Delivering comfort through clean water

Changing international economic conditions can mean relocating for some, and necessities can be scarce to find. Currently in Costa Rica, many Venezuelan immigrants are passing through the country in their journey to a better life in the United States of America. These immigrants often suffer from stomach diseases as they drink water that is not properly treated during their journey.

With support from FedEx, Cadena Costa Rica received 1,000 water filters in support of Venezuelan immigrant migration efforts. These water filters will directly impact 15,000 people, who will now receive clean water and peace of mind. Cadena Costa Rica is an international foundation that is dedicated to humanitarian aid during crises and emergencies.

Dr. Pamela Villareal works as Cadena´s physician attending migrant families and states. “One of the most common illnesses we encounter within families of migrants in transit is gastrointestinal disease. They are primarily caused by the consumption of non-potable water during their journey through the jungle. The most vulnerable population are children as their gastrointestinal system is more fragile and deteriorates rapidly, causing dehydration,” said Dr. Villareal.

Ana María is a single mother, traveling with three girls and two older brothers, Keiwy and Víctor. Rosita, the youngest member of the family, a 9-year-old girl, was treated for severe abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and, consequently, severe dehydration. A few days later, her sisters Yanetsy, 10 years old, and María José, 12, followed Rosita suffering from abdominal pain and mild dehydration.

The family plans to continue traveling north. Traveling through the rest of Central America, for most of their trip, they will not have access to sources of potable water. Therefore, Cadena provides a water filter that will allow families like the Mujica, to avoid getting sick again from the consumption of non-potable water.

“Thanks to the help of companies like FedEx, we can protect the health of vulnerable families traveling with small children,” said Dr. Villareal.

FedEx moved this shipment as a part of the company’s FedEx Cares “Delivering for Good” initiative, in which FedEx lends its global network and unparalleled logistics expertise to organizations with mission-critical needs and helps communities before, during and after crises. Learn more about FedEx Cares Delivering for Good initiative here.