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WATER FOR SUGAR: Support Corporate Social Responsibility, Pure Water, and Public Health!

This petition was published by laislafoundation on Nov 08, 2009

We propose to resolve the problem with lack of potable water, not only to benefit workers in the field, but also for members of their families in the communities where they live. We believe this is a golden opportunity for all sectors and it is of utmost importance for your involvement and support. We are implementing a Pre-Investment Study to prepare detailed strategic plans and budgets for the Pure Water and Public Health programs. However, the sugar cane workers and their families urgently need pure water as soon as possible.

Therefore, we kindly request support and signifigant financial donations from Ingenio San Antonio, Fundacion San Antonio, and Nicaragua Sugar Estates Limited. We also seek public support and financial donations of any amount (see the ChipIn link on our web site at www.laislafoundation.org to donate online). Donations and support will directly assist with the following:

1. Immediately commence with free delivery of pure water to the workers in the field several times every day as a proper labor practice to maintain safe levels of hydration for manual labor in severe heat.

2. Immediately provide free delivery of pure water and water filters to families living in Guanacastal Sur until a long-term solution for potable water in these communities is achieved.

3. Support our Pre-Investment Study by providing financial assistance and technical expertise.

4. Provide financial support for the La Isla Pure Water and Public Health programs listed below:
a. Construction of systems for pure water source, reservoir, and distribution system.
b. Construction of sanitary latrines.
c. Seal off old wells and old latrines.
d. Reforestation around all new and old construction sites to prevent contamination of water systems.
e. Leadership training, education, and capacity building for community members in Guanacastal Sur.
f. Public Health education campaign.

5. Provide financial support for the La Isla Foundation long-term integrated programs as listed below:
a. Medical services including medications, health brigades, and transportation for community members who need dialysis and other complex medical treatments.
b. Creating a library for the elementary school.
c. Employment alternatives, including career development, organic farming, and capacity building programs.
d. Psychological services for individuals and family members who are suffering from trauma, grief, poverty, CKD and other illnesses.

We strongly encourage you to join our efforts to improve quality of life for Nicaraguan people living and working near the sugar mills, eradicate poverty, facilitate philanthropy, social responsibility, and improve the institutional image of the agri-sugar industry. With your support and assistance we can work together to reach the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations, and make the people and government of Nicaragua proud of our achievements. Please join our Corporate Social Responsibility, Pure Water, and Public Health programs by signing this petition and providing significant, ongoing financial support. We believe that you will be very proud to be included with our list of donors and supporters.


Sincerely,

La Isla Foundation and Fundación Isla

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