Vida Para Todos Guatemala will provide 150 water filters to three villages in Guatemala. Only 15% of the water distributed throughout the country is potable. Three million people lack public water. The water filters that we will provide (we have provided 188 filters to date) use the same technology as dialysis machines and can be back- washed. This gives them a life of eight (8) years. Proper water filtration easily prevents water-borne diseases such as cholera, dysentery and intestinal worms.
Seventy-Eight percent (78%) of the people living in Guatemala live in poverty. Nearly 23 per cent of children over three months and under five years of age suffer from general malnutrition. The infant mortality rate is 1 death per 23 births. Six million people lack basic sanitation and raw sewage is common in the villages. This helps create the situation where only 15% of the water in the country is potable. 80% of all illnesses are directly linked to poor water and sanitation conditions.
Proper water filtration prevents the spread of water-borne diseases such as cholera, dysentery, hepatitis, intestinal worms and typhoid. The problem with most simple filtration systems is the need to regularly replace the filters which can be expensive and may not be available throughout Guatemala. The filters we use are surprisingly simple, using the same technology as dialysis machines and have a life of 8 years due to the ability to be back-flushed and can be shipped anywhere in Guatemala.
This project will provide 8 years of potable water to 150 families (600 people) in Guatemala who are living in poverty and now need to purchase water for consumption. The filters will subtract this need from limited budgets and make funds available for other needs such as education, food and health care. Having these filters will also reduce the number of plastic bottles now being littered across the country. Disease will be reduced resulting in better school attendance and increased production.