2015

Flores, Ecuador, March 20152015_Project1

Agua Viva started the year installing a new water purification system and bottling operation at 21 de Abril Vocational School in Flores, Ecuador.  For the first time, this community will be enjoying pure clean ozonated water.  What a great day!  Over 500 indigenous people flocked to our celebration on Friday.  Agua Viva purchased sandwiches for everyone and, yes, the water was free!
With eight volunteers from the United States and another 20 volunteers from Ecuador, Agua Viva had plenty of time and plenty of man-power to complete the installation and the week-long education program.  To top it off, the local Rotary International club visited our installation and we created new friendships with the Riobamba Rotary Chapter.  On Monday night, Rotary Riobamba invited Agua Viva to speak at the local club!  What a great bunch of servants.  Service Above Self!

Quetzaltepeque, Guatemala, June 2015

2015_Project2In June 2015, Curt Mader and Dale Bain made a quick trip to Guatemala to clear the way for an installation at Shadow of His Wings Orphanage in Monjas, Guatemala.  One hundred orphans living in this community have no access to clean drinking water and many suffered from gastrointestinal problems associated with water borne diseases and parasites.
After a quick visit, Curt and Dale headed to another community, Quetzeltepeque, for a full site investigation.  Two separate new sites were visited and are presently in various stages of approval;  Colegio Catolico San Francisco De Asis and Colegio Adventista Redencion.  As an added bonus, Curt and Dale were able to visit several other Agua Viva installations in Guatemala, not the least of which was the “pig farm” that Agua Viva helped create!  (Not Water)

El Fortin, Ecuador, September 20152015_Project3

Next stop: el Fortin, Ecuador.  Through our good friend George Wuertz, a missionary friend in Cuenca, Agua Viva was introduced to a large “invasion community” near Guayaquil.  This very poor community was created in about 2001 when the Ecuadorian currency collapsed.  Tens of thousands of people fled the cities and assembled at El Fortin.  There is no clean water in this community.  So, at a local church Iglesia Cristiana Evangelico, Agua Viva was invited to provide a full installation and before the end of the week, pure clean drinking water was tasted with smiles and hugs.  Although the smallest water room, this community had the greatest hope and ambition.  Before the end of the month, this ambitious church was already in full production.  Helena Fernandez and Maria Cepeda, from Colta Monjas Ecuador, conducted our education program.
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Agua Viva was further blessed to conduct five site investigation in the Guamote area and Ainche/Ulpan.  Four of the five sites are ready to partner with Rotary International and Agua Viva and plans are being made for installations at each of the four sites.  How cool is that? !

 

 


Monjas, Guatemala 2015
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On October 31, 2015, Halloween, Mike Springer led a large group of volunteers to Shadow of His Wings Orphanage in Monjas, Guaemala.  Following up on our site investigation in June 2015, Agua Viva was pleased to return and provide a full installation.  Overwhelmed by the needs of the people in these communities, Agua Viva decided to deliver food baskets and evangelism to many needy households in the area.  A number of  new adventurous volunteers joined our team for this installation and now, for the very first time in their lives, the 100 orphans in this community will be blessed  by pure clean ozonated water.

Quisgualagua, Honduras, November 2015

2015_project5Church of the Resurrection (COR) in Overland Park, Kansas, provides medical and dental missions in El Obraje and Ciudad Espana, Honduras.  The Church indicated that these communities did not have clean drinking water.  So, in November 2015, Agua Viva joined the medical and dental team to Honduras.  COR was kind enough to arrange for transportation to a small community called Quisgualagua.  In this rural indigenous community, Iglesia Metodista Unida ministers to 100 church members and a community and school of about 1,000 people.  Jim Allen was able to meet with the President of the Water Board and the Pastor of the local church, Pastor Jamileth.  It didn’t take long to figure out that this community was perfect for a new water purification system.  Agua Viva plans to return in October 2016 for a full installation.