The community of Buena Vista is home to 225 K’iche Mayan families who live on the steep slopes of a mountain in the highlands of Guatemala. This village does not have a water system. Instead, the women and girls make daily treks of 4.9 Km each way up the mountain to carry water to their homes. The water they bring back to their home is contaminated with E.coli.
The village leaders invited a team of Rotarians and volunteers of UbF to visit their community, hoping that the team would help them with the construction of a potable water system that would bring healthy water to each home.
The team did a needs assessment and was moved by what they saw, and United by Friendship agreed to assist them with their goals. In addition to providing potable water to each home, the community will be taught hygiene by the regional health department. To ensure that the project is sustainable, a local committee will be trained in how to maintain the chlorination and maintain the equipment.