To provide safe drinking water to more than 11,000 school children, and thus avoid gastrointestinal infections, AgroAmerica donated 400 ecological filters (ecofiltros) to rural schools in Escuintla, San Marcos, Retalhuleu and Quetzaltenango, where the majority of children of AgroAmerica’s employees attend school.

The company Ecofiltro trained school officials, teachers, members of the COCODEs (Community Development Councils) and parents’ representatives on the importance of potable water, the benefits of using “ecofiltros”, and the use and maintenance of the product.

The director of the Huitzizil school in Tiquisate, Escuintla said: due to the ecofiltros children will now drink purified water and avoid getting bacterial infections which could affect their performance at school. With the training we received we will use them properly so they are effective.

A teacher at the San Vicente Pacaya school in Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango said: we have 500 students here and it will be very beneficial for children to have pure water, to avoid getting diseases that prevent them from attending classes.

The filter is made up of a filtering unit made of clay, sawdust and colloidal silver, which help eliminate bacteria and the bad odor and taste in the water. The “ecofiltro” is capable of purifying tap water, as well as water from wells, rivers, lakes and rainwater.