Saturday, April 14, 2012

Mirador 2... again.

It is amazing how a little piece of plastic can impact a life.  This family lives in Mirador2, Pastores - a community not too far from La Antigua.  It is a small community of about 35-40 families living as sharecroppers in the farmfields that make up this community.  

Their water source is one of two sources - a garden valve on the north end of the community which translates to a minimum of 1.5km as the garden hose is in the community center and surrounded by fields.  They charge Q5-10 pending the size of your container.  A Q - Quetzal is the GUA bill - Exchange Rate Q to $ 1:7.7ish.  The other option that most use because Q5 means food or not, is a toxic river.  Boiling the water before usage has been the norm, but then they have expense of wood or gas is they are fortunate.

The ill effects of this method of purification is that it doesn't always clean the water.  As was the case with this young girl in front, she developed a rash from consuming the ¨boiled¨water.  Out of generosity from others last August, they were provided with a filter for their home as seen in the photos in background and below.  Clean water, no rash.

I know that world wide, things are tight for everyone but maybe you could buy one of these smiles - give up something for yourself - sponsor a filter that we can give to someone that you don't know. If that sounds good to you, email me and I will tell you how.

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