"Their products are simple, scaleable, and sustainable; tippy tap home wash stations; Tippy Taps large scale handwash stations for schools and public places, and water filters for home, community and school."

The group LBV is located in the busy, friendly, authentic town of San Andres Itzapa. Chicken busses grind early and late to the sweatshops of Guatemala City. Itzapa is only 15 miles from the World Heritage City of Antigua, but a world apart. Here, work horses outnumber pickup trucks, plodding nearly the daily round trip to the fields. The population, 87% Keqikal Mayan, are mostly campesinos, day laborers in surrounding corporate farms. The municipal district of San Andres Itzapa includes 10 mountain villages where most people are subsistence farmers. Average family income is about $4.50 per day. Nearly three fourths of the children are malnourished which causes physical and cognitive stunting. Malnutrition here is caused by diarrhea which is caused by bad water and sanitation. Diarrhea is the leading cause of death of children under 6 years. Children with chronic diarrhea do not attend school.  It is in those Pacific crest villages The Good Neighbors find the greatest needs.

Los Buenos Vecinos’ mission is simply, clean water and sanitation practice in the homes. Their focus is two types of hand-wash stations, one for homes or housing clusters, and one for schools. And water filters.



"The project dots the i's and crosses the t's. Now to be sure this is not going to fix everything... these communities have big water quantity problems and long term we need to fix that. But, I'll tell you right now, the first order of business is get the water quality taken care of, you know, get the waterborne disease under control, and then we can worry about the other things later."

- Brian Neff, Ph.D Hydrologist