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We will provide shared water storage to low-income areas of Panama City. These 8000 liter tanks will give them the ability to safely store large amounts of clean drinking water. Weekly they are filled by the local water authority by truck. Rates of diarrhea are reduced from half of children in these communities to zero with the introduction of proper mass storage.
Then build fountains in the community to connect to donated water tanks. The tanks connect with the pipe. Fountains are missing and will provide water to those who live away from the main road and don't get reliable supplies.
The project is a complete system; water tank, distribution pipe, water fountains and service to each home. You can help today.
The African library project provided a shipment of 2000 books to CSAG. Mr. Emmanuel was very grateful receiving this gift. THE African library project was one of many organizations contacted during the recent campaign to raise awareness and funding forthis important charity. Footprint was pleased that this shipment was donated.
Books for Africa has also committed it’s help in shipping pallet of books from the United States. The books are donated and there are no customs fees. Shipping is being provided at cost; $515 will send 1100 books. So far we have raised enough to send anadditional 2200 books which will be departing soon.
You can still visit the Global Giving site and provide a donation. It doesn’t have to be a pallet. 50 Cent will buy one book. At the cost of one cappuccino and you can send 10. . Act up! Give in! Help now. Thanks.
Footprint is pleased to announce the teaming arrangement between Panama and Columbia University, New York City. The student chapter of the alternative break program ABP have reached an agreement to cooperate with Footprints in its program in Panama. This is a great announcement for the charity and for the communities of need that we service. We welcome the ABP students and look forward to years of successful program and project execution.
The students have selected to return to San Lorenzo del Chagres to help build out the drinking water distribution system and explore a new mountain aquifer. The current distribution network does not reach all users especially the village school. A second mountain source of water was identified previously but needs to be exploited. The students will look at a design for a spring box and collection pond at this location. Both of these projects will help expand the supply and distribution of water to the community.
We look forward to their visit in March 2020. In the meantime we will be fundraising and communicating with the community. Lots to do. But a hearty welcome to the students. We look forward to a great relationship.
Footprint completed the remote implementation project for UC Berkeley chapter of engineers without Borders with water testing activities. Eight tests were made for coliform contamination, four in Pollo and four in the India area. Each of the homes was recorded by GPS and where possible were part of the census effort.
First, Old habits die hard. Despite near continuous supply of coordinated, pressurized municipal water, users continue to hoard and store water. Storage remains outdoors and is usually not covered. Uncovered containers are less expensive to purchase and are therefore more common. Most of this storage is for bathing and washing purposes. The community has now switched over to pressurized water for potable use. But TESTING of stored water was conducted mostly as a educational effort. The community will be shown that this type of storage can have contamination.
Of the 8 homes tested 6 had no contamination, 2 had acceptable or very low levels of colonies (1-3), but 1 home had 74 coliform colonies. The sampling area was extensive. 4 homes in each of Pollo and India were sampled. The sampling range was across the entire project site. It’s felt that seven of eight samples taken with no or low levels of contamination is a measure of success for the project and a positive outcome.
These results will be provided to the University. Many thanks go to engineers without Borders USA. Also their student chapter at UC Berkeley and the community volunteers who helped make this remote implementation project a success.