Nicaragua

Hope Springs Water is placing pure water wells in the Central American country of Nicaragua. These wells benefit the Miskito Indians living along the Miskito Coast in eastern Nicaragua. The Miskito people live as subsistence farmers and fisherman in small villages of the lowland rain forest of Nicaragua and Honduras. The Miskito live in close family units in small autonomous villages and plant common field crops of rice, beans, and yucca. Many Miskito children stay home and work rather than attend school and health care is limited or non-existent in most villages. Over 1/3 of Miskito children are considered chronically malnourished and infant mortality is one of the highest in central America, while life expectancy is one of the lowest. The number one cause of infant death is intestinal parasites due to impure drinking water.

One village, Santa Rosa, has about 45 Miskito families with no source of pure drinking water. Families drew their drinking and cooking water from a small stream that runs through the village; the same stream that women wash clothes in and in which animals and children play and bathe. The new well was funded through Hope Springs Water by a gift from the Student Senate of Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas.

Hope Springs Water also partnered with Palmer Ministries to provide a new well in the community of Kisalaya, located along the banks of the Coco River in Nicaragua. Kisalaya is a community of about 150 families. The Coco River, which is polluted by animals and waste from villages up-river, was also the villager’s only source of water. The new well is located in the front yard of the church and behind the public elementary school, allowing access for all of the villagers.

Belize

Belize is a small country in Central America whose primary source of income is tourism, and that is virtually exclusively located along the coast and the outlying islands just offshore. The inland areas of the southern region of Belize is inhabited almost exclusively by Ketchi Mayan Indians, who are subsistence farmers that live in poverty off what they can raise in their fields and gather in the jungle. They have little access to medical care and even less access to safe drinking water and sanitary facilities.

In 2012, Hope Springs Water embarked on an ambitious program to reclaim some of the hundreds of abandoned wells built in the early 2000s. In each case, rusty, deteriorated pipes are removed and replaced with long-lasting PVC pipes, bore holes are flushed out and sanitized, and then new pump mechanisms are installed. To date, 50 wells have been reclaimed in the villages of the Toledo District through installing Mark lll (U-3) kits or submersible pumps.

HSW plans to continue repairing and recovering water wells in the Toledo District using the U-3 system. We plan to target the areas where the need is greatest according to public health officials in the district. In the villages, where the wells are repaired, HSW will couple improvements in clean water with Health Education. Focusing on how to maintain clean water, hygiene, and sanitation. Research has shown that the concepts work best and have longer lasting effects if combined. Hope Springs Water works to improve health and quality of life for the people of Belize in the long term.