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 disadvantaged people of developing countries. We do this by partnering with their communities to implement water purification and distribution (bottling) systems, providing health and hygiene education, and by promoting gender empowerment.
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 Mbaja Wagome
Agua Viva has been very successful in Tanzania and Kenya in large part because of our outstanding In Country Coordinator Mbaja Wagome. Against all odds, our friend Mbaja, has transalated all of our Health & Hygiene curriculum into Swahili, managed the construction of our new sand filtration system in Mwanza, AND, he has orchestrated the Tax Exempt Receipt of three installation shipments to the African Seaport in Dar es Salaam. Mbaja is a wonderful friend of Agua Viva and he is committed to growing our presence along the Lake Victoria rim. Mbaja has done all of this at risk to his own health during the CoVid pandemic. Mbaja was recently married (last weekend) and we wish him many blessings and good fortune in the years ahead!!