Potable Water for our School in Nicaragua

Due to interruptions in the water supply by the local distributor in the Santa Teresa area (Carazo, Nicaragua), the Esther del Río-Las Marías Dianova Integral Education Centre (CEID) only has this service three days a week.

The project to improve access to water at the Centre consisted of constructing a potable water system for the personal use of the 438 members of the educational community.

It also took advantage of the water source to establish an area for cultivation with a drip-irrigation system to produce vegetables for the Centre. Additionally, the educational community received information about good hygiene and water management habits.

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Datos del proyecto

438 people

Have benefited directly from project

127,795 $

Total financing


Year of implementation

Funding sources

People served


Result # 1: Construction of an Operational Water System

After an hydrogeological study the appropriate drilling site for the well was selected. Next, permission was sought from the National Water Authority. Topographical surveys were produced, a potable water system designed and construction plans drawn. Bids were taken and a company hired for the construction.

Finally, a well was drilled, a well house and water-storage tank built and a chlorinator installed. Every phase of the project was supervised by engineers .

Result # 2: Installation of a Functional Irrigation System

Agricultural engineers from the Nicaraguan Institute of Agricultural Technology were contacted to design and install the irrigation system. In addition, their technicians provided training to the farm staff, technical instructors and students about making rational use of the underground water and different irrigation systems.

Result # 3: Information about Good Hygiene and Water Management Practices

Information about hygiene and water management have been integrated into the basic curriculum. Pupils and students have come to understand the importance of water, how to make good use of it, taking advantage of rain water and its use and protection.

Additionally, the instructors were trained in the methodology and use of the pedagogical materials. Hygiene and health campaigns were also conducted.

Organizations Involved

The project was carried out by the Dianova Nicaragua Foundation with financing from the Dianova Foundation in Switzerland and the Emilio Moro Foundation (Spain).