Give Clean Water to 1000 Families in Latin America

by Agua Pura Para El Pueblo
Give Clean Water to 1000 Families in Latin America
Give Clean Water to 1000 Families in Latin America
Give Clean Water to 1000 Families in Latin America
Give Clean Water to 1000 Families in Latin America
Give Clean Water to 1000 Families in Latin America
Give Clean Water to 1000 Families in Latin America
Give Clean Water to 1000 Families in Latin America
Give Clean Water to 1000 Families in Latin America
Give Clean Water to 1000 Families in Latin America
Give Clean Water to 1000 Families in Latin America
Give Clean Water to 1000 Families in Latin America
Give Clean Water to 1000 Families in Latin America
Give Clean Water to 1000 Families in Latin America
Give Clean Water to 1000 Families in Latin America
Give Clean Water to 1000 Families in Latin America
Give Clean Water to 1000 Families in Latin America
Give Clean Water to 1000 Families in Latin America
Give Clean Water to 1000 Families in Latin America
Flooding in Southern Mexico
Flooding in Southern Mexico

Dear friends and supporters-
I want to share a quick update on our recent hurricane relief work.  I recently wrote you about effects of the hurricanes that hit Central America last month.  One community in Honduras that we have visited often was especially hard hit with their community water system destroyed and the families drinking water from the local streams., but with your support we were able to start helping rebuild their water system better and stronger than before.
Unfortunately, the hurricanes and flooding damaged many communities throughout the region, including ones that Agua Pura knows well in Southern Mexico.  GlobalGiving granted Agua Pura emergency funds to help with relief work and so we applied some of the grant money and $3000 more of your donations to helping families in 3 traditional Mayan speaking communities that were flooded and many homes destroyed. We worked through a local non profit, Diaconia Chiapas, whose members live and work in the area.  They were well organized and quickly mobilized to provide emergency help to affected families with children and the elderly, including food aid and sanitary supplies such as soap and face masks.  Though this is just  temporary aid, it made a huge difference to the families that received it.
After the flood waters subside and the families start rebuilding, Agua Pura will be there with them to assist with clean water and safe sanitation, and your continued support will make it possible. We thank you for your generosity and will keep you informed of our progress.

Tom Carter

Aid Workers
Aid Workers
Aid for families with children and the elderly
Aid for families with children and the elderly
Food and sanitary supplies
Food and sanitary supplies
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Opening the road to Rio Negro
Opening the road to Rio Negro

 

Dear friends of Agua Pura Para El Pueblo

Rio Negro is a small community in the rugged northern region of Honduras.  Recent hurricanes and flooding have devastated much of Central America with major damage and loss of life.  In Rio Negro and surrounding communities there have been  families swept away, many homes damaged and the local water supplies broken and contaminated.  The town is isolated because of flooding and mudslides.

Agua Pura has visited Rio Negro many times and provided water purification supplies and water filters to the families and the school there. Through partner Honduran organizations we are trying to reach the area to bring aid and help to the families.  Agua Pura is also raising funds here in the U.S. to send additional water purification supplies and for purchasing local materials in Honduras to rebuild and disinfect their water system.  The need is immediate and desperate!

From now through the end of December all funds we raise on GlobalGiving will go to rebuild Rio Negro and its neighbors.  Tuesday December 1 is “Giving Tuesday,” and GlobalGiving is adding matching funds on that day for new donations and additional donations from recurring donors.  Can you consider an extra, additional donation now or on this Giving Tuesday?  As always, 100% of your donations go directly to the families and communities we serve.

Thank you for your generous support in the past, and we hope you will consider helping families in Rio Negro in this season of giving.

Sincerely, 

TomCarter                                                                                                                             

houses damaged by mud slides
houses damaged by mud slides
providing life saving supplies
providing life saving supplies
Agua Pura recently visited the Rio Negro school
Agua Pura recently visited the Rio Negro school

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Senora Delmira S. at the latrine and wash station
Senora Delmira S. at the latrine and wash station

Agua Pura partners with local organizations to support our work in Latin America. One of our long-time partners of 8 years is Proyecto Aldea Global (PAG), in Honduras.  Over the years your donations have helped us with a range of projects providing water pasteurization indicators (WAPIs) and water filters to families and schools in Honduras.  Recently, with the help of a Grant we received, we were able to broaden our impact by providing support for two larger projects in rural committees in the mountains of Western Honduras.

The first project, Water Purification Filters to Improve the Health of Families in Western Honduras, began in June 2020 and is nearly complete. This project provided 200 clay type water filters to families like that of Yolanda C. and 25 larger volume filters to local schools so the young children have safe water to drink.  Agua Pura trained PAG staff in modern water testing methods to identify bacteria in local water sources and then helped provide educational workshops to teach families how to use, treat and safeguard their drinking water.  These new filters are helping them to continue purifying their water and reduce illness.  

The second project, Build Improved Combination Latrines and Hygiene Modules For Families In Honduras, also began in June 2020 and is also nearly completed.  Agua Pura provided funding for materials for families who lacked adequate sanitation to build 15 combination composting latrines and hygiene stations  in the municipality of Belen Gualcho, Honduras.  This project is helping reduce the incidence of gastrointestinal diseases through better sanitation and hygiene.  Providing improved latrines as well as facilities for hand washing and bathing helps protect families from infection including cholera and other viruses such as covid-19.  Families not only received intensive training in sanitation and disease prevention, but took pride in building these new safe latrines.

With your donations we will be able to continue supporting our partners in providing cleaner water, safer latrines and improved hygiene for families living in poverty throughout Latin America.  

Community members assist with building latrines
Community members assist with building latrines
Clay water filters ready for local families
Clay water filters ready for local families
Staff assembling clay filters for the community
Staff assembling clay filters for the community
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Taking a water sample from a drinking water puddle
Taking a water sample from a drinking water puddle



Agua Pura partners with organizations to support our work throughout Latin America.  In Haiti, one of our partners is Haiti Compost Business (HCB), founded by one of our students, Hovard G. who studied water and sanitation in the US.  He and teams of young volunteers do water testing and water purification projects in poor communities throughout Haiti helping them to have clean water and sanitation. Agua Pura supports them in their work. Hovard recently started a new project in an especially hard hit community in North East Haiti.  Here is the report he sent telling us about it.

“Haiti’s lack of access to quality sanitation and water has hit most families all over the country. The government does not have a strong plan nor strategies to face those issues that affect millions of people. People who live in rural areas are the most vulnerable because access to the almost basic things are nonexistent.
Haiti is one of the most vulnerable countries in the Caribbean with communities that still face water and sanitation issues. Gradually, things are getting more complicated with lack of water in many regions. Climate change is a big part of that issue. According to the World Bank, between 1990 and 2015, the share of the population with access to potable water decreased from 62% to 52%. Sanitation is also a critical issue; over the same period, access to enhanced sanitation installations only increased by 1% among the poorest in the rural areas. Among the urban poor, it actually declined by 3%.
“Meillac is a poor community in the North East fo Haiti. In this area, the families face a serious lack of water. Sometimes a truck brings water that they can buy to use. For those who cannot afford to buy a bucket of water for 20 HTG are forced to  get their water from polluted sources. A leader in the community explained that there were two wells with manual pumps. The water from the ground is salty. The pumps could not last because the salt from the water caused the pump line to decay faster.”
Meillac is one of the newest communities that we have begun working with. That area confronts serious problems with the lack of access to water. Despite the pandemic covid-19, the HCB team went there and got some samples of different water sources. After analyzing those samples, we quickly made arrangements to bring our support to those people who are in need.”


Hovard and his team organized workshops in the community with the families. They showed the results of their water testing and talked with them about what they should do to keep their families safe.  Families have different preferences so the team offered them different options including AquaTabs (chlorine tablets), chlorine (bleach) and the use of Water Purification Indicators (WAPIs) and trained them in safe use. Hovard and his team also made a commitment to return frequently and continue helping them have safe drinking water.  They also plan to help with covid-19 precautions including hand washing supplies and masks.
Agua Pura, and you- our donors, stand behind Hovard and his volunteers. Together with you we are providing financial support and materials for his work in Meillac and other projects in Haiti. As we have often said, we are all volunteers and 100% of all donated funds goes to support our programs  throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.  We appreciate every dollar you have donated and hope that you will continue to support our work. Can you consider making a modest monthly recurring donation?, it would help us lot with future programs.
Thank you,
Tom Carter

If you want you can write me directly at tom@aguapuraparaelpueblo.org

talking with community members
talking with community members

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Hand washing with Peace Corps/Agua Pura volunteers
Hand washing with Peace Corps/Agua Pura volunteers

About a year ago, we were invited to come to the Dominican Republic (DR) by Marlennis, one of our former students from an Environmental Technology college program here in the US.  She had been doing volunteer work in the border region between the DR and Haiti.  The border is somewhat open with many poor Haitians who live in informal settlements and camps on the DR side of the border.  The area lacks electricity, clean water, and sanitation.  Marlennis asked if we could come and provide water testing and distribute WAPIs (water pasteurization indicators).

Our trip was planned for the week after New Year’s, when it was still a school holiday so Marlennis was free to help.  We had planned to visit Haiti as well, but that part of the trip was cancelled due to a US State Department travel ban. One of our long-time volunteers Jim, who has worked with us in Honduras, volunteered to come along. The two of us met up with Hovard and Jerome, two of our Haitian volunteers.

Marlennis recruited 6 Peace Corps volunteers who were also off from their teaching jobs for the holidays.  Their assignment didn’t really include water testing, but they wanted to participate and assist because of the importance of health and sanitation for their schools.  I trained Marlennis and the other volunteers in water testing, use of WAPI’s (water pasteurization indicators), and hand washing.

We offered the same program two days in a row at local school.  The first day, there were approximately 20 families, but twice that many came the next day when they heard about the project.  Presenters showed pictures of the contaminated water in their community and we distributed WAPIs.  We heated some local water and pasteurized it to demonstrate that the WAPIs were effective in eliminating harmful bacteria.  A Sawyer filter was donated to the school and the teacher learned how to maintain it. We also demonstrated how they could make a handwash station from a 2 liter soda bottle. The wash station we made for hand washing, next to the latrine, was a big hit!

 The project was shorter than was originally planned due to difficult transportation and long travel times.  The community was only accessible using high clearance vehicles and took several hours to get there.  Although there wasn’t electricity, there was an elementary school for conducting our presentations.  Because most of the audience was Haitian, very few people spoke Spanish. Fortunately, we had invited Creole speakers Hovard and Jerome to help translate our presentations both linguistically and culturally.

 The volunteers seemed to really enjoy the program and several decided to make a presentation to the entire Peace Corps staff in the DR.  It is probable that we will get requests from volunteers for help with sanitation needs in their schools. Also, a professor of sociology at a large University in Santo Domingo, who has been studying the region for a number of years, was very interested in our project. He invited us to make a presentation to his students at the university on the Monday morning before our flight back home.  It’s possible he will be interested in some future joint-projects with us.

We are proud of how many community members and volunteers were able to learn more about water and sanitation in the DR in just a week. See the Agua Pura webpage for more stories! We appreciate the on-going support for this work for clean water from you, our donors! Thank You! 

 

PS: The last photo includes Marlennis and Peace Corps vounteers from Dominican Republic, as well as volunteers from Agua Pura from Haiti, and Tom and Jim from USA in the back.

Brushing Teeth with clean water!
Brushing Teeth with clean water!
Training Volunteers, Peace Corps and Agua Pura
Training Volunteers, Peace Corps and Agua Pura

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Location: Happy Valley, Oregon - USA
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