Access to safe drinking water is a basic human right. Please help us make this a reality in Arlington’s sister community, Teosinte, El Salvador.
After 33 years, Teosinte’s water delivery system has reached a crisis point. For the past 21 years, the community has unsuccessfully searched for a partner to help them upgrade the system, appealing to government authorities and international organizations. Now they need you.
Teosinte’s water is unfiltered & contaminated by E Coli, rust and lead, and many faucets run dry 6 months of the year. Water brought home in large jugs from a central water source must be boiled before drinking yet still contains lead and rust. Laundry is washed in the nearby river, polluted from farm runoff and animal waste and reduced to a stream from January to March during the dry season.
The plumbing in the community must be urgently replaced and will cost $6,554. However, our goal is to raise $15,000 to replace the entire water system; the plumbing in the community, a water purification system and 6+ miles of pipes that connect the village to the water source high in the mountains.
100% of your contribution will go directly to Teosinte, El Salvador. No donation is too small. To make a tax-deductible donation, please get in touch with us.
Teosinte and Arlington, MA, have been Sister Cities for 32 years. We are a 100% volunteer organization. Learn more about our amazing friendship at http://www.arlingtonteosinte.org
Pictures of corroded pipes that carry drinking water into homes.
A father and son carrying jugs of water home.
A family getting water from buckets.
Water is purified by leaving on rooftops in the sun for 24 hours or boiled.
The river reduced to a small trickle of water during the dry season.