Thank you for your generous gift!
This report will introduce you to Baby Lisa and her family, and the impact you've made in their lives.
Until you stepped up, the Teller family didn't have running water.
Simple tasks like bathing, brushing teeth, washing clothes and cooking were complicated, time-consuming and unhygienic. The Tellers hauled water water once a week from two sources, each up to 30 miles away.
For the Tellers, water poverty was heartbreaking. With limited income and five children at home, LaTanya and Troy Teller found it difficult to visit Baby Lisa, who lives in a medical facility three and a half hours away.
Baby Lisa has a rare genetic disorder. Until their home had electricity and running water, it seemed like Baby Lisa would have to live in that medical facility forever.
But not any more.
All of that changed when you helped us bring them running water for the first time ever.
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At last count, an estimated 1.7 million Americans still don't have clean, running water or basic plumbing at home. Many of those are children like Baby Lisa.
Baby Lisa is Navajo. Nearly 40% of families living on the Navajo Nation lack access to clean water or basic plumbing.
DIGDEEP is the only global water organization bringing clean water to communities in the U.S. By focusing on low-tech, high-impact solutions, DIGDEEP is making a big impact through our Navajo Water Project.
This project has completely changed the way the Teller family uses water. Keep reading for more information on the Teller Family and the technology we used.
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Latanya and Troy have six kids -- Karla, Lorice, Jason, Eli, Zach and Baby Lisa.
Five of their kids live with Latanya and Troy in Bird Springs, Arizona. Until this year, their home didn't have electricity or running water. Troy hauled bottled drinking water from miles away and built a plywood outhouse. Still, the Tellers' home was bright and full of joy.
But life without running water meant heartbreak when their youngest daughter, Lisa, was born.
When she was just four days old, Baby Lisa was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder of the small intestine. Baby Lisa needed an organ transplant, so the hospital staff quickly prepped her for surgery. Social workers interviewed Latanya and Troy and discovered that they didn't have running water at home, so Baby Lisa's surgery was cancelled.
She could never survive the recovery at home without clean water or electricity.
Now Baby Lisa lives in Bogden House, a medical care facility 3.5 hours from her family, waiting for a transplant. When Lisa's transplant is complete, she can finally go home.
For Baby Lisa and her family clean, running water means much more than being able to bathe or do the dishes... it means a life of happiness and security that every American child should enjoy.
They joy that this project has brought to the Teller Family is almost indescribable.
CHAPTER: BIRD SPRINGS CHAPTER, NAVAJO NATION
LOCATION: LEUPP, AZ
COMPLETED: MARCH 30, 2017
TECHNOLOGY: WATER LINE
SOURCE: NAVAJO TRIBAL UTILITY AUTHORITY (NTUA)
LOCAL ALLY: INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE
CONSTRUCTION: KEYAH CONSTRUCTION, PHOENIX
This project uses traditional water lines and a septic system. To prepare the dwelling for water access, we worked with the local utility to extend electricity to the home and covered the cost of the work. Inside the home, we upgraded wiring and installed a breaker box. Then we built a bathroom and septic system.
We worked with the Indian Health Service in Winslow, Arizona to extend the local water line 1200' from the closest dwelling. Together we applied for permits, surveyed the land, and procured parts and equipment. IHS completed the water line extension in early March 2017. The local water utility (NTUA) inspected the line and the home and turned on the water in early April 2017.
DIGDEEP believes in real empowerment, measurable impact and radical transparency.
We use 100% of every donation to support to communities in need. The families we serve do their part too, by contributing their time, labor and supplies.
When we work together, we can do amazing things.
This water system is one small part of the larger Navajo Water Project - a multi-million dollar initiative to bring clean, running water to hundreds of families on the Navajo Nation in rural New Mexico and Arizona.
We're investing in home water systems, solar solutions, water trucking programs and new clean water sources like wells.
Explore all of our U.S. water projects at DigDeep: digdeep.org/what-we-do/
Now that you've seen the incredible impact your gift can have, why not give again?
There are hundreds of American families like this one waiting for clean, running water.
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A big thank you to our friends and partners at Falcon Waterfree Technologies!
Falcon is a certified B-Corp that believes in creating real change in the world around them. They sponsored and sourced the most water friendly appliances and fixtures possible for Baby Lisa's new bathroom.