With the largest rainforest and second longest river in the world, the Amazon region is full of life and beauty. Called “the lungs of the Earth,” 20 percent of the world’s oxygen comes from the Amazon Rainforest. Running 4,345 miles in length, the Amazon River is home to over 3,000 different species of fish. Despite the abundance of life in this region, the natural beauty masks a growing problem of water contamination and disease. The water of the Amazon River is plentiful but polluted from boats and waste. During the rainy season, floods make existent wells unreachable. Wine To Water is working to rehabilitate wells and build well platforms to protect clean water sources during flooding.
Dominican Republic and Haiti
The birthplace of Wine To Water’s ceramic water filter factory and the most popular tourist destination in the West Indies, the Dominican Republic is known for its breathtaking beaches, elaborate resorts and top-notch golfing. Despite the thriving tourist industry, rural areas are suffering from extreme poverty and lack of access to clean water. For Haiti, January 2010 brought an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude that hit 15 miles away from the capital of Port-au- Prince. Millions were affected by the earthquake’s destruction of homes and access to clean water. Facing poverty and no access to clean water, thousands are dying from water-related illnesses each year.
Wine To Water is currently producing and distributing ceramic water filters to bring clean, safe water to those in need while working with community leaders and local churches.
In 2015 and 2016, the El Niño phenomenon affected rainfall patterns and temperatures in Ethiopia, creating drought and acute water shortages. An estimated 1.8 million were added to those who were already without water access. Now, roughly 43 percent of the population does not have safe drinking water and 17 percent of childhood deaths are associated with waterborne diseases. Through well drilling, well rehabilitation, sanitation education and training for subsistence farmers, Wine To Water is working to bring clean, life-giving water to communities.
Nepal’s location in the Himalayas, one of the most seismically active regions in the world, is as dangerous as it is breathtaking. In April of 2015, an earthquake with a 7.8 magnitude hit Nepal, killing thousands and displacing millions. The resulting landslides demolished rural villages and parts of Kathmandu, the country’s capital. Now, Wine To Water is working closely in partnership with designated communities to repair wells and access groundwater for communities that have been left without clean water.