Comunidad Connect works in Nicaragua facilitating access to healthcare and clean drinking water, and participates in community development projects. A $10,000 grant from AllPeopleBeHappy foundation is funding a two-year project to bring clean water to 2,000 people in the rural community of San Esteban, Nicaragua. This is being done by providing families with a simple, locally made, affordable, ceramic water filter. Household members are asked to volunteer a total of 16 hours on local community projects in order to receive a ceramic water filter.
Over the last three months, 544 community service hours were completed by a group of 34 families, and these families received their filters in February, 2017. In total, 94 families accumulated 2,388 service hours beyond the required 16 hours per family, which will go toward future appropriate technology projects such as cement floors and improved stoves. Service projects completed include construction of a wooden chapel in the local cemetery, cleaning of water drainage ditches, and cleaning of local elementary school.