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Peruvian man lives with disabilities due to contaminated water
2018-08-28 | Monte Castillo, Piura, Peru — Manuel was a strong, productive man in the village of Monte Castillo, Peru. That is until he drank contaminated water that placed him into a spiral of health issues that threatened his life and changed his family's security.
Jacob Niemeier, executive director of Vera Aqua Vera Vita, a non-profit faith-based organization based out of Dallas, Texas, met Manuel in 2016 when he was working, “for lack of a better term,” at a utility agency that managed the small water and wastewater infrastructure in the village where Manuel lives. Monte Castillo is located in the extreme north and west part of the country of Peru. It is located near the town of Piura.
“Manuel was strong, vibrant, and a healthy man full of energy,” said Niemeier.
Since 2016, Manuel's health has deteriorated greatly because the water he drank from a local unknown water source containing larval eggs from parasitic worms. “He was medically diagnosed to have the worms but not before the parasitic worms debilitated him,” said Niemeier.
A parasite is an organism that lives within or on a host and varies widely. The host is another organism or a human being, states Medical News Today website. “The parasite uses the host's resources to fuel its life cycle. It uses the host's resources to maintain itself. Most parasites are not visible to the human eye, but some worm parasites can reach more than 400 yards in length,” states MNT.
Furthermore, parasites are not a disease, but they can spread diseases and have different effects.
For Manuel, the larval eggs were found in his bloodstream and invaded his brain and hatched into parasitic worms that began to slowly and painfully paralyze him,” said Niemeier. Manuel is now in a wheelchair.
“He subsequently lost a dangerously unhealthy amount of weight, motor skills and his speaking skills were greatly impaired, and his life was changed forever,” said Niemeier. But with modern medicine, “and by the grace of God” doctors were able to remove the worms but the damage had already been done,” he said.
“Bear in mind, he got sick because honestly, more often than not, he and the people of Monte Castillo have no choice but to drink the water they can get and just hope and pray they don’t get sick,” said Niemeier. Although it is the 21st century there are more than 800 million individuals that lack reliable, clean water on this planet, reports the World Health Organization.
“We are in Peru working in solidarity with and empowering the people in the development of a water treatment facility under construction right now,” said Niemeier. “The facility and its operations might begin to provide clean, safe water in early 2019,” he said.
With the new water treatment plant, Vera Aqua Vera Vita's goal is to provide clean drinking and cooking water for the 7000 residents of Monte Castillo and change the lives of the people so they no longer have to fear getting sick from contaminated water. “It will begin to help them to go from simply surviving to ultimately thriving as God intended them to be,” said Niemeier.
Vera Aqua Vera Vita Executive Director Chats with KATH 910AM
2018-09-21 | Dallas,Texas — Vera Aqua Vera Vita (VAVV) Founder & Executive Director Jacob Niemeier spoke with Guadalupe Radio Network KATH 910AM in Dallas, Texas, on Sept. 22, 2108 and was interviewed by local Catholic radio legend, Dave Palmer.
In the interview Niemeier spoke about the mission of Vera Aqua Vera Vita and how he was called to start this non-profit organization while still in college at Purdue University. In addition, he also shared how VAVV has broken ground for its first clean, safe water system facility in Monte Castillo, Peru, and thanked the many donors for their donations to VAVV to help build this facility. Niemeier also praised the support from the local Peruvian organizations who are helping this facility come to life.
Palmer asked about the VAVV Inaugural Event, “A Night At A Speakeasy” on Oct. 13, 2018. Niemeier said it will be an annual event to celebrate VAVV and also a fundraising event where 100% of the proceeds will go for the construction of clean, safe water systems. The “Speakeasy” event is open to everyone.
Article appears in Piura newspaper about VAVV
VERA AQUA VERA VITA MADE THE NEWS
Vera Aqua Vera Vita was in the news in Peru in the El Tiempo (The Time) newspaper. Since the article is in Spanish, here is a brief synopsis:
”The news article highlighted the dire water situation in Monte Castillo and the water treatment facility being implemented to begin to solve the water problems and the construction ground-breaking in the village. This is all possible through a funding partnership between the Rotary Club of Miraflores-Piura and Vera Aqua Vera Vita. It states how the ground breaking coincided with Rev. Joseph Uhen, pastor of Santisimo Sacramento (Father Joe) 25th anniversary in Piura. Jeff Niemeier, executive director of Vera Aqua Vera Vita is pictured on the right page in upper right photo during the ground breaking ceremony. The full article can be read in Spanish on Spanish on page 14-15 by clicking here.” - Jacob Niemeier