As most will know, one of our biggest initiatives with the Association are the ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrine and recently completed water filter projects. We are striving to provide partial funding for 500 latrines for the 500 women in the Association.
In an effort to have a sustainable partnership that helps the local economy, we teamed up with two local tradesmen, Alfredo and Vicente. Alfredo, Vicente and his staff source all the materials locally and make and manufacture them in their facility.
Rather than going to the local US hardware shop and buying a latrine or water filter and shipping it Guatemala at our next trip, this allows these manufacturers strong income-earning potential in a sustainable manner.
Yesterday, Carrie and Cathy went to visit Alfredo, Vicente and their employees in the small town of Totonicopan. They had an all-day meeting with them at their manufacturing site.
Carrie and Cathy also gave them new orders for latrines due to the amazing generosity of so many people, and then they got to take a whack at the construction process.
See Cathy Higgins in action removing air bubbles from a water filter mold in the video below after touring the manufacturing site.
VIP latrines truly makes an enormous impact on the receiving family.
- Reduce spread of disease due to bacteria-carrying flies
- Do not smell
- Increase privacy and security for women and girls
- Will last 7 years for a family of 5
- Can be moved and used again
- Manufactured and installed by Guatemalans using local materials
Besides visiting Guatemala, one can easily help support the partnership efforts in Guatemala in many ways.
One way is to donate a latrine through the echo giving part on the church’s website here. You can also write a check to Westminster Presbyterian Church and note “latrine for Guatemala”. Donations are cumulative and any amount is helpful. All donations are tax deductible.
If you have any questions about the Guatemalan Partnership or how to get involved, please do not hesitate to contact either Cathy Higgins (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carrie Saathoff (email@example.com).