Clean Water for Guatemalan Children
It is difficult to find clean water in rural Guatemala. In fact, 90% of Guatemala’s streams and rivers are contaminated. Agricultural areas and mining facilities dump pesticides and chemicals – even cyanide – into rivers.
Drinking contaminated water is the leading cause of malnutrition and death for Guatemala’s children, especially those living in rural areas. Eighty percent (80%) of people living in rural areas do not have access to basic sanitation facilities. Consequently, water-borne illnesses are prevalent. In 2013, diarrhea was the leading cause of death for indigenous Guatemalans living under the poverty line.
Thankfully, there is an affordable, sustainable solution to this problem. GreaterGood.org‘s partner, Communities of the Earth, is working with women from small villages to an effort to bring clean water to the community. With support from GreaterGood.org, Communities of the Earth helped local women acquire and learn to maintain eco-friendly water filters called Eco-filters. Build by local artisans and potters, Eco-filters are 100% biodegradable.
Last year, funding from GreaterGood.org was used to purchase 13 Ecofilters. Distributed throughout 3 schools, these filters provide clean water to 600 children, greatly improving the health of the community. Help us continue to save lives by purchasing an Eco-filter for a Guatemalan community.