EL MENCO COMMUNITY
El Menco is located at the
This community does not have electricity or any kind of telecommunication.
Healthcare is poor. There is a tiny health center located at the entrance of “El Jenízaro” at the east side of the community, but it is always undersupplied. In case of emergency people have to travel 20 kilometers to Rivas – a long trip taking into consideration that there is not an ambulance or vehicles in the community.
There is only one primary school in the area, but it is too small to educate all of the children in the area.
There is no potable water on this community; forcing the people to drink untreated lake water or water from questionable hand dug wells.
Many of the homes in the community don’t have sanitary facilities, and most of those that do are saturated with solid waste. Most of the people do their necessities on land.
One hundred percent of the estimated 200 homes in the community are made of impermanent materials that allow the rain and critters to come into the house at all times. There is a high level of respiratory and urinary track infections in the community due to the poor housing and sanitary conditions.
Most of habitants don’t have a permanent job and live of fishing from the
The average income of a family in el Menco is less than $40 per month.
Due to the desperation, the community is selling lake sand to survive, creating an ecological problem.
PLAN FOR DEVELOPMENT OF EL MENCO COMMUNITY
Goal: Reduce extreme poverty and hunger
Goal: Achieve primary education
Goal: Promote gender equality
Goal: Reduce child mortality and combat basic diseases
Goal: Improve maternal health
Goal: Ensure environmental sustainability