Revolutionizing Water Sustainability
Isla Urbana (IU) is a Mexico City-based non-profit organization that was formed to provide a solution to the unsustainable water management in Mexico City through rainwater harvesting. The organization works in conjunction with the Temo Foundation, IU’s 501.c.3 U.S. based partner.
IU’s rainwater harvesting systems collect and purify rainwater, ensuring that families have economically sensible access to clean water and an increased quality of life. The systems are inexpensive, easy to install and provide families with nearly 50% of their water supply. IU strives to promote sustainability in every aspect of the project, as they use readily available materials from local stores and trains local personnel to construct and install the systems.
IU is planning its initial ‘Agua Vida’ fundraising campaign and event on June 16th at The Park in New York City. The purpose of the event is to raise funds to install a rainwater harvesting system for Ajusco Medio, a hospital located in Mexico City that is greatly affected by the city’s water crisis. Often, the hospital does not have enough water to clean newborns after birth. IU needs to raise $15,000 to fund the installment of a large cistern and rainwater harvesting system, which will have a purification system built specifically for the hospital’s needs.
Admittedly, IU is a young NGO with immense potential. In just over a year IU has installed over 226 rainwater harvesting systems, helping more than 1,500 individuals and harvesting approximately 1.1 million gallons of clean water. IU was also selected by the BBC as a finalist in the 2010 “BBC-Newsweek World Challenge”, a global competition to highlight NGOs that have shown amazing innovation at a grassroots level. Following is a link to a video that the BBC created on IU, for your reference:
With your help and support, IU can accomplish their mission of improving the lives of hundreds of people living in Mexico City, furthering our goal to provide a clean source of water with economical, environmental and social benefits. For more info, click here.