HUNI KUIN, BOA VISTA CLEAN WATERNOW PROJECT – NOV. 2019- PRESENT
Women, in order to obtain water for drinking, cooking and other household needs, spend hours daily walking to clean water sources or carrying heavy loads uphill – often several times a day. Even then, the water is often contaminated or only treated with chlorine, which also adversely affects health. Human health effects caused by waterborne transmission: mild gastroenteritis to severe and sometimes fatal diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis and typhoid fever. Contaminated water can be the source of large outbreaks of disease, including cholera, dysentery and cryptosporidiosis.
WaterNow received $42,000 in charity funding from Apple Inc. in September 2019.
These funds were used to implement a clean water initiative that includes: Digging a new deep water well, installing a holistic water system, 5 purification filters, 4 water drinking stations, sanitation system, and solar pumps with panels. WaterNow travelled to Brazil in Dec. 2019- Jan. 2020. 75% of the material was delivered and project started; but was forced to halt construction due to the emerging Covid19 pandemic. The project is still on hold, and we plan to return to complete the initiative once the green light is given from the indigenous community and local authorities.