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The theme of the UN Commission on Social Development this February was on empowerment, so UNANIMA and the Sisters of Charity Federation organized a side event featuring Water With Blessings (a project featured in an earlier Update). Larraine Lauter OSU gave an interactive workshop describing the project, which trains women in the use of an inexpensive water purification filter and makes them “ministers” to all their neighbors.  She was assisted by a real Water Woman, Silvia Alonso Medina of Matamoros, Mexico (Larraine and Silvia are shown here demonstrating the use of the filter.) Several UNANIMA communities are supporting projects involving this program: there are over 2,500 water women in Honduras, almost 100 in Mexico, and others in Panama, Bolivia, Peru, Nicaragua, India, Nepal, South Sudan, Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya—to name a few. The ambassador to Uganda (pictured here with CJ Willie, SC) attended the event, and is very interested in beginning a project in his country. A representative of the Mexican UN mission was also present. Watch future Flash Points for other community involvement! For further information check the website at www.waterwithblessings.org.larraine and sylvia

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