El Rodeo, El Salvador

El Rodeo, a community of about 100 families in the Municipality of Victoria in the Department of Cabanas. El Rodeo and another smaller sister community called Buenos Aires, have been dreaming and working for ten years to develop a water system. They have formed a Water Board, visited other similar projects, and begun working toward developing a project proposal. If all goes as planned, they will be our primary water project in 2018.

The Washington Ethical Society and Rotary International have pledged support for this $190,000 solar powered water project. CoCoDA has negotiated the purchase of the water source. Engineering and water testing is complete. Construction has begun on the distribution tank and solar array.

Delegations are invited to participate in this project in the following ways...

  1. Raise money, live in El Rodeo and work side by side with the people of El Rodeo on the construction of the water system.
  2. Learn about the environmental challenges to water in developing countries.

The children of El Rodeo say, "Without water, there is no life."

Solar Power Retrofits In El Salvador

With improved solar power technology, it is now possible to pump water much cheaper using solar energy rather than electricity. During the next three years (2017-2019), CoCoDA is working with our partners in El Salvador to retrofit two electrically powered water projects - El Roble and Aguacayo - with solar powered pumps.

These retrofits will reduce the cost of water for this rural villages by up to 50% and make sustainability much easier. In addition, these retrofits will increase capacity by allowing even the poorest Salvadorans to afford to connect to the water system. Clean water is good, but affordable water is even better. These retrofits will make clean water affordable for over 500 men, women and children.

Though much cheaper than building a new water system, retrofitting a system with solar power is still expensive. We estimate each retrofit will cost about $25,000. In October of 2017, CoCoDA invited those interested in supporting one of these projects to the Sun and Water Conference in Suchitoto, El Salvador. This video summarizes the excitement and possibility of that conference...

Sun and Water Conference Video

Delegations are invited to participate in this project in the following ways...

  1. Visit El Salvador, live with a family and learn about public health, water and sanitation.
  2. Raise money to help replace the electrical pumps with solar power.
  3. Bring a group to tour one of these projects and identify a community to partner with.

These simple water pipes have saved three to four hours of valuable time for the women and children of El Roble.

Zacataloza, Nicaragua

Zacataloza, a village of 40 families in the mountains of northern Nicaragua, has incredible mountain vistas, hard working people and just about nothing else. However, in 2016, CoCoDA began to partner with the people of Zacataloza and the local community development organization, IPADE, to address their water and sanitation issues.

In 2016, students from DePauw helped build a two room school. Students from IU and WVU built a composting latrine on the site of the community school. This will be used by the children of the school as well as serve as a demonstration and training site. We hope to build a dozen composting latrines in the village over the next year and follow up with a water project in 2019.

Delegations are invited to participate in this project in the following ways...

  1. Visit Zacataloza and see the work we've already done
  2. Raise money, live in Zacataloza, work in the mountain fields and discover the challenges of living without easily accessible water.
  3. Help us begin raising money for their solar powered water system.

West Virginia University students working on the composting latrine in Zacataloza.