Santo Domingo de los Colorados simply referred to as Santo Domingo, is the fourth largest city of Ecuador with a population of over 305,000, it is an important commercial and industrial center and the capital of the province Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas. The city lies in the foothills west of the Andes. It is an important stopping point on the road from Quito to the Pacific coast.
Our partners on the ground are working in two barrios (small communities), Santa Martha and Cheguevara both with a population of around 1,000 people in each barrio. These barrios are mostly populated by women and children. Their population consists of about 4 women to every one man, and the women typically have 4 – 5 children each. The families survive on less than $300 a month and that’s for a family of 5 – 10 people.
They are extremely poor, which lends to many social problems like crime, drugs, and prostitution. Crime is the norm; their crimes include theft and violence in the homes. The people turn to drugs to satisfy hunger and to earn a living by selling them. While women and young girls turn to prostitution to survive and earn a living. It is typical to see 40 – 60 year old men with 12 – 14 year old girls.
Nutrition is a major concern; most people don’t have enough food to eat or the means to keep a balanced diet. A typical diet consists of rice, bananas, and potatoes. The lack of nutrition lends to additional problems and illnesses.
- Parasites from drinking bad water and contaminated food.
- Bad immune systems from lack of nourishment.
- Diarrhea is a large problem in adults as well as children.
THE PLAN is to raise the funds to be able to build an Aquaponics System on land purchase by our partners. This will do a few things for our partners:
- It will allow them to produce fruits, vegetables and fish (protein) to help feed the people they are working with, bringing them better nutrition.
- It will allow them to teach individuals from these barrios how to set up their own small systems and maintain them for their own use and to take to market, creating their own micro business that helps feed their family as well as creates an income stream.
- It will produce enough fruits, vegetables, and fish to take to market for sale. This will help our partners to sustain the project financially.
In addition, we plan to also bring them Sawyer water filters to help with the parasite problem in the drinking water. We will bring enough filters to produce 50 gallons of clean water every 20 minutes.
The cost of this project is only $8,000. It’s only $8,000 to help this group help 1,000’s of people today and into the future in one of the most extreme situations on this planet.
Our goal is to raise the total amount by the end of May 2014, which would allow us to start the building of the Aquaponics System in the summer of 2014. With your help we can bring the project a sustainable solution to their food and water problems, while supplying them a means to educate the community on sustainable farming. now and help us bring life to these communities.
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a life time!”
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A Generous Life will have a team traveling to the Ecuador to deliver and help set up the water filtration systems in the Summer of 2014. If you would like to join the team and see firsthand the impact of this plan and project, please Click Here for more information.