Jocopampa Water Project

Jocopampa is a rural community and has a population of 56 people. Based on statistics (Bolivian National Institute of Statistics) the population will only increase by 1.31% in 20 years. High migration of young people to the urban area is due to the lack of basic services, education and infrastructure. Jokhopampa, like many other villages in El Altiplano, suffers from a lack of sanitation and water infrastructure, leaving these communities more vulnerable to health problems from water shortages: Families in this community face many challenges such as: the changing weather patterns which causing drought for longer periods of time, impacting the agriculture and their livelihoods; the large distance to dwellings which are very scattered; the high number of children and adults get sick or die from diarrhea and other infectious diseases due to contaminated drinking water.

The main goal of this project is to improve the quality of life and general hygiene of 31 families living in Jokhopampa by providing them access to safe drinking water, especially during the dry season (May-October) when water is scarce and often only found far from the village. Our specific goals are to: 1) reduce infectious disease cases by at least 10%; 2) reduce infant/child mortality due to water-borne pathogens by 10%. 3) educate at least 90% of the beneficiaries (men, women and children) in the use and maintenance of the water system under scheduled QBL supervision. The project would include three collecting areas for spring water, three collecting tanks (4 cubic meters each) for storage, and a total of 30 gravity-fed sinks for family and school use.

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