Go Galapagos with The Waterbearers and Waves for Water                                                                           

October 1, 2016 – The Waterbearers Co-Founder Jane Brinton with Erin Toppenberg and daughter Hudsyn, teamed up with Waves For Water Executive Director Christian Troy, for a water assessment trip to The Galapagos Islands.

When we think of The Galapagos, we picture pristine beaches and wildlife, flora and fauna endemic to the various islands. It’s at the top of everyone’s bucket list. But, on The Waterbearers Journeys, we go beyond the glamor and prestige of this location. We go where no one goes, serving communities living in impoverished conditions, just minutes away from main street shops and restaurants.

We focus on the natural-borne habitants of these islands, the people. Three of the islands are populated, and we visited Santa Cruz the largest with 18,000 residents. Not everyone works in the lucrative tourist trade. There are hard working people trying to survive in the rural highlands, and yet they have limited access to clean water.

History of the Galapagos Islands

The islands were discovered in 1535 by accident, when the bishop of Panama sailed to Peru to settle a dispute after the conquest of the Incas and drifted off course. But during the 16th century, it was buccaneers, whalers and a penal colony, that populated the islands. Charles Darwin, the young naturalist and geologist arrived in 1835 on board HMS Beagle, and thus began his scientific exploration on the Theory of Evolution.

In search of potable water

Finding a sustainable water supply has been problematic on the islands since the early settlers. Except for one short rainy season very little rain falls, and even then it’s irregular. During the rainy season rainwater is captured, but it is not safe to drink. Locals purchase large blue containers for $11, and refill them with drinkable water for $2. For these poor farmers in the highlands, this is costly and they have to drive into town regularly to fill up. The Sawyer filters that Waves For Water and The Waterbearers distribute provide a sustainable solution. Each $50 filter serves 100 people for up to 10 years.

Clean Water! A Benefit to the Community


This is Guayabillo in the highlands of Santa Cruz, where 20 families live. There are only two schools on the island and 86 children in this community go to school in Santa Rosa. We provided filter assembly training and maintenance to the headmaster Miguel, who will install a clean water system in each classroom. Here the children will have access to clean water, and can take water home to their families. With just one filter demonstration, 14 Filters were distributed and 1,400 men, women and children will have access to safe drinking water.

Returning to Galapagos

We will return to The Galapagos Islands in 2017 with more filters for more communities, and we encourage you to join us as we deliver our clean water systems and provide our training. Our custom journeys offers a unique experience to magical places, and provides an opportunity to discover a deeper understanding of who you are in the world. Each conscious travel experience is designed to capture and enhance your total involvement of what it means to be a Waterbearer. If you’d like to know more contact us info@thewaterbearers.org.