The Nicaragua Sanitation Program is focused on designing and building latrines for the community of Cuyali in the Madriz department of Nicaragua. The community reached out to EWB as their latrines, which have been used for longer than their intended lifespan, have been breaking down, resulting in families sharing latrines. Furthermore, the river near where the community lives constantly floods the community, including the areas where latrines are situated. As a result, people in the community have been getting sick due to poor hygiene.
We are currently in the assessment segment of our project and are working with the EWB Nicaragua Country Office, our NGO, UNAG and the community themselves to create a sustainable solution for the residents of Cuyali. As a project, we want to put as much effort into hygiene education as latrine design to solve the problem from the root.