Project #9428

Give Clean Water to 1000 Families in Latin America

by Agua Pura Para El Pueblo

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                                                                                                                                 

Water Pasteurization Indicator
Water Pasteurization Indicator
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
Leyda in LLano Largo
Leyda in LLano Largo

In the tiny community of Llano Largo, Honduras,  Leyda L. runs a small community pharmacy where she sells over the counter meds but can also take blood pressures, measure blood glucose, and provide first aid. In 2013 Agua Pura trained Leyda in water testing and water purification  and she still uses the WAPI we gave her own to ensure her family’s water is safe and promotes their use to her neighbors.
In 2013, Agua Pura first visited Honduras and conducted clean water workshops – helping communities test their water for contamination, and learn how to use Water Pasteurization Indicators (WAPI’s) to ensure their water is safe to drink, and Leyda was at those workshops.  Last month, we returned for the third time to help our partner, Project Global Village, set up manufacturing of WAPIs in the mountainous Ocotepeque region of Honduras – so that they can bring WAPI technology to the 1500 families with small children in the area.
Many communities all over Honduras lack clean drinking water – the World Health Organization and UNICEF estimated 1 million Hondurans still do not have access to safe water sources. Contaminated drinking water is a major source of illness in developing countries, and one of the leading causes of death for young children.  We feel that these families cannot wait for governments or outside benefactors to provide safe water, they need help now!  Our current goal is to start by providing the 1500 families in communities like Leyda’s with WAPI’s, and with the help of Project Global Village go from there to bring safe water to all families in the country.
This is the first time WAPIs have been manufactured in Latin America, and we are very excited about it!  Setting up local production of WAPIs, and working with community leaders like Leyda to educate the population and promote their use will ensure that families in the Ocotepeque region do not have to depend on outside help to protect themselves from water borne diseases. 

Thanks so much, Tom Carter

With your continued support of our work, we will continue  this important project in Honduras – providing training, materials and monitoring the impact of WAPI distribution.  Thank you so much for your help!              Can you consider becoming a recurring monthly donor?  It would really help us with our long term programs to have regular predictable income. You can sign up here.

 Do you want a WAPI for yourself to see how they work?  Write to me and I’ll send you one at no charge.  These are simple, safe, inexpensive devices and they save lives!

 You can read more about WAPI’s here on our Global Giving page or on our website:
Learning about WAPI
Learning about WAPI's
WAPI's are easy to use
Community Members Learning to Make WAPI
Community Members Learning to Make WAPI's

Hola Friends and Supporters!
Can I tell you a story about Pablo, a young Mexican boy I know?  Pablo lives with his family at a garbage dump outside of Mexico City where they work as scavengers recycling plastic and cardboard.  Their home is a shack made of sticks and plastic tarps they took from the dump.
I met Pablo 9 years ago when Agua Pura  helped Pablo’s family build a composting latrine for them to use, the first private toilet they ever had.  We also built a latrine for the small volunteer school near their community.  Over the years we have revisited many times to work with other projects and to help maintain the schools latrine.  Each time we came we saw Pablo and his community grow, and saw the school become larger and serve more students.  Finally, after 9 years of use the latrine at the school was outgrown and broken down and needed to be replaced. The students had no bathroom and some were reluctant to come to school.
With your support and encouragement, Agua Pura raised the money to build a new, bigger and better latrine for Pablo’s school so that he and his fellow students could have a clean, safe bathroom to use. It has separate rooms for boys and girls and running water to wash hands and it’s big enough for the whole community to use when they have events.
I’ve just returned from helping build the new latrine, it was a wonderful community effort.  Pablo’s family and many others worked hard to get the project completed in time for a big community event, a mini-olympics for children throughout the area.  It was hot, heavy, dirty work, but I was so proud to see the families all together building something for their future.  I’m including a bunch of pictures showing the construction.  The first picture is of Pablo 2 years old in front of the schools old latrine and now age 11 helping to build new one.  Agua Pura will continue to support Pablo and his family and all the families in his community to have clean drinking water and sanitation, “one family at a time - una familia a la vez”.
Your support is what makes our projects a success.  Can you consider making an extra contribution to help us continue our work, perhaps even as a recurring donor?  Because we are so small every donation has a big impact on our plans.

Thank you so much for your help,

Tom Carter

p.s.  Here's a link to our exciting next project on GlobalGiving, it's really going to have a big impact throughout Latin America: WAPI's in Honduras

Families helping build the new school latrine
Families helping build the new school latrine
Pouring the floors of the latrines
Pouring the floors of the latrines
Our latrine done in time for the Mini-Olympics
Our latrine done in time for the Mini-Olympics
Our Success
Our Success

Dear Friends-

Today I want to share a success story from a young student that you support through your donations to Agua Pura.  Hovard  is a young man in Cap-Haitien, Haiti who was able to come to the US to study environmental technologies at a local Community College. While here we helped him learn about water and sanitation issues and other things he could do to help his community and his country.
There is no garbage collection in Haiti, resulting in water contamination and a breeding ground for disease.  Howard has started a garbage recycling and composting program with his neighbors.  He has enlisted his friends to start collecting food waste to be composted into garden soil, and his plan is to sell this nutrient rich soil to farmers and others to improve and enrich soils and increase crops.  This is the small scale, local programs that we believe are the most important and successful and we are helping Hovard with his project.
Here’s Hovard’s story:
Growing up in a third world country, there are many challenges. I was blessed with the opportunity to study in America, where I was part of an environmental study program and I decided to create and implement a plan for composting back home, in Haiti.
Haiti lacks the infrastructure that many first world countries take for granted.Haiti has a massive problem with trash. It is everywhere and on hot days -- which there are many;
the smell is dense in the air.  However, Haiti also has gorgeous beaches, beautiful waterfalls, lovely mountains, it is a wonderful place to visit, but the abundant rubbish issue can deter travelers from visiting my country.  I believe that once the garbage issue is managed, people will be more willing to travel to Haiti.
My composting initiative, to start, will educate the people in my community. Waste reduction is one of the benefits, however the end result of composting is creating mineral rich soil.  This soil can be used for families to grow nutrient rich food. It will also reduce the waste that lines the streets in Haiti and there will be a less trash that is burned, polluting the air.
Currently the trash on the streets is burned. The burning of waste, while efficient, greatly contributes to air pollution.  It also is bad for people's health, the smoke can cause lung cancer, asthma, burning eyes, ozone reduction. Because of the worldwide issues with air pollution and the ozone layer reduction, I feel that my composting project, while only in my small country, will contribute to lessening of pollution worldwide.
If my project is successful in Haiti, I plan to expand to other third world countries. It is a small start but there is much potential for expansion.  As the project grows and more people are composting, the overall air pollution and waste issues will decrease.  

Agua Pura is proud of Hovard and our other students and we continue to support them and their projects.  If you wish to help him with his composting project you can donate to our Agua Pura program and indicate that your donation is for him.

Burning garbage
Burning garbage
Collecting Food Waste
Collecting Food Waste
Making Compost
Making Compost

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Agua Pura Para El Pueblo

Location: Happy Valley, Oregon - USA
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Project Leader:
Ulises Silva
Communications coordinator
Happy Valley, Oregon United States

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