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".
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.
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:
Thanks again for your help!
p.s. You can read more about our Peru trip on our website Peru Trip.
Agua Pura Para El Pueblo is Proudly Celebrating Our Two Year Anniversary Here on Global Giving!
Thanks to your support we’ve been able to bring our program of clean water to more and more communities and families throughout Latin America. Each year has been busier and more exciting than the last and every donation has helped make our work more successful and effective.
We’ve given numerous programs in Mexico and Guatemala, last year we went to Panama twice and we’ve just returned from a great project in Peru! We’ve been to the suburbs of big cities and to remote communities without electricity. Agua Pura always works directly with families; as we say, “Una Familia a la Vez One Family at a Time - One Community at a Time”. Our small groups teach simple, inexpensive ways that families can protect themselves from water borne disease and have safe and healthy lives. We train local health workers in modern methods of water testing and provide them with the supplies they need to help their neighbors.
The need is great and expanding however, and we have received many new requests for our programs. This month of December we are focusing our efforts on raising the funds necessary to continue our work. Agua Pura’s programs are inexpensive and every dollar donated helps many families, but we need your support to continue! Can you help us especially at this critical end of the year fundraising time? Your generous $50 or $100 dollar donation can go far toward helping families have clean, safe drinking water! If you purchase a Water Pasteurization Indicator as a gift for a friend or family member you will also be giving 10 of them to families that need them desperately to make their water safe to drink. A $100 donation to our project will pay for a water testing kit for a health worker in a remote community - and pay to to train her as well. Global Giving has numerous matching programs and your dollars can be multiplied many times over.
Can you consider making an automatic monthly contribution? Recurring donations help us plan and budget our limited resources. Starting Monday, December 20th through the end of the year, an anonymous sponsor is matching our new recurring donors and your commitment to a small monthly contribution would really help us.
You can be assured that your donation will be carefully used. We’re proud of the work we do and love to share our success stories with our friends, so you will be able to see and read about how you have impacted the lives of so many families.
Thank you very much and Happy Holidays to all of you, wherever you are!
Danis is a young Wounaan woman living in a remote village in Eastern Panama. These indigenous communities are often isolated and transportation is by dugout canoe. She was a very good student but to continue her education she attended government boarding schools far away from her home. Danis graduated from high school and now her goal is to someday become a doctor.We first met Danis when she attended Agua Pura’s four day training program in Yaviza, Panama to learn our modern methods of water and sanitation. From the very first we were impressed by her intelligence and dedication She studied how to test her communities drinking water for bacterial contamination and learned various ways to make drinking water safe to drink. She was a leader in her training and helped others as well. Agua Pura provided her with testing supplies and water pasteurization indicators to take back to her village, and now she is now back in her community assisting her neighbors keep their drinking water safe.Agua Pura’s goal is to train and support more people like Danis. We give them water testing and purification supplies and work with them to help their community. These supplies are inexpensive but vital to the health of Wounaan families and children. Your generous donations go directly back to the Wounaan people by helping Danis and others help themselves and their neighbors have safe drinking water. Rather than waiting for someone to provide clean wells or water purification equipment in the future, we help families TODAY.
Please consider continuing your support of our work, 100% of your donation goes to providing water testing and purification programs to communities like Danis's.
Dear Friends and Supporters:It’s been an exciting Spring for our organization! With your financial support and encouragement we’ve been busy teaching volunteers from different organizations our methods of water testing and purification, even giving on-line workshops, and now we’re lining up several service trips for this summer and fall. It looks like it’s going to be a great year! Here’s just some of what we’ve been doing:A Community College here in Portland, Oregon is home to SEED, a two year U.S. State Department program for students from Latin America who are studying Environmental Technology. They come from poor rural communities and are learning practical water and sanitation procedures that they can take back to help their families and neighbors. Agua Pura was asked to help their program by demonstrating some of the techniques that we advocate. We had a very interesting workshop with these students, they all are very intelligent and curious and had lots of great questions. In addition to their studies we showed how to make solar stoves and “rocket stoves” and each student got to make a WAPI to take home. To graduate from their program they needed to make a thesis presentation of an technology appropriate to their communities, and several students included our work in their presentations. We also agreed to return later this summer for another more in depth program for the second year students on water testing for bacterial contamination.We think these students will be great ambassadors and advocates for clean water and for Agua Pura when they return home, and we will continue to support them however we can!Next month Agua Pura will be returning to Panama to meet with the indigenous Wounaan tribe we visited in January and present our training program in water testing and water purification. Health workers from the different native communities will test their drinking water and we will work with families to help make their water safe. It should be an interesting trip and we’ll report later how it went.And -- We’ve just agreed to go to Peru this October! Agua Pura will travel with another non profit, Health Bridges International, to help train local health workers in Northern Peru. This will be our first trip to Peru, but like our other projects we plan to start a long term relationship with the communities there.AGAIN, IT IS YOUR VALUED SUPPORT THAT MAKES OUR WORK POSSIBLE, AND WE COULD NOT CONTINUE WITHOUT YOUR HELP. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
Tom CarterExecutive Director
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