St. Helenan Justin Meyer led a dozen Napa Valley residents, from St. Helena, Calistoga, Angwin and Napa, on a recent humanitarian trip to the Amazon River area in Brazil.

The group, Project Hope, raised funds for and distributed 114 water filtration systems, bringing clean, safe drinking water to hundreds of people in villages and schools along the Amazon River in Brazil.

For the indigenous people of Brazil, the Amazon River is the source of transportation, bathing, sewage waste disposal and drinking water. Yet, the water is infested with bacteria and parasites that make the people constantly sick.

“As Californians, we take clean drinking water for granted,” said Meyer. “Many of us have an abundance of clean water, even washing our cars with drinking water, while much of the world does not have access to clean water. It was a joy to provide such a basic necessity of life for the Amazon people.”

More information can be found at the group’s Facebook page, facebook.com/ProjectHopeNapa, or website, ProjectHope.me.

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