Amazon Promise wrote -
When the village of Hipolito was established many years ago, it was situated right on the banks of the Amazon which gave them direct access to water. Over the years, the course of the river has changed and they are now over a mile-and-a-half from the river, with only a small stream that runs thru the village. This stream is very low and usually covered in a thick, green algae. Nope, can't drink that, and when they do, out of desperation, they get very sick. They do collect rainwater using plastic buckets and old oil barrels, but while walking thru the village you will see bats, vultures and rats living on the roofs which means the water coming off the roof....well, you can imagine. They also don't have safe storage of this water so other land animals can be seen drinking or bathing in it. Just not a good deal for the people of Hipolito!
You can help change that! The combination of safe drinking water and hygienic sanitation facilities is a precondition for success in the fight against poverty and hunger (WHO). Each year, 1.6 million people die from diarrheal diseases (including cholera) attributed to lack of access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. Amazon Promise, along with its partner organization Engineers Without Borders, are continuing to look for ways to reduce poverty and improve health in the Peruvian Amazon! Our vision is to install rainwater systems in every village! (In October/November of 2016, a fifth system was installed in the village of Payorote.) We also want to work with each family in each village to install composting bathrooms. With clean water and clean, safe toilet systems, that’s more than half the battle to maintain a healthy successful life.
We've seen other types of water systems like wells and river pump up stations, and guess what? The majority of them break down within the first two years. Rainwater systems have shown to be low maintenance and something everyone in the village can participate in to ensure clean water is always available to them.
In the village of Jaldar on the Yarapa River where EWB installed a system three years ago, they have such an abundance of sparkling clean water they are able to sell it and make a profit which allows them to have extra funding for other village needs.
Amazon Promise is excited to be working with the Binghamton Student Chapter of EWB, and we look forward to keeping you up-to-date on the latest news.