Our longest standing project area, Chiapas Water Project, was founded in 2005 to fund water systems using technology appropriate for each community. Partnering with Concern America and CATAS, all funds raised through On the Ground go directly to material costs for the water projects in Mayan communities struggling for indigenous rights.
Aurora Esquipulas – 2013 Chiapas Water Project Initiative
Similar to the majority of farming communities, women and children of the Guadalupe community are given the daily task of collecting the family’s water needs while the men are tending to the field. The women and children currently gather water from two ponds located near the village, both are open bodies of water making it easily contaminated by the environment and animals. For cleaner water they walk one mile to the nearby hillside where there’s a natural spring, carrying 10-20 liter plastic jugs on their backs. They spend on average nearly four hours a day collecting water for their basic needs.
Chiapas Water Project Impact
2500+ Mayan people in 7+ communities now have clean running water and 80 community experts have been trained to maintain existing systems & create new ones where needed.
- Winikton – 42 families
- Miguel Hidalgo – 49 families
- Morelia Zone – 80+ Education of Community Trainers
- Chi’ xilton – 60 families
- Nuevo San Gregorio - 36 families
- Yaxgemel - 38 families
- Ocosingo – 5 Team Water Training
- Acteal – 15 families
- Teopisca (El Puerto) – 72 families
- Aurora Esquipulas – 100 families
- El Pradito – 26 families
Partnering with Concern America and CATAS, all funds raised through On the Ground go directly to material costs for the water projects in Mayan communities struggling for indigenous rights.
- Concern America is an international development and refugee aid organization providing long-term, community-based development and support to economically impoverished communities throughout the world. Collaboration has resulted in the creation of a website with technical resources for appropriate technology projects, free for use by all: www.itacanet.org. Improving general living conditions in Chiapas on a low budget with locally available materials is not only necessary but also very possible.
- CATAS provides technical assistance and the construction of appropriate technology water projects in Chiapas, Mexico. It is an international grassroots organization working with OTG to create direct links and financial resources to combat the global water crisis while supporting the struggle for indigenous autonomy and human rights in Chiapas.