Nicaragua

About a third of people in Nicaragua don’t have access to a proper toilet – and some still practise open defecation. More than a tenth of the population still do not have safe, clean water.

REGION

We are working in the departments of Managua, Chinandega, Carazo, Masaya, Matagalpa, Estelí, Madriz and León.

WHO’S BEING HELPED

Our partner CIEETS is working with 780 households in 57 rural communities.

THE PROJECT

CIEETS has been working on WASH projects as part of wider programmes to strengthen communities and protect the environment. Its focus is improving families’ health and hygiene, by helping them to build toilets and educating communities about the importance of hygiene and cleanliness. They make close connections between protecting human health and protecting the natural environment.

Some of the families they are working with had toilets already but they were badly built. Other people’s toilets were beyond repair and no longer usable and so families were forced to practise open defecation.

CHANGED LIFE

Johana Calero and most of her neighbours in El Gigante used to have to go to the toilet in the open. This meant she and her family were constantly at high risk of diarrhoea and diseases such as cholera. Now she and her family have built a toilet, with training from CIEETS, she feels much more positive about the future.

‘I’m happy because we no longer have to go to the toilet outside and we’re no longer contaminating nature – the rivers, streams and the land around us,’ says Johana. ‘A latrine is a huge help for our family: our lives have changed. When you build a toilet in a home, the whole community starts to move forward and prosper.’

(Sources: CIEETS, Unicef)