Did you know that the Family Adventure Summit donates 100% of its profits to organizations and projects in the various local communities where the event is held? Every dollar you spend with Family Adventure Summit goes toward creating an epic and inspiring event for you and your family, and all the families present, and also toward supporting the communities in which we visit.
Our 2018 Summit was held in the beautiful city of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. It is a city full of culture, art, historic buildings, and beautiful colonial architecture. But there is also a shortage of clean drinking water.
The more the Family Adventure Summit team learned about the drinking water situation, the more we knew that we needed to help to solve the problem. We contacted Caminos de Agua, an NGO that helps to build rainwater capture systems to provide rural communities with clean drinking water.
With our 2018 summit profits, we were able to fund the building of two large-scale rainwater capture systems for a local school in Ponzo Hondo.
Pozo Hondo is a small community, about an hour’s drive northwest of San Miguel. Both they and San Miguel residents are part of the 680,000 people that share the Alto Río Laja Watershed – the main water source.
Unfortunately, they also share a number of health risks that have developed due to the aggressive over-extraction from this finite underground water resource. As a result, the water table is dropping a staggering 2-3 meters, or 6-10 feet, a year – causing wells all over the region to dry up. This is also concentrating naturally-occurring arsenic and fluoride to levels unfit for human consumption, which is exactly what’s happened in Ponzo Hondo.
The well in Pozo Hondo pumps less and less water and what remains has some of the highest levels of arsenic and fluoride in the region. The only alternatives for families are long walks to a dirty stream or purchasing water from a local bottler, which residents can rarely afford and that is also untested. The lack of affordable safe, drinking water has also caused the local elementary school to ration each student to one liter of bottled drinking water per week, so its no wonder the students regularly drink from the contaminated well.
What the people of Pozo Hondo don’t share is the ability to buy bottled water from a trustworthy source or to install in-home reverse osmosis systems that remove arsenic and fluoride.
Today, Caminos de Agua has now completed the work in partnership with the families of Pozo Hondo and the Family Adventure Summit. The school has access to water free of arsenic and fluoride, more secure than bottled water, and infinitely more affordable.
“We are not only celebrating the completion of two cisterns in the community of Pozo Hondo, we are celebrating the strengthening of a community. It is a day of laughter, singing, dancing, games and of course, water. As we head out for the day, we are greeted with the sweet sight of raindrops falling from the sky – an exciting sign that the rainy season is almost upon us and that the cisterns will soon be filled with safe, healthy drinking water.I take this opportunity to thank everyone from Family Adventure Summit that helped make this happen. The experience was positive in many ways. It strengthened community organizing, it allowed Caminos de Agua to test its new water education program, but above all, we are now providing safe and healthy drinking water to the students of the Pozo Hondo grade school.” – Paco Guajardo