Jenna Saldaña from El Porvenir Talked About Water Sanatation At the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon on Oct 4, 2018.
Jenna is Director of U.S. Operations for El Porvenir. Jenna said, "the mission of El Porvenir is Improve the standard of living of rural Nicaraguans through water, sanitation, health education, and watershed management projects."
Since 1990, El Porvenir has worked side-by-side with rural families and schools in Nicaragua to construct wells, latrines, village washing facilities, school hand-washing stations as well as support reforestation projects.

Carole Harper, a judge in California, founded El Porvenir in 1990 after serving as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Nicaragua. She started El Porvenir to address the lack of clean drinking water in rural communities and respond to the determination of local people to improve their living standards.

Jenna explained, "Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western hemisphere." In a country where 37% of rural people have no safe drinking water (UNICEF) 

Only 37% of rural Nicaraguans have sanitation facilities. El Porvenir's sanitation projects include household double pit latrines, community wash stations, and school hand washing stations.

  • Household double pit latrines: This system is sustainable as a family can cycle through the two ventilated pits. By the time one is full, the second one is safe to empty out. In certain situations, El Porvenir also partner with families to build pour flush latrines and composting latrines.
  • Community wash stations: Women in rural Nicaragua typically wash their family's clothes on rocks in streams -- they bathe there, too. Community wash stations are clean, concrete facilities where women can wash clothes without having to carry water or clothes long distances. They also include 2 or 3 shower stalls where people can bathe in privacy -- a true luxury for rural people. Washing clothes and bathing with clean water also reduces the incidences of skin infections.
  • School hand washing stations: Children who attend schools with latrines and hand washing stations are 20-30% less likely to miss school than children who attend schools without these amenities (CARE). In each schoolyard, the hand washing station is situated between classrooms and the latrines so students see it and remember the importance of washing their hands.  
Before Jenna started her presentation, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North discussed two other topics, Rotary District 6380 Assistant Governor Collyer Smith stepped in for Immediate Past District Governor Barry Fraser and presented Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North a plaque for our 50 Year Anniversary.
Then Gail Scott made an announcement about our Mad Hatter Party on November 3rd with rose colored glasses.

El Porvenir

Rotary District 6380