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Donations designated for Sanitation improvement in Panamá will be used in Llano Junco. Llano Junco is an indigenous community located in the Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé in Panamá. Most of the members of this community are currently lacking basic sanitation services and practicing open defecation, polluting their water resources. This lack of basic necessities causes a sanitation problem that is looking to be addressed through this project by building latrines. The aforementioned project was interrupted due to the coronavirus.
The sanitation improvement project is looking to build the capacity of community groups and households to locally build, repair, and maintain appropriate sanitation systems and to empower and motivate individuals to adopt healthy water, sanitation, and hygiene practices and behaviors. Some of the activities will be educational talks on the importance of latrines, how to properly maintain them, and hand washing. There will also be leadership training to community counterparts so they can function as facilitators of the project on how to properly build a latrine slab and seat. Llano Junco will provide the materials to make the latrine an enclosed space, all of the hours required to complete the construction work, and space and time for meetings.
If the project becomes a reality, it will have a huge impact in the lives of the indigenous population. With improved access in sanitation, the natural resources surrounding the community will become safer to use, specifically water, making the vulnerable population less prone to get life threatening diseases and give the rest of the population a healthier lifestyle.
Andrea, and her host community in Panamá, were awarded a Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP) grant during her service. Upon Andrea being evacuated from service, the PCPP grant was dissolved. Andrea currently resides in Puerto Rico and plans to return to her host community, once safe to do so, to assist her counterpart with the final implementation of this project.
NPCA invests 85 percent of the total donations directly to support this project and 15 percent where needed most to support service administration and our overall mission.