Safe Water for Indigenous Schools & Villages

 
$2,915
$16,585
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Aug 21, 2012

1 School - 36 plastic bottles -- or a tank?

Maribel celebrates her new rain catchment tank
Maribel celebrates her new rain catchment tank

Maribel, principal of the indigenous school at Cauchero,
Bocas del Toro Province of Panama, rounded up 36 small 
jugs
and  plastic containers from a nearby village..

When the rains came she stopped what she was doing and rushed to
put the plastic jugs out to catch rain.  But that was just the start.

She said, "I had to work nonstop to move them around so they'd catch the most rain,
put them upright when 
the wind blew them over, and empty them when they got full
-- then get them back
out again fast. Every drop was precious."

"I was doing a non-stop 'jug-shuffle,' " she laughed. 

"By the time the rains stopped I was so tired I could hardly move.
I started out hoping for rain, but was soon hoping it would stop 
or at least slow down, so I could take a break." 

I called the kids, and they came from their classes to drink their fill.
85 thirsty kids can drink a lot of water, so it was soon gone." 

Operation Safe Drinking Water heard of her dedication to her kids
and loaded a 600-gallon rain catchment tank on board our boat
and headed out to her school.

Half of her students had been out sick from water-borne diseases. 
She says, "now no more than 10%" are out sick.

"Now whens it rains we watch the big tank fill. When we use it up it refills
again in the next rain -- on average about once a week. 
We now have enough clean water 
for our school and the village, too." 

Operation Safe Drinking Water has installed 110
rain catchment systems like Maribel's at indigenous
schools and villages. 

But many more principals still have to do the "jug-shuffle"
when it rains to get safe water for their kids. 

They need your help to get a rain catchment tank of their own. 

No one can live without safe, clean water.

Plastic jugs or a rain catchment tank? 
Your donation can  help make the difference. 

Thank you, 

 

 

We loaded her tank on board and took off
We loaded her tank on board and took off
Safe water flows from Mother Nature to Maribel
Safe water flows from Mother Nature to Maribel
The indigenous homeland of Panama where we work
The indigenous homeland of Panama where we work
A polluted water hole  caused many kids to be sick
A polluted water hole caused many kids to be sick
Maribel celebrates her new rain catchment tank
Maribel celebrates her new rain catchment tank

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