The mountains of Honduras are very majestic with flowing hillsides of plush greenery. Crops of coffee, sugar cane and vegetables dot the countryside as if to suggest a booming economy. Horse drawn carts move the products down the steep hillsides to the market place. Men with machetes holstered on their side move from place to place harvesting their next products destined for the cities below. These hard-working families labor to purchase the necessities to exist, not usually for profit.
Mountain streams amplify a sound that will catch the ear from miles away. The streams hide the fact that they are deadly because they have no life in them. There are no fish, they have been fished out. The water has been contaminated with E-coli from animal and human feces. Streams are flow-regulated by the amount of rain, sometimes very placid, sometimes a torrent of flooding water. Either way, they deliver death and sickness when the rainy season is the worst. Belin Gualcho had a very serious outbreak of hepatitis just before we arrived. They believed the cause was from the water. In these remote areas, sanitation is not understood, nor practiced. Soap is a luxury, not a necessity.
We arrived in a remote village called Aguacatillo. (small avocado). A 4-wheel-drive, motorcycle or by mule is the way to get there. But, during the rainy season a mule or walking is the only way to get there. This is truly a beautiful place. It is approximately 20 kilometers from Belin Gualcho at 4,000 feet elevation. The residents depend on mountain streams for water. I have enclosed a picture of their water collection system where they have no chlorine regulators, just a storage container. They have pumps to get the water from the stream below, but that is it. Sickness from the water is a way of life for these dear people; that is until they discovered the WAPI. They told us that they don't get sick from the water any longer because they use the WAPI which has been in use for the past two years. The WAPI isn't the total solution for these warmhearted folks, but it does answer an immediate need until they can afford the chlorination device.
WAPIs for the World just sent 2,000 units to Honduras to aid their relief effort in Eastern Honduras where 1500 families lost their homes and everything they owned when water destroyed everything in its path. Thanks to our volunteers and suppliers who made it possible to send WAPIs. A big shout out to Ty Wheeler and the shipping company DHL who helped in our transport effort. We cannot do this alone. It takes many humanitarians dedicated to accomplishing this outreach. Also, Boy Scout Troop 320 in Vancouver, Washington produced and donated 850 units to this effort. Great job Scouts.
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This is one of the largest water “holding” containers that serves one village. Bob went from village to village testing the water on his November 2018 trip to Honduras. The results weren't good! All of the containers tested for E. Coli. The holding containers are not sterile, they need chlorine regulators. Also, the villagers don’t understand how to use chlorine and don’t have money to buy a regulator or chlorine needed for proper Chlorination.
Villagers capture the water as it trickles down the hillside. They use PVC pipe which will erode in time and the holding tank fills to the top according to how much rain the area receives.
Pictured is Bob testing the water that is in the PVC pipes.
This is a water reservoir for PAG, “Proyecto Aldea Global” (Project Global Village) in Belen Gualcho. It has a large garden where they feed the greater community as well as sell food at the neighborhood farmers market. PAG also has a sewing company for the Honduran market and have 90 First Aid stations around Honduras. Click above link to read what else they do for the Honduran people. They have served Honduras for 30 years.
These small tomato plants will grow up to 14 feet tall. They also grow 1,400 nice large tomato plants! They pick bushels and bushels of big tomatoes as you can see in the next picture.
Bob Tait and Jim Dunn who joined the Honduras group and just happens to be a water specialist.
Greetings to all,
The Holiday season has come once again. The display of compassion and caring at this time of year is an amazing selfless expression of our love for one another. The unselfish act of giving, without measure, brings warmth to the giver and the receiver. This is what WAPIs for the World has experienced throughout the past year and what it seems, is the foundation of our goal.
We witnessed unselfish acts of kindness since our beginning back in 2010. This past year has been no exception. Since our devices are not for sale per say, we have managed to distribute over 4,000 units around the world this year and we are still able to purchase material because of others generous contributions to our effort. A great effort by the local boy scout troop 320, in Vancouver, Washington, made and assembled 850 units and donated over $2,300 to assist us in our effort to make and distribute them to countries such as Honduras, Haiti and Ghana.
Honduras now has two locations that are able to produce WAPIs and get them to those in need. Agua Pura Para El Pueblo sponsored my trip to Belen Gualcho, Honduras with enough materials to make and distribute 2,000 units to the local communities. Thanks Tom.
Mexico has been in touch with us to teach them how to make WAPIs. We have been contacted by Nairobi, Kenya to come and teach sanitation and personal hygiene while teaching the use of the WAPI. We have also been contacted by Ghana, Africa for education. This requires money, and in time, God will bless this effort. Watch us grow.
Personal donations play a big part of what we do and how we operate. God plays a big part in this and He blesses all donations. Donors such as Dick and Brenda Duerksen and Morris and Jeanie Bush have been very helpful. Rex and Marti Smith have also assisted our effort around the world.
The generosity of our volunteers who sacrifice their personal time ensure that there are enough WAPIs. With a smile in their hearts and love for one another they move forward watching Gods influence in our efforts. Truly a blessed assurance. Our effort is a total donation operation. With God’s blessing, we move forward, and to date, we have distributed over 60,000 plus units to many areas of the world.
We are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit and all donations are tax deductible.
With Warm Regards