We are changing things up a bit in Agua Yaku. While we will continue to drill water wells, we will begin to focus more specifically on providing access to clean water and improving health through HWTS (household water treatment and safe storage) and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) programs. Because of a number of limitations (financial and technological) we have not been able to drill wells in every community where clean water is needed. In many communities where it is not possible to drill wells, the residents have to drink water collected from rain water or other surface sources that are unsanitary. The World Health Organization has determined that clean water can reduce water-related deaths by 21%, sanitation (latrines) can reduced water-related deaths by 37.5%, and hygiene (hand washing) can reduce water-related deaths by 35%. Improvements in all three areas could practically eliminate water-related deaths!
Through a new filter technology we hope to place a water filter system in each home that does not have access to a clean water source. Sawyer (http://www.sawyer.com/sawyersaves/default.html) has developed a hollow-fiber membrane filter that can filter up to 500 gallons of potable water a day (cleaner than U.S. bottled water) and is guaranteed for 1,000,000 gallons. This is a huge leap in filter technology. Would you like to help Agua Yaku provide a family with clean water for life. For $100 we can provide a family with a Sawyer filter and training on how to use and maintain the filter, and training on how to improve their family’s health through sanitation and hygiene. We have a big goal: we would like to place 100,000 filters in Bolivia in the next five years, which would provide clean water for around 1,000,000 people! How many families would you like to give clean water to for life? As we implement this program we will continue to work through local churches, pastors, and missionaries to make sure the poor are ministered to and that everyone hears about the love and truth in Christ.