Bringing clean water to Nicaragua
Portage County group partners with Central American communities
By Taylor Hale
Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas (WNP) is sending 192 portable water filters to Nicaragua this summer. The group has sent over 360 water filters to Nicaraguan communities since 2018.
The shipment follows a recent load of 500 mattresses that will also arrive in the country in the coming months.
“It’s a project with its own heart, and I think people identify with that, we are simply doing this to help other people,” said WNP Executive Director Amy Wiza. “I’m not sure that people in our community understand the luxury of having clean water. The people who are receiving these filters drink water out of the river or really shallow wells that are contaminated. So being able to provide these people with water is a huge need that’s being met.”
Portesi Pizza of Stevens Point donated a shipment of five-gallon buckets to be used with the filters. A group of youth volunteers in Tipitapa called the “Rainbow Team” assembles the filtration buckets to give to families in need. The systems filter approximately five gallons of water in about 40 minutes.
The water filters were purchased with funding from the Wisconsin Association for Home and Community Education, and The National Volunteer Outreach Network. The assembled filtration systems are distributed by the Rainbow Team and WNP volunteers.
Nicaragua has around 6.5 million residents, with roughly only 60 percent having access to rural water services. WNP hopes that by uniting and coming together as a community, their efforts can help bring clean drinking water to families in need.
The water filters and other donated items will be shipped to Nicaragua via the United States Air Force, which utilizes the shipment runs as training exercises.
WNP is a nonprofit, non-political organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in both countries by promoting cultural awareness and sustainable community development. To learn more, visit wisnic.org.