Like the last post described there were a few things missing. That included: kitchen, toilets, electricity and water. Thanks to the American Nicaraguan Foundation (ANF) we are now a few steps closer to the moving-in-date!
This week each family was given a machete, a showel and some other small tools to be able to construct the holes for the latrines. The latrines are ecotoilets made by a 3 meter deep hole in the ground and it works without water. The fact that it is without water is rather important since there is a lack of fresh water sources, so to be able to save the water this is a great solution. But more about that next week when the construction work begins.
Yesterday 30 new kitchens arrived donated by the ANF. The kitchens are made by a small family owned business in Léon Nicaragua called MiFógon.
Mifógon is both an oven, grill and griddle, all-in-one! Most households here in Nicaragua are cooking with firewood, and the smoke from it makes alot of women sick with chronic lung diseases. Also the MiFógon is used with firewood, but it is equiped with a chimney to lead to smoke up and away from the person cooking. Furthermore do to the construction of the oven the heat is isolated so you don´t need to use as much firewood as you do with the normal cooking adjustments (which usually are open fires). Here is a small video showing how it works it, it is only in spanish but it gives a picture of how it works MiFógon video.
The all-in-one-oven.The whole community listening to the founder of MiFógon on how to best take care of and use the new kitchen.
A kitchen like this costs 150$, it may not sound a lot to you, but here it can be a months salary, so the people of Villa Esperanza are more than happy for those kitchens. And furthermore it will be cheaper to cook and it will be more healthy!