DESCRIPTION AND NEEDS:
The Clean Water Project is a cooperative effort to establish safe and clean water for the impoverished urban and rural people of northern Baja, México through the installation of Biosand filters in all villages. The people of are the largely indigenous Kumeyaay (Kumiai) people who do not have any access to clean water; rather their only source of water are highly contaminated wells.
The water-borne disease rate is high, children are ill and cannot attend school. The incidence of Hepatitis A, and disorders resulting from e. coli contamination are increasing.
The objectives of this project are to treat all communities within a 100km range of Tijuana, Baja. We estimate that the project will provide clean water for over 100,000 people in several municipalities
The project involves teaching the local people to test their own water quality, and water sanitation training. We have developed a train-the-trainer system of modules in health, hygiene and water sanitation which must be spread throughout the region along with the installation of filtration.
HOW PROJECT WILL MEET NEEDS:
The project will provide clean water and reduce disease through intensive education. In addition, small businesses of water supply and soap-making will be micro-financed to allow local people to develop their own resources.
HOW FUNDS WILL BE USED:
Steel molds to make concrete filters (these can rotated among locations)
Sand and gravel to fill filters
Water analysis kits
Education and training materials
Training of projector coordinators (both in USA and Mexico)
Trainers (costs of bringing inspectors and trainer to site)
Additional filter equipment such as tubing and catchment bottles
Transportation: site visits, filter distribution.
Micro-Loan program for filters and soaps.
HOW CLUB MEMBERS ARE INVOLVED: The goal is to have every club in District 4100 in the area surrounding Tijuana involved in the project by financial contribution, actively being trained on filter construction and maintenance, teach classes and supervise filters in their areas.