The Sister Water Project Service Team will help make potable water accessible to people in the rural village of Mejocote, near the town of Gracias in Lempira, Honduras. The team will dig trenches and lay PVC pipes.
Last year's mission trip helped make potable water accessible to people in rural La Iguala as part of the Sister Water Project.
Sister Water Project Committee Member Brian Gilligan was also one of the 14 volunteers on the trip. He explained that due to the high altitude of the water source in the mountains 10 miles from the villagers’ homes, locals in the area of La Iguala had been working for 23 years to plan and fund the complex water project.
Dubuque Franciscans initiated the Sister Water Project in 2006 as a way to address the lack of potable water in Honduras and Tanzania, areas where sisters from the congregation ministered. To date, the project has supported 18 water systems in Honduras, and over 130 wells in Tanzania.
Volunteers were needed in rural La Iguala at the end of September to help locals dig trenches for the installation of PVC pipes, which would connect to a water tank high in the mountains.
In Tanzania, some women walk miles to find water, and waterborne malaria kills many children. In Honduras, 50,000 young children die every year from water-related illness. Most illness in the country is due to impure water.
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