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About El Hatillo

The community of El Hatillo is located in the Jinotega Department in Northern Nicaragua. El Hatillo was founded around 120 years ago and currently is home to 81 families (around 400 people). The majority of families work in the agriculture sector, cultivating mainly corn, beans, and coffee. El Hatillo is known for its strong community leadership and willingness to partner with outside

organizations, like Global Brigades.

El Hatillo's Public Health Situation

The majority of houses in El Hatillo obtain water from a piped water system supplied by the government. Water is supplied to houses 2 hours per day, during which families must bathe, wash clothing, and collect water in plastic buckets for later consumption and use. Before Global Brigades arrived in the community, the problem of outside defecation was prevelant, as only 10 homes had a latrine. There was also numerous reported cases of Triatominae, fleas, bedbugs, and other insects inside family homes. As it is common especially for children to walk around without shoes or clothing, bites from these bugs caused health issues such as chagas, skin diseases, and parasites.


El Hatillo does not have access to a nearby health center. Any community members that need regular or emergency medical attention need to travel around an hour to take the bus to the closest health center in a community called La Tejera.




Public Health Solution for El Hatillo


Medical Brigades started working in the community March 2013. Since 2013, families in El Hatillo have received free healthcare from brigades that run mobile medical clinics every 4 months. The Global Brigades in-country team has worked over the past 2 years to identify and empower local leaders to form the Basic Sanitation Committee and to volunteer as local workers on  Medical Brigades.


Starting in September 2014, brigaders started implementing Public Health projects in El Hatillo. Through the construction of hygiene stations (showers, pilas, and latrines) and concrete floors in family homes, Global Brigades and the community seek to decrease the prevalence of preventative health issues in the community.


Public Health brigaders also prepare and present a broad curriculum of Public Health topics, such as basic hygiene, water storage, and pesticide use, among others. With the 2 brigades being conducted in December 2014, the Public Health projects in El Hatillo will be complete, including 69 hygiene stations and 3,311 square meters of floor. By December, 67 families will have Public Health projects in their homes.



Public Health Brigades Chapters that Worked in El Hatillo
Public Health Brigades Chapter Month Volunteers
Carroll University Jan 2014 37
Marquette University Jan 2014 69
Loyola University of Chicago Jan 2014 33
Saint Louis University Jan 2014 47
University of Dayton Jan 2014 43
Vanderbilt University March 2014 21
Penn State University March 2014 51
University of Texas at Austin March 2014 28
Grinnell College March 2014 22
Florida Gulf Coast May 2014 22
University of California/University of Missouri May 2014 44
Louisiana State University May 2014 24
University of Colorado & Texas A&M May 2014 59
University of Colorado May 2014 20
Rutgers University May 2014 22
Temple University May 2014 12
University of Minnesota May 2014 31
MontClaire University May 2014 16
Stony Brook University May 2014 35
University of Pennsylvania May 2014 19
Brooklyn College June 2014 28
California State University Los Angeles June 2014 44
Oregon State University June 2014 37
University of San Diego August 2014 39
University of Washington September 40


Current Status

Last Visit: December, 2014

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Learn About Other Programs in El Hatillo

Global Brigades strives to implement a model of Holistic Development in communities through a system of collectively implementing health, economic, and education initiatives to strategically meet a community's development goals. Medical/Dental Brigades visit El Hatillo at least biannualy, and Water Brigades will commence a project in January 2016.


General Overview
Population 336
Number of Homes 67
Volunteers 1,006
Beneficiaries 67 families
Hygiene Stations
Brigade Site
Family Homes
Most Common Illnesses


Additional Information
General Community Profile
Pre-Brigade Curriculum
On-Brigade Curriculum