Monday, 15 of September of 2014



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!


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: 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




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!


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.




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.


Time To Celebrate!

Agua Pura’s goal is to improve the lives of the people we serve, one family at a time.  Supported by your generous donations, we have helped communities throughout Latin American improve their lives and their health with very simple, practical things people can do for themselves.  It’s very rewarding and satisfying work, and scrolling down our website you can read about our projects over the last years.

Last year saw some of our most successful and long lasting projects and this year is shaping up to have more of the same.  Now it’s time to celebrate and share our successes with you, our supporters.

Agua Pura is hosting a celebration and fund raising event on Friday, March 21 at La Bonita Mexican Restaurant in Portland. There will be a delicious buffet of the restaurant’s specialties including vegetarian options. We’ll have entertainment and a silent auction for gifts we’ve brought back from our trips. Most importantly, we’ll show slides of our past projects and talk about new ones coming up this year.

Please join us:
Where: La Bonita North Restaurant
    2710 N Killingsworth St.

When: 8:30 till 10:30 PM
    Friday, March 21, 2013

Cost: $45 dollars for tickets purchased in advance
    $50 dollars the night of the event


Purchase your tickets via EventBrite or send a check to:
Agua Pura Para El Pueblo
15035 SE Monner Road
Happy Valley, Oregon 97086

Thanks very much for your continued support and we’ll see you at La Bonita! 

Remember, Agua Pura Para El Pueblo is a registered 501(c)(3) non profit and a portion of your donation may be considered tax deductible.



Agua Pura traveled to Peru in October visiting several different parts of the country over a three week period, giving our workshops to families and health workers in the communities we visited. The programs were well received and had a positive impact on the people there.

Lima, Peru

Lima, like most cities around the world attracts many poor rural families who come looking for a better life. They often end up in slums illegally built in areas without basic services like water or sanitation. When we first arrived in Lima we visited some of these newest “invasion communities” with our hosts, Portland based Health Bridges International. They have several programs in Peru working with other groups and churches to bring basic health care to these people, and they asked us to give a workshop to their health workers on basic water and sanitation.

The health workers brought us water samples from their communities to test for bacterial contamination, then at the workshop we went over the results of the testing and suggested ways that they could make their water safe to drink, and distributed Water Pasteurization Indicators (WAPI’s) to them. We encouraged the participants to use the WAPI’s and to show them to their neighbors as well. We will follow the progress of these health workers and support them as they share their knowledge with their communities.

After three days in Lima we rode a bus up the arid coast of Peru and over the mountains to a beautiful valley high in the Andes. The town of Yungay is nearly 9000 feet in elevation and surrounded by peaks up to 22,000 feet. It was the site of a terrible earthquake and avalanche in 1970 that wiped out the original town and killed over 30,000 people.

Workshop in Yungay

We stayed with our hosts Health Bridges at an orphanage located above the relocated town of Yungay. Our project was to work with families in surrounding communities to again check their water supplies and help them with methods to make the water safe. We also trained some of the older students from the orphanage to test water accurately so that they now can become a health resource for their neighbors. The program was very well received and we were asked to return and present similar programs in other local communities. Next time we will have our newly trained health resource students help us.

Our final stop was the “white city” of Arequipa – built with a white volcanic stone which gives it a shimmering quality in the bright sunlight of the the altiplano. It’s very dry there and has the same problem of spreading “invasion communities” as Lima. Again we stayed with our hosts and presented our program to a group of well organized health representatives from these communities. These groups were impressively knowledgeable and motivated to help their neighbors.

Overall our trip was very satisfying and well received, and I think we will be returning to Peru in the future to continue our work.

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