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