La Majada Water System





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Project Description

Region: Central America

Country: Guatemala

Location: La Majada

Total Budget: $54,611

Area of Focus: Water and sanitation

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Community Needs:

The community of La Majada has 275 houses, of which 150 do not have water piping. Total population is 1,375. The rest of the houses have piping, but no water supply due to issues with water source. The residents of the village of La Majada currently live in unsanitary conditions, spending time and money on the hauling of water. This project will bring clean water to the residents of La Majada.

Specific needs to be addressed are:

- In Latin America, nearly half the population living in rural areas is without access to improved sanitation services and approximately 20 percent is still without drinking water.

- Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every ten hours. (World Health Organization - 2012)

- Carrying heavy water containers long distances to their homes is usually the job of the family's women. They spend on average 3 hours every day at this task.

- The residents of La Majada need better access to a better source of water.

Grant Objectives:

- Construction water distribution system to 150 houses in La Majada

- Construction of water catchment tank

- Water source will be a well, which was dug in 2005, which supplied water from water table aquifer; the capacity was shown to have average flow of 67.33 gallons per minute. The well was never put into use due to political and finance issues with government at the time.

- Training in ongoing project maintenance and governess, sanitation and conservation of the environment


The inhabitants of the village La Majada, for some years have been affected by a shortage of water, since the level of its water sources has diminished greatly, and waters of the Shutaque River have been contaminated to high degree.

Geographical aspects:

The general topography of the community is broken with small valleys. The center of the community, where the schools are located (pre-school and primary) church, health center and sports center, is located at latitude 14° 42' 54"; and longitude 89° 30' 35". (Google Map: 14.715, -89.509722)

Community Participation:

The Municipality of San Jacinto will contribute the labor, both for tank construction and project management.

Community members will contribute labor to the project. In past projects, the community members have had dug all the trenches for the distribution piping to the houses.


Rotarios Chiquimula de la Sierra are an outstanding host club, helping complete numerous projects in the past year. This project was developed by them, at the request of the local community. Having local ownership and support is key to project success.


A Community Development Council (COCODE) already exists in the community and it is involved in the project and will continue involvement into the future. As soon as the project is concluded, it will be maintained by the Municipality of San Jacinto with the partnership of the members of the water committee of the community.

Project Partners

- Community Development Council (COCODE)

- Municipality of San Jacinto

- Community members of La Majada

- Rotarios Chiquimula de la Sierra

- Water for the Americas

We visited this project site in Guatemala and met with municipality (Mayor and his project manager) A hydro-geologist, Keith Thompson, from Greeley visited also and reviewed the project plans with the municipality.

update 6/21/17 - Well testing is now completed, and well has adequate flow rates for village.

Primary Host Partner

District: 4250

Rotary Club of: Chiquimula de la Sierra

Primary Contact: Verónica Guzmán

Email: mickyvillafuerte@yahoo.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5440

Rotary Club of: Fort Collins

Primary Contact: John Trone

Email: john.trone@hotmail.com

Project Status

This project has been "Dropped". Check the history log entries to see why it was dropped.

Project listed for the 2016-17 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #1634248.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Fort Collins (5440)





Cody (5440)





Arlington (Sunrise) (5790)





Modesto (5220)





Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






DDF contributions in grey are pending approval of the corresponding district committee.

Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

Project Supporting Documents

Project Photos

History Log Entries


System Entry

Creation of project page.


System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $5,585 by Kurt V. Hopkin of the Rotary Club of Cody, District 5440.


by Joe Schon

Thank you Cody RC. D.5440 has increased the DDF match for this project to $14,428.


by Joe Schon

This project is now fully funded. The Project Manager must now use the TRF website to make a Global Grant application for TRF to confirm the matching funds.


System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $2,952 by Christopher J Mclucas of the Rotary Club of Arlington (Sunrise), District 5790.


System Entry

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by John Trone

System Entry: Pledge of $700 with $700 DDF by Doug Harms of the Rotary Club of Modesto, District 5220.


by John Trone

Application has been completed and is waiting on authorizations before review from the Foundation. We still need authorizations from Susan Drake (District Foundation Chair 5220) and Tia Saletta (DG 5220), and also Julio Villalta Rivera (Foundation Chair for 4250).


by John Trone

System Entry: Application Sent to The Rotary Foundation through Member Access.


by John Trone

The grant application for La Majada Water System continues to move forward nicely. The Rotary Foundation representative had several questions and requests for more documentation. We have provided responses and additional documentation, and await approval or further questions.


by John Trone

System Entry: Application approved by The Rotary Foundation.


by John Trone

All funds have now been received from everyone participating in project, thanks! For funds sent directly to project account in Guatemala, we provided proof of deposit to the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation has now released their matching funding to the project account, so work can get started on the project.


by Philippe Lamoise

System Entry: Project dropped by Philippe Lamoise.

Reason for dropping: Per John Trone this project has been canceled and the funds have been returned to The Rotary Foundation.

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