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CUBA

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on CUBA

Agua Viva is, once again, pioneering new territory.  On February 15, 2018, Dale Wilson, Jim Allen, and Mario Mejia will be heading out into the unknown to perform a site investigation in Baitquiri, Cuba.  Baitquiri is a very small and very poor community on the far southeast corner of Cuba.  This village is in the State of Guantanamo; one of the most under-developed areas of Cuba. Agua Viva has a new friend there named Pastor Leandro Miguel Perez Ramirez and we will be performing site investigations at a few different sites.  One site is a new “church plant” for the Methodist Church nearby....

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2017 Annual Celebration Recap

Posted by on Dec 16, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on 2017 Annual Celebration Recap

Two hundred of Agua Viva’s best friends celebrated Agua Viva’s “Night at the Diamond” at Kauffman Stadium on November 17th. Guests enjoyed food stations featuring Aramark’s best gourmet entrees: lobster corn dogs, beef sliders, Chipotle Chicken Tacos and much more while they strolled the Diamond Club to learn more about Agua Viva’s mission. Our install team displayed an actual water board so guests could visualize the equipment and how the system purifies water. Other stations highlighted the Agua Viva’s vision for education, volunteerism, gender empowerment and micro finance. Many...

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AVI Honored by First Lego League Contestants

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on AVI Honored by First Lego League Contestants

Agua Viva was honored to share our vision for water with a group of 5th grade students at Harmony Elementary School in Overland Park who entered the First Lego League Contest. During our discussion and presentation students asked Agua Viva what problems are encountered when installing purification systems in developing countries. After exploring several options, they decided to focus their research on the problem of transporting water from the purification site to a home, school, or kiosk. When a 5 gallon bottle of water weighs 40 pounds, and many communities do not have motorized vehicles...

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Curt Mader Receives Honored Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Curt Mader Receives Honored Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat

Curt Mader Receives Honored Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat

Curt Mader, CEO of non-profit Agua Viva International, will be the proud recipient of the Buck O’Neal Legacy Seat when the Kansas City Royals play the Boston Red Sox  at 7:15 pm, on June 19, 2017.  Please watch us on TV!  Or, better yet, come to the Royals Stadium and watch us on the big screen!  Curt Mader and Agua Viva International have installed 15 water purification systems in poor indigenous communities of Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador, and Tanzania, Africa.  Each system serves a community of about 2,000 people.  More than three million people die each year from water related illnesses...

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Blog Seven; The Whole Story in Flores, Ecuador

Posted by on Mar 5, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Blog Seven; The Whole Story in Flores, Ecuador

Agua Viva arrived in Flores to find our water purification system fully operative and our new operating partners doing fantastic. This was especially satisfying to our team considering how this all came about. You see, this was NOT the first home for this system. Not everything goes exactly according to plan. In 2013, Agua Viva installed this Standard Board purification system in a community called Gompuene, Ecuador. The system served a small community of about 800 people where a landslide at wiped out their only source of water. However, about one week after the system was installed, there...

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Blog Six; Lessons Learned (Learning)

Posted by on Mar 4, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Blog Six; Lessons Learned (Learning)

No matter how hard we try, we always need something we didn’t bring. The big surprise on this trip (so far) was Flores. Everything looked great, but when Dale and Jerry inspected the Ozonator, only two of the four bulbs were energized. “Wow, never seen two burned out Ozone Bulbs before!” After some expert troubleshooting we discovered that it wasn’t the bulbs at all but we had a defective ballast transformer. We have never carried spare ballasts before, and we certainly could not buy one of these in the high sierra of Ecuador. Well, just another lesson learned.  Then, at Jipongato, our...

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Blog Five; Teamwork

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Blog Five; Teamwork

On this trip to Ecuador we have assembled quite a team. Our teams of volunteers almost always consist of several divine appointments. To begin, we have three volunteers from the United States. Nobody is paid… straight up volunteers.  Many of us gave up vacation time…  We all gave up family time. But, that is only the tip of the iceberg. Our team also included Mario Mejia from Quetzaltengo, Guatemala.  Mario is an excellent translator but he is much more than that.  Mario knows our purification system inside and out.  He also understands the rest of the program:  Health and Hygiene...

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