are included.

We hope to continue this work in 2019 with the construction of a final 15 latrines for families in need. The community now also looks at their access to water, and we plan to deepen 15 wells so that water is available, even during the dry months.