Installing Community Water services in La Calera, Granada
The objective of the project is to install community water services in the community of La Calera, a community partner of the UCA Tierra y Agua Union of Co-operatives. The water services will provide access to clean water for the community, which currently does not have running water. The project will directly benefit 55 children, youth, adults, and seniors who are residents of the community of La Calera.
Implementing partner: UCA Tierra y Agua Co-Operative. They have six areas of focus:
- Community organization
- Effective financial management
- Agricultural production
- Youth organization and development
- Rural community tourism
- Women’s empowerment
- Dig a well in the community of La Calera in Granada through artisanal methods
- Purchase materials for the extraction of water and the distribution of drinking water to family homes
- Install a network of pipes that connect the water services to 11 family homes
About our Partner: UCA Tierra Y Agua
UCA Tierra y Agua is descendant of the "UCA Heroes and Martyrs of Nandaime" cooperative that was founded in 1984 under the Agrarian Reform carried out by the Sandinista Revolution. Unfortunately, years later, the neoliberal policies implemented after the change in government in 1990 weakened the cooperative sector across the country and led to the disintegration of the "UCA Heroes and Martyrs of Nandaime".
In August 1998, former members of the original UCA decided to reorganize and promote the revitalization of other cooperatives. They founded a new cooperative alliance named "UCA Earth and Water" comprised of 14 registered, agricultural cooperatives in the Department of Granada. Today, UCA Earth and Water has 111 members and their work supports the livelihoods of 604 men, women and children.
The project: Installing community water services in the community of La Calera in Granada
UCA Tierra y Agua will be installing drinking water services in the community of La Calera, located near the municipality of Nandaime in Granada. La Calera is associated with the UCA Tierra y Agua union of cooperatives through the Gaspar Garcia Laviana cooperative, and is currently lacking access to clean water due to its geographic location. Community members walk to the nearest rivers and fountains to carry buckets of water to their houses for drinking and cooking, and bath and wash their clothes in the rivers. Streams of water that lead to the community are becoming increasingly exposed to agro-chemicals and animal waste, making the construction of water services an urgent matter.
The project will excavate an artisanal made well that will be community run and used by the families organized in the Gaspar Garcia Laviana cooperative. The well will be the principle water fountain of the cooperative, and a network of pipes will be installed to bring water to the houses of every family (11). The water will be pumped through a water pump and gasoline run motors, since the community lacks access to energy services.
The well will be dug 30 meters deep, and the project will purchase two water pumps to pump water to the houses in the community, a water collection tank, tubing, and other materials needed to install water services in the houses. The project will benefit the community by providing beneficiaries with a clean water service for the first time in its history.
Our partnership with UCA Tierra y Agua
UCA Tierra y Agua has been working with Casa-Pueblito since 2008, when it first funded a scholarship program. This is a timeline of our partnership over the years:
- 2009-2010: UCA Tierra y Agua constructed two community libraries with Casa-Pueblito’s support.
- 2013: Casa-Pueblito funded a project focused on strengthening youth leadership.
- 2014-2015: Casa-Pueblito has supported the implementation and construction of agro-ecological community and family gardens as a way of promoting food security during drought like weather conditions, and to provide an alternative to using artificial fertilizers and poisonous pesticides in agricultural production.
- 2016: Casa-Pueblito supported the final phase of this project, focusing specifically in engaging youth in building community gardens.
Solidarity trips and Internships
School groups that visit La Calera will assist in:
- The excavation of the well
- Digging trenches for the tubes
- Installing the tube system that will distribute water to the houses.
Delegations may involve themselves in other activities in the community, such as cultural exchanges with the local youth group, sports games with the youth, nature walks, arts and crafts with the children, and other. Students may also be involved in environmental education, such as assisting in cleaning rivers, walking paths, planting baby trees, and creating artisanal crafts.