AGUA PURA PARA EL PUEBLO

Una Familia A La Vez

aka Agua Pura   |   Happy Valley, OR   |  www.aguapuraparaelpueblo.org

Mission

Agua Pura Para El Pueblo is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization founded to help communities and families obtain safe, clean drinking water and improve their sanitation. Over one billion people world wide lack access to safe water, and a million children die each year due to preventable diarrheal diseases. With a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean, we promote simple small scale methods and techniques that people can use to make their water safe to drink. We also give seminars and demonstrations both in the United States and in Latin America to other nongovernmental organizations and to community groups on methods of water purification.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are a very small non-profit, all volunteers. We hold board meetings twice a year. Currently, board members participate in projects so they can better understand the goals and methods of the organization and be able to better advise on our future. We are discussing staffing with a goal of transitioning to a paid director in the future.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Mr. Thomas G. Carter

Main address

15035 SE Monner Rd

Happy Valley, OR 97086 USA

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EIN

80-0601453

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (E02)

Management & Technical Assistance (G02)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the World Health Organization (2017), each year Diarrhea kills around 525 000 children under five years of age. Diarrheal disease in the second leading cause of death in young children, and is a leading cause of their malnutrition. Globally, there are nearly 1.7 BILLION cases of childhood diarrheal disease each year.

Diarrheal disease is entirely preventable through safe drinking-water and adequate sanitation and hygiene.

Agua Pura Para El Pueblo was founded to address the problem of diarrheal disease in children and families in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Water Testing and Water Purification in Honduras

We provide training to local community leaders in modern methods of water testing and water purification to protect families from water borne illnesses. We provide supplies and demonstrate simple methods that families can use to make their water safe to drink

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Construction of a new sanitary latrine for a community school near Mexico City

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

College students learn about water purification and sanitation to help families and communities throughout Haiti to have clean water and sanitation. Agua Pura supports them and provides supplies for their programs.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Working with refugees and tenant farmers in the border area between Haiti and the Dominican Republic to bring clean drinking water and sanitation to a poorly served area .

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Due Diligence vetted since 2011, Top Ranked Organization 2021

Global Giving

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of samples of drinking water tested in communities we serve. Number of families receiving training and counseling in sanitation and hygiene

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Age groups, Health

Related Program

Water Testing and Water Purification in Honduras

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Travel and travel and program restrictions limited our ability to conduct our programs in 2020 and 2021. We expect being more able to continue our work in 2022.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Death from diarrheal disease is entirely preventable. Agua Pura's goal is to reduce to zero the incidence of childhood and family diarrhea in the communities where we work. Our work is focused primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean but offer consultation and support worldwide. We are always invited by local organizations to come and provide our services at no cost to help prevent and eliminate this disease.

Agua Pura works through local organizations with ties to the families and communities. We train these local organizations and community leaders in our modern methods of water testing and water purification and sanitation. These men and women then become local experts and sources of information and support to their communities. We provide them with teaching materials and supplies and work with them as they educate and demonstrate to their neighbors what they have learned. They provide a positive example to others in keeping their own families safe and healthy.
We have provided low-cost Water Pasteurization Indicators to thousands of families as a way to reach and protect many more families than traditional large-scale projects.

Agua Pura has worked for over 10 years throughout Latin America and the Caribbean providing these services. Because of our reputation and expertise, we are always invited to come and offer assistance to local organizations. Our staff has a strong background in the sciences we advocate and understands the technical details of our work. We have developed effective training materials and supplies which we freely share.
Our staff are all volunteers and our methods are inexpensive to implement, so our program costs are very low and we are able to serve many more people.

Agua Pura Para El Pueblo started in Mexico over 10 years ago helping a local non-profit to build safe latrines for families that lived and worked on a garbage dump. Many of those latrines are still in use. Over the years since we have worked with a number of organizations throughout Latin America. We have tested the drinking water of over a thousand families in dozens of communities. Agua Pura has provided water testing training and materials to many local non-profits who now continue our work. Our work is inexpensive and effective, and families and other non-profits are very supportive of us.

Agua Pura is developing programs to allow local communities and organizations to make their own water purification materials themselves. We now have a community run production facility to make Water Pasteurization Indicators in Honduras and are planning for others in Mexico and possibly Haiti. This should further lower the cost of these materials and make them available to even more people. The goal of the organization we work with in Honduras is to distribute on of these indicators to every family in the region with a child under 5 years of age.
We are proud of the successes we have had and look forward to challenges ahead.
Agua Pura is involved in research to develop other water purification methods and devices, especially ones that can be used in emergencies or that can be used on a large scale.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Families and community groups in areas where there is a lack of safe drinking water, in various countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including but not limited to Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, Dominican Republic and Haiti.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Community meetings/Town halls, in person ,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Purchases are made locally as much as possible rather than supplies and materials sent from the US. Projects are suggested by local non profits and funded by Agua Pura.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We are more collaborative in our planning than before. Our plans are now more long range and ongoing than before.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback, because of travel restrictions, direct feedback is limited.,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AGUA PURA PARA EL PUEBLO

Board of directors
as of 1/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Thomas Carter

Carole Douglass

Elaine Kuehn

Mike Cianci

Mary Ann Westfall

Bill Pressly

Nikki Gillis

Jim Dunn

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/4/2022,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/15/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.