Would you take a bath...

...or even wash your cloths with the water from this well? ?


The families of the Chácara do Caqui Favela are supposed to do just that.

At least that is what they were told after the Council installed a single water tank last year to supply potable water for these poor families. The message was to use the tank supply for drinking water only, but to keep using the wells for bathing and washing water.


Would you...? Would they...?


The ground water is polluted with heavy metals and other poisonous residues due to 30 metres of decaying rubbish spread over endless achres of the now deactivated tip where some of these families used to work.


Shame on the authorities!



    “Some authentic charity projects are really worth being involved in.
    Gregory Smith is doing his best for street kids for 15 years now and creating an extraordinary social center for kids in the middle of the Diadema, São Paulo favelas. Kids come here learning capoeira, percussion, painting, dance and many other activities. They eat for free and find a peaceful place to develop soft and ordinary relationships between each other, instead of street violence and very poor housing conditions... Thank you Gregory for all of them”
    - c215

    If you would like to help CARF prevent more kids from hitting the streets by building bathrooms and toilets for the families of this underprivileged community, then please contribute whatever your conscience and your pocket allows you. Building work is in process and the first bathroom with fresh water tank is already fully financed thanks to the members of the Flickr community. This is one of those moments where we really need your help.

    Campaign Status: USD$1.170.00
    Thank you so much!
  • Kathy Adams 7y

    congrats on the campaign Gregory. Hope you are well.
  • Tway76 7y

    I'll pass..... not my preferred bathing water, for sure.
  • optimaver 7y

    That 'water' is not fit to wash even creatures with paws, much less humans! Kudos to the Foundation for all its hard work day in and day out.
  • Mundanilson Mundahmed Mundannucci Mundanovisky 7y

    isso porque o Brasil é o país mas bem servido de água do mundo doce do mundo.

    Enquanto uns passam sede, outros lavam os carros importados com aguá potável.


    país de de contrastes.

    Obrigado (M)(U)(N)(D)(A)(N)(O),

    Translated to English, your comment reads:

    "This because Brazil is the country best served with fresh water in the world.
    Whilst some people go thirsty, others wash their imported cars with potable water.

    Country of contrasts."
  • megapiks PRO 7y

    The authorities care only for the rich.
  • arvind grover 7y

    This is a powerful way to get your message out there. Please continue to share via Flickr. It seems like the people of this community also need a way to get their message out, via the web. Putting pressure on authorities via writing, photos and video from the people living under these conditions might help to pressure governments and aid agencies to intervene.

    Our Changemaker Campaign to help better these living conditions
    has now reached: USD$2.480,00
    Our aim: USD$7.200,00
    Can you help us to reach that goal.
  • bruce c eichman photography PRO 7y

    all the best...
  • Blue Dreamz 6y

    its so.. touchy!
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