A longstanding project and dream is coming to fruition -- water for Nuevo Amanecer! This is Friends of Students for 60,000 largest ongoing project to date, and brings potable water for the first time to more than 300 families located in three isolated, impoverished communities. So far, Friends has funded more than $30,000 out of the $80,000 contributed to this water project. Nuevo Amanecer is a 300-member community built entirely through the efforts of Students for 60,000. The challenge there has always been water, water for irrigation and most importantly, pure drinkable water for the community. A well was dug and built, through the efforts of Friends and Students. However, the well had to close due to arsenic contamination, and for several years water was trucked to the community as an emergency provision, a cumbersome and costly measure also provided by Friends and Students. Since prior to 2008, Friends' members George Pardo, Bill Ofenloch, Mike Cipoletti, Dick Wiltamuth, Pete White, Jim Zima, Shari Kornblatt, and many others have been working on the water issue. Friends received a grant of $23,000 for water assistance from the lovino Family Foundation in 2007 and used a little more than half of it to upgrade Nuevo's water system, after many good but unsustainable attempts to improve the situation by student and alumni groups. Two storage tanks were erected, and wider pipes, necessary for bringing water to the houses most distant from the well, were installed, among other improvements. However, the problems of the diesel generator system failing and arsenic levels rising continued. With the remaining lovino funds of approximately $10,000, a grant from PECO, a Philadelphia utility company, and an additional $5,000 from a grant from Liquidnet Corp., Friends acquired $25,000 to use to solve these problems. Finally, a new system is nearly in place, thanks to the joint efforts of Friends, the Municipality of Telica, and the British not-for-profit Nuevas Esperanzas. Nuevas Esperanzas, a Leon-based nonprofit led by English hydrologist Dr. Andrew Longley, is providing the technical expertise in this project. Phase 1 of this new system involves again providing water for washing, bathing and agriculture to Nuevo and adjoining communities including La Union. Friends provided $28,500 for Phase 1, including funding a $3000 feasibility study. Phase 2 involved attempts to filter arsenic and other contaminants from the water. Phase 3, which will be completed this spring 2013, involves bringing clean drinkable water from springs high atop the Telica volcano. Friends contributed $3000 from our Walkathon toward the final $10,000 required to complete this project. Students for 60000 and Friends NE provided additional sums to reach the Phase 3 goal, so that the brave, patient people of the town which we built together and their neighbors will finally have water!