Agua es Vida! Come help [Mission: Agua-Possible] help thirsty Venezuelans! Water is Life!

Welcome to week 48 of Mission: Agua-Possible! I'm DRutter. This post updates our progress toward the goal of 1300 USD (in STEEM), for a well pump to bring water to the family farm of @EdgarGonzalez.


Severe economic and political crisis over the past few years in the South American country of Venezuela have intensified in 2019, as president Maduro doubled down on his currency manipulation, price-fixing, propaganda, and suppressing resistance. You've heard about the country's recent turmoil, but the world's media isn't showing us even half the reality!

I began to see more and more Steem users from Venezuela, and I started to hear their interesting stories - and ask questions. I discovered some dark truths about the economic and political situation there. Most shops are empty, the currency is collapsing, people are hungry - the economy is at a standstill. Theft, corruption, and violence escalate as society breaks down. Those who can are fleeing on foot - 6 million already. The harsh socialist government attempts to control/fix the economy, and blames problems on the people. Most government services (like running water) work only in certain areas - or not at all.

The people are desperate for any change and protests sometimes fill the streets for miles. Maduro announced that Venezuela will no longer accept US Dollars for oil exports, then tried to get his country's gold back from Bank of England, who refused. The Russian military has become involved, supporting Maduro. The Americans back a man called Guaidó, who also has little public support. Electrical blackouts happen regularly. The US is blockading the country with their navy from the sea. Stability for the people appears out of reach.


About a year ago, I found the blog of Edgar (@edgargonzalez), a Venezuelan man about my age. He's a father of young children, and a professional whose job disappeared because of the crisis. He feeds his family by fishing, foraging for fruits, and growing cassava on his late-father's plantation. He uses Steemit to share his stories and earn Steem to buy food. Shortly after I met Edgar, a power outage caused a failure of the pump used to bring water up to the farm. A repairman confirmed the pump is beyond fixing. Edgar had been using his well to water his crops, and to provide drinking water to his children and other families in the neighborhood. Without a pump to bring water up from the aquifer, his garden output has dropped - and the neighborhood must forage for water elsewhere.

( Edgar returned from a risky and exhausting fishing expedition with a good haul this week. "Need forces us," he explains. )

Without government water services, and now without water from his well, Edgar and a few other families are in a tough situation. I wondered what a poor Canadian man could do to help. After using the Steem blockchain to learn about the problems, I realized that it could also be the SOLUTION!

That's when I first began Mission Agua-possible! (The first post was here. I published a special video edition in week 43 here.) Once we gather 1300 USD worth of Steem, I'll transfer it to Edgar, to be converted to cash to buy the pump.

Water is life! Getting this pump for the farm as soon as possible is vital.

Perpetual collapse of the STEEM currency halts progress

We received a few upvotes this week, and a tip from Melinda. I also donated most of my personal payouts. Even so, we're backsliding again. But maybe there's hope.

I've noticed that the people who remain on the Steem blockchain are the believers. They're sticking around, and they're supporting the blockchain ecosystem. Some of them, many in fact, have recently bought more STEEM using fiat currency. Congratulations to them! What a low price to be picking up at, very nice. Let's just hope you caught the knife (and prices don't keep plunging).

I'm hoping some of you, who bought cheap STEEM this week, are going to toss a chunk into [MAP]! If you do, I've got a special offer for you - see below!

Will you make the water flow, with us?

Much appreciation to those who upvoted last week:

Week 48

week 47 funds: 871.441 Steem

new funds:

  • week 47 post payout = 0.004 SBD, 2.144 STEEM and 2.166 STEEM POWER = 4.332 Steem
  • 3.0 STEEM tip from @melinda010100
  • 10.0 STEEM donation from me
  • you can send me Steem directly and your donation will be noted here

Total funds: 888.773 Steem

x 0.172 USD/Steem = $152.87 USD (of $1300)

Current progress: 11.8%

It was another brutal week for the project, as the currency lost another 10% - ouch! The total progress of the project was over 15% just a few weeks ago, and is now down below 12%. We're gaining in STEEM, but losing in USDollar value, and it's USDollars that Edgar ultimately needs to purchase the pump. But I've got an idea:

I will match your donations this week, STEEM for STEEM!

That's right, I'm going to donate personal funds of my own, every time anyone else donates to the project this week! If you donate 5 Steem, so will I. If you donate 100 Steem, so will I! (If donations go over 1000 Steem, great, but that's all I've got to give!) This offer can't last, so make your biggest possible donation this week, and see it doubled! Let's take advantage of these low prices for Steem, and give Mission Agua-Possible a huge boost.

Upvoting this post is appreciated so much! 100% goes to the project.

Mission Agua-Possible will help many people, and inspire other great projects. It's a group success story, playing out on the Steem blockchain. Together, we're going to dramatically improve the lives of a whole neighborhood that really needs it!


Comments 33

I'll come back during the week with a donation. Hopefully a turnaround for STEEM will come soon.

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18.08.2019 00:53

Thanks for all your support over the months, John! We've done a great job, in my opinion. How were we to know that the value of our currency was about to collapse so drastically, and for so long? The good news is that any decent recovery (even to $1) will get us the dollars we need for the pump!

20.08.2019 01:23

You are so generous! Transferring you a couple Steem!

18.08.2019 00:58

We should try and donate a total of 1000 Steem, and max out @DRutter's offer to match donations :D
+2000 Steem would be a monster move, we would be over half way!

18.08.2019 01:27

If only the price of Steem would go up we would be there in no time!

18.08.2019 14:03

Got your 5.0, and have digitally pitched in a matching 5.0 of my own, so we're up a solid 10 STEEM! (Update next Saturday.) Thank you very much, Melinda!

18.08.2019 01:47

My pleasure!

18.08.2019 02:13

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18.08.2019 01:01

Put me down for a 1.5 STEEM donation!
Also: 100% upvote, and resteemed to my Steem-loving followers : ))

18.08.2019 01:24

me too.
upvoted, commented, resteemed, shared, everything I can think of <3

18.08.2019 01:32

Matched! Total donation to [MAP]: 3.0 STEEM

18.08.2019 02:01

Good stuff : )
I have 1.0 Steem to donate (2.0 total after doubling)
thank you!

19.08.2019 08:02

We'd (get it, weed?) join you, but we are poor right now. Resteemed and upvoted though!

19.08.2019 08:20

I've just received a 250 Steem direct donation from @kunschj! Fantastic!!

As promised, I'm putting in an additional 250 Steem from my personal funds, making the total contribution to Mission Agua-Possible:


Congratulations and thank you to everybody involved in MAP! This is a wonderful boost to the project. I imagine Edgar will be excited when he sees this! The progress meter will significantly move (in the right direction) when I put out the next scheduled update, on Saturday.

Thank you so much, Kunschj!

18.08.2019 01:55

You are very welcome. I really want to see this project succeed!

18.08.2019 03:22

That was classy @kunshj! 500 Steem, that looks really good for the project and everybody involved. Great stuff!

18.08.2019 08:35

I think I sent that donation before DRutter made the post, so DRutter is the real classy one, matching the donation and spearheading this project from the beginning. I'm just happy to play a small part.

18.08.2019 14:51

You're right @kunschj, I saw that your donation came in before I had made this post (with the offer to match donations this week). I decided to match your donation so that you didn't end up feeling penalized somehow for donating slightly too early. Besides, it's for a great cause, right? :) Thank you once again. I'm looking forward to the coming update to see how far we get. I see that STEEM has at least stopped crashing... just under 0.18 USD now.

20.08.2019 01:20

I would like to go on record now as saying that I will match all donations next week. Just remind me :-)

20.08.2019 01:24

Oooh, that's an interesting and generous twist! GREAT idea!
Looking forward to it, thanks :))

20.08.2019 05:13

I'm doing up the new weekly MAP post! It will be available in a couple hours. Shall I mention your offer, or would you like to mention it in the comment section? Thanks again :))

24.08.2019 21:44

You can mention it. I would like to encourage people to contribute, knowing it will be matched.

24.08.2019 22:18

Thank you so much - DONE!
Here is the new post, for anyone interested :)

25.08.2019 02:50

Wow! Bravo!

18.08.2019 10:11

To you as well Melinda. I see your name here every week. It's great that we can all pull together for a good cause :-)

18.08.2019 14:53

If only the price of Steem would just go up. I could easily see there being more than enough.

18.08.2019 16:09

If only! It seems that the more Steem I get, the less my wallet is worth :-(

18.08.2019 20:11

Be patient! It will turn around!

18.08.2019 20:43

I believe :-)

19.08.2019 02:09

Yes! If STEEM goes back to $1, we'll have enough for the pump without any further donations! We're on the right path, just need a little help from the market to normalize (finally)..

19.08.2019 07:49

It will happen! Keep the faith!

19.08.2019 17:02

I want to believe!

18.08.2019 06:52

@drutter You have received a 100% upvote from @steemguardian because this post did not use any bidbots and you have not used bidbots in the last 30 days!

Upvoting this comment will help keep this service running.

19.08.2019 17:52