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PLU NicarAGUA 2017

Two Youth in El Maranonal Check Out Their New Well (2016)

NicarAGUA Up Close:

We hear of conflict, and many of us want to make a real, noticeable difference in the world; however many of us are unsure how to do this. We would like to invite you to join our NicarAGUA campaign and in doing this, give you the opportunity to be part of something bigger. Here you will be able to help provide clean sustainable water to a village in the Leon region of Nicaragua that is in desperate need and get to see how you’re making an impact. Throughout the coming weeks leading up to our departure, we will be posting photos, videos and details which will outline our overall mission and goals. Here's a closer look at exactly what we can do together.

We are collaborating with Living Water International to bring safe and clean water to a community through the installation of a sustainable well. The PLU team will consist of ten students and two faculty/staff to assist with the installation of the well along with teaching hygiene and sanitation to both adults and children.  By joining us in this opportunity, you will help fund the well and its installation. In addition, the team will empower the community through education, teaching the community about health, hygiene and sanitation. Members of the community will also be trained in how to maintain the well in order to sustain it for decades.



Join with Us and We'll Sweat for YOU:

Typically, by the time June rolls around summer is in full swing and students are off for their summer vacation. However, this June, we'll be together giving back to a community in dire need of an everyday necessity. Imagine being parched for water and your only resource of water is a river or unsafe well near another village miles away. This is not just imagination for many Nicaraguans, this is their reality. Collaboration leads to great things, and we are all very excited to meet and collaborate with community members in Nicaragua in a joint effort to bring clean water and knowledge of hygiene to the Leon region. Yes, it will be very hot and very humid there, but know our team is ready and honored to serve and help a community achieve its dream.

The 2016 Team in El Maranonal (Temperature: 98 degrees)

It’s About More Than Just the H20:

20160607_123219(0).jpgMany Nicaraguans have been praying for years for clean water. Gathering water takes time, and children often miss school to help retrieve water. Due to the unclean condition of the water the community currently uses, many kids and adults fall ill. Diarrhea and dehydration can impact communities on a very large scale, and in many cases lead to death. Time spent gathering water, or being ill, impacts the ability for adults to work. All of this changes drastically once the community receives an easy-to-access well that contains clean, naturally purified water.

Community leaders opt-in to collaborate with Living Water. The community does not simply seek a hand-out; instead they seek collaboration in achieving their dream. A community development specialist works with the community for months prior to the commencing of the project. The community is empowered to make the decisions and coordinate the project. The community will decide the location of the well, develop a water committee, and determine appropriate ways for the community to contribute to the project and team. This approach is what makes this project and the approach of Living Water so unique. Further, the project focuses not just on water, but on the power of education. The PLU team will teach health lessons to adults and youth (separate sessions). In communities where the life span is short, we seek to help improve health for youth and the elderly. One way to do this is to empower the youth with education so they can be empowered to be agents of change. Ernestina & Esperanza (shown left) never have to wonder where their water will come from, or if it will make them sick. Decades of clean water now flows for their community of El Maranonal near Leon, Nicaragua.



A Nonprofit Leader in Global Water Projects

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Community Leaders in El Maranonal Celebrate the Completion of the New Well 


Living Water International (LWI) is a faith-inspired nonprofit that seeks to provide clean water to communities in need. Since 1990, LWI has worked to fulfill this mission, completing over 18,000 water projects in more than 20 countries across Central and South America, Africa and India. Not only does LWI bring safe water to communities that do not have access to it, but they also teach them about general well maintenance, sanitation, and hygiene. By doing this, LWI helps give communities access to clean, safe water in the present while empowering them to be a healthy, independent community in the future.  This is why we are fortunate enough to partner with them in this journey.


Needs of Nicaragua:

It is estimated that 1 in 2 people living in the rural portions of Nicaragua lack access to clean, safe water. The numbers are truly staggering. As a community, we hope to help create a healthy and sustainable impact for those who are without life's most basic and important necessity: Clean water.

To help make access to clean water a reality for a community, you can become an integral part of our project. Join our team... a community of Nicaraguans, PLU students and faculty/staff members in funding a well, helping to install it, and providing hygiene and sanitation education. Together, we will work alongside the community in Nicaragua to achieve their dream of having a reliable source of clean water. Agua Viva!


Funding Priorities and Cost Breakdown:


There are two main priorities. First to fund the well, and then to fund the installation of the well and hygiene education through those traveling to Nicaragua (PLU participants).

Part 1: Well Cost → $5,500

This will provide approximately 200+ people with clean water for decades! How amazing is that!?

$27.50 provides clean water for one person for decades.

Part 2: Well Installation + Community Education (via our team)


Each participant will invest (pay) $2,680 to be able to work alongside the community.

After the well is funded, the second priority is to support the students participation cost of installing the well and teaching in the community.

Together, we can dig and install the well, and also provide critical hygiene and sanitation education. The project will take place June 3-10, 2017.

We are grateful for any contribution you can make towards this life changing project. If your heart leads you to consider an even larger gift to help make this happen, please let us know. We'd love to talk further with you.


Thank you for helping us bring smiles to a community. Your generosity and love will guide us as we bring clean agua to NicarAGUA!

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A Lesson in History

  Published on Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017 at 07:00 PM (PST)

This week’s session our team welcomed Dr. Jordan Levy from the department of Anthropology at PLU. Professor Levy discussed the political history in Central America and why it is important for U.S. citizens to be aware and considerate of past events. Over the course of the 1900’s, Nicaraguans, like those in neighboring countries, were taking up arms in hopes to overthrow a dictatorship. The Nicaraguan dictator at the time was Anastasio Somoza García. On July 19,1979, The Sandinista Revolution succeeded and the Somoza dynasty was defeated. Since that time, Nicaragua has been run by Daniel Ortega, a Sandinista himself, who is trying to get Nicaraguan back on its feet through improving education, decreasing unemployment, and creating accessible healthcare. During the revolution, the U.S. backed the Contras (Somoza supporters) and placed trade embargos on the already struggling country until 1990. This history is important because it has defined how many Nicaraguans may view us as U.S. citizens.


While in Nicaragua, it will be very beneficial for our group to have knowledge on the history of Nicaragua and how they have reached where they are today. The progression of this poor country is incredible and we are so excited to contribute in a positive manner while also acknowledging the past. As our discussion with Professor Levy came to a close, we shared fears of helping in a country that may have a different perception of us than we do of them. My particular fear was the language barrier and how there may be misconceptions based on conversation between myself and community members. While this makes me nervous, I trust that our translators will be able to help and that the community will be accepting of our efforts. Although we may have fears, our team is looking forward to sharing our love for something that will benefit Nicaraguans for years to come!


Marissa Miller - Team Member


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