2.2 million people die every year from diarrhea, a water-related illness.

Nicaragua is a very poor Central American country whose rural population suffers from contaminated water supplies. 50% of rural Nicaraguans do not have access to safe drinking water. Agua Para La Vida (APLV) helps rural villages build their own drinking water systems that provide clean water for generations.

The water systems APLV builds can last over 25 years and require minimal maintenance. The project team works with the community during the construction and trains a team of community members on maintaining their system. The impact of drinking water systems is greatest on women, since women and children bear the burden of carrying water. APLV believes that it is important that the village's women are very involved in the process of building and maintaining the system, so each maintenance team includes at least two women.

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