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Clean Water Makes a World of Difference

“Water is life, and clean water means health." 

Audrey Hepburn

When a community gets access to clean water it can change everything. It improves health, increases access to food, grows local economies, and helps kids spend more time in school.  

  • 1 in 10 people do not have access to clean water.
  • A review of rural water sustainability in Central America found an average water project failure rate of 20-40 percent.
  • The water crisis is the #1 global risk based on impact to society

We are working to change this.

With your support, Humble Hilo has been working on providing clean water systems for many families in need.   

Many families are limited to unclean water in which parasites and infections like E.Coli abound in this area. The illnesses that stem from this poisonous water compound malnutrition, and many children frankly do not recover from these effects. In fact, diarrhea is the second biggest killer of children under five in Guatemala. We provide filters to these vulnerable families. When a child is admitted to our Nutrition Program, we give each family a water filter and train them how to use it and the importance of using clean water. This is done with YOUR support. Filters reduce diarrhea and other intestinal infections by more than 50%, and also save on the firewood that is used in the boiling and sanitation of water -- meaning less deforestation and fewer hours spent looking for ever-more scarce wood to burn.

 

We met a mother, Claudia Ico Tzalamila. Claudia is a mother of four, sadly three died of malnutrition.  Contaminated water contributed to the deaths of the children in this family. Training began when Claudia was pregnant with her fourth child, and the fear was that she would not survive either. A water filter was supplied and a raised cooking fire and latrine were built. Antonia was born into a much safer home and is doing well now.

Another mother we met, Luz Choc Cuc Yalijux faced a similar crisis to Claudia. Luz had seven children, three of which died of malnutrition. The main concern with this family was the serious lack of hygiene. Animals were living in the house and waste and contamination was widespread. Several times the family rejected our visits. Now the house is kept cleaner and the animals apart. Standing water has been cleared to prevent mosquitos and the general environment is healthier for her young children.

 

We want to thank you for being a part of these projects. The families have benefitted greatly from these improvements in their homes and lives and only together can we make these significant changes in others lives.

 

Remember, everything that is purchased from a pair of sandals to a Hilo backpack helps families in need 

YOU can select between any three projects: 1) choose to feed a malnourished child 2)provide a portion of a microcredit loan to a woman or 3) provide literacy classes to a woman.

Thank you for helping us make a world of a difference in the lives of so many in need. 

mil gracias.




Our Favorite Mama & Baby SWAG

SWAG: Shoes - Wrap - Accessories - Games

Whether you have 5 kids or are 5 months pregnant every mother dreams of their little ones looking at them with big eyes and saying “You’re the best mom ever”. Following this guide will ensure that you not only are equipped to be in this year's running for best mother award, but will also make sure your child is stylin’. You just have to remember one thing...SWAG: Shoes - Wrap - Accessories - Games

This post will provide you with our favorite products mothers and children can’t do without! You’ve likely heard of some, but hopefully you’ll find a few new gems in there as well! It’s also a great one to look at if you’re rushing to a baby shower and want to find an affordable gift for under $50.


1-SHOES

Zuzii shoes are to die for. They are handmade and fit like a dream.  If we could one in each size, we would.  Every.single.style is adorable. They just make the best shoes.  $48+

Humble Hilo we couldn’t write a blog post without including our most darling line of children’s sandals. All of the sandals are individually handcrafted with love from Guatemala. Through the purchase of any of our products you can choose to support a humanitarian project, supporting nutrition, education, or self reliance. #purchasewithapurpose $25



2-WRAPS AND COVERS

Aden Swaddle Ensures that babies are comfortable and happy. The right wrap is essential. To a mother’s peace of mind and a babies good night sleep. These swaddles are soft, breathable and keep your child at a comfortable temperature. This versatile cloth can be used as a burp cloth, nursing cover, stroller cover, etc. 4 for $34

Covered Goods is for the mom who is always moving. And let’s face it, what mom isn’t always on the move? We love this product. Between this item functioning as a nursing cover, carseat cover, grocery cart cover and a scarf there is always a need for it.  This company has something for every style of mom. $35+




3-ACCESSORIES

Little Poppy Co We have been using these bows for months and cannot say enough great things about it. It's like Christmas morning every beginning of the month.  We are so excited to share! It’s a stylish bow subscription (they mail 3 precious bows monthly). You just choose between clip vs. elastic and it’s delivered to your door. Two sisters (in-law) are the creators and each bow is hand-crafted! $11.99 monthly



Mama & Little If you’ve heard that teething is terrible we’ve found you and your baby a remedy. These modern teething necklaces are soothing and stylishly chic for your growing babies! They are BPA free and of the highest quality, allowing their soft texture to feel good on sore, teething gums. $25



4-GAMES AND TOYS

Vulli Sophie the Giraffe as if you haven’t already heard enough about this infamous giraffe. Sophie is everywhere but all children love her. This French-made giraffe stimulates all five senses from the time your young one is 3 months old. Sophie is made of 100% rubber and is sold on every continent. We found her on Amazon for $19 #momhack



There are endless games on the App Store (for iPhone users) and Google Play (for android users) to allow your toddlers/ children to use to enable early learning and uplifting entertainment. We’re listing the best apps that are free, so check ‘em out on your phone now!

Youtube for Kids So great to have a clean/ filtered version of YouTube that also enables a timer. Other favorites above are ABC a Go-Go, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and Balloon Baby School.       



These products are tried and true. We hope you love them as much as we do!


mil gracias!

2015 Donation Results

What an incredible 2015 you created for us and so many others living in rural Guatemala where poverty is astronomical and opportunities are slim.Together, we have been able to make a world of a difference to so many.  

These numbers are insane, YOUR proceeds in 2015 have been enough to:

  • Feed 1485 children for 1 month (yes, 1485!!!)
  • Educate 881 women for 1 month
  • Finance 259 women for 1 month

We thank you for the miracles this year and look forward to 2016! 

Much Love,

Lauren and Erica