Much of the world does not have access to clean drinking water. In fact, consider the following:
- In the developing world, 24,000 children under the age of five die every day from preventable causes like diarrhea… contracted from unclean water.
- In just one day, more than 200 million hours of women’s time is consumed for the most basic of human needs… collecting water for domestic use.
- 3.3 Million people die from water related illnesses each year.
- 5 to 20 Million people die from hunger and starvation each year, largely due to lack of clean drinking water.
Our mission is to enable and inspire the people of developing countries by partnering with their communities to implement water purification and distribution systems.
While focusing on our mission, Agua Viva International intends to train and equip our partnering communities to install, maintain, and operate water purification systems. Typically, partnering communities have a strong supply of water but it is highly contaminated. Water supplies are almost always contaminated with bacteria, parasites, and suspended contamination.
Meet Mario Akhras
Mario Akhras is our new In-Country Coordinator for Ecuador. He speaks fluent Spanish and English and his beautiful heart for the people of Ecuador makes him perfect for the job. Mario has been very proactive visiting all of our sites in Ecuador and bringing communication to a whole new level. PLUS… Everyone likes Mario. You can’t beat that!