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Published on 29/06/2022

USAID helps 182 families access clean water in Quiché

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In 2018, with support from USAID´s Communities Leading Development (CLD) project, the community of Los Trigales Xecanac in Cunén, Quiché identified water as their most urgent need in their Community Development Plan (CDP).

The need for clean drinking water was highlighted by women through an inclusive planning process, as women and children used to haul water from springs 40 minutes away, investing precious hours that could be better used for productive activities, education, and family time.

“I used to haul water in huge jugs, that was about 80 pounds on my back when I was only 10. I had to help my mother with this type of work like many other children. I could not go to school because I had to work, I only finished first grade. But now, my children have the opportunity of opening a faucet at home and having clean water. Our new generations will have better opportunities and better health. Water means having a better quality of life, water is life for all living creatures, without water we have nothing. -Servando Rivas Vasquez, president of the Community Development Council (COCODE) in Trigales.  

 

CLD provided support to rehabilitate the outdated and malfunctioning water system. Together with staff from USAID, CRS, and partner organizations, the Los Trigales Xecanac community recently celebrated the inauguration of the newly rehabilitated water system, for which the community contributed $26,735 to the cost of the project in labor and local building materials. In addition, the municipality contributed $11,712 in construction materials and support from municipal technical offices. Private-sector leverage added $1,709; the leverage effort led by the community with CLD´s technical and financial support has brought change to Los Trigales Xecanac.

“This project is a communityled result; this is a product of how when a community organizes and prioritizes its needs, it is then empowered to manage development projects. We are convinced that local development through local leadership equals sustainability. And second, this is a result of collaboration and alliances with entities like the municipality and others. Finally, this is a result of good governance, the community chose this water as the main need, and this is the model of good governance.” -Spencer Milian, USAID.  

 

A total of 182 families and over 900 users now have improved their access to safe, potable water. An additional faucet was installed in the community church, which will serve the entire community of over 1,500 people. The new water project with a chlorination system, home distribution lines, installation of household meters, water regulation norms, and associated training all under the Azure model that provides technical, financial, legal, and administrative services will provide clean drinking water and a sustainable system for a rational usage for the community.

“This inauguration is a joy for 182 families who now have access to clean, quality water. We recognize that this comes from a participatory planning process where you identified water as a priority. You identified your priorities in your Community Development Plans, and now you can take this tool to continue managing development projects for your community. We could not have done it alone;       this is a collaborative effort between USAID, CRS, the community, the municipality, and other alliances. Now the work is in your hands to manage your water system with responsibility, and transparency, and to continue dreaming of bringing further development projects to your community.” -Holly Inurreta, CRS Country Representative

CLD will continue its focus on improving water services management with a comprehensive, sustainable, community-led, and multi-level approach that involves families, communities, and public and private sectors to facilitate access to clean water.