Every morning, Stefany wakes up at 6 a.m. and gets ready for school. She is in second grade and is studying hard. She lives in a small pueblito 20 minutes walking distance from one of Peru’s major surfing touristic communities, but it might as well be 30 miles. Stefany has no running water in her simple house, no water to bathe, wash clothes, wash her self. Its a 40 minute walk to school, by which time she will be hot and sweaty, dusty and hungry and tired. Its hard to concentrate when you are thirsty, when the other kids make fun of your dirty clothes and your dusty feet…
Cerrito de la Virgen is an amazing community.
Begun as a refugee community from natural disaster ten years ago, it consists of 90 families, 300 people, 170 of which are children. They have no running water.
Nancy Mendoza, community leader, has spoken of the struggle to get the municipalidad to provide it. They are within the catchment of Huanchaco and there are pipes leading to the community but so far, the authorities have not been willing to spend the money to put water in the pueblo.
Water would simply change their lives.
It will take several stages to get water.
- A study needs to be done to see where the water is going to be drilled. This study costs money.
- Then there will be a geologist and a well drilling company brought out to see how deep the well will need to be.
- there will need to be pipes and plumbing to the houses, so far the only water available is down in Huanchaco and a filthy cistern in the pueblo from a home drilled well of untreated water.
We are working to find an organisation to sponsor the water project, til then we have had a couple of donors offer a weekly delivery of some water but its not going to be nearly enough for all the families to get their needs met.
We are looking for water experts, for clean water charities and for money to fund the study that will start the ball rolling. If you know of anyone who can help or you want to donate, please contact us here.
We want to see the kids of Cerrito get a chance to live with clean water.