Building Latrines for the Community of Jiñocuao

Implementing partner:  The community ofJiñocuao in Somotillo, Chinandega. 

Objective: Improve   sanitation  and   living  conditions   for  44  families   in  Jiñocuao  through  the installation of latrines.  

Beneficiaries: The project will directly benefit 44 families (216 people in total). 

Specific objectives:

  1. Engage the community in a social project that promotes healthy living by involving them in the construction process.
  2. Educate the community about community health and proper use and maintenance of latrines.
  3. Reduce the rate of infectious diseases in children.



Implementing partner: The community of Jiñocuao

Jiñocuao  is  a  community  near  the  town  of  Somotillo,  which  is  10  minutes  away  from  the  Nicaraguan-Honduran border. The community’s board of directors is comprised of 2 women and 3 men, and a core group of community leaders (7 women and 6 men) that implement projects. The board of directors is a community  organization  without  legal  status  that  formed  in  2012  through  the  beginning  of  the community’s relationship with Casa-Pueblito.

Jiñocuao  has  a  long  history  of  community  organizing,  mainly  around  their  Christian  Base  Community with  roots  in  liberation  theology. The  community  has  been  focused  on  improving  education  in  the community with the aim of constructing a high school, which they began in 2012 through the support of Casa-Pueblito. In 2015, the  community built  the fifth  and final classroom that was needed to  complete the high school, which now houses the five high school levels in Nicaraguan secondary school education. This  accomplishment  was  achieved  through  support  and  financing  of  Casa-Pueblito.  In  2016,  Casa-Pueblito is funding a project focused on agroecology and implementing bio-intensive gardens. 

The Project: Building Latrines for the Community of Jiñocuao. 

The  project  consists  in  the  construction  of  44  rural  latrines  for  same number  of  families  in  the community of Jiñocuao, Somotillo. Through this project, the community will be able to strengthen their community  organizing  skills,  as  families  will  be  directly  involved  in  the  construction  process  and  will attend educational talks about health and hygiene.

The project will have the support of the community health center, which will facilitate educational talks by  nurses  and  nursing  students.  Educators  will  be  teaching  about  the  importance  of  keeping  good hygiene habits and its positive effect on community health.  Currently,  the  Ministry  of  Health  is  implementing  an  educational  campaign  that  aims  at  reducing  the rate of diarrheic diseases as well as preventing endemic diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika. Education is critical to preventing and eliminating mosquito breeding sites, which carry viral infections.

The  installation  of  44  latrines  will  benefit  216  people  (61  children,  31  youth  and  124  adults)   by improving  the  living  conditions  and  health  in  this  community.  Some  of  the  families  lacking  a  basic sanitation facility have to defecate in the open or use a neighbour’s latrine. This implies serious health threats for the contamination of the environment and overuse of latrines. 

Our Partnership with the community of Jiñocuao

Over  the  past  four  years  Casa-Pueblito  has  financed  the  construction  of  four  classrooms  for  the community.  Members  of  the Jiñocuao  and  neighbouring  communities  are  constantly  expressing  how greatly they have benefited from the school. For young people and parents, the proximity of the school represents  improved  access to  education,  as  most  families  cannot  afford  the  transportation  costs  that are required to go to school outside the community.

The  relationship  with  the  community  during  project  implementation  has  been  very  friendly  and respectful. Project  management  is  well  handled  and  there  has  been  good  participation  in  workshops offered by Casa-Pueblito.  The community has received groups from St. Thomas Aquinas, Notre Dame, Robert F Hall, St. Augustine, and St. Roch. 

Group Engagement

Schools  can  engage  in  building  the  latrines,  such  as  digging,  mixing  cement,  carrying  construction materials, etc. Students may also participate in the everyday activities in the community, such as taking care of livestock, cooking, cleaning, minor house repairs, etc.  

Students will have an opportunity to take part in nature walks, visit a river near  the community, and engage in recreational activities with fellow high school students from Jiñocuao.