This project is based on a solution to the need for access to clean water in schools in Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa, Escuintla, Guatemala. It's a system for capturing rainwater, uses materials such as plastic pipes and containers attached to a filter, giving the opportunity for children to have clean water to drink during the school day and avoid stomach diseases (causing malnutrition) which keep them from going to class and therefore, lose the academic year.
In Guatemala, more than 90% of the water is contaminated and therefore, 50% of endemic diseases are caused by these sources in children. On the other hand, 48% of deaths in children under 5, are caused by contaminated water and 4 in 10 children in the country suffer from some degree of malnutrition due to the water quality. Malnutrition not only affects the health of kids but it also has long-term growth and cognitive implications, like learning disabilities and dicreased IQ scores.
We decided to take action and proposed "Cap System". This project is a system for collecting rainwater, which provides suitable drinking water in communities. It consists of a network of systems (pipelines and a reservoir) that allow rainwater to be stored, and filtered. Currently, 10 systems have been instalated, benefiting 19,380 children and creating 3 job opportunities for the community. The school has access to 7,200 liters of water each month and more than 450 pounds of trash are recycled.
This project benefits hundreads of children, giving them the opportunity to have clean water to drink during the school day and avoid stomach diseases which prevented them from getting to class and therefore miss the academic year. 19,800 children will have access to clean water on a daily basis and 10 new job opportunities will be created. This affects the economy of the community but also the cognitive and social skills of children. Clean water is the best way to give them a better future.