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FCP’s Communities

Teotecacinte (1991) – Teote is the community the farthest to the north where FCP has worked, located less than two miles from the border with Honduras. This community was one of the hardest-hit during the Contra War years of the 1980′s, because strategically if the Contras had been able to control this small town, they might have been recognized as a government in exile by the U.S. That never happened due to constant defense by the residents of Teote, which left them with pride but also with a landscape torn by war and people who had lived on a constant war footing for almost a decade. In 1991, two years after the war had ended, FCP began work with the community to build a water system for over 100 families (at that time roughly a quarter of the population). The community’s ability to organize against invasion turned into an ability to organize for potable water, and the system was successfully completed in less than a year,

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Chusli (1994) – The word “chusli” originates from the indigenous peoples who lived in this community before the Spaniards arrived, but centuries later no one remembers what the word refers to, besides the “li” suffix being a word for creek or stream. In 1994, FCP began work with the community to install a potable water system for what was then about sixty families, although in the twenty years since the population has more than doubled. Despite this increase, the system itself was so well-designed and the community has been so well-organized that for the most part it has continued to provide adequate drinking water to everyone who lives there.

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El Corozo and El Triunfo (1997 & 1998) – Both of these communities are small mountain communities with households widely dispersed. Although each community had only about thirty end users, the technical challenges for FCP were as great as larger water systems because of the distance between the beneficiaries. As with all FCP water projects up to this point, the water sources themselves were high in the mountains above potential contamination such as cattle or agriculture, but in these cases the distribution system was longer since houses were so far apart. As with all of the FCP water projects, these communities had to organize their labor and successfully did so, even if this meant a whole lot of work for each family to get a water tap.

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Champigny (2002) and Champigny extension (2003) – By far the largest water project FCP has worked on, the community of Champigny began as a land purchase from a sister city program in France, hence its name. The mayor’s office of Jalapa donated this land in individual plots to the poorest of the people in the Jalapa Valley, but land plots did not mean housing, latrines or clean drinking water. People had to build those on their own, and for good potable water, this is where FCP entered the scene. The initial project called for over 200 taps to be installed, but also for building of a dam and piping the source water from over three miles away and straight uphill. The logistics and costs led to the project taking a couple of years, by which time the community had expanded due to land becoming available nearby. That led to some recalculation of the needs for the system and an extension being built. All of the labor was provided by the community over a three-year period, and like all other FCP projects the system is now managed by a community water board.

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Pasmata (2013) – This small rural community is about halfway between the city of Jalapa and the border with Honduras just north of Teotecacinte.

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