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Dancing with Joy in Peru

Field Report by Lauryn Vickers

PERU – Mariano and his wife, Simona, are ranchers by trade who deal with water problems in Peru. They spend their days herding cattle in the Peruvian highlands, raising them to be sold for profit, and mining salt on the side. But neither income comes easily for Mariano and Simona. The one thing they need the most after a long day of work is one thing they often lack: clean water.

Water Problems In Sales Grande, Peru

Mariano and Simona live in the remote Sales Grande community, an area plagued with water problems. Sadly, they can only access water from a pond or rain runoff during the rainy season, but this water is not clean. Making matters worse, Mariano must walk far to seek this water. Water that only risks harm to his family’s and cattle’s health.

“Whenever I found a well or spring,” Mariano said, “it wouldn’t matter if it were a small pond or spring. They always had toads, and frogs swimming or jumping out of it.”

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Solutions To Water Problems In Peru Via Filters And Chlorinators

But that’s when YOU stepped in! Thanks to our generous friends, Operation Blessing learned of the plight of Mariano’s community and was able to build a water project in their village. OB designed a gravity fed system from a spring source with natural filters and chlorinators. It allowed Mariano, Simona, and their neighbors to access clean water near their homes. Because you give, the families no longer have to spend hours every day desperately searching for dirty water.

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Dancing With Joy Over New Water Taps In Peru…And A Farewell To Water Problems

Mariano and Simona now live transformed lives, with better health, hygiene practices, and healthier livestock. The Sales Grande community of Peru celebrated the opening of the water taps with a festive ceremony. There Mariano, Simona, and all their neighbors danced with joy! And we could not have done it without you! Thank you for your heart to see every man, woman, and child have access to clean water all over the world. 

“We are so very grateful for everything you have done for us, for this clean water!” Simona said. “Thank you so much!”

Water Problems In Peru

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