Project Location: Ecuador – Cañar, Azuay Province
Date of Project: June 2015 – August 2016
History and Scope of Problem:
The Cañari People are one of the oldest indigenous cultures in Ecuador dating back 3500 years. It was an incredible honor to be invited to serve here, and to spend time witnessing their traditions. The villages in Cañar all have piped water in their homes that comes directly from underground springs. Sounds reasonable right, and why wouldn’t that be clean water up in the mountains of all places? That’s the question we asked! Well, it turns out that the Andes Highlands are heavily populated with cows and other animals, and the waste has been seeping into their water supply for hundreds of years. It causes sickness – bottom line!
Project Overview and Result:
An international delegation of entrepreneurs, coaches, and personal development trainers raised the funds from their peers for 56 FILTERS for the Cañari, and SpryteLorianoGlobal donated one bucket to go with each filter. They traveled to Ecuador to provide the distribution and training of the clean water system to the community. There are 248 families that we wanted to serve immediately. Because the families houses are spread apart, we asked the Cañari Community Leaders if they thought the families would share the filters for clean water, and they agreed. We asked FIVE Families to share ONE Filter – And to walk from house to house to serve one another.
We returned to Cañar in December to assess the project, and found that 6 out of 12 communities had a system in place. They decided to give SIX filters to 6 communities each to rotate among 40 to 50 families. They reported that this system was working. They spread out the rest of the filters to the remaining communities. But it is not enough to create a workable system. We gave them an additional 7 filters that we had on hand.
Project Completed: In August 2016 we returned with more filters that can serve the additional 6 communities and all the families, serving the total of about 2800 people.
Total Number of Filters Provided: 106
Project Impact : 2800 + people served for up to a decade with proper usage of filter. Due to houses being spread apart, the Impact per filter is reduced due to One Filter being shared among just 5 families or (25 people) versus 100 people as is the normal scenario.
Project Cost: $5300 ($50 per filter, providing one Million Gallons per filter)
This was a collaborative project of SpryteLorianoGlobal (www.sprytelorianoglobal.com), NoRegrets Productions (www.liveyourlist.tv) and The Waterbearers. If your company would like to co-sponsor a similar project with a large donation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.