Conclusion of Caserio La Joya School Water Supply Project – El Salvador

This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Jesse Flanagan. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to provide an adequate and consistent water supply for the school.

Jesse reports:

I am pleased to inform you that our project has been successfully completed.

The new spring box was also constructed and is working wonderfully. It was built with 2 sections as you can see in the photo. One section collects the water that spills down from the rock, and one section feeds the water into the tube which leads to the school.

The lid for the new spring box was constructed extra thick because during rainy season, a small waterfall forms over the spring and sometimes causes heavy objects to fall over the box. This thick lid will protect us from any further breakage.

The second spring was successfully connected to the spring box, ensuring that the spring box will be full year round.

Overall, the project went according to plan. We had some trouble scheduling a date for our mayor`s office to transport the construction materials, but in the end, they were able to transport all of the materials that we needed from the nearest town to the school site. We were grateful for their contribution.

Unfortunately, as the fathers of the school children were lowering the tank from its stand, it slipped out of the rope and split open. The split was largely due to the fact that it had not been sitting on a flat platform for the last 12 years. We have a small tank that we are using temporarily, but we are also investigating fundraising options for purchasing a new tank.

The platform was constructed from the iron bars and the cement that we purchased, and is now supporting our water tank.

The Parent Association, which is the leading institution in the community, would like to thank Appropriate Projects and Six Senses Resorts and Spas for their kind and generous support. They told me just how necessary this project was and thanked you for undertaking it.

I would also like to extend my personal thanks for the assistance that this community has received. These projects really do make a difference in the lives of people here. This project enabled our school to have easier access to water year-round, and that`s no small thing. Thank you for your support.

We, in turn, would like to thank Jesse for completing the project, and The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust for providing the funding.