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
Team members visiting at risk community
Team members visiting at risk community

Dear Friends and Supporters-
In this holiday season, a time of thanksgiving and good will, we come together with each other to celebrate, give thanks and look forward to a new year.  I want to personally wish each of you good health and best wishes for the season.
In Haiti, cholera has returned and is again striking the most vulnerable in the population, the poor, the elderly and especially the children. Over 3,000 new cases have been reported and several hundred deaths.  The majority of the deaths have been in young children under 5.

Currently Agua Pura has 4 separate teams of trained Haitian volunteers working in different areas of their country promoting water testing, sanitation and water purification. Two of our teams are in the South where there have been new outbreaks. Cholera and contaminated water go together, where diarrheal disease is, cholera may also be. 

One team recently visited a remote community where they found a highly contaminated spring which was their only water source. We are now organizing a return visit to provide  needed sanitary and water purification supplies to the families and instructions about how to protect themselves from disease.I've included photos from this visit.

Agua Pura with your support is the only organization doing this work in these areas, and we are planning more surveys to similar communities.  All of us are volunteers and 100% of  your donations go to furthering the work.
Thank you for your continued support on GlobalGiving for over 10 years.
Tom Carter

p.s. I'm including a  link to a graphic vidio about cholera.This video is produced in many languages around the world to teach people how to protect themselves against the disease.

contaminated community water source
contaminated community water source
water sample contaminated with E. coli
water sample contaminated with E. coli

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Mamno is a volunteer team leader for Agua Pura in Haiti. He and his team live in an area that recently suffered a damaging earthquake, as well as flooding from excessive rain. Now he is reporting a different and increasing problem in the communities he helps: poisoning and illnesses caused by misuse of agricultural chemicals.
 
Subsistence farmers search for anything that might help them grow more food to eat, and to sell. They purchase pesticides and weed killers to apply to their crops, but receive little or no training and do not have information about the dangers of the chemicals to themselves and their families.  Manmo observes that they are mis-applying the chemicals in dangerous concentrations.  This is not only bad for the crops, but also contaminates drinking water. There are frequent cases of whole families becoming sick by the chemicals. Some of the chemicals are known carcinogens.
 
Mamno and his team are preparing to meet with local farmers to help them learn how to safely use the chemicals and how to protect themselves.  He will be providing gloves, masks and other materials for them to use.  Your donations through GlobalGiving are helping make this possible.
 
We think this is an emergency and we want to help prevent the farm families from getting sick now, but Agua Pura supports farmers moving away from the use of agricultural chemicals to safer, non toxic, less expensive organic farming methods. We sponsor recycling and composting programs in Haiti and elsewhere.  Mamno will also be talking to the farmers about this and how they can grow their crops more profitably with less chemicals.
 
Thank you so much for your support of Agua Pura and our work. The money you have donated has saved many lives.

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Hand washing with a bottle
Hand washing with a bottle



Basic sanitation is a human right. But that right is not available to all.  Over half the world’s population does not have access to safe sanitation and a quarter million children die each year from diarrheal disease caused by lack of safe sanitation.

Agua Pura Para El Pueblo (AGP)  has always focused on things that families can do for themselves to improve their lives rather than relying on help from governments or well-meaning others. We try to work with families and communities to find solutions that will be long term, inexpensive and easily adapted by the people themselves. These solutions should meet their basic needs.

Here are some simple things that we have advocated and helped provide for families.


HAND WASHING

One way Agua Pura tries to address the issue of safe sanitation is by promoting low cost composting latrines and hand-washing as the simplest and most cost effective way to protect the health of families.

Often, water is in short supply or not conveniently available so AGP has provided simple hand-washing stations that can be placed near latrines, in areas where food is prepared or babies are cared for. Plastic buckets with a spigot that can be turned on or off as to not waste precious water. Even plastic soda bottles can provide enough water to wash hands safely. Because wash water can then be available where needed, it is more likely to be used on a regular basis.

PURIFYING DRINKING WATER

Agua Pura’s focus has always been on families having safe drinking water.  Most of the drinking water in the world has never been tested for safety, and no one knows if it is safe. As the world’s population grows more and more, people have only contaminated water to rely on. Over two billion people worldwide drink water contaminated with disease causing organisms from human and animal waste.

Agua Pura has focused on things families can do now to protect themselves.  Pasteurization kills disease causing bacteria and is easy to do. Temperatures need only to reach about 170 degrees , using less resources than reaching boiling water temperatures.

A simple, reusable device known as a “Water Pasteurization Indicator” or WAPI has a special wax inside that melts at 170 and shows when drinking water has reached pasteurization temperature. AGP has distributed thousands of these indicators with training and instructions on their use.

COOKING WITH SOLAR ENERGY

Cooking with wood or charcoal is depleting the world’s forests and is not sustainable. Purchasing fuel for cooking or boiling water is a major expense for families.  Danger from burns and smoke inhalation from
open fires are important health risks.

Use of simple solar stoves can reduce these problems. In dry sunny climates, AGP has demonstrated how to make these simple stoves using inexpensive local materials. In addition to  preparing food, these stoves can easily reach temperatures adequate for pasteurizing water.

These low-cost ideas represent Agua Pura's philosophy of providing solutions to families that can protect their health and improve their lives.  We thank you, our supporters and donors for your help in bringing these simple things to the many families that need them.


Would you like a WAPI for yourself to see for yourself how they work?  Please write to me and I'll send you one.


Hand Washing Stations Save Water
Hand Washing Stations Save Water
Water Pasteurization Indicator
Water Pasteurization Indicator
How To Use Your Wapi
How To Use Your Wapi
Her Water Is Safe To Drink
Her Water Is Safe To Drink
Solar Stoves Can Cook And Pasteurize Water
Solar Stoves Can Cook And Pasteurize Water

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Our volunteer team

Haiti has had so many problems in the last months.  When I wrote to you about our work in Haiti in early August I talked about the dangers our volunteers  face with political instability and violence.  The President of Haiti was assassinated and travel in the country was unsafe for everyone. Then on August 14  the Southern part of Haiti was struck with a major earthquake causing many injuries and deaths.  Our volunteer teams living there were affected as well with damage to their homes and injuries, but thankfully none were killed.

Right away large International aid agencies came into Haiti to help with the immediate medical, food and shelter needs of the communities. Some stayed for a few weeks , some for several months. Our small non-profit, - supported by your donations- has a different purpose.  Instead of focusing on large expensive operations we focus on the individual family and the community to bring safe drinking water and long lasting sanitation to them.  The earthquake damaged or destroyed many communities water systems  and forced families to use unsafe, possibly contaminated water sources, so immediately after the earthquake we launched a special campaign on GlobalGiving to support our work there.  In a brief period you and other donors contributed nearly $2500 to help families find ways to make their water safe to drink.  GlobalGiving also gave Agua Pura a generous donation.  You can read about our early organizing work on our Haiti donation page

The fundraising is over but the work has just started!

Now I can report on the first visits of our teams to affected communities.Two teams of volunteers went out, and teams were able to reach some affected communities that were cut off by the earthquake. by motorbike. When they were able to get through, they brought some immediately needed supplies and also were able to help community members restore damaged springs and  other water sources. They also talked to the families about how they can protect themselves from water borne diseases.

Now our teams will be returning several more times in the next months to continue their work.  They will be testing the water sources for contamination and sharing water purification supplies.  We expect to continue our work with earthquake victims for at least another year. I’m  sharing a few pictures of our volunteers.   They are proud of the work they do and grateful for your continued support. 

We share stories about our work when we can but we only try to ask you for help just once a year.  We know you have many responsibilities and we don't want to take advantage of your generosity.  But because we are small and all volunteers every dollar has a big impact on our ability to provide life saving help to the families we serve. Can you help us with a year end charitable donation

cleaning up
cleaning up
sharing information
sharing information

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Our dedicated volunteers.
Our dedicated volunteers.

In the last months and years Haiti has suffered a number of disasters, natural and man made. Earthquakes and hurricanes seem like they purposely strike the poorest country in Latin America.  Cholera, Aids and now Covid have all punished them as well.  Travel restrictions have prevented us from traveling there but through it all  Agua Pura’s young Haitian volunteers have gone on with their programs to help their neighbors.  We continued to provide them with funds and supplies and other support as best we could and looked forward to the time when we can visit again in person.


Now Haiti has suffered another setback with the murder of its President. With this latest political unrest we have begun to worry about the safety of our young friends.  We absolutely do not want them to endanger themselves to carry on our programs. I have personally spoken with them and they tell me that for now they are safe. Most of the political violence occurs in the Capital and not in the rest of the country where they live. I have told them to stay safe and to let us know what we can do to help.


We hope that with time the situation will improve and they will be able to continue their work, but for now we can only stand by and offer support.  Agua Pura may try to provide some financial support to these young volunteers and we would welcome any support that our generous GlobalGiving supporters want to give.
Please write to me directly with any questions or concerns you have.

Tom Carter

tom @aguapuraparaelpueblo.org

Teaching about clean water
Teaching about clean water
Helping one family at a time
Helping one family at a time

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