Project Location: Ecuador, Amazon Rainforest – Yasuni Kichwa Community – Yasuní National Park
Date of Project: June 2015
History and Scope of Problem:
Considered by many the most bio diverse location in the Amazon Rainforest, the Yasuni Kichwa Ecolodge was built just two and a half years ago by the Kichwa community as a way to sustain their culture, empower the community, and teach visitors about life inside the rainforest, and the need to protect it.
The Yasuní Kichwa Community is inside the rainforest’s Yasuní National Park and in the middle of the immense oil drilling controversy, as locals do what they can to preserve both their land and their ways of being. By bringing clean water filters to the Yasuni Kichwa Ecolodge, the community could save up to $1000 per month (perhaps more during high season) by providing clean filtered drinking water instead of bottled water, and at the same time reduce the problem of disposing of plastic bottles.
Project Overview and Result:
Our International Delegation raised funds from their peers and in June 2015 we distributed 20 filters for the community to share, reducing illness mostly among its children, and provided training to the community leaders. Additionally, they spent half a day at the local school to demonstrate filters to nearly 200 children and share about water safety. The community is using the filters we provided, but they want to continue sharing the clean water systems with other villages as soon as we are able to supply more filters.
Number of Filters Provided: 20 filters
Project Impact : 1000+ people served for up to two decades with proper usage of filter. Due to houses being spread far apart, the Impact per filter is reduced due to limited sharing.
Project Cost: $1000 ($50 per filter, providing one Million Gallons per filter)
UPDATE November 24, 2015
The filters are being used to the tune of over 250 people per day at both the Yasuní Kichwa Ecolodge and the Community, AND the Napo Wildlife Center (Voted the No. 1 Luxury Ecolodge in Yasuní National Park)
- They are serving the children in the school every day
- The Yasuní community now comes to the Ecolodge regularly and fill 5-gallon containers at the Clean Water Station they have created at the lodge
- All guests at both lodges are now drinking our Filtered Water, NOT bottled water
- Kitchens for both lodges are now using our filtered water for cooking
- Communities are saving hundreds of dollars per month (no more buying bottled water) and money is being re-channeled into other projects and improvements
- BEST OF ALL – With our Filters, they are eager to set up a regular program of distributing and sustainability training to other communities along the Napo River, which could impact thousands in this region of the Amazon Rainforest.
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THE WATERBEARERS TRAVEL TEAM UPDATES
- In March the first Waterbearer Travel Team brought 50 additional filters to Yasuní Amazon
- Two new communities along the Napo River were provided sustainability training and clean water systems
- Jiovanny Rivadeneira, the General Manager of Napo Wildlife Center and Yasuní Kichwa Ecolodge supported the introductions to the local communities leaders and is prepared to support our expanded program up and down the Napo River as more filter get funded.
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