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# Niquivil Water System Project – Mexico

This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.

Location
Niquivil, Sierra Madre de Chiapas, Mexico
Community Description
Niquivil is the largest community in the eastern part of the municipality of Motozintla.  The town is located at an elevation of 9,200 feet on the border with Guatemala and is home to 220 families.
Unlike other parts of the Sierra Madre, at this elevation, it is not possible for people to grow coffee as a cash crop.  Most households grow vegetables, corn or potatoes on a small scale for their own use with surplus being sold.   The standard of living is very poor.  Since Niquivil is a border crossing, some households make a meager living by selling goods from Mexico to people in communities on the other side of the border.  Many families must depend on the money sent to them by a member of their family who is working in the U.S. as an undocumented worker.
Many years ago, the government built a large holding tank for the community and put in pipe to bring water from a creek up slope.  Unfortunately, part of the pipe was stolen.  The community of 1540 people has been trying to get by with only a ¾ inch PVC hose to bring the water to the tank.  This is very inadequate for the needs of such a large population.
Project Description
The project is to install hose to connect the spring catchment, where water is collected, to a water point in the village.
The town is located about an hour from Motozintla on a paved road.  The hose will be delivered to Motozintla and the people in the town will then ferry it to their community at their expense.  There are people with small trucks and the villagers can contribute a small sum for the gas.
This project will be completed quickly by the men from the community who will do the necessary work.  The hose will follow an established route from a functioning tank on the river to a functioning holding tank.  All that is needed is 3.4 kilometers of hose and residents will then be able to enjoy the improved quality of life that reliable access to water provides.
Project Impact
$4,100 Donations Collected to Date$4,100