Agua Pura Para El Pueblo

Agua Pura Para El Pueblo is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization founded to help communities and families obtain safe, clean drinking water and improve their sanitation. Over one billion people world wide lack access to safe water, and a million children die each year due to preventable diarrheal diseases. With a focus on Latin America, we promote simple small scale methods and techniques that people can use to make their water safe to drink. We also give seminars and demonstrations both in the United States and in Latin America to other nongovernmental organizations and to community groups on methods of water purification. We also train professionals and others in simple methods ...
Sep 5, 2014

Our Bags Are Packed!

Helping Honduran families have safe drinking water
Helping Honduran families have safe drinking water

Our bags are packed, and we’re ready to go!  Next Saturday Agua Pura heads to Honduras to present another of our programs in clean water and sanitation.  It will be the largest program we have ever done and we’re excited about it.  We are going to train community leaders from a number of small rural towns in simple, inexpensive, modern methods of water testing and water purification.  We’ll demonstrate different ways to purify water and simple ways to keep it clean, then we’ll go with them back to their communities and help them pass the message on to their neighbors.  
  Hand washing is also an important part of staying healthy but in many communities water is scarce  and so we’ll help families set up stations in their homes where they can wash without wasting precious water.  We’ll also be demonstrating simple stoves that can be used to pasteurize  water and also cook meals using waste biomass fuels instead of cutting down trees for firewood.
It will be a busy couple of weeks, but I think we can pull it off!   It would not have been possible however without your support.   All the supplies and training materials we’re taking are expensive, but your donations have helped purchase them and you can be proud of what you’ve done. We established a special fund here on Global Giving just dedicated to this project and many of you contributed to support us: “Clean Water for 300 families in Honduras.” That fund is now closed but you can still contribute on our ongoing regular site “Clean Water for 1000 families in Latin America”.  On our next posting we will have lot of photos from this new trip and we hope you will continue to follow our work, and we look forward to hearing from you in the future
Tom

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Jun 3, 2014

A Challenge and an Opportunity

Examining Their Own Water
Examining Their Own Water

A successful trip and an opportunity of a lifetime!

This past month, three members of Agua Pura Para El Pueblo (APPEP) had the opportunity to spend two weeks in southern Mexico working with community partners. We visited numerous small communities during our travels. At each stop, we tested local drinking water and offered solutions to improve the area’s water quality. We also trained local Mexican nonprofit staff members to safely and accurately test water for contamination. Each staff member received Water Pasteurization Indicators—simple and efficient water testing devices—to distribute in their programs. All in all, it was an extremely satisfying and successful trip.

When we returned, we received our biggest opportunity to serve yet.  We have been asked by an international nonprofit to spearhead a large-scale water and sanitation training program in Honduras this September. The project will be the biggest Agua Pura has ever attempted, working in remote underserved areas of Honduras. We will provide programs for many different small communities with hundreds of families. As with all our programs, our approach will be two-pronged. First, we’ll train local staff and give them the supplies they need to continue and sustain the work after we return home. We’ll then travel to the communities the nonprofits serve and work directly with the families, helping them learn about better long-term health for themselves and others.

It’s a big challenge for us but we’re ready to accept it with your help. APPEP is completely volunteer-driven and support from donors like you allow our much-needed work to continue throughout Latin America.With supplies and training materials estimated to cost upwards of $3000, we turn to our existing supporters to champion this effort and help share this opportunity with others. Can you help raise the money necessary to provide our services to poor, remote communities in Honduras?  We at APPEP strive to share inexpensive yet sustainable hygiene methods with families to improve the health of communities now and for years to come. Thank you for allowing us to continue to provide "clean water for the people, one family at a time".

Sincerely,

Tom Carter

Executive Director

P.S.: I’ve included pictures from our trip highlighting community members learning about their water and ways to protect their families. These pictures demonstrate that participants are able to immediately implement life-saving practices in their communitiess.

Looking at Test Results
Looking at Test Results
Solar Stove Demonstrations
Solar Stove Demonstrations
Mar 7, 2014

Cycle of Sanitation

Hand Washing Stations in Yungay, Peru
Hand Washing Stations in Yungay, Peru

Agua Pura Para El Pueblo was in Peru last fall presenting our program to communities in all parts of the country. We traveled from the capital of Lima to the mountains of Northern Peru and finally to the high altiplano of the South.  Each community was different of course, but all had the same need for clean water and basic sanitation.  We vary our program to meet local conditions, but our emphasis on simple steps that families can take to improve their health is the same.


Agua Pura believes that prevention of diarrheal  disease depends on more than just providing clean water.  Use of latrines, hand washing, proper preparation and cooking of food and others are all steps in what we call the “sanitation cycle”,where each part depends upon and supports the other.  Without each step, the process is incomplete and the families still are at risk.  It takes commitment on the part of the families to continue using these practices for their own safety.  It also takes commitment on the part of Agua Pura to continue supporting the families over time as they work to improve their lives and their health.  We of course have accepted our responsibility to help the families we serve, “una familia a la vez”  - “one family at a time”.  And your support and encouragement has been vital to these the success of these programs!  Will you share this report with others who might be interested in our work?


I've attached a few pictures from part of the sanitation cycle:


We are currently working on our program schedule for this year, and it looks as exciting and busy as always, with ongoing programs in Panama, returning to Chiapas in Mexico and several other possible trips.  Of course we always invite you, our supporters, to join us on these projects.  If you have an interest in volunteering with us please contact me through our website:  

tom@aguapuraparaelpueblo.org

Thanks again for your help!

Tom Carter

p.s. You can read more about our Peru trip on our website Peru Trip.

Use a latrine to keep the environment clean
Use a latrine to keep the environment clean
Wash your hands
Wash your hands
Prepare and cook food safely
Prepare and cook food safely
Drink clean water
Drink clean water

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