WEFTA is one of the few water and sanitation nonprofits that focuses on Latin America. Less than 10% of international aid for improved water and sanitation goes to Latin America.
Half the world’s hospital beds are occupied by people with an easily preventable waterborne disease. Every eight seconds a child dies from drinking dirty water. Most often, simple, low-cost projects can solve this problem. Through community participation, we make them sustainable.
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WEFTA gives technical support to solve complex problems like wastewater treatment in Peru where raw sewage has historically been sent directly to the rivers or mitigating contaminated drinking water in Bolivia due to mining. Without our donated expertise, such projects would not be affordable to the affected communities.
WEFTA is now assessing a project with Lutheran World Relief for community water system, which would require construction of a dam, for 9,000 Colombians who rely on untreated river water for cooking and washing. WEFTA always works with the beneficiary community and often collaborates with partners in the field.