An Update from Concern America

Bringing Clean Water and Opportunity to Those Who Need it Most

The village of Hermosillo is an indigenous Mayan community in Mexico that is materially impoverished and underserved. Due to lack of access to potable water, its population greatly suffers from water-borne illnesses such as gastrointestinal infections, malnutrition, skin-related illnesses, and the weakening of the immune system. Last year, Impact Giving awarded Concern America a $23,000 grant to construct a community water system and install filters to provide clean water to over 400 families (over 3,000 people)! The increased access to clean water will prevent up to 50 percent of these illnesses.

As of today, the community water system in Hermosillo is now 50 percent complete. The spring source has been covered, two miles of pipeline has been laid, sedimentation traps and air valves have been installed and 100 families received home water filters! All of this was built by the families, together with the three members of the Concern America team. The next phase, to build a 40,000-liter storage tank and install miles of distribution lines to bring water to each home, was scheduled to take place the first week of October. However, heavy rains caused a delay, and system is now scheduled to be completed by March 2019.

Concern America is committed to the long-term, sustainable development of materially impoverished communities. You can support this important organization by shopping their annual Craft Sale Open House on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 3 – 7 p.m. at the organization’s home office at 2015 N. Broadway in Santa Ana. Do some holiday shopping of beautiful, fairly traded handmade goods from around the world and “give gifts with a purpose” this season. Many of the items can be viewed and ordered online at https://marketplace.concernamerica.org.