This month, La Esperanza had the pleasure of partnering with Canadian technology company iQmetrix for an intensive, four day water project in the community of Nueva Esperanza, Granada. Among a total of 200 employees sent to Nicaragua, iQmetrix provided 93 people for a week-long project laying water pipes directly to 200 homes – an unprecedented undertaking in the community.
Previously, family members (often young children) had to fill heavy buckets of water at the outlet nearest their house, which was usually a tap at the end of their street, and carry them home.
Despite being hit by a huge difference in climate between Canada and Granada – for some, a climb of up to 60 degrees Celsius – the “iQers” arrived on Monday morning enthusiastic and ready to get to work digging trenches in the hot sun. The group worked in 8 teams, with each team coordinated by a La Esperanza volunteer and an ayudante. During the project, iQers were able to interact and work alongside community members, as well as experiencing some of Nicaragua’s most beautiful and interesting locations on afternoon excursions.
With the amount of enthusiastic and motivated workers on hand, and some help from the locals, progress was swift despite the heat. The majority of the work digging trenches was completed by the third day of the project, and a number of the iQers were able to contribute further in the community by painting houses.
Additionally, iQmetrix provided “pilas” (concrete water basins) for the homes in the community – a very useful and practical resource. By the end of the fourth day the pipes had been successfully laid and the trenches refilled, and 200 families could experience something that most of us take for granted: A clean water source flowing directly to their homes.
La Esperanza would like to extend a huge thanks to our Canadian guests, as well as all the volunteers, ayudantes, builders and community members who made this very worthwhile project a success.