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An American taking a 5-minute shower uses more water than a person in a developing country does in one day.
Yearly, unsafe water and sanitation cause more death than wars.
Having lived in developing countries, Sabrina and Simon experienced the importance of safe drinking water.
In 2006, together with Art and Linda, we established the public charity Aguayuda.
Aguayuda's focus is to provide safe drinking water and related education for poor rural communities in developing countries.
We, at Aguayuda, foresee the day when everyone on earth has access to safe drinking water for all daily needs.
Our water and energy solutions range from a simple well, solar and wind energy to desalination systems. All technological solutions are accompanied by training and educational support.
Aguayuda is working together with FANCA in a community called Barra del Colorado in Costa Rica. The community is in a remote location surrounded by jungle. It can only be reached by boat or small air-plane. There is no water supply for the 450 people living in Barra. Currently most families have illegally built wells. Furthermore, this water is contaminated and therefore unsafe for human consumption. Due to consistent rain fall the most viable water solution is to capture the rain water. With the support of FANCA and Aguas Solutions, a sub-contractor, we will implement a rain water collection system for the community.
Aguayuda has found its first project in Africa via a non-profit organization called Aumazo. Aumazo's mission is to build a school for girls in Bankondji. Neither the school nor the surrounding communities consisting of 5,000 people have enough water for their daily needs. Currently, the people in Bankondji retrieve their water from polluted streams and wells. The children fetch the water and carry the heavy water containers for several miles to their homes. This chore is not only arduous but also dangerous. Recently, a 5 year old boy fell in to an open well and drowned while trying to retrieve water. To prevent tragic accidents like these and to provide the community with safe drinking water, Aguayuda will install closed wells at the school and in the nearby communities.
Aguayuda is currently working on several potential projects in Colombia.
Aguayuda is working together with the Cerrejon Foundation in La Guajira. The goal is to solve the problem of inadequate toilets for the indigenous Wayuu communities. Currently, if they have toilets, they require water. This is a major problem because many communities have limited water supply. Therefore, we will design and build composting toilets which do not require water and create a valuable fertilizer for crops.
We were contacted by the Genesis Foundation regarding the severe water problems in a community called Alpes. The 2,500 people in Alpes are poor and most of them have been displaced by the war in Colombia. Currently they receive water every very few days. Unfortunately, this water comes from a nearby contaminated river and causes skin rashes and stomach problems. The goal is to drill one well and pump the water to storage tanks located on the top of the hillls surrounding Alpes. The existing pipeline will need to be replaced due to many leaks and inefficient pipeline layout. Together with Genesis, the local government, Ecoagua, a sub contractor, and the community we will help thousands of people.
Another potential project is in Soacha. We learned about this community of displaced people from Ahmsa ,a Colombian non-profit, who has been working there for the last 5 years. Their only water source is captured rain water. However, this water is contaminated due to rusty roofs and dirty rain barrels. Fortunately, there is a spring 3 miles away. With the support of the community and Ahmsa, we will build a pipeline from the spring to the community providing water for thousands of people.
Since January 2010, Aguayuda offers donors the opportunity to sponsor a water truck for a school or community. We have selected schools and communities that we have visited that struggle with the lack of water on a daily basis. The problem with these schools and communities is that they are not connected to a water distribution system and rely solely on water trucks which they cannot afford. Thanks to this successful program and generous sponsors we have helped 350 students and 1,200 additional people with two water trucks per month. With your support we can help many more schools and communities.
Sustainability is an essential component of any Aguayuda project. Last year we helped Santropel gain access to water through a pipeline. This was accompanied by a windmill that was built in El Pajaro, a nearby community. As we returned, it was wonderful to see the windmill still operating and pumping safe drinking water to Santropel and El Pajaro. We were excited to see all the positive changes in the communities. In addition, Santropel received 19 new homes from the Red Cross which the community and Aguayuda connected to the existing pipeline. Now each home has clean water. This is a huge improvement compared to the first time we visited the community in 2008 when the people had to walk long distances to retrieve water from a contaminated well. In El Pajaro, Franklin, who is part of the water committee established by Aguayuda, and 23 other community members started their own windmill company. This will assure the sustainability of the two windmills we installed in El Pajaro and Ramonero as well as future windmill projects. To see the ripple effects water can have on a community confirms that Aguayuda's approach is successful and sustainable.
With your support, Aguayuda can continue to provide safe drinking water and related education for rural communities. Whether you choose to volunteer, donate, sponsor water trucks or initiate partnerships, you will be helping communities like these to a better and healthier future.
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