Conclusion of El Limon Well Project – El Salvador

This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Erica Matsumoto.

To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to repair the broken community water pump, and to replace the piping needed to reach safe drinking water.

Erica reports:

The El Limon Well Project was successfully completed. 93 families currently enjoy potable water in large part to the generous contribution and collaboration by Appropriate Projects an initiative of Water Charity.

Community members expressed sincere gratitude to the monetary help received and especially the speed with which it did, as this allowed us to start working on the solution quickly. We began by removing the broken water pump, along with the old pipes that drew water from the well.

With the help of Appropriate Projects and the mayor’s office of Santa Rosa de Lima, we purchased a new water pump and pipes to replace the broken set. A pair of technicians installed the water pump and trained the community’s newly elected water pump maintenance person on daily water pump management.

From the Volunteer’s perspective, this project was an undeniable success, as it fulfilled an essential necessity in the lives of many. However, I will always remember the camaraderie that sprung from a lack of resource, and watching families share the small, personal wells of (non-potable) water among each other.

One of my fondest memories is also climbing down into the huge water tank and taking scrubbing brushes and soap inside to wash the dark inside of the tank with members of my community.

We extend our thanks to Erica for completing this project, and to her friends and family for providing the funding.