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Published Fri, Sep 02, 16. Written by Shannon Smith.
This is a cross post from our Nicaraguan partners, SuNica, containing great news about our project in El Porvenir. The El Porvenir project was fully completed in July. August was the first month where water bills came due. The community responded wonderfully. Read more below...
Paying the bills in El Porvenir
The thing we all care about. Is our work and your dollars doing the thing we wanted it to do? That is the million dollar question. Stories like this give us a great insight to how we're doing and how El Porvenir is doing. August was the first billing day in El Porvenir. Each family had 10 days to pay their modest, but fair bill for their metered water usage of the new system. On August 10th, 96% of the community had paid their bill. The community bill collector/enforcer/maintenance employee gave the "notice-of-water-cut-off" on August 10th and by the 11th, 100% of the community had paid.
Praise God! As a staff, we've been thinking about the first billing cycle for over two years. This was a great start and almost as important as the completion of the project itself.
Published Sat, Jul 16, 16. Written by Shannon Smith.
Last night's Turn On The Water Party at The Architect Bar & Social House in Down Town Raleigh was a huge success! Thank you to everyone that came out for the event.
Thank you to the The Architect staff, who did a phenomenal job hosting the event. The Craft Cocktail Mixology Class received rave reviews. The food was fantastic. Everything was run with the utmost professionalism and outstanding hospitality. Please check out The Architect for your event space needs. It's a well run operation and a beautiful space.
Published Mon, Jul 18, 16. Written by Shannon Smith.
Thank you to everyone who has helped us fund the first four phases of Turn On The Water 2016! The total raised for the project is now over to $85,000. Let that sink in for a moment. In just 4 weeks, $85,000 has been raised to help change the lives of the people living in San Carlos, Nicaragua. WOW! Thank you so much for helping make that happen.
We are now left with just phase 5. Phase 5 will cover the pipeworts that will distribute the abundant clean water directly to the homes of the families living in San Carlos. Will you help us finish off the monumental fundraising campaign?
The Tank phase. This is kind of like the face of our clean water projects. The tank is the most visible piece. All the other phases are like supporting actors.
Once we get all that clean water to the surface, we need to keep it somewhere. And not just anywhere. It needs to be situated in a place that can push water out to the entire community.
This means we'll need to place the water tank atop a tower high enough to gravity-feed San Carlos with 65 gallons per family / per day. It’s a simple technology, but an asset that will serve San Carlos for more than 50+ years with good maintenance.
It's important to note that the five phases of the TOTW campaign are not an exact reflection of the costs of that phase. The phase amounts are close and have been rounded to a near whole number. Each of the five phases also include roughly 16% project overhead costs (i.e.: vehicle, mobilization, etc.).
Published Sun, Jul 10, 16. Written by Shannon Smith.
Thank you to everyone who has helped us fund the first three phases of Turn On The Water 2016! The total raised for the project is now up to $56,000. That's pretty amazing! Thank you so much for helping make that happen. Phase four will cover The Tank. It was be a huge hurdle, as we need to raise $28,000 to complete it.
Phase 3 is the pump phase. Now that we've drilled a hole in the ground, tapping into an aquifer full of abundant clean water, we’ve got to have a way to get that water up to the surface. What good is clean water if you can't get to it?
Enter the pump. Well, it's more than just the pump. It's also the electrical components needed to wire up said pump and the brilliance of Nicaragua's finest electrical contractor, Sergio Pineda!
Now that we can find this clean water, help us bring it to the people of San Carlos.
If you're thinking that a pump doesn't cost $14,000, you're exactly right. This phase does include the costs of a 4 hp submersible pump, but much more than that. Also included in the Phase 3 budget are the costs of a transformer, all necessary electrical equipment to run and protect the pump. It's important to note that the phases of the TOTW campaign are not an exact reflection of the costs of that phase. The phase amounts are close and have been rounded to a near whole number. Each of the five phases also include project overhead costs (i.e.: vehicle, mobilization, etc.) of about 16%.
Published Tue, Jul 05, 16. Written by Shannon Smith.
Thank you to everyone who had helped us fund the first two phases of Turn On The Water 2016! With our partners, SuNica, that's $42,000 you have helped us raise in just two weeks. Now it's on to phase three, The Pump.
Now that the leadership of the community is being established and cultivated to move forward, Phase Two is the first step of actual construction. We need to raise $6,000 for this phase which will unlock a $6,000 match and get us to our Phase II goal of $12,000.
No matter where you stand on planet earth, there's almost always clean water somewhere under the ground. In this particular region, we may need to drill up to 300 feet to find that clean water, but it's there. Phase Two is all about breaking through the mud and rock to reach it.
Far too many men and women in San Carlos have died from Chronic Kidney Disease. The human kidney is designed to constantly filter out contaminants from the body. But if the water you're drinking is perpetually dirty, your kidneys are constantly working overtime to filter out contaminants, eventually causing irreversible damage.
It's no surprise that this condition is even worse in men who work in the sugar cane fields. In addition to being ravaged by high levels of contamination, the kidney organs are routinely trying to operate in a state of dehydration.
This is why the people of San Carlos need your help to drill for clean water.