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Water for schoolchildren in need - One Million Goal's Fall 2017 trip to Nicaragua

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Schoolchildren of Nicaragua, we are on our way!!! 

Water is one of life's most critical resources. Even with the seed, the soil, and the sunshine, the miracle of life cannot begin until you add water. Unfortunately, nearly 700 million people around the world suffer because they don't have reliable access to this basic need. Those without safe, clean drinking water suffer a multitude of issues as a result. 

Worldwide, an estimated 2,000 people die every single day, and nearly half the hospital beds around the world are full of patients suffering because of a lack of access to water. Fortunately, tens of thousands of people are joining the fight to help bring water to every man, woman, and child in the world. One Million Goal, Inc. is one organization making a difference in this cause. 

One country that suffers greatly from this water crisis is Nicaragua. Throughout the country, an estimated 900,000 people live without reliable access to safe water. Some cannot access water; many have access to water that has been contaminated with harmful sediment, bacteria, or parasites. During two previous trips to Nicaragua, One Million Goal employed a few simple, yet effective solutions for contaminated water and have already helped nearly 3,000 Nicaraguans overcome this harsh reality. 

This October, One Million Goal (OMG) is sending a team of volunteers to a community outside Managua, Nicaragua to provide a safe water solution to more than 1,000 children who are currently at risk. 

During a four-day trip, OMG workers plan to install a combination sediment filtration/ultraviolet purification system at two rural schools outside Managua. This effective solution helps clean debris and harmful contaminants from the water, then purifies the water with an ultraviolet light to ensure it is safe for children to consume. 

We are working with a local partner in Nicaragua to identify two schools that are ideal for this application. The project schools will be selected based on: need for purification, application feasibility, ability to maintain the unit, number of children served, and proximity to a population density that can benefit from the school's reliable water. 

The project budget for this trip is $9,000. This amount will provide for the cost to install two complete water systems for two schools that serve between 500 and 1,000 children each. The cost for these projects includes: two ultraviolet purification systems, two particulate filtration systems, plumbing and electrical supplies, local contract labor, a rental vehicle for transportation, travel cost for a minimum-sized team, lodging. (Meals and incidentals covered by the volunteers)



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