Updated: May 20, 2021
Although it is the basis for the quality and development of life still today, in Argentina, more than 5 million people do not have drinking water.
Health, food and education problems are just some of the challenges facing millions of children and adults in rural areas of our country. Therefore, from Club de Roma, we work to improve the quality of life of these communities by promoting, since 2008, the project #AguaParaElDesarrollo.
From this project we work directly with the beneficiary communities as main protagonists, and then work with public and private actors to carry out works of access to safe water. Since 2008, we have carried out works in 15 rural communities and schools located in Chaco, Salta, Santiago del Estero and Misiones, having improved the quality of life directly to more than 3500 people.
To solve the many challenges existing for water supply in these communities we carry out different projects, with technologies and approaches adapted to the local characteristics of each community: in this way, we have installed surface water pumping mills with pipe run, tanks for capturing rainwater, raising storage tanks, water filtration system and plunger pumps to improve the quality of life of these people.
The work is not only about carrying out the works for access to safe water, but also about training community members and families to replicate the technology implemented.
Through this project, in addition to guaranteeing access to this natural resource indispensable for human development, the foundations are laid for the development of other related projects: such as the creation of organic orchards, nurseries, irrigation channels, goat production, among others.
This type of project provides countless benefits, direct and indirect, in the social life of communities:
Health: Safe water can reduce more than 50% of the recurrence of preventable diseases. Above all, those linked to gastrointestinal and dermal problems related to lack of personal hygiene.
Food: Water allows the elaboration of vegetable gardens for self-consumption, diversifying the nutrients consumed and the food sovereignty of the community.
Economy: Access to hot water reduces the costs associated with heating water for cooking.
Time: By not having to search and carry the water, each family will save several hours daily.
Education: Having water significantly increases children's time in schools by reducing losses from avoidable absences.
Production: Water facilitates the development of productive practices such as goat production, essential in rural communities in the north of the country.
Community work: The development of access works is done in conjunction with the whole community, which favors ties of solidarity and community ties.
Gender: Primarily women in the community are the people in charge of getting water, by facilitating access, they will be able to spend that time to equalize and improve their opportunities.
Construction: The water allows improvements in the houses thanks to the use of soluble construction materials (coatings, paint, showers, etc.).
Environment: Safe water represents a comprehensive improvement, ensuring sustainable environmental, economic and social development.
Much remains to be done, so we continue to deepen our work. This year, with the support of Ford Argentina, we will carry out 3 new works of access to safe water in Schools No. 776 , Nº494 and Nº991 located in the town of Salavina, Santiago del Estero.
In two of the communities, Vaca Human and Chira, in addition to the access works to safe water we will add the first biosystems in the area, installing in addition to plate tanks, first water filter and oil and plunger pump, a biodigester, a solar collector and the development of an organic vegetable garden.
Learn more about the project and join us in helping us to have the ultimate vital good: drinking water.
To learn more and collaborate, go to https://www.clubderoma.org.ar/aguaparaeldesarrollo