WAYUU CLEAN WATER PROJECT: LA GUAJIRA

The plan is to work for 10 days with the Wayuu tribal health group to install two wells for the villages that are in the most severe need. The Wayuu tribe live in small communities scattered throughout a very hostile desert environment in northeast Colombia. They lack water for consumption or bathing, as well as for their goats and crops. It is our plan to start a clean water program drilling multiple wells each year.

TOMA’s March 2018 trip to the arid desert of the Guajira region of northeast Colombia revealed to us the critical need of the Wayuu villages in that region. We elected to return in November to begin a new clean water well project for those villages. We invested in a unique manual well drilling system called the Village Drill and shipped two containers to Miami for transfer to Colombia. Since then, we have spent months working with customs brokers to provide the required documentation for this equipment, however it has not yet been shipped. As a result of these importation delays, the trip was rescheduled for March 22-31, 2019.

Estimated support needed: $17,000 USD
• Shipping and import taxes for the Village Drill
• Supplies and equipment for 2 wells
• Transportation and expenses for team to Colombia

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AMAZONAS MEDLINK PROGRAM: MIRITI-PARANA RIVER BASIN

In June, TOMA conducted a brief survey and needs analysis of the current state of health care delivery for approximately 1,000 tribesmen inhabiting 200 miles of navigable waterway along the remote Mirití-Paraná River Basin in southeastern Colombia. The trip confirmed that there are no functioning infrastructure facilities, nor trained personnel capable of providing even basic services throughout the region, including vaccination for children. TOMA will be partnering with the GAIA Foundation, an internationally acclaimed NGO based in Bogotá and the Colombian Ministry of Health to assist in providing medical, dental, educational, and solar assistance for this at-risk population.

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ONE OF THE MOST URGENT NEEDS IN THE REGION IS COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN THE FOUR KEY TRIBAL HEALTH POSTS ALONG THE MIRITI-PARANA RIVERS.

There are two existing 2-way ICOM radios that must be repaired and their solar power system build out. Our goal is to buy then install two additional radios so that the entire river will be connected linking the health care services. Eric Winslow, TOMA's solar and electrical expert will join Dr. John Walden and Jeronimo Salazar (Gaia Foundation) for the trip back to Amazonas in mid January. They will address the current communications needs as well as medical and dental support for several tribal communities. The trip will involve three flights and two days of travel by river to reach farthest village. Needs for the trip would include solar and radio supplies, medical equipment, and transportation for the team.

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Estimated support needed: $8,000 USD
• Radio/solar equipment
• Team transportation and travel expenses