Supplying fresh water is a major problem in rural areas on the Ecuadorian coast. The already limited infrastructure was severely damaged by a severe earthquake in April 2016. Some members of the regional group Aachen were in and around the country during and after the earthquake and volunteered for first aid. Experiencing the plight of local people has led them to launch the project Ecuador 2017 in order to help to improve water supply over the long term.
The outlying rural village of El Cascajal is located in an area hit hard by the April 2016 earthquake. During our first visit in June 2019, it became clear that the water supply is still in a devastating condition and has been very poorly restored. Due to the contaminated water, the residents there often suffer from diarrhea and other complaints. People have access to safe drinking water only through regular privatized water supplies, but the financial resources are lacking for many families.
Our project aims to help local residents build a long-term and autonomous supply of fresh water. For this purpose, spring water should be collected and treated by a filter system. Currently we are working on the development of a technical solution for this problem. This will be a combined sediment and chlorine filter system momentary.
In order to guarantee the sustainability of our project, it is important for us to involve the inhabitants of the village of Cascajal in the planning and implementation of the project. Therefore, our concept includes to familiarize local people with filter technology and corresponding training for it. That is why we also want to impart the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge. Overall our concept guarantees thereby the autonomy of the villagers.
For the implementation of the departure and the further steps we depend on financial support. Due to the awards of the Stifterpreis of the Städteregion Aachen for international engagement as well as an extensive support by the wilo Foundation (http://www.wilo-foundation.de/) only a few hundred Euros are missing for the realization of our second departure and the achievement of the aforesaid objectives.