Driven off their lands by the Spanish in the 15th century, the indigenous Mayo, Yaqui and Tarahumara tribes of northern Sinaloa have adapted and survived, although not without deprivation and discrimination.
Liga Community Health is focused on disease prevention, health education and improvement of well-being among all local people including these rural indigenous, or “the forgotten people.” We do that by providing means to clean water through our Biosand filter project, regular medical team visits, and health education. Our goal is to work cooperatively with these groups, sharing our expertise to further their autonomy.
The Water Project grew growing rapidly from a test phase of 22 working filters in 2017 to a network of over 675 filters by the end of 2020, and over 1,500 projected working filters by 2023.
The project requires a strong commitment to education and maintenance by the local people and the cooperation of organizations such as Rotary International and the Lions Club.