Friday, 25 of April of 2014

Danis’ fight to protect the health of her community

Danis is a young Wounaan woman living in a remote village in Eastern Panama. These indigenous communities are often isolated and transportation is by dug out canoe over jungle rivers. She is a very good student but to continue her education she had to attend government boarding schools far away from her home. Today she is studying Nursing, but her goal is to someday become a doctor to help her people.

We first met Danis when she attended Agua Pura’s four day training program in Yaviza to learn our modern methods of water and sanitation. From the very first we were impressed by her intelligence and dedication She studied how to test her communities drinking water for bacterial contamination and learned various ways to make drinking water safe to drink. She was a leader in her training and helped others as well. Agua Pura provided her with testing supplies and water pasteurization indicators to take back to her village, and now she is now back in her community assisting her neighbors keep their drinking water safe.

Agua Pura’s goal is to train and support more people like Danis. We give them water testing and purification supplies and work with them to help their community. These supplies are inexpensive but vital to the health of Wounaan families and children. Your generous donations go directly back to the Wounaan people by helping Danis and others help themselves and their neighbors have safe drinking water. Rather than waiting for someone to provide clean wells or water purification equipment, you are helping  families TODAY.

Can you support Danis’s and other Wounaan communities by donating now?


Agua Pura Visits Panamá

Agua Pura recently returned from a great trip to Panama where we worked with the Wounaan indigenous people to help them provide clean drinking water for their communities.  The Wounaan are a well organized tribal group living in Eastern Panama and dedicated to improving the health and welfare of their people. In recent years they have faced increased problems with contaminated drinking water supplies due to illegal logging and cattle ranching on their lands.  
Last January, Agua Pura Para El Pueblo was invited to attend the biannual Congress of the Wounaan where we discussed providing training and support for water testing and water purification programs.  We offered to train health workers from different communities in modern methods of water testing and demonstrate simple methods of water purification to families and community leaders.  These trained persons then would return to their communities to share their information with others.
Here are some photos taken at our July training program.  We spent 5 days in Yaviza, Panama meeting with representatives of 6 indigenous Wounaan villages.  These people were very interested in learning ways they could help their communities.  Yaviza is at the very end of the PanAmerican highway and many of the participants came long distances by dug out canoe to attend.
We felt that the program was very successful and look forward to continuing to assist the Wounaan people in providing safe drinking water for their communities.

Agua Pura acaba de regresar de un viaje muy bueno a Panamá, donde se trabajó con los indígenas Wounaan para ayudarles a proporcionar agua potable a sus comunidades. Los Wounaan son un grupo tribal bien organizado que vive en Panamá Este y dedicada a mejorar la salud y el bienestar de sus pueblos. En los últimos años se han enfrentado mayores problemas con el suministro de agua potable contaminados debido a la tala y la ganadería ilegales en sus tierras.
En enero pasado, Agua Pura Para El Pueblo fue invitado a asistir al Congreso bianual de la Wounaan donde hablamos sobre la capacitación y el apoyo para las pruebas de agua y programas de purificación de agua. Nos ofrecieron a capacitar a los trabajadores de salud de las diferentes comunidades de los métodos modernos de análisis de agua y demostrar métodos sencillos de purificación de agua a las familias y líderes comunitarios. Estas personas capacitadas luego regresarían a sus comunidades para compartir su información con terceros.
Aquí están algunas fotos tomadas en nuestro programa de entrenamiento de julio. Pasamos 5 días en Yaviza, Panamá reunión con representantes de 6 pueblos indígenas Wounaan. Estas personas estaban muy interesadas en aprender formas en que podrían ayudar a sus comunidades. Yaviza es al final de la carretera Panamericana y muchos de los participantes llegó a grandes distancias por canoa para asistir.
Nos pareció que el programa fue muy exitoso y esperamos continuar ayudando al pueblo Wounaan en el suministro de agua potable para sus comunidades.

Arrival By Canoe



Participants testing water from their communities

Participants shared their knowledge

Learning to Cook and Pasteurize water with a Solar Stove

Solar Stove Cooking

Making Simple Solar Stoves

It was a fun experience for all

Examining the results of water testing

Each Participant Received a Diploma For their Study

Studying program

Yaviza Workshop Graduates






Our Year End Thank You For Your Support

Dear Friends-
We hope that this end of the year letter finds you in good health and enjoying the Christmas holidays with your families and friends.  Recent tragic events here in Portland and elsewhere around the county and world tend to make us appreciate and cherish  those close to us even more.  We  do believe that the world is slowly becoming a better, safer place however, and that when we focus on that fact we can see past our current problems to a more positive future for us all.
You are part of that better future we can see. With your help and support our organization and others like ours have been able to continue to work this year and plan for future programs.  
It’s been another busy year for us at Agua Pura and we look forward to the growing challenges and growing opportunities in the years ahead.
Those of you who follow our work on our website  or have contributed to our Global Giving campaign may be familiar with some of our programs, but for others I want to briefly share some of our progress and our successes this last year.
Agua Pura works by cooperating with other non profits.  We are invited and hosted by  organizations and government agencies.  We do not come and build things for people, but instead help them provide for themselves.  We teach health leaders to test drinking water for contamination and support them with the tools and supplies for their work.  We show families how to make their own water safe to drink, rather than wait for someone to provide a well.  We show how improved sanitation can keep them and their families healthy and safe.  Our motto is “una familia a la vez” which means one family at a time.

This year we spent time in Southern Mexico working with our partners at Amextra the Mexican Association for Urban and  Rural Transformation.  They have a number of programs throughout Mexico and we worked with them in Mexico City and in Palenque in Chiapas State.  We trained their staff in modern methods of water testing and simple methods of pasteurization.  We also helped repair and restore a school latrine that was not functioning and added a hand washing station so that the students had a safe, sanitary bathroom at their school.

Here in Oregon we have trained and supported several volunteer groups with other non-profits that were going to Latin America countries such as Nicaragua and Peru.  This helps extend our impact into new areas, and where we can follow up with other programs in the future.   
We’ve started taking interested volunteers with us on our projects  as a way to train more staff and to help with our programs.  We work mostly in Spanish, but even beginner level skills can be helpful and local families love to talk and find out more about us and our programs.  If you are interested in participating, or want to be trained in water testing methods please let us know.

These are only a few of the programs we have worked on this last year.  You can read a lot more about them here on our website and our Global Giving site.  We are extremely grateful to you and our other friends and never take you for granted. If you wish to make a year end contribution to support our work we would really appreciate it.  You can donate through our secure website or send a check directly.  Of course all donations are 100% tax deductible.
Thank you very much and please stay in contact, I love to hear from our friends.
Tom Carter
Executive Director
Agua Pura Para El Pueblo


Recent Trip Update

Agua Pura recently completed another service project in Mexico. We returned to continue our water and sanitation work at two locations, at Tultitlan near Mexico City, and in Palenque in Chiapas in southern Mexico. Thanks for your continued support and you can read about the trip at our Global Giving site:


Our Upcoming Mexico Service Trip

Agua Pura is happy to announce plans for its latest service trip. From July 7th through the 22nd, 2012 we will traveling and working in Mexico with our local partner Amextra, The Mexican Association For Rural and Urban Transformation. Agua Pura has worked for several years with their organization promoting clean water and sanitation and will be returning to continue our programs with them.

 This year we will be visiting our ongoing projects in Mexico City and Palenque in Chiapas as well as new programs in San Cristobal De Las Casas and Oaxaca, Mexico. We will be giving workshops to local organizations and heath professionals on current methods of water testing and purification. We’ll also be giving demonstrations in local communities on simple methods that families can use to make their water safe to drink. Agua Pura also provides testing materials and Water Pasteurization Indicators (WAPI’s) free of charge.

WAPI’s are simple reusable devices that show when water has been heated enough to have killed all dangerous organisms.  They save lives in developing countries with unsafe water and are also useful here for camping and emergency preparedness.  Read more about WAPI’s by scrolling down our website.  If you want to purchase one for $5.00 for your own use and to help support our work, click on our “donate” button or send a check to Agua Pura Para El Pueblo at 15035 SE Monner Road, Happy Valley, Oregon 97086.

Here are some photos from last falls’ trip.

School Handwashing class


Water Testing Class

Rocket Stove Workshop