Phase II: Give clean water to a Garifuna community
Organized by: Corey and Kirsten Wells
We are Corey & Kirsten Wells and we've been working the past year in the Garifuna community of Nueva Armenia, Honduras, helping them to meet basic needs within their community. We've developed a relationship with the community leadership and, in January of this year, decided to raise funds to help them put in a community water well. Since our first Crowdrise fundraiser started, the public water source to the community stopped flowing altogether. So the timing of our project is crucial! This community in particular has a history of being overlooked by the government and social entities alike.
Our long-term goal is to get basic needs taken care of so that, instead of focusing on survival (like finding water to wash, cook and clean with), the people can be empowered to build up their own community by caring for one another, building a trusted leadership structure, and by establishing small businesses and cooperatives.
After meeting the goal of our first Crowdrise fundraiser (Phase I of our water project), we have drilled a well and hit water! We are in process of installing the pump, pump-house, and electrical components as part of this first phase. Thank you to all those awesome people who gave to Phase I of this project! We literally could not do any of this without your support.
The community has asked that we connect the new well to the old water system and tank feeding the community. Although this system is faulty, this made a lot of sense from a practicality point of view because the community already has access to this old system with pipes leading into homes. With funds raised from this Phase II campaign, we will work with community leadership and work groups to find and repair any broken pipes and clean and repair the old water tank. We will then connect the new well to the source pipe of the newly repaired water tank.
Part of Phase II will be to install a purified water filling area, suitable for drinking. All water going into the improved community water tank will be well water, but not certified as drinkable (according to the Honduran government). So in a central area in the community, we will place a 500 gallon holding tank with a Sawyer Water Filtration system, and install a cover/roof to protect the area from the elements. Help us complete this water project and make the filling station a place the community takes ownership of and is proud to call their own.
Thank you for serving the Garifuna people through us and providing a basic necessity of clean drinking water!