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A Drop of Water

Eva and Susan are back from Peru with news on Recurso’s progress there. Susan shares the outcome of their visit to Trujillo and some observations on the lack of potable water in the area.

Agua y Cafe

Agua. Water. Droplets of rain that come and go like tears. In all its forms, water is still the basic link between life and death around the world. There are parts of Peru like in many developing nations where potable water is not easily accessible for various reasons. After our visit with Elba of the Vaso de Leche program, we realized that water didn’t just satisfy thirst but is an essential ingredient in satisfying hunger here; when mixed with soybean powder, water becomes the soymilk that serves as the main source of nutrition for many children.

We noted the distance and obstacles to obtaining and maintaining potable water in the areas we visited. Improperly stored water, like in the image to the left, can cause life-threatening health issues. In this area, families often purchase latas, medium sized metal containers filled with water. While on our trip, we calculated that six latas would supply water for an entire family in the area of Sector 2 Alan Garcia for about 0.55 cents a day.

On our ride back from Alan Garcia, Eva and I spent hours trying to think of how many things we can buy in the USA for 0.55 cents. We couldn’t come up anything. What we did discover in our comparisons is that a week’s supply of latas is $3.85, less than a Venti Mocha or Grande Frappuccino at Starbucks. For a cup of coffee a week, a whole family could have clean water. That comparison put the situation in perspective for us.

As part of Recurso’s continuing commitment to improving health, we will be seeking potable water solutions, partnerships with clean water organizations, and raising funds to deliver these solutions.

Wrapping Up Trujillo

As we traveled throughout parts of Trujillo meeting different leaders and group members, we had the opportunity to connect with those who most need Recurso’s help. Another meeting was with Clara Vega and her church group in Las Delicias. We were greeted into the humble church with no roof or proper services but full of promise and love. As the church members heard we were from the US, they wanted to offer us a meeting place that was more suited to what we were used to they said. With Eva next to me, I recalled for them the stories of Recurso’s humble beginnings in Nicaragua and how having no running water, dirt roads, and sleeping on concrete floors were all “part of the job”.

Eva and I explained that what we do is out of love and with no boundaries of religion, race, country or beliefs. We truly believe that each child has the right to equal opportunities and would like to help the church group build their dream. It is a dream of a simple kindergarten, Luz en Las Delicias, which means “Light in the Delicias.” In addition, Recurso would work with the church as a partnership on providing a curriculum for health education programs. This school would be able to provide primary education for the area’s children so that their distance would not be hours but minutes. A nearby kindergarten would ensure that more children go to school because girls and mothers do not like to travel far distances due to the safety risks involved.

We rounded out the meeting and trip in Trujillo with the same concept of trying to create positive relationships where Recurso can help in the coming years. Through these relationships we hope to foster connections in Peru and US that can work together to raise awareness and funds to accomplish Recurso’s mission.

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