Refuge International

Improving lives through healthcare, nutrition, clean water, and education.


Water Project

  • The Guatemalan Ministry of Health reports that 98% of the country's water sources are contaminated.
  • Families living in rural Guatemala earn between $3 and $6 per day.
  • A 20 oz. bottle of water costs about $1.

Woman filling bucketsClean water is stored in wells high above ground, allowing for the pressure to pipe water to homes equipped with piping systems.Can you imagine having to spend a large portion of your income just to have water that's safe for drinking and cooking? Most Guatemalans cannot afford purified bottled water and therefore must either spend money on firewood to boil water or drink the water that is available and suffer from life-threatening water-borne illnesses such as amoebiasis, giardiasis and other infections.

Refuge International’s part in building resiliency in remote areas of Guatemala lies within these issues. Our goal is to help the people of Guatemala achieve sustainable drinking water programs by digging water wells and delivering water filtration systems.

To date, Refuge International has drilled more than 6 water wells in Guatemala.

Bob O'Brien drilling a wellSince our water project began in Sarstún, Guatemala, there has not been a single report of diarrhea-related death in children—an event that was common in years prior. Our team of experts teach locals on the proper use and maintenance of the wells and regularly inspect the equipment to ensure proper function.

How Can You Help?

Recognized worldwide as an effective way of filtering water over long periods of time, Sawyer Water Filters are distributed and used in areas where drilling isn’t feasible.GivingWaterFilters

  • Each filter costs $50.

Click here to provide clean drinking water to a family living in a remote village.