Community Life: Quick Facts
- San Vicente is a village located 10 miles from the municipal seat of Tecpán, with a population of 75 families.
- It was founded 30 years ago and was named “San Vicente” in honor of San Vicente de Paul.
- The primary income activity in the village is the production of corn and beans, and people also grow potatoes and sweet peas. Another important income activity is laboring in farms around the community, where workers earn an average of Q35 a day (approx. $4).
- There is school in the village serving pre-school to sixth grade students.
- 95 percent of the population is Catholic and 5 percent is evangelical.
- There is a health post in the village where people can receive basic health services twice a week.
- 80 percent of the families have access to electricity, so the remaining 20 percent still have to use candles during the nights.
- All the roads to and around the community are dirt.
The community is suffering recurrent cases of gastrointestinal, respiratory and eyes diseases because the lack of access to basic sanitation infrastructure, affecting mostly children and women. Also, 80 percent of children under 2 years old suffer from chronic malnutrition. We expect to improve this situation through our intervention:
- Community Mobilization and Empowerment: In Progress (Began July 2017 with completion expected June 2019).
- Water, Sanitation & Hygiene: In Progress. Installation of sanitary latrines, gray water filters, and efficient cook stoves began in January 2018, with completion expected in April 2018. We expect construction of the potable water system to take place from August to November 2018.
- Nutrition: In Progress (Began July 2017 with completion expected June 2019)
- Food Security (Sustainable Agriculture): In Progress (Began July 2017 with completion expected June 2019).
- Family Planning: Provides women and men the opportunity to decide how many and when to have children. Training and family planning methods are provided to the persons interested (starting in July 2017 and ending in June 2019).
- Disaster Risk Reduction: In Progress (will begin in January 2018 with completion expected June 2019).
Photos by Javier Borrayo