Belen Gualcho is a pretty Spanish Colonial town.
It’s our 5th year and we’e heading back again! It’s a great pleasure to return to beautiful Belén Gualcho in the mountains of Honduras. Agua Pura has been invited back each year by our partner organization Project Global Village to help provide safe drinking water to the many small communities there.
With your support we have provided thousands of reusable Water Pasteurization Indicators to families. These inicators show them when their water temperature has been raised high enough to kill disease causing bacteria in the water and the water is safe to drink. Using Water Pasteurization Indicators (WAPIs) is the cheapest, fastest, safest and most effective way to purify drinking water and each year many families proudly show off their WAPI to show that they are drinking safe water. Two years ago we set up an operation to make the Indicators there in Belén Gualcho and next week one of our volunteers is returning to bring supplies and train another group to produce and distribute them to families in a different part of the country.
Each year we also try to visit the local schools and community health centers and provide safe water for them as well. We have formed partnerships with different organizations to distribute simple clay filter pots to small health centers so that the patients and staff can have clean drinking water. We also provide high capacity Sawyer water filters to local schools. Each day the teachers purify enough water so that their students can drink safe water.
Another big problem is that many small communities have a water supply, but some are broken and others are unsafe to drink. Wells, springs and other water sources may be contaminated by animals or full of mud from the rainy seasons. Many systems were built by the government or donated by volunteer organizations, but because of a lack of parts they no longer work. Also, often no-one knows how to operate them, there never was any training or support provided. This year we are sending a water engineer to try and tackle this problem. We will be surveying the water systems and testing the water to see what the problems are, trying to fix them when we can and training local water teams to manage and take care of their systems in the future.
Agua Pura’s goal is to help families take control of their health for themselves. Having a WAPI as a tool help purify their drinking water means that they will have safe water no matter what happens to their local water supply. And supporting and assisting local water managers means that communities can maintain their own water systems in the future.
Your support is what makes our work possible. We are a very small organization, all volunteers with no paid staff, and so every dollar you share with us goes directly to supporting clean water in Honduras and throughout Latin America. We are stretched thin by the many requests for help we get, but we will always try to do the best we can and make your donations as effective as possible.
Can you make another donation to help continue our work? Even better, can you consider signing up for a small, regular, monthly contribution of support? We promise to make every donation count!
Showing how WAPIs work
Testing water for chemicals and bacteria
Trained water board members
Clean water filters for schools