Do You Have Clean Running Water in your Home?

According to United Nations 783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation.  If you have clean running water in your home, you are blessed beyond measure. His Hands has been working in a village called Los Limones which is a very poor village in the city of Gualan, in the Zacapa region of Guatemala.  This village has no electricity, no clean water, and no sanitation, other than outhouses.

There are a few open wells which are often contaminated from dirty buckets and run off. We have already seen sick children with parasites and other water borne diseases in the clinic.

One little girl had a skin disease like warts all over her.  All preventable diseases.

This village has 75 families, 525 people total, consisting of 150 adults and 375 children and growing!  So you see why we are so concerned about the quality of water these children are drinking.

Good news is His Hands have found 4 wells that were put in by another non governmental organization, however the wells were all broken or needed work, and after an extensive search no parts were found available in Guatemala to repair.

Lady taking a 5 gallon bucket to her home
So we started from scratch and came up with a better plan that will be more beneficial to the community.  We have already repaired and upgraded one well.  We deepened and cleaned the well.  Installed a solar powered water pumping system.  The solar array will charge batteries and provide power to the water pump.
The water will be pumped into a 660 gallon holding tank and then exit the tank through a filtration system to a centralized sink where people can fill up their jugs with clean water.  Although their is sufficient water storage, the battery will supply power to the pump on rainy or cloudy days.  In addition, solar powered security lights were also installed around the facility.
We also installed 3 solar powered security lights.
One of the other projects we are going to do next, is build a centralized bathing area.  This will allow these families to bathe in clean water and not a dirty contaminated river.  This is very important because this river contains all sorts of nasty bacteria and diseases, not to mention feces.
We tested the pump and gave the kids all a shower, they loved it

His Hands International has helped countless children and families in Guatemala since formed in 2006. We are a small and simple ministry. We work with one child, one family, one village at a time. We take what God has blessed us with, large or small and use it to His glory. In addition to our water projects where we are providing clean and safe water to entire villages for the first time we are doing so much more. His Hands has placed countless pairs of shoes on needy children’s feet. We have provided funds to renovate classroom space for a church. We have provided vitamins, medicine, food, clothing, back packs, school supplies, and so much more. We also on many occasions have helped buy school uniforms and pay for books and tuition for some children. Most importantly we show these children love and compassion by our actions. They know that we genuinely love and care for them despite their situation. Learn more how you can support their work in Guatemala here.

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