For several years, Chemeketa students and employees have spent their spring breaks providing rural communities with access to health services and clean water through a partnership with AMOS Health and Hope.
Now Chemeketa service learning trip alums and AMOS are banding together in a new way: to raise money to provide a Nicaraguan health clinic and school with access to clean running water.
Deanna, a Chemeketa graduate and three-time Nicaragua service learning trip participant, is one person championing this project.
“This year, due to some unrest in Nicaragua, the trip was cancelled. But that won’t stop us!” says Deanna. “We are raising money to help install a water tank in a community we worked with last year, San Jose de la Mula!”
San Jose de la Mula is located in the mountains of Matagalpa, Nicaragua—the second poorest country in the Western hemisphere.
Here the water is currently rationed to six hours a day, but this project hopes to provide the more than 1,110 people of this community with improved hygiene and sanitation conditions and 24-hour access to clean running water.
Already at 30% of its $2,000 goal, the fundraiser hopes to earn enough money by spring break so the town’s residents can begin work on this project.
“Nicaragua is near and dear to my heart,” says Deanna. ”This type of work is what I want to do the rest of my life!”