Thursday, April 21, 2011

clean water in Honduras

One of my very good friends from Camp Arcadia, Megan, is currently in Honduras working with The Micah Project, a non-profit in Tegucigalpa that helps young men who had anguished childhoods on the streets become Christian leaders through discipleship, formal education and opportunities to serve those in need. 

I admire Meg for so many reasons, but one of the biggest is that she is on the other side of the world, making a difference in the lives of others. 

She has agreed to be a guest writer this month as she has first hand experience in not having access to clean water. Here is what Megan had to say:

"Many people in Honduras do not have access to clean water. Many people have to walk long distances to find any form of water. The water that comes from the tap isn't safe to drink. It can cause diarrhea and stomach problems. Therefore the people who are able to afford it have to buy 5 gallon jugs of water to use for drinking in their homes. These typical cost about $1.60 or so. That doesn't sound like a lot of money, but to a family only making a few dollars a day that can be a big expense.

Also, we are currently in the dry season in Honduras which means that there is even less water flowing and many people only receive water to their cisterns every other day or so. But the wealthier people are able to pay for more water supply.

Fortunately where I work, The Micah Project, we had a group from Idaho come down a few months ago and install a water purification system. At the time, we didn't think too much about it and the improvements it would have on our lives, but it has been a huge blessing. The group installed a system at both of the houses that our project runs.

Water systems being installed in The Micah Project House

The system that they installed for us draws water straight from our cistern and feeds out to two faucets. Previously we had to buy seven-ten 5 gallon jugs a week (a truck would come buy every week and exchange our empty jugs for full ones.) Therefore we have saved money by not having to buy water weekly. Also, we can now just turn on a special tap and drink the purified water!"

Although a different organization installed these water purification systems for The Micah Project, they have still changed lives! Thanks Meg for your point of view :) 

If you'd like to learn more about The Micah Project, click here to visit their website. If you'd still like to make a donation to CW4W click here.

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