BENEFITING: Caminos de Accion
According to NPR, only 50% of people in El Salvador have access to a local water source, and 82% of the water available is heavily contaminated. The UN stated in 2013 that by 2015 El Salvador would be without drinkable water. It's now 2016, and that reality seems to get closer and closer. In 20-30 years there will likely be no natural water at all in El Salvador and people will be forced to migrate to different countries. This is an immediate and terrifying problem. El Salvador has a total population of 6 million people, and roughly 5 million of these live in the countryside. Only 25% of those people have access to water in their house (i.e taps). The rest have to walk miles to the nearest spring in order to carry barrels of water on their backs. It is the women’s job to collect the water, with some having to walk for up to 4 hours a day simply to bring a bucket of water to their home.
Caminos de Accion (CdA) has helped Los Tehuistes, the two rural sister villages in La Paz, El Salvador where we work, address clean water access since 2012. This has included digging a sustainable, uncontaminated well; installing an electric pump; building a holding tank; and connecting these to the community's 150 homes with piping. This means the families (women) of Los Tehuistes no longer have to walk miles for water!
The next phase is providing pilas (see pictures) for water storage in individual homes. So far we've subsidized 60 pilas, but 26 more are needed. Each pila is made of cement, costs $50, and will last a family a lifetime.