Approximately 77 million people don’t have access to drinking water in Latin America, being Guatemala one of the most affected places, since 90% of the country’s water is contaminated, several countries in this region share similar rates.
According to UNICEF “Globally, an estimated 2,000 children under the age of five die every day from diarrheal diseases and out of these, some 1,800 deaths are linked to water, sanitation and hygiene.
Parasitic illnesses, abound in environments with unsafe water and deficient sanitation. At the very least they sap children of vitality – and at their worst cause blindness and sometimes death. Poor hygiene is a conduit for these diseases.
Almost 90 per cent of child deaths from diarrheal diseases are directly linked to contaminated water, lack of sanitation, or inadequate hygiene
The situation of children in Guatemala is alarming. The rate of children’s mortality is 34%, being the main problem chronic malnourishment. The main causes of death are associated to pneumonia and severe diarrheal diseases and 54% of these diseases are associated to some level of malnourishment.
Without access to safe water and adequate sanitation, families remain mired in deplorable conditions. Young children die from preventable diseases. Those who survive are often unable to learn in school or succeed in life because of the legacy of ill health in their early years and the burden of recurring illnesses.”
In our experience working with rural communities, stomach diseases, malnourishment and skin problems are the main issues that people suffer due to the water pollution, being the children the most affected population.
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ACHIEVEMENTS OBTAINED BY THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROGRAM!
community of San Juan Cerritos Suchitepequez
Living Heritage held medical clinics with the support of a medical mission team in the years 2013, 2014, and 2015. The medical staff, when examining people in the community, determined that most of them suffered from parasites (amoebas, Giardiasis, others), which tend to be found in polluted waters.
Thanks to the Water Filters program, it was possible to donate 135 filters for this community, training families regarding the importance and correct use of the filter, including in this training deworm medicine for all family members. The achievement obtained by the water filters program was amazing. The following year of having delivered the filters, the same medical team returned to this community on a medical mission and determined that the cases of patients suffering from amoebas had been reduced by almost 80%.
HOW TO PROVIDE A WATER FILTER?
- The process starts by locating rural communities without access to purified water and who cannot afford it.
- Working together with local leaders, the cases are prioritized, selecting the most vulnerable, who are trained about clean water, hygiene, health, nutrition and water filter assembly; then, deworming medicine is provided and water filters are delivered at each home.
After 6 months of using the filter, for follow up, LHF visits each beneficiary families to verify that they have used it correctly.
HOW CAN I HELP?
- Contributing to our funds of filters in action from $XX
- Contributing to the cost of the spare parts for filters delivered from $XX
- Contributing to the full cost of the program Filters in action for one family for $XX
A single filter can change the life of an entire family!!!!