Agua para la Vida (APLV)
USA Office of APLV; 2311 Webster Street
CA 94705 Berkeley
Contact person: Gilles Corcos
- Aid organization
- Educational policy/project
- Social policy/disabled persons
- Volunteers are welcome.
Agua Para La Vida (APLV), founded in 1987, has been helping rural Nicaraguan communities build their own drinking water and sanitation systems. APLV originated in the US, then formed a permanent group in Nicaragua and another support group in France. All US and French participation is made of unpaid volunteers.
• To help small, rural communities of Nicaragua develop and maintain access to safe drinking water. We do this by providing engineering, technical expertise, and materials for development of a potable water system.
• To help these communities derive maximum benefits from safe water through higher standards of hygiene. We do this by providing the materials for high-quality outhouses, or latrines, that families construct themselves.
• To preserve and protect the watersheds that provide water to these communities.
• To provide training and education to local people in all aspects of designing, building, and maintaining drinking water systems so that they can achieve autonomy in rural drinking water development.
• To measure the impact of safe water and hygiene education on the health of infants and children.
• To develop design tools and teaching methods for use by other groups involved in village water system construction.
Our projects include gravity flow drinking water systems, latrines, community health education and watershed conservation and technical training.
The ETAP (Escuela Técnica de Agua Potable), APLV´s Water Technician School is a cornerstone of APLV´s sustainability program. APLV operates a work-study technical school to train Nicaraguan students in all aspects of drinking water projects including engineering, project management, accounting and surveying as well as developing computer skills. ETAP not only teaches the students about water systems, but also health, sanitation, environment protects, and project management. The students can design and build latrines, hanging bridges, sub terrain piping systems. They understand community organization, writing reports for donors, and even penmanship.
Gilles Corcos is a founding member and a director of Agua Para La Vida.
For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work.