This April 2018, an ACI team composing of Dr. Harry Knopke and Jay VandenBrink met with their in-country Director of AquaNic, Mario Benavides, along with three Grand Rapids Rotarians, and one of their families. The team had a successful filter-build of 100, ACI Bio-Sand Filters (BSFs) in Northern Nicaragua. The name of a the town was Cañalipe and it is located in the hottest and one of the poorest states of Nicaragua, Chinandega. 

It is sad for ACI to report that right after this trip, Nicaragua became unrestful with protests against their government and lives were lost. There continues to be tension in Nicaragua. Please continue to keep their people in your prayers.

Mario Benevides organizes the community leaders of Cañalipe before the filter-build
Luis Veccino, a Grand Rapids Rotarian, teaches the new BSF owners on filter-maintinence
Cañalipe children with their new BSF
The team at Rancho los Alpes, Leon, Nicaragua where the filter materials were prepared