December Updates
Check out everything we have done since Giving Tuesday!
Executive Summary

  • Puente Potty Construction: This month, we have completed 14 bathrooms in 3 new communities, bringing the total to 98! 
  • PPE Distribution: Over 3000 pieces of personal protective equipment distributed to doctors in Constanza
  • Water Filter Distribution: Our volunteers have distributed 13 more filters this past week! That's 261 in total!!
  • Patient Follow-Ups: Our health promoter program is officially back up and running! Our motivated promoters have seen over 150 patients this month.
  • Other News: New partner, project design and 25DaysOfChristmas Goal!
Active Projects & Programs!
Top Left: WaSH Director, Tiven Buggy, and Project Supervisor, Valentin Brioso, standing next to a Potty they helped construct; Top RIght: latrine pit for one of the beneficiaries; Bottom Left: PPE getting sorted by our local doctors and team; Bottom Right: Doctors in Colonial Espanola receiving hundreds of gloves, masks and hazmat suits. 
This holiday season we are in the giving spirit! Currently we are implementing projects across 5+ communities in Constanza. 

Puente Potties: Our partners at FDR awarded a grant to help with our Puente Potty project. This month our team has been working day, nights and weekends to implement bathrooms across three different communities. We have completed 14 bathrooms (in just 14 days) and we plan on implemented a few more in order to reach our goal of 100 by year-end!

PPE Distribution: Working with our partners at Health Outreach Foundation and our local doctors, we were able to provide 11 primary care clinics with 2 months worth of personal protective equipment. This comes at a great time, as supplies are running low and cases are continuing to increase! Huge thanks to everyone that made this possible!

Water Filters: Volunteers have been actively finding communities that need a safe drinking water solution. Thanks to our friends at Constanza Medical Mission, we can help provide one! This month, our volunteers have distributed 13 filters to vulnerable families that were previously drinking contaminated water. How do we know the water was contaminated? Our water quality tests! We have distributed 261 filters in total to over a dozen communities.

Health Promoters Program: Previously on-pause due to COVID, we decided to restart our patient follow up visits after hearing the large number of patients that have recently suffered a stroke or heart attack. Our promoters are taking extreme precaution in order to check vitals of patients at risk for chronic conditions. In just 2 short weeks, our team has seen 150+ patients! We will continue to  work with local doctors to rework the action plan for those with high readings.

Your donations have allowed us to find needs, implement solutions, and monitor the results. Help us continue this life-changing work!
Other Exciting News!
Top: Residents carrying water back to their home to shower; Bottom Right: Water access point in remote community that does not have reliable water; Bottom Right: Country Director, Crismary Gutierrez and Health Promoter, Elba, are checking out a community water source in remote community
As promised, we have been busy designing water access projects for communities that lack this basic necessity. Pictured above are the only water points serving 50+ households. Unfortunately, the water point is contaminated and water is oftentimes scarce. We are determined to find a better, more sustainable solution that will improve not only hygiene and sanitation but overall quality of life.

We are beyond thrilled to announce a new partnership with Ryan's Well. Ryan's Well focuses on supporting local water organizations around the world. They have implemented thousands of water access projects to date, impacting over 1 million people! Ryan's Well will be using our application in Uganda and Ghana to collect baseline and follow-up data. We are extremely excited to collaborate with such a like-minded NGO!!

Lastly, as most of you have probably seen by now, Puente is doing #25DaysOfChristmas, with the intention of raising a total of $25k throughout the month of December. After Giving Tuesday, we are proud to say that we are 44% of the way to our goal!

Please consider giving this holiday season to help us change lives!
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