Earlier this year, a team of volunteers visited Guatemala. They celebrated with the village of Infiernito on the completion of their water project. They also met families from Parrequená, the village we are fundraising for this year. Cheryl, one of the volunteers shared an inspring moment from her trip.
Reflection on a Village Without Water
One of the highlights of my trip was one day while I was sitting outside writing in my diary. A girl came up to me very curious about what I was doing. I said I was writing and showed her how I wrote my name. I asked her to write her name and she did. By this time, we were surrounded by children. Most were shy and didn’t want to write in my book but wanted to watch, so she and I wrote numbers 1-10, then colours. She got some of the colours wrong but she might not have understood me. All the time we were writing, she was very interested and keen to write. I think she was around 14 but it was hard to tell. Finally some of the other kids got up the courage to write, giggling and smiling. It really struck home to me that these kids really wanted to learn, but sadly, because they had to spend so much time carrying water for their families, they had no opportunity or cannot focus on their studies because they are exhausted from fetching water before and after class each day. It really struck me how important our work is to help them get clean water.