I'm DRutter, and this is the last week of 1 full year of Mission: Agua-Possible! 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, 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, "eager to help" (hungry to invade). Stability for the people appears out of reach.
More than a year ago, I found @edgargonzalez, the blog of Edgar, 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.
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.
Signs of progress
The new blockchain rules (after HF21) have made it tougher for us in various ways, especially as posts that pay out less than 20 STEEM (currently about $10 USD) lose up to half their payout, which is instead given to the top paying out posts on the blockchain. (Known as the "Rich Get Richer" rule.) We managed to gather almost $12 in upvotes this week, just above the 20 STEEM cutoff (27)! It's going to take luck to do it again, but it's important, so let's do our best. Losing charity money to whales and investors isn't right.
Thanks to @smartsteem, normally a bidbot service, which gave us a juicy free upvote (about $8)! They've decided to do more manual curation, and sell less of their votes, due to changes within HF21. Interesting! Thanks for the support.
That payout plus a nice donation from @michaelevans allowed us to make forward progress this week, the second time in three weeks! See details below.
Will you make the water flow, with us?
Much appreciation to those who upvoted last week:
week 50 funds: 1565.992 Steem
- week 50 post payout = 27.596 STEEM POWER = 27.596 Steem
- 50.0 STEEM direct donation from @michaelevans
- you can send me Steem directly and your donation will be noted here
Total funds: 1643.588 Steem
x 0.169 USD/Steem = $277.77 USD (of $1300)
Current progress: 21.3%
The price of STEEM went sideways this week, allowing our efforts to add up to progress. We're just over 21% now, our all-time high!
Last week, HF21 brought new hardships for content-creators, and for projects like [Mission: Agua-Possible] that rely on upvotes. Only half of the payout now goes to the author, and the other half goes back to the upvoter! I really don't think this is why people are supporting this project - to get some of the payout - but that's what is happening! We must be the first charity-like-project which gives half the contributions back to the givers!
Let's pass $10 again this week, so we get a bonus, instead of being robbed.
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!