During the dry months, the community of San José lote 19 in Guatemala currently hikes a mile uphill and back in order to reach fresh water for their families. And, it’s not an easy, flat journey. While hauling gallon buckets around their necks and shoulders, this amazing community faces unpaved, muddy, steep inclines for one of life’s basic necessities – water. This May, Aggies Without Limits, NMSU’s international community service organization, is seeking to change that. We are made up of passionate students from across campus with a mission "to bring students, faculty and community members together to improve the daily lives of developing communities through sustainable infrastructure." Our international project this year will be building a water distribution system for San José lote 19 in Guatemala. We plan to do this by building a circular reservoir for the fresh water to flow into from the nearest stream. From the reservoir, the water will move down the hills through piping to multiple tap stands that will be built near clusters of houses. This new water system will dramatically improve the lives of this community, ensuring they have quick access to fresh water year-round at the turn of a spigot - but we can't do this alone.
In order to complete this project, we will need to purchase supplies like concrete, sand, gravel, PVC pipe and more. The materials are a huge part of this project, and that’s where we need your help. Current estimates put the total cost of the project, including travel to Guatemala and the materials needed, at $40,000.
They’re depending on us and, we’re depending on you to help this community of amazing people. Will you help change their lives?