Richland Center - Santa Teresa Sister City Project
Health & Sanitation
SCP works in several areas to improve health and sanitation. These include:
Construction of wells with covers and manual pumps
SCP provides funds for bricks
and cement, while Chacocente community members themselves are
responsible for the digging and construction of the wells and covers.
The cement covers are made with holes for insertion of a rope
pump. These Nicaraguan-made manual pumps, easy to use and fast, are one
of the SCP’s most appreciated improvements.
As of 2018, SCP has provided funds for 145 wells and 192 pumps.
These filters are very basic. An
unglazed clay pot sits inside a five-gallon pail fitted with a spigot.
Water is poured into the pot. Amazingly, the water coming through this
filter is purified from contaminants and even pathogens.
families and schools in five communities have been provided with these
drinking water filters. Villagers have told us that kidney health has
greatly improved, thanks to the filters. As of 2018, SCP has provided
361 water filters for village homes and schools.
These family-built outhouses have
improved health in communities which formerly used the forest floor as
their toilet. People have noted that their village pigs are also now
free of disease.
provides the bricks, cement, preformed cement seat, and metal sheets for
this project. Over the years, SCP has funded 282 owner-built latrines
in the villages.
Medicines and Physician Cooperation
SCP cooperates with the
main government public health center in Santa Teresa, and also its rural
outpost clinic in La Pita, close to Chacocente.
funds a certain amount of basic medicines each year, with the
understanding that these will be used for the members of our project
communities. SCP Board members often bring medical equipment donated by
the Richland Hospital. We fund motorcycle transportation costs for the
La Pita doctor to do regular consultations in each village.
Village Health Promoters
This volunteer network of
Chacocente villagers, mostly women, plays an important role in the
health of these remote communities.
a number of years SCP has contracted with the La Pita doctor to give
regular workshops, teaching the promoters health care, first aid, and
basic medical procedures.
Community Health Centers
In 2017 SCP provided materials to build a new community health center in
El Terrero, the fifth of these small village clinics funded. They are
used by the health promoters and visiting doctors.