Water, Health & Sanitation: 
of Mosquito and Water Borne Illnesses

Need for Sewage Installation in Nueva Vida:

     The Rotary Club of Ciudad Sandino and the Rotary Community Corps of Nueva Vida have prioritized the enormous need for proper sewage disposal in the community of Nueva Vida, formed 20 years ago after Hurricane Mitch.  The neighborhood of 12,000 has never had a sewage or grey water disposal system.

     latrineFamilies use latrines, with an average of five people per latrine (in some houses as many as 30 people use one latrine); and some homes have no latrine at all.
    Homes in Nueva Vida are very close together, latrines are close to homes and also to the well, the source of drinking water for the community,  both of which exacerbate the public health risk. 

     gray water in Nueva Vida streetAlthough homes have access to "potable" water, there is no collection system for waste water. Used wash water from homes runs in the streets, creating a breeding ground for mosquitoes that carry malaria, dengue, zika, and chikungunya.

     The neighborhood is downhill from the sewage treatment plant where the rest of the city of Ciudad Sandino (population 180,000) sends its grey water,  so the city has never offered expansion to include Nueva Vida in its sewage disposal system.

     In order to obtain the necessary details to outline the Global Grant request for funding this work, we must first analyze the costs, materials needed, and formulate a plan.  The mayor’s office and city water department are in full support of this project, and will authorize it, but have no funding with which to develop it. Step One, therefore, is to fund the necessary Feasibility Study. That study's information can then be formed into a Global Grant request needing partner Clubs.

We need your Club's support!

Immediate need: 

$18,500 to fund the Feasibility Study 

Medium Term need:

Rotary Clubs to partner with us on a Global Grant to carry out the full project.

More information can be found here:


Map of Nueva Vida showing self-reported incidences of mosquito-borne illnesses (red most serious), illness risk levels (darker blue most risk), and locations of standing water (dots):



East Tennessee State University Public Health students’ Needs Assessment:



Feasibility Study Proposal (in Spanish):