2016

Huehuetenango, Guatemala

In March of 2016, Agua Viva dispatched at small team to a large orphanage in the city of Huehuetenango, Guatemala.  The orphanage was called Fundacion Salvacion and it was home for 120 orphans.  The leader of the orphanage, Alycia Harrah, asked “How soon can you return?  The need is so great here!  And, Oh, by the way, can you bring a dentist!”

After some serious soul searching, Agua Viva decided we could return “in four months!”.  And by the end of March, we had 12 volunteers signed up and we began our volunteer training sessions.  Though filled with challenges, Agua Viva successfully installed a complete operative water purification system and bottling operation.  Our talented team of Guatemalan dentists, including Raquel Poz Diaz and Wendy Calderon, and our talented hygienists, we were able to provide full dental service to each and every child!

Agua Viva was pleased to hear that, in only one month, Fundacion Salvacion was already selling pure clean ozonated water in their Coffee Shop, and Ms. Harrah was very pleased!

Pomachaca, Ecuador

During a comprehensive site investigation with Rotary International in the Guamote state of Ecuador, Agua Viva identified three excellent candidates for a Water Purification System.  One of those sites as a consolidated school of 500 students in a remote area of the poorest county of the poorest state of Ecuador… Guamote.  Agua Viva took up the challenge and signed a covenant with the school called 29 Septiembre in the city of Pomachaca.  Curt Mader lead an outstanding team of volunteers to this remote village driving three hours each day.  Enduring long hours of travel and work hours, the team was also challenged by the seemingly never-ending festival in the village.  But, by the end of the week…. SUCCESS.  Pure clean ozonated water for the entire school of 500 children, FOR THE FIRST TIME!

Quisgualagua, Honduras

After two fanstatic installations already in 2016, Agua Viva got ambitious and signed a covenant with friends in a NEW country… Honduras.  With humble beginnings at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS, Agua Viva was able to identify a small rural area in great need of purified drinking water at the Iglesia Metodista Unida in Quisgualagua, Honduras.  This impoverished village consisted of mostly women with a woman pastor at the church, a women superintendent at the school, and now a woman System Operator for their new water purification system.  So, in October 2016, a group of dedicated volunteers installed a complete system, conducted a fully blown Health & Hygiene Education Program, and provided dental services for every child in the school (with parental permission).