The largest portion of the Amazon River and surrounding rainforest runs through Colombia, Peru and Brazil. While the river is the primary water source for many living in this region, it is highly contaminated with boat pollution, human waste and artificial waste. As a result, many people suffer from infectious diseases such as bacterial diarrhea. Communities rely on wells for cleaner drinking water, but during the rainy season, when the river rises and causes floods, wells are often underwater and inaccessible. Wine To Water is working to construct platforms to protect the wells during floods. Through well rehabilitation, implementing Sawyer pointONE filtration systems and education about sanitation and hygiene, WTW has reached 5,500 people already.
In the coming year, Wine To Water is drilling 10 new wells and rehabilitating 49 others. When Wine To Water builds and repairs these wells with a well platform construction that raises their access point above the flood level, another 10,000 people will have a permanent water solution.
Amazon National Program Manager
Field Note - Amazon
Between the rising and ebbing of the massive river and its banks, the contrast of rain and heat and the continuous presence of bugs and animals, the Amazon is seemingly a test of human grit. I see this grit, along with resilience, love and determination in the people I am fortunate to meet while working there. Amongst all the wonderful things in the jungle, the people are what make it most special. Read the story here →.