Corning Life Sciences: Cuba 2017
Dear Corning Life Sciences,
On behalf of the W|W Community, we would like to thank you for your support. The following is a summary of the work that you have contributed to:
This August, W|W traveled across the country to 15 communities to train and distribute 540 filters to families in need. The families who received a filter were also encouraged to provide clean water to their nearby neighbours as well. Each family not only felt happy to do so, but socially responsible to serve their community.
After the Hurricane Mathew hit the country, the country had an even greater need for clean water. In response to this, an additional 250 filters were provided in some of the harder hit areas of Punta Alegre, Ciego de Ávila, Ciego de Avila, and Hoyo Colorado.
Collectivily, a total of 8,484 individuals now have safe clean drinking water for themselves & their famlies for years to come.
Although water scarcity is a challenge regularly faced by island nations, Cuba faces unique political and social barriers to equitable water access. Existing water infrastructure in Cuba is in desperate need of repair. Almost 50% of water is lost during transport due to leaking pipelines and access to piped water is available intermittently in different areas of the country. Piped water delivery periods range from a few hours every couple of days, to 24 hours of water access every 20-30 days. These periods of scarcity force many Cubans to fill bottles and drums at unsanitary water sources blocks from their homes, to depend on government-funded tanker trucks, or even illegally purchase water from street vendors. Inequitable distribution of water and difficulty of access often cause social tensions in communities, and disproportionately impacts Cuban women, who are often tasked with hauling water from neighborhood sources interrupting their work and home lives.
Field Note #145:
For most of my life, Cuba was sometimes mythical, often mysterious and always misunderstood. As a child of baby boomer parents, I was taught that Cuba was ruled by a dictator, a sponsor of terrorism, a symbol of backwards development, a reminder of the perils of communism and an existential threat to my freedoms. As a millennial (albeit, an older millennial) studying development in college, Cuba became a victim of Western Imperialism, an alternative development model and a glimpse into what a classless society can look like...
- Eric, Director of Operations
-Thank you for your support