Dr. Steven Hoefflin has been involved in caring for both homeless and extremely impoverished children for over 50 years in 82 countries. He has developed some sound and successful ideas that he wanted to share.

To read about The Cure of Homelessness and Extreme Childhood Poverty, click here.

Video of the Extremely Impoverished Community:

The Mothers and Children can easily construct the following items: 

  1. Purify drinkable contaminated water using a discarded water bottle SODIS purification technique
     

  2. Purify drinkable ocean water using a no cost easy to construct solar still
     

  3. How to construct fish and small animal traps for food.
     

  4. Construct a solar stove to cook.
     

  5. Rapidly construct a home shelter using wire connected dirt filled discarded water bottles and discarded plastic trash bags.
     

  6. Rapidly construct a clean, warm water shower.
     

  7. Rapidly construct a clean closed toilet system.
     

  8. Construct a simple mosquito and insect trap.
     

  9. Make a simple battery.
     

  10. Construct a stray dog cart to transport heavy items including damaged building debris.
     

  11. Rapidly create a Mini-Homeschooling Program and Mini-game Center for Extremely Impoverished Children

1.  Purify drinkable contaminated water using a discarded water bottle solar purification technique: 

Solar Water Distillers, made from a diagram, can purify ocean water. These are constructed using large plastic water bottles, discarded silicone, flat glass and copper tubing from old cars, wood, and black plastic bags. The purification of ocean water will allow the future possibility of severely impoverished communities to move on to unused arid shorelines in Mexico for a better place and a better life. 

To purify water, a plastic water bottle filled with contaminated water can be filtered through a T-shirt. The bottle is then placed in the sunlight for 6 hours and it destroys 99% of bacteria, parasites, and viruses due to UV light and heat. 

Instructions:

  1. Gather 4 empty plastic water bottles.  On two of the bottles, cut off the bottoms to make two cups.

  2. Fill the first cup with any available water from a tap or even a flooded street.

  3. Cover a second cup with a piece of cloth from a shirt or sheet.

  4. Pour the water from the first cup over the cloth covering the second cup. Repeat this until the visible debris and turbidity is decreased. This can be repeated several times.

  5. Pour the contents into two of the plastic bottles and cap them.

  6. Lay the bottles in the sun for a full day. The ultraviolet light from the sun  and the heat will kill the bacteria or other organisms in the water.

Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_water_disinfection

2.  Purify drinkable ocean water using a no-cost, easy to construct solar still

3. How to construct fish and small animal traps for food.

4.  Construct a solar stove to cook: 

Solar stoves are made from cardboard and aluminum foil or broken mirrors using a diagram. It is not necessary to use big stoves or open fires. These solar stoves can be used to easily boil water.

5. Rapidly construct a home shelter using wire connected dirt filled discarded water bottles and discarded plastic trash bags: 

They are shown how to take discarded plastic bags, tie them together with strips of plastic and make them into large waterproof sheets to protect their huts from wind and rain.  Their shantytown huts can be reinforced using bricks made from wet newspaper, dirt, and small stones compressed in a wood mold, and tightly encased in a plastic bag. 

Their huts are made leak proof, more attractive, and the dirt floors are covered using woven plastic bag sheets of various colors. They are trained in making a large temporary dry tent placed over a protected area, which the children can use as a play area in sunny weather or in the torrential rains.

The 4-6 mothers who group together can, if possible, connect their homes in this type of large tent. By joining together, they can have a larger multi-room home.  They can share in their resources, markedly decrease their costs, have more common sleeping space for the children, and work with the program.

6. Rapidly construct a clean, warm water shower:

Solar heated showers are made from large suspended water filled plastic bags​

7. Rapidly construct a clean closed toilet system:

​Compost toilets are made from trash barrels with a hole cut on the side, ½ buried, and a soft toilet seat is made from a small bicycle tire. The toilets are filled halfway with compost consisting of leaves, twigs, plants, and the kitchen scraps (without meat).

It takes 3 to 4 weeks to fill up.

8. Construct a simple mosquito and insect trap

9. Make a simple battery: 

From a diagram, they construct vertical windmills, use a car generator, battery, wires, and indoor and outdoor lights to illuminate several of their homes. They make a backup generator from an old car engine and the same parts. When the solar industry is more active in Mexico, they can be taught how to make solar panels from discarded broken panel parts obtained from a manufacturer.

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10. Construct a stray dog cart to transport heavy items, including damaged building debris:

11. Rapidly create a mini-homeschooling program and Mini-game Center for Severely Impoverished Children

Dr. Steven Hoefflin started his Child Poverty Program in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1979. Over the past 15 years, it expanded to communities in Mexico City where residents live in trash dumps and in the shanty towns on the outskirts of Acapulco.

 

This expansive program is a 12-step survival training program that is run by small groups of motivated mothers and children who teach other impoverished families. It does not require government support nor large funding. The communities provide themselves with food, clean water, clothing, and other supplies by using these skills and a unique home donation program. 

 

Dr. Hoefflin has given prenatal and medical care and has taught other communities emergency care.  Dr. Hoefflin and his wife have donated close to $1 million including food, clothing, medication and household items to this unique program.

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The Dr. Steven Hoefflin Child Poverty Program

Los Angeles, California and Guadalajara, Acapulco, and  Mexico City, Mexico