Amigos por Agua


Amigos por Agua

Imagine what it would be like to have running water for the first time in your life.  The feeling of sheer joy and exhilaration.  That’s exactly what these kids, residents of Chinandega, Nicaragua are feeling.


[All photos by John Bland, Amigos for Christ]

I just had an article published in the wH2O Journal, the Journal of Gender and Water. I’ve been on the editorial board there for the last five or six years, a labor of love that I feel is so very important because it relates to the narrative we tell about water.

You can read the article here.


There is so much to say about water:  how women bear the burden of collecting water where it is not readily provided or available; how approximately a billion people lack access to clean, safe water and about 2.5 billion lack access to improved sanitation; how that lack of access can lead to infant mortality, a myriad of adult diseases, and even death; and how the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals are working to assure that one day, everyone will have access to water, sanitation and hygiene, or WASH.

Here’s the abstract from my article, Amigos por Agua:

The role of non-profit organizations in outfitting the developing world with clean water has become more extensive as the world’s population grows, especially in places such as Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the western hemisphere. Nicaraguans suffer high rates of kidney disease, respiratory illnesses and parasites as a result of water borne diseases. NGOs such as Amigos for Christ are stepping in to fill the void in Chinandega where the local government lacks the financial wherewithal to provide a basic WASH infrastructure to its inhabitants. It is the goal of Amigos for Christ to bring water to every household in Chinandega thereby improving the health, education and welfare of the populace. This article is based on transcripts from an interview on how this NGO accomplishes their work.

With a staff of 123, this small but mighty group is aiming to bring water to every home in Chinandega — population approximately 150,000 —  and in doing so will alter those residents lives forever.

Amigos digs wells, runs water lines and installs bathrooms such as the one pictured above, AND they teach organic farming methods to the locals so they can improve their standard of living.  It’s an amazing organization with a terrific track record of improving people’s lives.

I encourage you to read the interview with John Bland, founder of Amigos for Christ.  You may be moved to take a week off from work and head to Nicaragua to help drill a well.  Or maybe you’d like to send Amigos a donation.  Or even offer up a good wish or two for their continued success.

Whatever you do, I dare you not to be inspired.

pam lazos 3.11.20

About Pam Lazos

writer, blogger, environmentally hopeful
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49 Responses to Amigos por Agua

  1. This is such a great project! I will be donating! 🙂

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  2. A terrific piece, Pam! Be proud, and shout for this cause from the rafters! xxxxxxx

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  3. Eliza says:

    I hope they succeed. It reminds me of the machine that gets water from the air, designed for places like this.

    Love, light, and glitter

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  4. Jacqui Murray says:

    Definitely aware of the importance of water to our bodies but the feel of it on our skin–hadn’t really considered that. It is a special feel, one it’s hard to imagine some never knowing. Thanks for sharing this.

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  5. Wonderful article and post Pam. The look on those children’s faces touches my heart.

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  6. Damyanti Biswas says:

    I try to be aware and conserve as much as possible. It is high time we stop taking things for granted.

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  7. denise421win says:

    We should never take access to water for granted… thank you so much for sharing this information

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  8. Catwoods says:

    They are doing important and meaningful work! And I’m so glad you are posting about it and helping to bring it to everyone’s attention!

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  9. MariHoward says:

    Thank you for this, and Amigos for Christ for being another organisation trying to get clean water and sanitation to people in developing countries – it is amazing and very shaming to the West (and to various governments) that this help is still needed and this work not yet done… And that as kids growing up, many of us who had these things were unaware of those who still didn’t… and who still don’t…

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  10. Ken Dowell says:

    A good reminder about something a lot of us take for granted.

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  11. A fantastic organization. Their actions and goals are profound.

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  12. Ally Bean says:

    I cannot imagine living without running water so this project amazes me. The scope of it and the generosity of it. Thanks for sharing your article here. The more you know, the more you can help others.

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  13. Mick Canning says:

    Such a basic need, and one which every government should be addressing!

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  14. cath says:

    Beautifully illustrated, Pam – the words and the pictures work really well together.

    How easy it is for those of us with water-services to take them for granted. The figures you quote are shocking, and shaming. It’s hard to believe that we’ve got so much 2020 technology, and there are still so many who don’t have access to basic commodities.

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  15. Susan Scott says:

    Brilliant article by you Pam – I read it, though it was speed reading since our electricity is out – although as I type it has just come back on!!! Kudos on John and Sabrina and their children being so involved in the ongoing of bringing fresh clean water to the communities. Access to fresh clean water is a concern in our country too for those who live in rural areas (electricity too, tho it is becoming less available to All of us – our SOE is facing MEGA problems). Our women in the rural areas have to walk great distances to fetch water and walk back. Washing is often done in the rivers as is their toilet so the rivers are often polluted. With the drought we’re experiencing we have many NGO’s doing the work of government (plenty of money but in the hands of corrupt politicians). One organisation that does so much that it defies belief is Gift of the Givers, not only locally but abroad as well.

    Kudos to the UN’s plans –

    The photo of the children is adorable!

    Thank you for this. I’ll read the whole article again at a more leisurely pace…. 🙂 xx

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    • Pam Lazos says:

      Susan, thank you for reading the article! The problem is so widespread and the numbers so large that after awhile they are only numbers, but then you get a taste of what it’s like not to have water 💦 flow easily when you turn on the tap or you experience rolling blackouts band suddenly you realize how difficult it is without these things we’ve taken for granted. It breaks my heart that people, women especially, must use the same river to wash their clothes, get drinking water and as a toilet. It’s amazing more people haven’t died. I do hope that everyone has access to clean water someday and that groups like Amigos provide the inspiration and the impetus for other groups to spring up and fill the gap that governments cannot. ❤️

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  16. cindy knoke says:

    So incredibly sweet and innocent. We need to protect them.

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