Centro Escolar Cantón Cerro de Nubes Well Project – El Salvador

Cerro de Nubes, Municipio de Corinto, Departamento de Morazán, El Salvador

Community Description
Cerro de Nubes (Hill of Clouds) is a small subsection (a caserio) of the larger pueblo of Corinto, in the Department of Morazán, near the border of Honduras.

The community has approximately 300 residents in 63 homes, sprawled out over a large hill in the rolling countryside of northeastern El Salvador. El Cerro is composed of genuinely warm and generous people, all poor and hardworking farmers and homemakers.

The principal crops are corn, beans, and maizillo (chicken feed). Sugarcane, some café, and bananas, tomatoes and chile are also produced.

Thirty-one of the 63 homes do not have energy and about half do not have latrines.

Cerro de Nubes does not have potable water, but villagers get their water from small nearby sources throughout the community, and run black tubes from the sources to basins in the homes.

There is an active and legalized ADESCO that serves as an organization for community development. The school is the center of the community, where nearly all community meetings and events take place, and thus it is the heart of the Cerro.

The school, the Centro Escolar of Cerro de Nubes, has an artisanal well. During the dry season, many days the students must go without water while they are at school. In order for there to be adequate water throughout the year, the well must be dug to a greater depth.

Project Description
This project is to deepen the school well so that it provides a source of water throughout the entire year.

The well, currently at 13 m, will be dug by hand to a depth of 18 m.

Project funds will be used to purchase materials, including the tubes, cement, and sand.

A few members of the community who are experienced in well construction will do the work, mostly on a volunteer basis. However, some of the funds will be used to reimburse them for their time away from their farming and/or other sources of income.

Project Impact
151 people, consisting of 143 students, 5 teachers, 1 school director, 1 school cook, and 1 Peace Corps Volunteer will benefit from the project

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Courtney Hereford

This project will give access to clean drinking water for the entire community. The learning environment of the school and the health of the children will be greatly enhanced.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has been fully funded, through the generosity of The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust as a part of their Clean Water Projects initiative.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Courtney Hereford of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Courtney and/or those other PCVs in the country of service.

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.