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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
A mother in Panama
A mother in Panama


12 years ago on a quiet Sunday morning I read a story about women in Africa who were cooking with a small solar reflector stove.  They were using the sun’s energy to prepare food for their families, but they could also could heat water enough to pasteurize it and make it safe to drink.  When I saw how simple and safe it was, I realized that pasteurizing water could save lives especially of young children around the world, and Agua Pura Para El Pueblo was born that morning.


Now 12 years and many projects later we are still working with you to save lives with the same simple methods with which we started.  We work throughout Latin America teaching how to accurately test water for contamination and how to make it safe.  We have distributed thousands of water pasteurization indicators (WAPIs) and other devices, and  have ongoing programs in several countries to manufacture and distribute more. One mother we spoke with said: “my children haven’t had diarrhea in four years!  God bless you!”  It’s gratifying to hear of yours and our success “una familia a la vez” - One family at a time.


We know that you have many interests and obligations, and we treasure the support you have shown us in the past. Can we ask you again help us continue our lifesaving work?  Can you make a donation this Christmas to help us reach even more families and children?   At Agua Pura we are all volunteers and 100% of each dollar you donate goes to provide a WAPI to a family. Thank you for any help you can give.

Sincerely,  Tom Carter

p.s.  You can read more about Agua Pura on our website Agua Pura Para El Pueblo.

p.p.s.  Would you like a WAPI for yourself to see how they work? Write me at tom@aguapuraparaelpueblo.org and I'll send you one.

Learning about clean water
Learning about clean water
Her water is safe to drink
Her water is safe to drink
Another young mother protecting her family
Another young mother protecting her family
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Belen Gualcho is a pretty Spanish Colonial town.
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
Showing how WAPIs work
Testing water for chemicals and bacteria
Testing water for chemicals and bacteria
Trained water board members
Trained water board members
Clean water filters for schools
Clean water filters for schools
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Young students giving back to their country
Young students giving back to their country


 Cholera is still a dangerous killer of children in Haiti. Despite years of effort from big international organizations, over 5000  poor rural families suffer from its effects every year. and hundreds of young children die.  But cholera is still not the worst threat to children there.  Many times more children die from dehydration  and diarrhea caused by other organisms than cholera in the drinking water.   Focusing just on cholera misses most of the sick children.
The tragedy is that these illnesses and deaths are entirely preventable, by the simplest, least expensive of methods.  Washing hands with soap, using a safe latrine and purifying drinking water cost pennies and saves more lives. Agua Pura works directly with families one on one to provide them with ways to protect themselves from these deadly diseases.

Agua Pura has begun to work with local colleges throughout Haiti developing teams of volunteers to go to neighboring communities and help the families there have safe water.  These altruistic, civic-minded young students are well trained to test drinking water for pathogens and to show the families how to purify their water.  They distribute inexpensive, reusable, Water Pasteurization Indicators that shows when the water is safe to drink.
We are proud of the work these students are doing and we continue to support them in their projects.  Donors to Agua Pura like you can also be proud that your contributions are making such a direct impact on the lives of families throughout Haiti and all of Latin America. CAN YOU CONSIDER DONATING AGAIN TO HELP US IN THIS VITAL WORK?  As you know, we are all volunteers and every dollar our small organization receives goes directly to helping families and young children.
Thank you very much.

Tom Carter

You can see more of our work on our website: Agua Pura Para El Pueblo

Teams of Haitian students ready to help
Teams of Haitian students ready to help
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The Women Leaders of Ganzda
The Women Leaders of Ganzda

  Ganzda is a typical small community in Central Mexico. Families raise chickens and have small plots for growing vegetables.  There is electricity but no sanitation, gas or reliable water, they cook on wood stoves or open fires. Many households are headed by women, their partners have had to leave in search of work, either on the big industrial ranches or going North to the US to work in temporary agricultural jobs. In the men's absence, the women have taken responsibility for their community and their families.
Agua Pura helped the women of Ganzda test their own drinking water for contamination, and showed them how they can protect their families from water borne diseases. They studied hard about other ways that families can protect themselves, from cooking and storage of food, to hand washing and basic sanitation and they helped each other learn.  We provided them with Water Pasteurization Indicators as an inexpensive way to purify their drinking water.
Our work is simple and inexpensive but proven effective. Rather than big expensive projects that only help a few families,  we can reach thousands and help other non-profits carry on after we leave. Our non-profit partner Un Kilo de Ayuda is committed to distributing over 3000 more Water Pasteurization Indicators (WAPI) this year, and we will support them in their effort.
Can you consider making an donation to Agua Pura to help continue and expand our work, until the families in communities like Ganzda and every other family we can reach has safe drinking water? A $50 or $100 dollar donation has a huge impact on our programs, but every dollar counts and is put to good use! 

We would be happy to send you a WAPI so that you can see for yourself how this lifesaving, water purifying  device works. Write to me and I’ll send you one.
Thanks so much for your support.
Tom Carter

tom@aguapuraparaelpueblo.org 

These women want to learn
These women want to learn
Testing their own family's water
Testing their own family's water
Studying hard
Studying hard
Helping each other learn
Helping each other learn

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WAPI package
WAPI package

What is a WAPI?  The strange sounding name comes from the initials “WAter Pasteurization Indicator”.  It’s a small plastic tube that contains a special wax.  The wax is formulated to melt at the temperature of Pasteurization, about 160F.  Pathogenic organisms such as bacteria cannot live at that temperature. When water or milk or other liquids are heated to 160F any bacteria in them are killed and the liquid is “pasteurized”.  Virtually all harmful bacteria, viruses and other organisms are easily killed by pasteurization, including TB, Cholera, Typhoid, Hepatitis Type A, E. coli and many others. If we place a WAPI in the water and heat the water until the wax melts we know we have killed any harmful organisms that might be in the water and it is now safe to drink.
Pasteurization is a simple, safe technique that has several advantages over other water purification methods.  Boiling water also kills pathogens but takes more time and higher temperatures.  Some people dislike the taste of boiled water.  Pasteurization temperature is lower and safer and does not affect the taste of the water.  There are savings in fuel costs and water can even be pasteurized in a simple solar reflector oven.
Adding chlorine in tablets or even simple household bleach will also make water safe to drink, but again some people dislike the taste or find that the cost or supply is a problem.
Many other methods have been advocated for purifying water, including various filters, sunlight UV disinfection and electrical currents, but all have issues with cost, reliability, practicality, or durability.
The WAPI is a very simple, inexpensive device that is easily understood and adopted by families around the world and can be reused thousands of times. For over 10 years Agua Pura has been teaching local communities throughout Latin America about how to test their water for contamination and and how to purify it using WAPIs or other methods.  Our original goal was to distribute 1000 WAPIs and we have since passed that goal many times over.  Our partner organization, Extra Mile Miinistries that makes the WAPIs we use, has distributed many thousands of highest quality WAPIs throughout the world. They have also developed special equipment to manufacture them more efficiently and now with them we are establishing programs in different countries to make WAPIs there, so that many more thousands can be provided to families.


Supporters of our program such as you have made our work possible, thank you so much! Can you make a special contribution to Agua Pura to help make and distribute more WAPIs?  We would really appreciate it!
 Would you like a WAPI for yourself to see how they work?  Please write to me and I will send you one!  They’re great for camping and emergencies and you will see how your support of Agua Pura is helping to save lives.

Thanks again,

Tom Carter

In Panama
In Panama
in Africa
in Africa
Her water is safe to drink
Her water is safe to drink
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Agua Pura Para El Pueblo

Location: Happy Valley, Oregon - USA
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Ulises Silva
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Happy Valley, Oregon United States
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