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
Pablo, age 3
Pablo, age 3

Dear Friends-
I want to share with you a proud personal moment that happened a couple of months ago.  Over the last 10 years Agua Pura has been working with a very poor community outside of Mexico City.  When we first started visiting there they lived in homemade shacks they made from materials they collected from a private garbage dump.  Entire families lived and worked on the dump, sorting through the garbage looking for things to recycle.  It was a dangerous and poorly paid job and the families lacked access to basic sanitation or safe drinking water.


Agua Pura started by helping build latrines for families and providing Water Purification Indicators (WAPIs) so that they could have clean water.  As we met the families we made friends and over the years watched the children grow up.  Many of the children lacked birth certificates and were ineligible for public schools, so we helped with a local private school so they could go.  We also helped with other projects at the request of our local partner organization, Amextra, which stands for the Mexican Association for Transformation.


Now, after these years many things have changed.  The dump has closed and the families have had to find new jobs.  With little education or resources it has been difficult but many have moved ahead.  You can see real houses being built, a few bricks at a time, where cardboard and blue tarp shacks stood. Many of our latrines are still in service.  The children are still going to school and they even have a small computer lab where they can study and learn about a better future for themselves. Last year your donations helped build a new, clean, modern latrine for the school and we had a celebration to dedicate it to the community.


Agua Pura has been proud to be a small part of that progress.  I was able to visit last July with my family and show them the progress the families have made improving their lives.  We had a nice meal of pozole, a traditional Mexican soup that is often served for celebrations.  We talked about families and friends and my grandson played with the other children there.


It was a quiet, satisfying afternoon, but I couldn’t help but think how much you and our other supporters would have enjoyed being there as well, to see the real and tangible results of your contributions to the lives of the people in that community.  I was there in your stead and I was humbled by it.


I want to conclude by showing you three pictures of the same young man, Pablo, as he grew up.  He started by hanging around the school area as his parents worked on the dump sorting trash.  Later he attended that same school and learned to read and use the computer.  Now he is a nice young teenager with a bright future, thanks in part to you.

Thank you so very much,

Tom Carter

Pablo last year
Pablo last year
Pablo, 2017
Pablo, 2017
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Planning for the water laboratory
Planning for the water laboratory

Two young Haitian men, Hovard and Tatcher, grew up in an era of one national disaster after another.  Devastating earthquakes, floods and hurricanes and other problems rocked their country. Throughout it all they kept working to get an education, to improve themselves and to give back to their country.  Both trained with Agua Pura in the United States in modern methods of drinking water analysis and water purification before returning home.  Then came the cholera epidemic and the battles to save lives,  and when they got the call to join the fight they were ready.


Cholera is a bacterial disease mainly spread from drinking water contaminated with feces.  However there are many other dangerous diarrheal diseases also caused by contaminated water, and many more Haitians get sick or die of those diseases than from cholera, especially children and older people.   Agua Pura has always advocated testing the water for contamination first and then focusing on purifying it, tackling the problem at its source and Hovard and Tacher were well trained to do just that.

A large international aid agency wanted to do a survey of households in the cholera endemic area to check on their health status and Hovard and Tatcher set up a field water testing laboratory to test over 700 water samples in a few weeks time. Because of their training and dedication they had the necessary skills to do the testing. This is the first time a survey of this kind has ever been done, and when they are finished they will have the first ever map of the water quality in the area where the cholera epidemic started.  Now agencies can begin to address the real cause of the cholera epidemic, contaminated drinking water.


Hovard and Tatcher are among many hundreds of people all over Latin America and the Caribbean trained by Agua Pura Para El Pueblo to test drinking water for bacterial contamination and to help families purify their water and make it safe to drink.  They work in their own communities to prevent disease, and  Agua Pura supports their work bringing clean water to “one family at a time”.  Your donations keep the programs going, and we are deeply grateful for your help.  Thank you.

If you want to continue your support for Hovard’s and Tatcher’s work in Haiti, or one of the many other projects that Agua Pura is doing please consider a donation to our page on Global Giving.  We are all volunteers so 100% of your donation goes directly to our work.  Thank you very much, and you can also read more about our Haiti project on our website  and Facebook page.
Tom Carter

Thanks so much for your support and please contact me directly if you have a question or suggestion:  Tom Carter

At work in the laboratory
At work in the laboratory
Testing water for contamination
Testing water for contamination

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Hovard And His Team
Hovard And His Team

Dear Friends-
A few months ago I wrote about Hovard, a young Haitian man who has started a program of water testing and water purification in his home community near Cap Haitien.  There have been Cholera cases in his area and he is working to prevent more.  Agua Pura has trained and supported him and provided the supplies for his work.  It’s our first project in Haiti and we are proud of Hovard and what he has done.
Now there is an exciting new development to tell you about! Agua Pura Para El Pueblo has been asked to help develop a high volume water pasteurizer that can quickly provide large volumes of purified water - without electricity or expensive equipment.  We will be working with Hovard and his team to test it for safety and efficiency. It should be able to provide safe water to many families in his community.
The pasteurizer is a highly efficient wood stove designed by a partner organization, InStove.  
The stove uses a flow through coil that sits in a bath of very hot water and as the water passes through it almost immediately reaches a temperature that pasteurizes the water and makes it safe to drink.  Then as the water flows out of the pasteurizer it is cooled back to a safe temperature.  Special heat sensitive valves open and close to allow only clean drinking water to come out.
Next month Agua Pura will visit Haiti with Hovard to prepare for the pasteurizer. It will need many different things to make it successful but we are convinced it will be a big help to the families facing cholera and other serious diseases from contaminated drinking water.  There will still be many other families without access to safe water, but Agua Pura will continue to support them with Water Pasteurization Indicators and other ways to purify their water.
You can read more about this new technology on our website Agua Pura Para El Pueblo and about many of our other programs. 

Thank you so much for your support!

Flow Through Pasteurizer
Flow Through Pasteurizer
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Hovard is a young Haitian  who was trained by Agua Pura Para El Pueblo in water testing and purification procedures when he was a student here in the United States.  When he returned home to Cap-Haitien he started a very successful recycling and composting business to clean up  household garbage and waste that previously was dumped in the street.

Now, Hovard and Agua Pura have started to tackle the problem of contaminated drinking water in Haiti.  Thousands of people there, adults and children, have died of Cholera in the last few years, but with simple methods the cholera bacteria in the water can be killed.  Agua Pura works at the most basic level, with individual families, to teach them how to protect themselves from disease and give them the supplies they need to stay safe.  Over the years we have distributed thousands of Water Pasteurization Indicators (WAPIs)  that show when  water is purified and safe to drink.

First Hovard will test local drinking water supplies including wells and surface waters  for contamination.  Then with that information he and his staff will conduct community meetings to talk about what people can do to protect themselves against disease.  They will also distribute WAPIs and other necessary supplies.


 This is an exciting new program for Agua Pura and our first project in Haiti.   We are not sure where this will lead but with your help we are committed to help fight cholera and other water borne diseases there.  With Hovard we work directly with the families and the children to bring safe water.


  Agua Pura gets no government aid and all of our staff are volunteers so your tax deductible donations have a huge impact.  Will you help us combat disease and bring healthy drinking water to the families of Haiti?  Every donation helps and we are dependent on the support of you and others who believe in us.


If you have supported us in the past and would like to really help further our work, would you consider becoming a regular, recurring monthly donor?  Even small regular donations help us to plan ahead and set future goals.  This month Global Giving is matching recurring monthly donations to help encourage supporters to make the commitment, so your impact will be even greater.


If you wish I can personally send you a Christmas gift of a Water Pasteurization Indicator so that you can see how they work and how your donation saves children’s lives. Please write and let me know.

Merry Christmas and God Bless you and your family.

Tom Carter                                                                                                                                           tom@aguapuraparaelpueblo.org

Water Pasteurization Indicator
Water Pasteurization Indicator
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Grey Water Filtering System
Grey Water Filtering System

Here's a brief story about someone your donations help support.  As we've mentioned before we have trained many college students from throughout Latin America in our methods of water testing and water purification.  When these highly motivated students return home they apply what they have learned in their communities, tackling local problems for themselves.  We are proud of them and support them however we can.

Vicki was a student of ours who came from a very traditional area in southern Mexico and wanted to help her community. She is very interested in Biology and ecology and has organized clean up and recycling campaigns to protect the local environment.  Recently she took on another big project, cleaning up waste water that was polluting the local streams.

Waste wash water from her schools latrine and other sources was running onto the ground making a muddy mess and contaminating fields and water supplies.  Vicki studied the problem and decided to build an organic bioswale filter to cleanse the water before returning it to the stream.  Her plan was a system of connected settling ponds with aquatic plants and gravel to remove contaminates.  Agua Pura helped her with the design and provided funds for her project.

Using local help and enlisting the aid of the students she built a very effective system that has cleaned up the mess and now filters the waste water before channeling it into local fields and streams for irrigation.  Vicki and her local community are rightly proud of the work they have done.

Agua Pura Para El Pueblo often receives reports like these from students and supporters and people we have trained all over Latin America.  It is very satisfying to see that our work is being carried on and that families lives are improving because of it. We work one student at a time, one family at a time, one community at a time and  your support and donations are what has made these projects successful.  Thank you so much.

For your interest, Vicki posted her own summary of her project, in Spanish, on our website which you can see on the attached link.

Bioswale Filter
Bioswale Filter
Community Cleanup and Recycling
Community Cleanup and Recycling
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