El Porvenir (EP): Clean Water, Healthy Nicaraguans was founded in 1990 as a partner to Habitat for Humanity’s self-help housing programs that then did not include water and bathroom facilities. EP’s methodology is based on three key principles: (a) community empowerment through active participation and ownership in all aspects of the project, (b) creation of organizations in the community to manage resources in the long term, and (c) focus on appropriate technology made from low-cost locally available materials that can be easily maintained by the community. To date, EP has partnered with over 180,000 rural Nicaraguans to build 1,300 water and sanitation projects, plant over 1,000,000 trees, construct 1,726 fuel-efficient stoves, and educate all community partners in health and environmental issues. Significant need remains: 1/3 of rural Nicaraguans lack access to improved water sources and 2/3 lack access to basic sanitation combined with a changing climate reducing water quantity in the water sources from which the community water projects draw.
Vision: Healthy, educated Nicaraguans achieving a better quality of life for themselves through integrated clean water projects.
Mission: Improve the standard of living of rural Nicaraguans through water, sanitation, health education, and watershed management projects.