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).
- Engage the community in a social project that promotes healthy living by involving them in the construction process.
- Educate the community about community health and proper use and maintenance of latrines.
- 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.
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.