OPERATION SAFE DRINKING WATER
April 27, 2011
I worked with Project Clean Drinking Water during a college service trip. The founders, Joe and Maribel, are the real deal. They have devoted their whole life and all their resources to bring safe drinking water and medical care to the villages in the Bocas del Toro area. The villagers' anguish as they and their children suffer from cureable diseases and drink unsafe water for lack of a better option is huge, and exacerbated by the fact that hospitals are not willing to help indigenous people. The villagers' lack of allies makes the help of Project Clean Drinking Water all the more vital to improve the villagers' lives and bring hope for a better future for their children, who will miss fewer days of school due to illness. It's a bare-bones operation that gives everything to helps the villages.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I served with this organization on a spring break service trip and helped them install water catchment systems and distribute medical care.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would find more sources of funding, especially sustainable funding, so that more can be done on a more regular basis; the week we were there, 4 rain catchment systems were installed, but a guy who had been with Operation Safe Drinking Water had only gotten to install 1 system before that week.
Volunteer & I installed water catchment systems, distributed reading glasses, and did crafts with the children in several villages around Bocas del Toro.