Agua Pura is the result of Contours Travel teaming up with the Rotary Club of North Melbourne and the Rotary Club of Cusco to provide safe, drinking water to schools in very remote areas, in and around the Sacred Valley and Cusco.
Through Agua Pura, we donate and deliver water filters to villages and communities located high in The Andes in Peru. Even though these areas are surrounded by rivers and streams, their water is very dirty, as it flows down from the mountains, carrying lots of bacteria as it goes along.
Agua Pura project started at the beginning of 2012, when Contours Travel Director, Ted Dziadkiewicz, found out about a similar project through the Rotary Club network. A fellow Rotarian himself, Ted got in contact with a group of Rotarians from the United States that were setting up a project in Belize, to supply the country with 2500 water filters. The Sawyer Filter was such a simple device to set up; Ted realized it would be very effective in a region close to his heart, the Sacred Valley in Peru:
“We didn’t have to build wells, or complicated mechanical devices, because the water filter is so fine and small it can be used with just an ordinary bucket”.
Agua Pura granted the seed money to buy the first water filters, which were delivered by Ted himself, together with local Peruvian NGOs. Agua Pura is a self-funding project, which is why we need your help to accomplish our aim of delivering 500 water filters. Contours Travel’s clients, fellow Rotarians, travel agents, friends, family, corporations and the public in general can donate 50 dollars for each water filter they want to send (see How To Donate). Agua Pura, through the Rotary Club in Cusco, jointly distributes the water filters with three local NGO’s that know and work with schools in remote villages.
Agua Pura has delivered over 350 Sawyer PointONE™ Water Filters to schools in remote areas, so far. Our aim is to distribute 500 filters. This is why we need your help!
How to Donate
With only 50 dollars, you can donate a unit to a Peruvian school. After your generous contribution, we will deliver the filters. People can volunteer to go to the communities and distribute the Sawyer PointONE™ filters as well.
Ted, Managing Director & fellow Rotarian, first explored South America as an overland bus driver in the mid-1970s. Since then he has been back to visit all of Latin America with the mission of helping these communities.
Day Community Project
Read the interview with Jenny and Richard that participated in a one Day Community Project in Peru, where they spent the day helping the community and, most importantly, assisting during the installation of the Water Filter!