Press Release: Proyecto de Agua: Pura Panamá


  • This project has benefited more than 5,000 people living in the Emberá communities of Ipetí, Emberá, Curtí Emberá, Piriatí, Majé Cordillera in Panamá Este and Arimae in Darién.


The Pura Panama Water Project aims to deliver water filter kits to 2,000 families affected by the floods to facilitate access to safe drinking water in Chiriquí, Veraguas, and the region of Ngäbe Buglé.


Heavy rains and floods caused by Hurricane Eta have left entire communities without access to clean water in the mid-term.


Lack of clean drinking water increases the risk of infection in times of the COVID-19 pandemic because the ability to regularly wash one’s hands is limited. Furthermore, failing to access clean drinking water can cause infections such as dysentery, diarrhea, and hepatitis A.


The Pura Panama kit can provide households with drinking water for up to five years. The water filters have the capacity to supply up to one million gallons of clean water, require no electricity, and were designed to withstand extreme conditions.


This way, access to water and sanitation is solved in an ecological way without generating plastic or other waste.


Donation are accepted through the app Cuanto:​ www.cuanto.app/proyectopurapanama


About the Water Project: Pura Panamá


The Water Project: Pura Panamá offers a multidimensional solution that combines technology with educational community interventions to monitor and measure the mid- to long-term impact. It is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals related to Health and Wellbeing (SDG 3), Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10), and Partnerships for the Goals (SDG 17).


This is a partnership project between the Alberto Motta Foundation, Global Shapers Panama City Hub of the World Economic Forum, Infinity Real State Group, Copa Airlines, and Hotel Las Americas Golden Tower.


More information can be found at ​www.purapanama.org


About the Global Shapers Community:

The Global Shapers Community is the youth network of the Economic Forum which started in 2011, present in more than 438 cities or “hubs” in 150 countries, connecting over 12,607 youth leaders.


Members are selected on the basis of their achievements, leadership potential, and commitment to their social environment. Hubs undertake local, regional, and global projects to drive dialogue, action, and change in their communities as they prepare for future leadership roles in society.


The Panama hub works on projects aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, primarily in the areas of health and well-being, water and sanitation, reduction of inequalities, and partnerships.


More information can be found at ​ www.globalshaperspanama.org


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[1] https://cnnespanol.cnn.com/2020/11/06/al-menos-5-muertos-y-11-desaparecidos-en-panama-tras-el-paso-de-eta/

[2]https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/2020/11/10/ifrc-esta-preocupada-por-el-impacto-del-huracan-eta-en-la-transmision-del-coronavirus/?lang=es

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