Operation Agua Every Drop Counts Challenge | The Ithaca Teachers Association

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A month after Hurricane Maria devastated their island, most Puerto Ricans still have no reliable source of safe drinking water.

But YOU can help. Through Operation Agua, an initiative of the American Federation of Teachers and our partners, we are bringing water purification systems to Puerto Rican families and communities who are crying out for help.

For less than $30, you can give a filter that purifies 10 gallons per day to a family or classroom in Puerto Rico.

For $5,000, we can provide a local community with a disinfectant generator capable of purifying 150,000 gallons per day.

The Ithaca Teachers Association is a proud affiliate of the AFT. 

As a social justice local, we fully support bringing clean high-quality drinking water to our fellow US citizens in Puerto Rico.

It takes just $30 to provide an in-house water filter for a family. If we are able to reach our goal, we will be able provide 20 of these units to families in need.

As educators and union members, we ourselves have a history of water quality issues in our schools that continue today. We fully understand how difficult it is to provide a safe and quality education for students in a school that does not have safe water.

We welcome all member and community support in our campaign!

This effort is powered by community-based infrastructure and volunteers from the Puerto Rican teachers union—the Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico—supported by the expertise of partner organizations like Operation Blessing International, AFSCME and the Hispanic Federation, and made possible by the generosity of donors like you. Together, we will purchase, distribute, provide training for and install purification systems for families in need across every region of Puerto Rico.

Your tax-deductible contribution will be used to fund these filtration and purification systems for Puerto Ricans desperate for safe water—and more than that, to provide hope and solidarity to those in need of help.

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