Thank you for your generous gift! This report will introduce you to Cheryl and Lucassen, their two children, and the impact you've made in their lives.
Welcome to Northwestern New Mexico, just off of Route 66 near the Continental Divide. Cheryl and Lucassen's family of four call this beautiful place home.
Unlike most families, Cheryl, Lucassen, and their kids have 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 this family 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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Cheryl and Lucassen are dedicated, loving parents with two children, Lucious (age 4) and Mya (age 3). They have a warm and welcoming home.
Lucious and Mya just started school this fall and are enjoying everything they learn. After they get home from school they love playing games outside. Mya likes having her mom or dad read to her, while Lucious likes battling with toy dinosaurs, playing ball with his cousins who live nearby, and learning how to ride his dad's horse.
This family has struggled with not having running water for their daily needs. Cheryl gets the kids ready for school, cooks meals for the family, and bathes the kids at night. Lucassen tends to the family's horses and sheep and takes care of his elderly mother, who lives next door to the family. All of these tasks can be difficult without running water.
Up until a few weeks ago Cheryl and Lucassen would haul water from a nearby windmill, driving there with empty plastic barrels they would fill up from the spout and haul back to their house. Once home they had to scoop water out of the barrels with pitchers when they needed to use it. Not only was this process difficult, but it also meant that the water they got was often contaminated and tasted bad.
But now Cheryl and Lucassen finally have safe, clean running water in their home! Cheryl says her favorite thing about the new water system is the on-demand hot water. It is so much easier to bathe the kids in the cold mornings before school, to cook meals, and even to make herself a cup of tea.
CHAPTER: THOREAU CHAPTER, NAVAJO NATION
LOCATION: THOREAU, NEW MEXICO
GPS: N35.402527 E-108.223402
COMPLETED: SEPTEMBER 23, 2016
SOURCE: WATER TRUCK
LOCAL ALLY: ST. BONAVENTURE
PROJECT COST: $3,677.14
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.
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 Grundfos pump, through a particulate water filter and into a sink and shower. The system also uses small, in line electric water heaters.
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.