The women of Guatemalan communities, such as Xejuyup and San Francisco, wake up at 3:00 am to prepare to collect water. They use jugs to collect water, which would hold around 6 litres. Imagine carrying one jug on your head, two baskets of clothing and food in your hands and a child on your back. This is the normal routine for the locals. They repeat this 6 times a day. This hard work is just for water. Communities like these need water desperately.
The locals of Guatemala typically eat what is in season from their crops, such as corn and beans. They use the corn to create drinks and tortillas. “It was interesting to see how they manually grind the corn using a stone base and roller” said Irma Hip, a volunteer with Run For H2O. Although, the locals are able to create these delicious dishes, these dishes also require a lot of water.
Traditional Guatemalan clothing are bright coloured skirts with unique patterns that portray something ingrained in a particular village’s culture. The men of the community usually wear cowboy hats, a shirt and pants. However, some Guatemalans now wear more westernized centered clothing of jeans. Would you wear a colourful skirt or blue jeans? Regardless of which you choose, these clothes require a lot of water to wash.
Written by: Sabrina Dammholz