Would/could you drink out of this river? Diarrea is the number one killer of kids in the world! Can you/we do something about this?
AHMEN has several different water systems they are putting in at this time. Each have there pros and cons as well as the particular's team likes and dislikes. de la Montaña del Mar will be using an adaptation from Greg Rushton/Guf family which is an adaptation from The Sawyer Method.
The team has one person to be the "supervisor" from the area.
HER job is to facilitate the individual women who actually have the filters and are responsible for them - keep them clean, keep them intact, share the water for free, understand importance and the principles of clean water, teach their neighbors in the importance of clean water, etc. The supervisor visits the individual water filter women regularly for inspections and encouragement.
After 6 months of appropriate work, the women actually own the system. If the women do not meet the standards, the system is taken away and given to another women. during the training sessions, the entire village will be trained using Spanish booklet and classes.
Hopefully we will have a power point for this as well. Drawback: Expensive: $50 for 0.5 filters - good for everything up to viruses $150 for 0.02 good for essentially everything, including viruses. requires training requires maintenance requires on going supervision this method has been used for the past 2 years in the jungles of la Mosquitia with no alleged GI bugs.
Listed below are the papers used to train and commitments by both the team and the women of the villages. NOTE: They feel very strongly that WOMEN, NOT MEN, should be the point persons for these water filters.