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The school has access to a water source but after completing tests, we found that it is not of the best quality. The school impacts three communities (Sector Las Cuevas, Villa Cañona I y II, and Villa Repollo) that are all low-income areas. The children attend school and talk about their concerns about the water in their homes and in the school. The town of Loiza has its roots in the abolition of slavery and the area has always been marginalized. Hurricanes, not only the recent storms, but also those that have passed over many decades, have had a strong impact on this town and its communities, driving the area into further poverty over time.
Project HOPE has been committed to this community since first starting their work in Puerto Rico, including the deployment of one of their Mobile Medical Units into this school. The AquaTower project will build on their other work in the area as they continue supporting the rebuilding of Loiza.
Village: SECTOR LAS CUEVAS
Beneficiaries (Students): 290
Village Population: 20,000 (approx)
“As a school director for the past 25 years, I am very concerned about all of the people living in our three communities, to which we give services. Soon after the passing of Hurricane Maria, the water service was interrupted. Upon its return it had a lot of turbidity and possibly bacteria. We knew the filtration systems of the AAA (local water agency) were not to be trusted. And this happens every time there is an interruption in our service. With the tower we can provide a program that will assist the school, community and our neighbors so that they have access to clean and healthy water.”
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