Thank you for your generous gift! This report will introduce you to Sharon and Kirk's family and the impact you've made in their lives.
Welcome to Northwestern New Mexico, just off of Route 66 near the Continental Divide. Sharon, Kirk, and their children call this beautiful place home.
Unlike most families, Kirk and Sharon have always struggled to get enough clean water to do basic things like take a bath or cook a meal for their kids.
But not any more.
All of that changed when you and DIGDEEP brought them running water for the first time ever.
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When we imagine life without clean water, we often think of places like Sub-Saharan Africa - communities that barely resemble our own. But at last count, an estimated 1.7 million Americans still don't have clean, running water or a flush toilet at home.
American families without clean water live lives totally different from yours. They wake up and collect water from a source outside their home, fetching it in buckets and boiling it on the stove. When desperate, many haul water from unsafe sources contaminated with bacteria, arsenic or even uranium.
DIGDEEP is the only global water organization working on projects here in the US. We're starting that work on the Navajo Nation. By focusing on low-tech, high-impact solutions, DIGDEEP is making a big impact in this area.
Check out these photos from the project and keep reading for more information on the technology we used.
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Sharon and Kirk have three children, Hailey (age 9), Hieen Nez (age 4), and Kayden (age 3). Sharon and Kirk are doting parents who like playing with them and reading with them.
In her free time Sharon makes beautiful pieces of jewelry. After work Kirk enjoys taking care of their livestock. The kids love to read and play outside.
Unfortunately Sharon, Kirk, and their kids have not had running water in their home since they moved in. It has always been hard work to get clean water by filling up barrels and buckets. Their water was easily contaminated and ran out quickly.
But now that DIGDEEP has installed a new water system, Sharon and Kirk's family finally has safe, clean running water in their home! Their favorite thing about the new water system is how easy it is to cook and to bathe the kids with warm water. They are so grateful to everyone who made this possible.
CHAPTER: THOREAU CHAPTER, NAVAJO NATION
LOCATION: THOREAU, NEW MEXICO
GPS: N35.402527 E-108.223402
COMPLETED: AUGUST 18, 2016
SOURCE: WATER TRUCK
LOCAL ALLY: ST. BONAVENTURE
PROJECT COST: $3452.52
We collect a TON of project data; this is just a snapshot.
Every DIGDEEP project uses a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) that measures the way water access achieves other key goals like health, gender equity, and access to education.
Every DIGDEEP project is community-led and uses locally-appropriate technology. Benefitting families contribute labor and resources, participate in the installation, and are trained to use and maintain the equipment we install.
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 in Northwest New Mexico.
We're investing in home water systems, solar solutions, water trucking programs and new clean water sources like wells.
Explore the whole Navajo Water project by visiting the website: digdeep.org/navajo
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 supplies and labor.
When we work together, we can do amazing things.
This project uses cistern and pump technology, a reliable water storage and delivery solution for remote areas.
Water is delivered bi-monthly to a 1200 gallon cistern buried two feet underground. By burying the cistern, water is protected from sunlight, contamination and freezing.
Water is then pumped into the home by a Grundfos pump, through a particulate water filter and into a sink and shower. The system also uses small, in line electric water heaters.
Each cistern system is built with the help of the benefitting family, who are taught to maintain and upgrade their system as needed. The Navajo Water Project uses local labor and sources local parts when available.
Now that you've seen the incredible impact your gift can have, why not give again?
It costs $14 a month to deliver water to this house. And there are hundreds of families like this one waiting for a water system of their own.
We'll use 100% of your gift on another project like this one, and we'll send you another impact report.