Friday, 19 of December of 2014

AGUA PURA IN HONDURAS

A COMMUNITY PROGRAM Each day we visited a different community.

A COMMUNITY PROGRAM
Each day we visited a different community.

A note from Executive Director Tom:

I’m writing this on the airplane as we return to Portland from our latest project in Honduras, and I’m excited to share a little of the experiences we’ve had during the last 10 days.  It was a wonderful trip where we presented our program of water testing and water purification and made many new friends.

A large Honduran non profit, Project Global Village or “Proyecto Aldea Global”, asked Medical Teams International for help with a clean water project they were starting, and friends of ours at MTI asked Agua Pura to provide the training. Aldea Global has different programs ongoing throughout the country and this one was in a remote, poorly served area.  It was Agua Pura’s first trip to Honduras and the largest program we have ever presented.

Belen Gualcho is a charming old mountain town on the original Spanish trade route through Central America.  It’s in a high valley surrounded by steep green ridges, kept well watered by the frequent rains.  They grow coffee, bananas and other tropical fruits and vegetables as well as the traditional corn and beans, but are far beyond the end of the paved roads so their access to markets is somewhat limited.  Above this town, reaching up toward the high pine forests are many small villages, some accessible only by path and horseback.  The local headquarters of Project Global Village is there where they administer various different programs including agricultural, community health. and micro finance.

CLEAN HANDS! They also learned a hand washing song.

CLEAN HANDS!
They also learned a hand washing song.

Our plan was to first train local community leaders from the villages and then go with them back to their homes and help them share the ideas with their friends and neighbors. It was a great week where we got to visit communities where travelers rarely go an where we were happily welcomed.  Our simple, low cost ideas for providing clean drinking water were enthusiastically received and and we felt very gratified by the reception we got.

 

 

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Congratulations!

 

Here’s a picture of some excited and happy graduates!  Agua Pura had a really nice year working with these Latin American exchange students at Mt Hood Community College.  For two years they’ve been studying various things that could help their communities when they return.  During several workshops we showed them some of our water testing and water purification methods and provided them with supplies and Water Pasteurization Indicators that they can take home.  We also had a really interesting field trip with them to see a program that develops fuel efficient and safe cooking stoves.

Graduation Day!

Graduation Day!

It was fun working with these bright and enthusiastic young men and women.  I think they will become great ambassadors and leaders in their home countries and we expect to follow their progress in the years ahead.  Congratulations!

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Portland Area Water Testing Workshop

Building solar stoves

Building solar stoves

Agua Pura Para El Pueblo is offering its Water Testing and Water Purification Workshop on June 11, 2014 from 10am till 4pm in Portland.

The program will teach accurate methods for testing drinking water for contamination and simple ways to make drinking water safe. Participants will get to test and analyze their own water samples. They will also learn how to make solar stoves and other methods of pasteurizing water.

This workshop is recommended for persons interested in traveling with Agua Pura on its programs in Latin America, but other participants are welcome as well. There is no charge for the workshop, but registration is required. Please email your request for registration to: tom@aguapuraparaelpueblo.org and include your name and phone number.

 

Water Testing Workshop

When: June 11, 2014 10am till 4pm

Where: The home of Tom Carter, Executive Director
15035 SE Monner Road
Happy Valley, Oregon 97086
503-658-2414

 

 

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Travel With Agua Pura to Chiapas in Mexico

Mayan ruins at Palenque

Mayan ruins at Palenque

Have you ever thought about volunteering on a service trip to a foreign country?  Are you in reasonably good health and can take a couple of weeks off to see a fascinating part of the world and help alleviate serious health issues?  This may be your opportunity!

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Volunteers with Agua Pura Para El Pueblo are traveling to Chiapas in southern Mexico from May 9 through May 21, 2014 to work with local Mexican non profits promoting clean drinking water and sanitation.  We will be visiting culturally rich areas such as the beautiful town of San Cristobal de Las Casas and the fabulous Mayan ruins at Palenque.  There will be time for visiting and sight seeing as well as participating in Agua Pura’s projects.

 

 

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

Agua Pura will travel to rural communities in the region, learning about their needs for clean drinking water and sanitation and offering training and support to their efforts. We work closely with local communities and families, so volunteers will be able to experience and interact with people on a basis not possible to regular tourists. There are useful jobs for all volunteers, and speaking Spanish, while helpful and rewarding, is not necessary. Flexibility, commitment and an interest in meeting people are the main requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visiting local communities

Visiting local communities

Agua Pura does not charge “project fees”, but volunteers are expected to pay their own expenses.  Estimated costs for the trip are about $1400 to $1800, including air fare and lodging, depending on personal arrangements.  Please contact Agua Pura for more information.

 

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Agua Pura Para El Pueblo is a registered 501(c)(3) non profit and volunteer expenses are considered a charitable donation to the extent allowed by federal law.

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