For several years Agua Pura Para El Pueblo has worked with students from several Central American and Caribbean countries in a program at a local community college. These students won scholarships to the US to study Environmental Technology with the focus on technologies and ideas that can help their communities when they return home. Agua Pura has been proud to help by teaching various methods of water purification and sanitation and providing supplies and support. Each student develops a project that he or she feels will help improve the lives and health of the people of their communities. Over the two years of their program they have worked on and developed their ideas and plans for implementation when they return. Their projects include sanitation, recycling, reforestation, composting, water conservation and many other important ideas. Their projects must meet rigorous requirements of planning, funding, monitoring and evaluation before they are approved. I’d like you to meet two of our recent graduates. Victoria comes from a small community in the southern Mexican State of Chiapas. She is one of the first from her village to graduate from high school and the first to go on to college. She speaks Spanish and the local Mayan language and now English as well. After two years of study in the US she now returns to her community to face difficult problems. Her community lacks a secure, year round water supply, and so growing adequate healthy food is a problem. Purchased food supplies are expensive and of poor quality. Poverty levels are high and one third of the children under 5 years of age are malnourished and underweight.
Vicki’s project is based on skills she learned in her Environmental Technology studies. She plans to start a series of community gardens using modern techniques such as water recycling, composting and drip irrigation to improve the yield of the gardens. The families will be growing healthy food for themselves to eat and also to sell in the market. Also she is planning to start a recycling program for plastic bottles and plastic bags to increase community pride. The money received from recycling will help pay for other improvements.Even in a community of 100 families this will be a big project and will require outside support and help. Agua Pura is committed to helping Vicki with resources and training and will be working with her to make her project a success. You can see her attached poster to read more about her plans and support her directly.Another of our graduating students is Ana, from Esteli, Nicaragua. Again, because of her scholarship and dedication to her community she was selected to study Environmental Technology here in the United States. She was also a US nationwide finalist in the Clinton Global Initiative in Washington DC.Esteli, Nicaragua is the third largest city in Nicaragua, but sanitation, garbage and recycling are problems there. As a result many of the local water supplies are contaminated and choked with debris. These stagnant waters are breeding grounds for mosquitos carrying dengue, malaria and other diseases. Ana comes from a small community of 30 families on the outskirts of the city. Ana’s plan is to begin cleaning up her community by focusing on recycling reusable plastic bottles and other things that now contaminate the local environment. By providing collection bins and organizing recycling she plans to raise money to help clean up the local water sources and reduce pollution. Draining stagnant water will reduce the mosqitos that carry dengue and malaria. Also, Agua Pura has trained Ana in water testing and water purification and she will begin to monitor her local water supplies and to help reduce diarrheal disease in her community. Again, Agua Pura is committed to supporting Ana in her work with resources and training. You can read more about Ana’s project on her attached poster.Your continued support of Agua Pura funds programs and projects like those of Ana and Vicki. You always know that 100% of the money we receive goes to the families and communities we serve.Thank you so much.Tom Carter
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An amazing thing happened the other day!Last week I got an emergency email from a person I’d never met. Mallory Brown said that she was a fundraiser for non profits. She was in Mexico and had seen our GlobalGiving reports at our work at a Mexico City garbage dump called Tultitlan. She was compelled by our descriptions of the conditions there and wanted to visit the dump herself. After some back and forth emails we arranged for her to visit that day with our friend Gaudencio Cruz and be shown around. Here are the incredible results of her visit.
Check out this wonderful video!
CrowdRise is a separate fund raising organization with no connection to Global Giving or Agua Pura. We had no say in how the money was raised or what they would do with it. All the money they raised though is earmarked for projects we and other non profits have worked on and supported, and we are profoundly grateful to Mallory and her crew for their assistance. Agua Pura will work carefully to insure that any funds or other resources we receive from Crowd Rise will go to continuing the programs at Tultitlan.
The important thing however is that it was your support and backing that made our work at Tultitlan possible at all. Over the years our Global Giving supporters have contributed to the success of Agua Pura’s mission throughout Mexico and Latin America and we are truly grateful to you. CrowdRise’s fund raiser is over but we hope that you will continue your generosity and support through Global Giving. You are always assured that 100% of the money you donate will go to continuing our life saving programs and that you will always be informed of the results of our work.
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Thanks so much,
It’s the Christmas Holiday season again, time to look back at the year’s accomplishments and forward to sharing happy, satisfying holiday times with family and friends. We hope that your Christmas season will be happy as well.
Agua Pura has completed another great year with successful programs in Mexico and in Honduras as well as continuing our work with the Latin American students at our local community college. The vital support of families such as yours allows us to continue our important work. Let me share a little of what we accomplished this year and our goals for the future.
Newspaper reports often give an impression of violence and danger in Latin American countries, while that is true at times of course, when we visit there we find instead peaceful, friendly, welcoming communities with families eager to learn ways to protect their health. Wherever we have traveled over these last years, in big city slums and rural villages, we have been invited by the local people to share our information, to participate with them in improving their communities and asked back to continue our work.
Last May we returned to Chiapas State in southern Mexico to continue our program there with Amextra, a large Mexican non profit. As before, we trained their staff in our water purification methods and then went with them to the communities they serve to help them share the ideas with the families there. We provide lots of educational materials in Spanish, but it was interesting to also see our program presented in some of the different Mayan languages spoken in that area.
In the fall, we were in Honduras in a beautiful, peaceful mountain town working with a new partner, Project Global Village. By working with local non profits we ensure our programs are more successful and will be continued after we return home. Agua Pura helped their staff learn how to test drinking water for contamination and demonstrated simple ways that families can purify and protect their water. We also built and tested various kinds of simple stoves that families can use for cooking as well as water purification.
You can read more about these trips on our website: Agua Pura.
Here at home, an interesting and satisfying connection we have made in the last years has been with an international program based at our local community college, Mt. Hood CC. Scholarship students from Central America and the Caribbean study environmental programs for two years before returning to their home countries to become community leaders and to implement projects they have developed here. Agua Pura has been proud to offer training in water purification and sanitation to these students. Last summer we were able to visit the home community of one student and offer our help with bringing clean water to them. See more pictures of the students on our website and our Facebook page.
What are our goals for next year and the future? With your help and support we plan to continue our work with families throughout Latin America to provide safe drinking water. We want to return to places we have been and to reinforce programs we have started. Also, as our college student friends return to their home countries we look forward to working with them to support their work. We see these young men and women as ambassadors, bringing their new knowledge to their communities, and we hope to be there with them.
Can we rely on your support again next year? We receive many requests for help and your contributions are what make it possible for us to respond. You know that we are all volunteers and 100% of your donations goes to helping families have safe drinking water. This year would you consider a recurring monthly contribution? A steady predictable source of funds will help us plan for future programs and means so much to us! Also, Global Giving is matching new automatic monthly contributions till the end of the year, doubling your impact.
Thank you for your support! Together we are bringing clean water to the people, one family at a time.
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 futureTom
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.
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