México: Rain Water Harvesting Tanks for Chiapas – Project Aguashi

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Location: San Juan Cancuc and Tenejapa Municipalities, Chiapas State, México

Partner: YZ Proyectos de Desarrollo and ProMazahua

Project Fund Code: MEXPDC2020

Donation Goal For This Project is $47,279
0% Donated/$47,279 To Go

Ryan’s Well has been supporting YZ Proyectos de Desarrollo (referred to hereafter as YZ) and their efforts in promoting volunteerism and raising awareness of water issues in Mexico for seven years. As a result of their work, the water shortage problems facing Indigenous Tseltal Communities in San Juan Cancuc and Tenejapa, Chiapas State, was identified. Ryan’s Well has once again partnered with both YZ and their implementing partner, ProMazahua, to work with the Indigenous communities in the construction of 31 x 15,000 litre cappuccino-style rainwater harvesting tanks with filters, providing potable water to approximately 2,200 beneficiaries. Communities will be organized and trained on WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) education, with the most vulnerable families targeted for training (ex. families with young children or disabled persons). There will also be a nutrition workshop discussing the importance of safe food preparation, and a workshop on gender equality to empower women in the community and promote gender equity. As with all of our projects, there will be ongoing monitoring, as well as a final evaluation upon completion of the expected outputs.

What will the funds support?:

  • Construction of 31 x 15,000L Ferro cement Rainwater Harvesting Tanks (27 Household tanks, 2 tanks for Primary Schools, and 2 tanks for High Schools)
  • Equipping all 31 tanks with SP180 filters to provide clean water
  • WASH training and Water Committee Organization for 31 Tseltal Communities
  • Nutrition and Gender Equity Workshops
  • Ongoing local monitoring and post-project evaluation

The availability of clean water in Mexico is a major issue that has increased over the years. Without access to potable water in the household or on the school premise, many people in Mexico have to carry water from nearby rivers, which can generate diseases due to poor storage or contamination of the water source. However, with your help, 27 Mazahua families and 4 schools in the San Juan Cancuc and Tenejapa community will have rainwater collection tanks, which will greatly improve their quality of life, and contribute to self-sufficient communities.

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Every effort is made to designate your funds as requested; however, if the specified project has become fully funded or unforeseen circumstances delay its start, we may allocate your donation to another important project.