Thank you for your generous gift! This report will introduce you to Curtis and the impact you've made in his life.
Welcome to Northwestern New Mexico, just off of Route 66 near the Continental Divide. Curtis calls this beautiful place home.
Unlike most families, Curtis has always struggled to get enough clean water to do basic things like take a bath or cook a meal.
But not any more.
All of that changed when you and DIGDEEP brought them running water for the first time ever.
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When we imagine life without clean water, we often think of places like Sub-Saharan Africa - communities that barely resemble our own. But at last count, an estimated 1.7 million Americans still don't have clean, running water or a flush toilet at home.
American families without clean water live lives totally different from yours. They wake up and collect water from a source outside their home, fetching it in buckets and boiling it on the stove. When desperate, many haul water from unsafe sources contaminated with bacteria, arsenic or even uranium.
DIGDEEP is the only global water organization working on projects here in the US. We're starting that work on the Navajo Nation. By focusing on low-tech, high-impact solutions, DIGDEEP is making a big impact in this area.
Check out these photos from the project and keep reading for more information on the technology we used.
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Thanks for sharing your hard-earned resources with a family in need. No American should live without clean, running water. Your generosity proves that we're all in this together!
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Curtis has lived in this house for his entire life, and has been without water for all that time. He would spend multiple hours a day trudging back and forth carrying water in buckets and barrels from pumping stations miles away, sometimes as far away as Gallup, over 30 miles away!
But now Curtis has access to clean running water in his home for the first time in his life!
Having clean running tap water has made Curtis’ life much easier. He doesn’t have to worry about when his current water supply might run out, and chores around the house have become so much easier.
With the time and money saved with access to clean tap water, he can spend more time fixing up his yard and teaching his boys how to play football and other sports!
Curtis is incredibly grateful to everyone who has contributed to the project, from the team on the ground to the donors who made it possible.
CHAPTER: BACA CHAPTER, NAVAJO NATION
LOCATION: PREWITT, NEW MEXICO
GPS: 35.037769, -107.250198
COMPLETED: DECEMBER, 2017
TECHNOLOGY: CISTERN + SOLAR
SOURCE: WATER TRUCK
LOCAL ALLY: ST. BONAVENTURE
We collect a TON of project data; this is just a snapshot.
Every DIGDEEP project uses a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) that measures the way water access achieves other key goals like health, gender equity, and access to education.
Every DIGDEEP project is community-led and uses locally-appropriate technology. Benefiting families contribute labor and resources, participate in the installation, and are trained to use and maintain the equipment we install.
This water system is one small part of the larger Navajo Water Project - a multi-million dollar initiative to bring clean, running water to hundreds of families in Northwest New Mexico.
We're investing in home water systems, solar solutions, water trucking programs and new clean water sources like wells.
Explore the whole Navajo Water project by visiting the website: digdeep.org/navajo
DIGDEEP believes in real empowerment, measurable impact and radical transparency.
We use 100% of every donation to support to communities in need. The families we serve do their part too, by contributing supplies and labor.
When we work together, we can do amazing things.
This project uses cistern and pump technology, a reliable water storage and delivery solution for remote areas. Because this home doesn't have electricity, we power the pump with a solar panel and battery array.
We also installed solar-powered LED lights to light the home at night.
Water is delivered bi-monthly to a 1200 gallon cistern buried two feet underground. By burying the cistern, water is protected from sunlight, contamination and freezing.
Water is then pumped into the home by a direct current pump, through a particulate water filter, propane water heater and into a sink.
Each cistern system is built with the help of the benefitting family, who are taught to maintain and upgrade their system as needed. The Navajo Water Project uses local labor and sources local parts when available.
Now that you've seen the incredible impact your gift can have, why not give again?
It costs $14 a month to deliver water to this house. And there are hundreds of families like this one waiting for a water system of their own.
We'll use 100% of your gift on another project like this one, and we'll send you another impact report.