When rural villages don't have access to a clean, safe water supply, it deeply affects community health, food security, and the environment. EcoViva supports grassroots organizations in El Salvador who are engaged in the fight to enshrine access to water as a human right. This project will support our partners as they take on some of the biggest problems facing Central Americans today, including food security, water security, and climate change.
428,000 people in El Salvador lack access to safe drinking water and 544,000 lack access to basic sanitation. Corporations continually lobby the Salvadoran government to privatize water, and private business interests are often prioritized over the well-being of the people. Industries like mining, manufacturing, and agriculture generate toxic waste that contaminates the groundwater that rural communities rely on. Due to unchecked waste, 90% of the surface water in El Salvador is unsafe to drink.
We remain committed to guaranteeing the right to water through advocacy and infrastructure. We support our partners as they organize and develop sustainable infrastructure for drinking water and sanitation. Access to clean water and sanitation will enable family farms to practice safer agriculture by reducing the transfer of harmful intestinal parasites to the soil and improve economic and educational opportunities by reducing the burden on families to collect water every day.
We believe water security is a necessity that facilitates independence for women and girls and enables families to feed themselves through subsistence agriculture. This project enables us to continue improving infrastructure in rural communities in partnership with local grassroots organizations. With your support, we will continue the vital programs that strengthen communities and brighten the futures of thousands of people in Central America.
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