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You Give Water, And Water Means Life

Field Report by Operation Blessing

Water means life in Honduras: ribbon cutting of new water system.

HONDURAS – Honduras is such a beautiful place. The heart of Central America. It has stunning beauty: green everywhere, lots of mountains, many rivers. But there are many issues too.

I find it striking when I learn there is no water in some of these places. Or there is water, but it’s not clean water. Or people don’t have access to water. Water is so important for us and for our bodies. It’s important for many aspects of life. But what happens to a family that doesn’t even have a faucet, or doesn’t have access to clean water? So, I want you to come with me, and let’s visit a family in a rural community and find out about their everyday life.

Man walking in Honduras.

“Hola. How are you?” I say, entering the small, roughly built home. Juan Carlos, the father of the family welcomes me inside. After greeting each other and introducing ourselves, I ask him, “What does water mean to you?”

“Water means life,” Juan says with his young son cuddling close to him. “Without water, one would not live. Because we use water for everything: drinking, cooking, and for the animals.”

Example of dirty water in Honduras.

I ask if he can show me where he gets water, and he leads me up a hill along a winding path. Then I ask what it’s like, going up and down all the time, and if he’s in charge of getting the water. But no. His pregnant wife and some of the children usually collect the water—carrying five-gallon buckets. It makes me wonder, how would I do this? As we approach a small trickle of a stream surrounded by decaying leaves, I say, “But now it’s dry, right?”

Juan Carlos answers, “Yes, it dries up in the summer.”

Hilda discusses how water means life with Juan Carlos and his children.

I look again at the water source. There’s not much. And you can see that due to this dirty water, the children will get sick. This small bit of water is not only for the family. They also have to share it with cows and horses. And, of course, everybody wants to drink because it’s very hot and dry.

Juan Carlos explains that while one issue is the lack of water in the dry season, the other issue is that there’s so much water during the rainy season. A lot of sediment and trash washes down from other areas further upstream. So, they get plenty of water, but it’s still not clean.

A scene of jungle and a hut in rural Honduras.

As I walk back down the hill with Juan Carlos and his children, I imagine being a mother here. What if you saw a poisonous snake on the path? What if one of the children was bitten? It just makes you think, “Wow, what a great opportunity this is!”

When you see those beautiful children. When you see someone like Juan Carlos and you meet the women here. You see how desperate they are, and how much they want help. And Operation Blessing is here to help them. Because water means life.

Clean water in Honduras.

It makes me think of all the great support Operation Blessing receives from generous friends out there like you. And that allows us to come to these beautiful places, because there is beauty all around here. But also great need. We’re able to tell the people of Honduras, “Hey, we can assist you because we’re supported by people who have great hearts. They live far away, but they say, ‘I want to help families like yours.’”

So, I want to say to you, thank you for your generosity that makes this work possible and reaches out to give the hurting this precious liquid—clean water.

*A Field Report by Hilda Romero, OB Director of Honduras

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