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HELP BRING CLEAN WATER TO OVER 250 AMERICAN HOMES.


When most people think of dirty water, they think of places like rural Africa. But water poverty affects hundreds-of-thousands of Americans too.

Darlene Arviso is a Navajo woman dedicated to providing her people with life-giving water. This is her story.

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HELP BRING CLEAN WATER TO OVER 250 AMERICAN HOMES.


When most people think of dirty water, they think of places like rural Africa. But water poverty affects hundreds-of-thousands of Americans too.

Darlene Arviso is a Navajo woman dedicated to providing her people with life-giving water. This is her story.

 

 

Buy a gift or make a donation and help build a water project in Smith Lake, New Mexico.

 
 

DIGDEEP is a 501(c)3. Your purchase is tax-deductible. 

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The Problem


Navajo are 67 times more likely than other Americans to live without running water or a toilet. That's an injustice.

Many Natives can't get enough clean water, creating a cycle of poverty that limits health, happiness, educational opportunity, and economic security.

We can fix that. 

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The Problem


Navajo are 67 times more likely than other Americans to live without running water or a toilet. That's an injustice.

Many Natives can't get enough clean water, creating a cycle of poverty that limits health, happiness, educational opportunity, and economic security.

We can fix that. 

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NAVAJO POPULATION 2010

WITHOUT TAP OR TOILET

OF CHILDREN IN POVERTY

 
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The Project


The people of Smith Lake, New Mexico live miles from the nearest water or sewage line. For generations, they've hauled water from open ponds or livestock troughs.

Some receive a small amount of clean water by truck. Weather, distance, and infrastructure mean that most receive less than 7 gallons of water a day.

Here's how that will change.

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The Project


The people of Smith Lake, New Mexico live miles from the nearest water or sewage line. For generations, they've hauled water from open ponds or livestock troughs.

Some receive a small amount of clean water by truck. Weather, distance, and infrastructure mean that most receive less than 7 gallons of water a day.

Here's how that will change.

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Access

A NEW WELL

We'll start by dropping a 2000 ft. borehole in the middle of the community. Well water will be pumped into a holding tank to fill local water trucks. We'll also provide a free access point for emergencies. Right now, the closest source of safe water is up to 70 miles away. Some can only make the trip by foot.

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Delivery

NEW ROUTES

We'll deliver clean water from the local tank to homes by truck. The amount delivered every month will meet international human rights standards. Currently, individuals get only 7 gallons of clean water a day. Compare that to the 100 gallons you use in the same amount of time. 

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Storage

GRAVITY TANKS

We'll build small water towers with solar heaters near every home. They'll use gravity to feed clean water into sinks and toilets. Right now, most people store water in 55-gallon drums outside their homes. During the winter, these drums have to be moved inside to keep from freezing.   

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Community

OWNERSHIP

Like every DIGDEEP project, this system is location-specific, community-led and truly sustainable. Local Chapter Houses and Navajo agencies are actively involved in planning, and the community will manage their finished project in partnership with a local non-profit, St. Bonaventure's Indian Mission.

 
 
 
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ABOUT OUR PARTNER

Founded in 1974, St. Bonaventure Indian Mission provides tuition-free schooling and essential services to thousands of Navajo (Diné) around Thoreau, New Mexico. The 501(c)3 charity is a key local employer and almost completely native run.

St. Bonaventure - in partnership with the local community - will fund and maintain water delivery when the project is complete. 

Visit St. Bonaventure online. 

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The Gifts


When you buy one of these beautiful, hand-crafted gifts for yourself or a loved-one, we'll donate 100% of the profit to the Navajo Water Access project.

Your gift will bring clean water to hundreds of families right here in the US. 

Now that's something to celebrate.

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The Gifts


When you buy one of these beautiful, hand-crafted gifts for yourself or a loved-one, we'll donate 100% of the profit to the Navajo Water Access project.

Your gift will bring clean water to hundreds of families right here in the US. 

Now that's something to celebrate.

Your gift is tax-deductible. When the project is finished, we'll show you - and the person you gave it to - just what your gift did with a report like this one.

 
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The Press


We're so grateful for positive feedback from around the web (and around the world). Here are some articles, blog posts and videos featuring the Navajo Water Project.

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The Press


We're so grateful for positive feedback from around the web (and around the world). Here are some articles, blog posts and videos featuring the Navajo Water Project.



 

Get awesome (non-spammy) updates about this project and DIGDEEP

 
 
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