It’s been a few months since the last update and I’ve got some good news to share! Two more wells have been drilled, one in Guatemala, the other in El Salvador. That’s 3 of the 4 wells we’ve raised money for together so far! And we’re actually only a couple of thousand away from another well, so if you’re interested, you can still donate today! Without your help this wouldn’t be possible – so again, thank you!
About the two new wells:
Guatemala: I had the privileged of traveling to Guatemala during college and it was one of my first times seeing real poverty. A lot of wonderful people. And a lot of poverty. Guatemalans live in one of the most inequitable societies in the region. More than half of the population lives in poverty and nearly 17 percent in extreme poverty.
The well that was drilled will serve 200 people in a community near Champerico, Guatemala – just inland from the Pacific coast. Sixty-one year old community member, Felix Rodriguez, said, “This well will be a benefit for the community because our water in our shallow wells are contaminated. From now on we will have water for our people. Thank you so much.”
(The photos in order): A close satellite photo of the village; the old community well; the well being drilled; a young boy enjoying some fresh water from the new well
At least 4 out of every 10 Salvadorans live in conditions of poverty. Although El Salvador has Central America’s third largest economy, development is hindered by major challenges such as high levels of rural poverty, vulnerability to natural disasters, exclusion from basic services and education, and violence. El Salvador also has one of the region’s highest homicide rates, with a large percentage attributable to gangs
The second well went into a community near Santa Ana, El Salvador. The village pastor, Virgilio Guerra, shared with the team, “We now have clean and pure drinking water for the whole community. Thanks to God for this blessing.”
(The photos in order): The old community well; the well plaque and the team who installed the well.
Keep the wells coming: donate today