Giving Tuesday – Safe drinking water for Quinales

Tuesday after Thanksgiving, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. This Giving Tuesday join us and be a part of a global celebration!

It’s a simple idea: find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give thanks by giving to a charity in need of their support.

Habitat for Humanity Guatemala has the goal of raising $2,000 for our 18 families in the community of  Quinales, Izabal. We will purchase a water filter and replacement cartridge for each family, guaranteeing access to clean drinking water for up to 4 years for 108 people.

About the community

The community of Quinales is in the department of Izabal and is comprised of 18 families. It is one of the regions most severely affected by tropical storms Eta and Iota, where people lost their homes, livestock, livelihoods, and other community infrastructure.

Both urgent and long-term needs arouse as the community was left inaccessible and received little to no outside support. Climate change events negatively impact families living in poverty and extreme poverty, as they lack the resources and capacity to adapt to environmental changes and natural disaster impacts.

For most of the year, little rain falls in Quinales, limiting access to water in quantity and constancy.

Additionally, the contamination of the Motagua River prevents people from using the water for human consumption. The important lack of quantity and quality of water limits the developtment and welfare in terms of access to safe water or daily consumption, quality of life, and health for the families in Quinales, who almost a year later, are still recovering from the effects of tropical storms Eta and Iota.

 

Join us to be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity and lets provide safe drinking water for the community of Quinales!

 

 

 

Integral Water and Sanitation Hygiene Project in Baja Verapaz

Since 2011, Habitat for Humanity Guatemala has expanded the definition of a housing solution to include more than just homes. Although four walls and a roof over head are essential to a family’s well-being, one must take into consideration other components such as access to clean drinking water and proper waste water management and sanitation. It is for this reason that Habitat Guatemala created the Healthy Home Kit, which consists of a smokeless stove, a latrine, and a water filter, and has adapted the products that this kit includes over time. During the last week of February 2021, Habitat Guatemala concluded a one-of-a-kind integral WASH (Water and Sanitation Hygiene) project, further evolving the type of solutions that it provides.

Several years ago, upon visiting the community of San Juan, Salamá, Baja Verapaz, it was evident that many members of the community were in need of several improvements to their current sanitary situations. During the first field visit that was conducted by Habitat Guatemala staff, families mentioned utilizing dilapidated and precarious latrines and lamented inconsistent access to water. Upon learning of Habitat for Humanity Canada’s desire to support this community, a plan to implement a unique project was devised.

Over the course of one year, 56 families were involved in the construction and implementation of seven products within each household. Through the installation of a biodigestor and porcelain toilet, families now have access to a private space to use the restroom, and are assured that the waste is treated in an adequate manner. With the placement of a small tower and water tank, families no longer have to worry about whether or not there will be water when they turn on the faucet, rather, they have access to a consistent source of water. In addition, the construction of a shower and a pila (washing station) ensures that all 225 individuals who participated in the project can now conduct proper daily hygiene practices and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Lastly, each family was the recipient of a water filter, meaning they no longer have to worry about contracting gastrointestinal diseases upon consuming water. To complement these solutions, Habitat Guatemala carried out several educational trainings to ensure that families understand how to use and maintain these products, ensuring the sustainability of the project.

The needs that San Juan presented prior to this project are not unique. It is Habitat Guatemala’s hope that we can continue to implement similar projects across the country. We are grateful to our partners, like Habitat for Humanity Canada, who realize the value of these type of interventions and who support us in our journey towards improving the quality of life of individuals across Guatemala.

Vulnerable Families Fund – Florinda Morales Family

 

Florinda Morales lives with her husband Genaro, and five children, in Xejuyú, San Andrés Semetabaj, Sololá.

Florinda suffers from end stage terminal cervical cancer. Genaro works as a farmer, and his wages are currently the family’s only income seeing that one of their eldest children lost his job due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their eldest daughter, who is 17, is currently attending school, but has plans to stop studying and find a job to help support her family.  One of their children suffers from epilepsy.

This family is living in poor conditions which have worsened because of the pandemic.  One of Florinda’s dreams is to spend the last days of life in a better place.  Their house is made out of adobe blocks and dirt floors.

Due to their current situation, Habitat Guatemala, through its Vulnerable Famillies Fund, is planning to support the family by providing them with a Healthy Home Kit and concrete flooring for their home.

We ask that you consider supporting the cause as well. Join us in building a better Guatemala!