Usumatlan Zacapa Guatemala Potable Water System Improvements

Weather changes, deforestation, and population growth in Guatemala have become a challenge to provide water in quality and quantity to growing families and communities. This is the case of the families in communities in Usumatlan, Zacapa. Previously, families had a mechanical well that provided intermittent access to water, a shorter water volume in relation to the demand, and an inadequate piping system inadequate for the desired volume extraction.

With the support of the Red Bank Rotary Club and the Ermita Rotary Club Guatemala, the potable water system was improved to provide water in quality and quantity to the Colonies Amway, Luis Samayoa, and Skipper of Usumatlan, Zacapa.


Following a community-participatory approach, the needs were identified by the Habitat Guatemala team and the project was developed. The main objectives of the project were to:

  • Improve the pumping system.
  • Increase the amount of water in liters per person from 100 to 150 as dictated by the OMS.
  • Improve the hygiene and health conditions of the communities.
  • Train the communities and water committee for the care and management of the

pumping equipment

  • Inform and educate the population about water sanitation.
  • Train the communities to understand the proper management of water.
  • Train the personnel in charge of operating the electric pumping


With these projects Habitat Guatemala will be:

  • Facilitating universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water
  • Facilitating universal and equitable access to improved sanitation and waste management services to achieve open defecation-free communities
  • Improving community hygiene knowledge, behaviors, and practices that help prevent the spread of disease
  • Strengthening the capacity of governments, institutions, and communities to develop, finance, manage, and maintain sustainable water and sanitation services.

We thank all the organizations that join us in building a better Guatemala!





Eduardo Chumil Hybrid House Program – Presbyterian Church of Bend Foundation

Eduardo, his wife and her son Victor Emilio, used to live in a house built from bamboo and nylon. The house was in poor condition with a leaking roof and not enough space and privacy for all the family members.  

With the support of  Presbyterian Church of Bend Foundation, Eduardo and his family are now the proud owners of a hybrid house. When asked how they feel about their new home, Eduardo answers: “This house is completely different from our other house. It is wide, and protects us from the rain”.  

The hybrid house has a cement floor, which helps reduce parasitic and infectious diseases such as influenza and other intestinal infections. Complemented with the water filter, the Chumil family now has access to clean drinking water. In addition, they have also received a sanitary latrine as their former latrine was already in poor condition.  

“Thanks to all the people that supported us in building our home. I do not have enough words to thank you. May God bless you”. -Eduardo Chumil. 







Ana María Catu Hybrid House Program – Presbyterian Church of Bend Foundation

Ana María, her husband Alex, and their baby girl María, are the owners of a new Hybrid Home in the community of Caserio Panimacip, San Lucas Tolimán, Sololá.  

Our Hybrid Home is a two-room home built with a mix of traditional materials: adobe blocks, cement blocks, and wood. This solution is partially subsidized which means that beneficiary families are asked to contribute towards the cost of materials and provide labor such as preparing adobe blocks. Before receiving a new Hybrid Home, María and her family used to live in her parents-in-law’s house. Sharing it with ten people. When asked how they feel about their new home, María answers, “I can now say that I have my own house. Anita has her own space to play and that makes me feel proud”. 

As part of the Hybrid House Programs, families also receive a latrine, smokeless stove, water filter and pila. This helps them improve their health by giving them access to proper sanitation, a smoke-free environment and safe drinking water.  When asked what her favorite part of the house is, she answers; “I like all of it. I like the fact that it has a high ceiling and we have our own room”. 

María finishes by sharing a message with the donors, “Receive my greetings and our gratefulness. Thanks to you, we now have a house of our own”.