Our team celebrated stage-one completion of CWP’s latest water project in Aurora Esquipulas, January of 2013. Watch the video above!
CHIAPAS WATER PROJECT
The Chiapas Water Project(CWP) was founded in 2005 after a group of local (Northern Michigan) residents visited Chiapas Mexico and witnessed the illness and poverty perpetuated by lack of access to potable water. Compelled to share the gift of clean water, the Chiapas Water Project was born in solidarity with the Mayan indigenous communities of Chiapas. Partnering with volunteers on the ground, all donations will be used exclusively to build appropriate technology water systems.
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Thanks to our strong supporters who understand the importance of clean water, we have experienced success in the region of Chiapas! To date we have…
Impacted more than 2400+ people
Improved 7+ communities via clean, accessible water in Chiapas
Trained more than 80 project managers for upkeep and troubleshooting
TODAY’S CHIAPAS WATER PROJECT:
Located 9 hours from San Cristobal de Las Casas, El Pradito is home to about 26 families (160 people) who desperately need fresh water access. Right now they live roughly 3 miles from the closest spring water source. Every family faces severe problems due to their lack of clean water, but El Pradito’s request for a water project comes mainly because they want to protect their women & children from hours of backbreaking work, transporting water to their homes.
During the dry season, El Pradito’s current water source provides 1.7 million liters of water every day, but right now, there’s no easy access to this water. “This is one of the biggest spring sources I have seen in Chiapas,” says Bruno. “With this amount of water, the families [could] easily use the overflow for irrigation & animals.” A topographic study of El Pradito led to the plan for a gravity-flow water system, which will send water from the mainline to a large reservoir tank & involve construction of five public tap stands. Approximately 9,600 liters of water per day (60 liters/person) are needed to cover El Pradito’s basic needs. This might sound like a lot–but compare it to the average American’s 10-minute shower, which uses at least 190 liters of water!
Let’s change the lives of our friends in El Pradito, who are struggling to improve their health & living conditions. A gift of $225 funds clean water access for a single community member. $100 pays for 100 meters of hydraulic water piping, & $50 buys 10 bags of concrete toward the reservoir tanks. And a donation of any amount will help. The simple resource of clean water will make a huge difference in El Pradito. Please join us!