In the heart of Huehuetenango, specifically in the community of Vega Seca, the project “Transforming Lives with a Water Purification Filter” led by Habitat for Humanity Guatemala has made a significant impact on the lives of 110 families. The main objective of this project is to improve living conditions, health and access to safe water services in this community.
Over a period of 2 months, the project planned and executed the purchase and delivery of 110 water purification filters. These filters not only seek to improve access to safe water for the families of Vega Seca, but also have specific objectives, such as promoting healthy and hygienic habits through training and awareness-raising on the installation, use and maintenance of the filters. In addition, the project seeks to reduce by 80% the incidence of gastrointestinal diseases transmitted by the consumption of contaminated water.
The implementation of the project was made possible by a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Kittanning, Pennsylvania. This donation facilitated the purchase and delivery of filters for many families in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity Guatemala.
Close collaboration with Doña Lorena, a community leader, was essential to the success of the project. Lorena played a crucial role in identifying and selecting families through a socioeconomic study, ensuring that solutions were tailored to the specific needs of the community. Her active participation also facilitated training activities, addressing topics such as health education, hygiene, financial education and the proper use of filters.
Throughout the project, families demonstrated remarkable commitment by actively participating in the training sessions and learning the correct use of the filters. Thanks to this project and the generous donation from the Rotary Club of Kittanning, 110 families in Huehuetenango now have access to purified water, improving their living conditions and health.
In addition to the direct benefits to the families, the project also contributes to the environment by reducing the purchase of bottled water and the associated plastic waste. The local Habitat for Humanity Guatemala team will continue to work to identify new ways to improve the quality of life for the residents of Vega Seca and address emerging needs within the community.