My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Pure Water for The World, Inc., Rutland, VT, USA
I have volunteered for Pure Water for the World for several months. Since I was based in Trojes, Honduras for all the time I served the NGO, I could witness first-hand how important is the PWW contribution to the local families.
Imagine extremely little communities, usually made of 20 to 30 houses each, a church and a school all spread around a rough mountainous land. Imagine unpaved roads connecting such communities that are useless for the majority of the year due to torrential rain and non-existing maintenance. Imagine the closest pueblo being 1 to 3 hours away and the closest city (and paved road) being a whole travelling day away.
Imagine houses that lack of running water, gas and latrines. Imagine the family wealth based only upon coffee harvest, which happens once a year and whose profits have to sustain a family (usually 6+ persons) for the remaining 11 months.
Imagine children and elders alike that get continuously sick due to the poor hygienic conditions and the lack of clean water. Imagine a population neglected by its own people, by its own government.
Now imagine an NGO that serves these forgotten communities.
Imagine a team of 6 workers going every day in the field, enduring long and risky trips to such places. Imagine motorbikes running on the edge of dangerous mountain ridges and 4x4 jeeps fighting against mud and unthinkable gradients. Imagine Biosand filters and latrines carried and installed both in houses and schools, under such circumstances.
Now think of a NGO that puts sustainability first, trying to have a long lasting impact on the territory by training respected members of each community on how to maintain the filters, educating children and elders on the importance of hygiene in each and every aspect, from personal matters to the household, to the environment. Imagine the same organization following up with a treatment program to rid community members of existing internal parasites. Imagine the same NGO running checks and always monitoring its results, constantly trying to improve and learn from its mistakes.
Imagine an NGO that not only serves the forgotten with the most important source of life in the world against all odds and difficulties, but also makes them feel acknowledged and loved.
Imagine Pure Water for the World.
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