Health
 Mexico
Project #9428

Give Clean Water to 1000 Families in Latin America

by Agua Pura Para El Pueblo
A new family latrine
A new family latrine

Dear Supporters-  One of the most satisfying things for me about Agua Pura is to interact with young people throughout Latin America, and help them as they work to improve the lives of families in their communities.   I want to share with you a story from Honduras written by one of the students we are supporting.  As you read Raquel’s  story, please consider supporting her and other young men and women like her this holiday season.  A donation to Agua Pura Para El Pueblo in Raquel’s honor will go to funding programs like hers throughout Latin America. The enthusiasm of our students to tackle challenges is truly inspiring, and I’ll share more of their stories with you in the future.

Remember, we at Agua Pura are all volunteers and 100% of your donation goes to the programs we support.   Also, can you consider becoming a recurring monthly donor?  Every dollar goes a long way and even a small monthly contribution makes a big difference in our work.  Thanks so Much!


Here’s Raquel’s story:

My name is Raquel G. I come from the community of La Teja, a small, rural community located in the Southeast part of Honduras, near the border with El Salvador. Approximately 100 people, or 20 families, live in the community. La Teja does not have running water, and until now did not have any sanitation services. In August 2012, I won a scholarship to study Environmental Technology at Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, Oregon, in the USA for two years. One of the
requirements of the program was to develop a project that could be applied to my community, and I chose the idea of building composting toilets to alleviate the problems of water pollution caused by the lack of sanitation. During my two years of study, I attended the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) conference in 2014, where I won a grant
funded by The Resolution Project.

Thanks to the grant and the hard work of the programs that have supported me including Agua Pura Para El Pueblo, I have been able to successfully implement my project in my community.
The project’s goal was to build 16 latrines for individual family use so that each home would be equipped with a composting toilet. The community members contributed local materials such as: sand, wood, ash, etc. and the rest of materials were purchased with funds from The Resolution Project grant.

A composting toilet was also built at the school as a prototype to show the community members. Through our project, 13 latrines were constructed at individual family homes, and two additional latrines were constructed for the
community’s use at the local school and church. People in La Teja have been very supportive of the project and are Thrilled to have a sanitation system in their community. Currently I am working with Agua Pura Para El Pueblo to provide Water Purification Indicators for my community so that they can have safe drinking water.
I am also expanding my project in another community called La Flor, Santa Ana, la Paz, Honduras; and La Teja is the perfect example to follow.
Sincerely,
Raquel G.

Thank you again for your generous support in the past!  We appreciate every donation and hope that you will continue to support us going forward.  You can read the stories of some of our other students on our website Agua Pura Para El Pueblo. Also, please contact me directly if you have more questions, tom@aguapuraparaelpueblo.org and finally,my offer still stands: if you would like a Water Pasteurization Indicator for your own use please let me know.  They’re great for camping and emergencies!

Thank you!

Tom Carter

everyone participated
everyone participated
a lot of work
a lot of work
latrine parts
latrine parts

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Belen Gualcho, Honduras
Belen Gualcho, Honduras

Greetings from Belén Gualcho! I’m excited to be back from our latest trip and want to share a few of the many things we did.  
Belen Gualcho is a beautiful town, in a valley high in the remote mountains of Honduras.  It’s peaceful and friendly and green and it’s the local headquarters of one of our partner organizations, Project Global Village.  They invited us back for a second visit to continue our water and sanitation projects in the many small communities that surround the area.  This time we worked with 17 operators of small community pharmacies to train them in modern methods of water testing and water purification so that they could help their neighbors to have safe drinking water.  We also gave them testing supplies and water filters that they can use and share with others. These men and women are all volunteers and dedicated to helping their communities so it was very satisfying to work with them.
After an intensive two day training program we then had the pleasure to return to their communities with the operators, “administradores”, and see them share their new information with their neighbors.  Our team members were proud to hear  them talk about how families can be safe from disease by practicing simple things like hand washing and purifying drinking water.
One especially interesting visit we had was to the tiny community of Rio Negro, high in the hills above Belén Gualcho.  It is a several hour horseback ride from the end of the road, and the town has no electricity. The school house is small and dark, lit only by light from a few windows and some candles.  And on top of all that, the stream that supplies the communities water is contaminated!
Despite all the handicaps the people of Rio Negro were determined to improve themselves and their community.  Guillermo, the operator of the community pharmacy walked for many hours to get to our workshop,  and then intently listened and studied and learned about how to make his towns water supply safe.  When we returned with him he was ready to share what he knew.  At a community meeting in the school house he showed the results of the water testing he had done and then described different ways that families could protect themselves from the contaminated water. He talked about the necessity of using latrines and hand washing and properly cooking and protecting food.  He demonstrated the water filters and other purification devices we gave him for the communities use, and he pasteurized some of the contaminated water to show how it could be made safe.  We were proud to be present and hear his presentation.
Guillermo was only one of the 17 community pharmacy administradores we trained last week, each one enthusiastic and eager to help their communities.  Our time in Belén Gualcho was short but the work of these people will continue and the impact on the health of the families in their communities will be great.  You too, our supporters,  can take pride in the results of our work in places like this.  Thank you so much, and you can continue to read about our work on our website http://aguapuraparaelpueblo.org     If you wish more information or want to participate in future projects, please contact me directly at tom@aguapuraparaelpueblo.org
Sincerely,

Tom Carter

Community Pharmacy Graduates
Community Pharmacy Graduates
On The Road to Rio Negro
On The Road to Rio Negro
Guillermo Explaining about Water Pasteurization
Guillermo Explaining about Water Pasteurization
A Drink of Clean Water
A Drink of Clean Water
Rio Negro School
Rio Negro School
Learning About Clean Water
Learning About Clean Water

Hi Agua Pura Supporters!
I’m sorry, I sometimes get so involved with our projects and plans for future trips that I forget to share the news with our supporters - you - who make all our work possible.  Because I’m grateful to each one of you, It’s important to me to keep you up to date on how your donations are being used.  We’re proud of our work and you should be too.


We’re leaving on October 9 for Honduras to continue our program of training health workers and others in our methods of water testing and water purification.  last year you remember that we started safe water programs in several mountain communities in North Western Honduras. We distributed hundreds of Water Pasteurization Indicators (WAPI’s), trained over 20 water system managers in accurate testing methods, and started hand washing programs in schools wherever we went.  The program was a great success so now we’re headed back to continue the work!


This time we will be working with the operators of small community pharmacies called “botiquines”.  They may only consist of a shelf in someones home, stocked with very simple supplies,  but these pharmacies are often all the community has. We’ll be training the operators of the pharmacies, “botiquineros”, in water testing and water purification techniques and providing them with supplies.  Now they will become an even more important part of the communities health system.


Our goal is to reduce or eliminate dangerous childhood diarrhea by providing clean water and basic sanitation to families.  The botiquineros will be on the front line of that effort.  A nurse on our staff will be training them in simple diagnosis and treatment of acute newborn dehydration due to diarrhea, so that they spot the problem early and get correct help for the child.  Our nurse will also train them in the other major childhood killer, infant respiratory infections (pneumonia).
I’m excited about our upcoming project, it will be our biggest yet.  Your support is what makes these trips possible. You have already helped a lot, but if you want to make a special donation to help offset the costs of this trip I will really appreciate it.  I think you can make a comment about the purpose of your donation on our Global Giving page or you can write to me at tom@aguapuraparaelpueblo.org , and depending on internet access I’ll try to reply from Honduras.

Thanks,

Tom Carter

Clean Hands!
Clean Hands!
A Wapi Shows When The Water Is Safe
A Wapi Shows When The Water Is Safe

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VICTORIA
VICTORIA

For several years Agua Pura Para El Pueblo has worked with students from several Central American and Caribbean countries in a program at a local community college.  These students won scholarships to the US to  study Environmental Technology with the focus on technologies and ideas that can help their communities when they return home.  Agua Pura has been proud to help by teaching various methods of water purification and sanitation and providing supplies and support.
Each student develops a project that he or she feels will help improve the lives and health of the people of their communities. Over the two years of their program they have worked on and developed their ideas and plans for implementation when they return. Their projects include sanitation, recycling, reforestation, composting, water conservation and many other important ideas.   Their projects must meet rigorous requirements of planning, funding, monitoring and evaluation before they are approved.
 I’d like you to meet two of our recent graduates.
 Victoria comes from a small community in the southern Mexican State of Chiapas.  She is one of the first from her village to graduate from high school and the first to go on to college. She speaks Spanish and the local Mayan language and now English as well.  After two years of study in the US she now returns to her community to face difficult problems.   Her community lacks a secure, year round water supply, and so growing adequate healthy food is a problem. Purchased food supplies are expensive and of poor quality.  Poverty levels are high and one third of the children under 5 years of age are malnourished and underweight.

Vicki’s project is based on skills she learned in her Environmental Technology studies.  She plans to start a series of community gardens using modern techniques such as water recycling, composting and drip irrigation to improve the yield of the gardens.  The families will be growing healthy food for themselves to eat and also to sell in the market.  Also she is planning to start a recycling program for plastic bottles and plastic bags to increase community pride.  The money received from recycling will help pay for other improvements.
Even in a community of 100 families this will be a big project and will require outside support and help.  Agua Pura is committed to helping Vicki with resources and training and will be working with her to make her project a success.    You can see her attached poster to read more about her plans and support her directly.

Another of our graduating students is Ana, from Esteli, Nicaragua.  Again, because of her scholarship and dedication to her community she was selected to study Environmental Technology here in the United States. She was also a US nationwide finalist in the Clinton Global Initiative in Washington DC.
Esteli, Nicaragua is the third largest city in Nicaragua, but sanitation, garbage and recycling are problems there.  As a result many of the local water supplies are contaminated and choked with debris. These stagnant waters are breeding grounds for mosquitos carrying dengue, malaria and other diseases.  Ana comes from a small community of 30 families on the outskirts of the city.  
 Ana’s plan is to begin cleaning up her community by focusing on recycling reusable plastic bottles and other things that now contaminate the local environment.  By providing collection bins and organizing recycling she plans to raise money to help clean up the local water sources and reduce pollution.  Draining stagnant water will reduce the mosqitos that carry dengue and malaria.  Also, Agua Pura has trained Ana in water testing and water purification  and she will begin to monitor her local water supplies and to help reduce diarrheal disease in her community.  Again, Agua Pura is committed to supporting Ana in her work with resources and training.  You can read more about Ana’s project on her attached poster.
Your continued support of Agua Pura funds programs and projects like those of Ana and Vicki.  You always know that 100% of the money we receive goes to the families and communities we serve.
Thank you so much.
Tom Carter

If you wish to contact these students directly write to me at tom@aguapuraparaelpueblo.org

ANA
ANA

Attachments:
Garbage Dump At Tultitlan And Families Homes
Garbage Dump At Tultitlan And Families Homes

An amazing thing happened the other day!
Last week I got an emergency email from a person I’d never met.  Mallory Brown said that she was a fundraiser for non profits.  She was in Mexico  and had seen our GlobalGiving reports at our work at a Mexico City garbage dump called Tultitlan.  She was compelled by our descriptions of the conditions there and wanted to visit the dump herself. After some back and forth emails we arranged for her to visit that day with our friend Gaudencio Cruz and be shown around.  Here are the incredible results of her visit.

Check out this wonderful video!


CrowdRise is a separate fund raising organization with no connection to Global Giving or Agua Pura.  We had no say in how the money was raised or what they would do with it.  All the money they raised though is earmarked for projects we and other non profits have worked on and supported, and we are profoundly grateful to Mallory and her crew for their  assistance.  Agua Pura will work carefully to insure that any funds or other resources we receive from Crowd Rise will go to continuing the programs at Tultitlan.


The important thing however is that it was your support and backing that made our work at Tultitlan possible at all.  Over the years our Global Giving supporters have contributed to the success of Agua Pura’s mission throughout Mexico and Latin America and we are truly grateful to you.  CrowdRise’s fund raiser is over but we hope that you will continue your generosity and support through Global Giving.  You are always assured that 100% of the money you donate will go to continuing our life saving programs and that you will always be informed of the results of our work.


We are always interested in your thoughts!  Please write me with comments at tom@aguapuraparaelpueblo.org

Thanks so much,

Tom carter

Children Working At Tultitlan Dump
Children Working At Tultitlan Dump
Repairing The School Latrine at Tultitlan
Repairing The School Latrine at Tultitlan

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Agua Pura Para El Pueblo

Location: Happy Valley, Oregon - USA
Website: http:/​/​aguapuraparaelpueblo.org/​
Project Leader:
Ulises Silva
Communications coordinator
Happy Valley, Oregon United States