Walking my dog in the crisp Vancouver sun this morning I felt lucky. Tomorrow I will be flying to Mexico City. Sol Garcia of Project X Impact and I are on the road again, this time we are teaming up with ISLA URBANA, an amazing organization that is helping thousands of people in the barrios of Mexico City with water. We often think of Africa, Haiti and other countries when it comes to the water crisis, but it exists in so many locations that we are less aware of. One would think that Mexico City is not necessarily one of those places, but in actual fact daily, millions of people living there, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters strain to meet their fundamental water demands. Isla Urbana is facilitating the widespread adoption of rainwater harvesting, a sustainable solution to the world’s water problems.
We will be visiting the projects and staying in Tlalpan, the barrio district where they are working, meeting the families and seeing the process. We are thrilled to have been invited to work with them, and to share the stories first hand. So I am dusting up on my Spanish, getting my equipment ready, and excited to meet a new group of people doing the right thing! vida y el agua
Sol and I will both be collecting stories and images to share, and we have decided to post this blog together!
As you know, Cate and I are both passionate about this water crisis and doing something about it. We will be visiting the organization for a week (starting next week Nov 3rd-9th) and doing what we do best, researching and bringing the knowledge to the public! I will be interviewing community members about their experiences and Cate will capture it all and more. We will have wifi at our place of stay and will be blogging from there. I think this is a great opportunity. For me, it hits home because I’ve long wanted to do a project in Mexico being that my family is from there. I’ve been visitng every other year and I’ve grown up seeing the need and the situation. In Mexico City alone, 8 million people lack access to adequate water. I’m excited that Cate and I can team up again and I look forward to this continuing.