Jan 14 2013

Community in Colombia plants trees to help in drought

A Chinese proverb says it’s better to light one candle than curse the darkness.

We can find a modern-day parallel in a community in Cali, Colombia, where families in the CFCA program found it’s better to take action and plant a tree to help the environment!

Water walk in Colombia

Yeraldin, CFCA staffer in Colombia and CFCA scholar, plants seeds for a future tree in an environmental campaign to help fight against drought. Yeraldin was sponsored through CFCA as a child.

For several years now, Colombia has suffered from a drought that has caused the nation’s government to urge citizens to conserve water (see this article for more information).

This particular CFCA community in Cali has had limited water supply as a result, and CFCA mothers groups met to discuss the problem. Read more

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Oct 25 2012

Walking for water in Guatemala

Many sponsored friends and family members who live in the town of Santa Maria, in Ixhuatan, Guatemala, go without running water or electricity in their homes because these necessities are not readily available.

Edelmira and her family in Guatemala.

Edelmira and her family in Guatemala.

Edelmira is a mother of four: three boys and one girl. Edelmira’s son, Josue, is sponsored through the Hope for a Family program. The family does not have running water in the home, and they must travel to a community tank to get water.

Edelmira gives us an inside look into the life of her family.

What is the current water situation in your home?

We do not have running water in our home.

Every day I walk 20 minutes to a community tank to get our daily supply of water.

I bring the water home in big plastic jars. I carry two jars: one on my head and one on my arm.

I make several trips back and forth to the tank. I walk up and down hills, and it usually takes me about two or three hours every day.

I am familiar with walking and carrying heavy loads. When I was a little girl my father would have us work in the fields and carry big sacks of corn and beans on our head.

Do you ever experience water shortages? Read her answer

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Apr 2 2011

Sponsorship taps community spirit with Filipino water system

Water system in Bataan, PhilippinesMany of us can just turn to a faucet if we’re thirsty. Residents in the Filipino community of Camias, however, didn’t have that luxury.

They had to navigate flights of steep, rocky steps to fill a five-gallon container for the entire day’s water needs. Families would struggle to drink, cook and bathe using those precious five gallons.

(The U.S. average per capita water consumption is 90-100 gallons a day, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.)

But help was on its way. Families served by CFCA’s sponsorship program in the neighborhood of Bataan, a community in Manila, reached out to residents of Camias by helping them build a water system.

Read more about the water system.

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Mar 15 2011

Water pump brings dignity to Kenyan farmer

Joel in KenyaMeet Joel, a 58-year-old farmer in Timau, Kenya.

He’s decided to use the money from his sponsorship through CFCA in a new way ñ to install a water pump for his farm.

“I have always loved farming, but it was hectic for me to fetch water from the river each day to water my plants,” he said. “That’s when I decided to save up my sponsorship funds and buy a watering pump that would help me in my farming.”

Read more about Joel.

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Oct 15 2010

A word about water in CFCA communities

CFCA has joined Blog Action Day, which asks bloggers to post about the same issue on the same day every Oct. 15. This year, the subject is about water.

Urban farming in Antipolo, Philippines

Urban farming in Antipolo, Philippines.

According to the Blog Action Day website, access to clean water eludes nearly 1 billion people around the world, and waterborne diseases kill 42,000 people every week.

Our Antipolo, Philippines, project is helping to clean the Angolo River by dropping bokashi balls into it.

Bokashi balls are a mixture of clay, ceramic powder, brown sugar or molasses and rock salt. The balls ferment for a few weeks until infused with beneficial micro-organisms that help break down toxins and food waste.

Finally, they are dropped into the river to dissolve over six months, with the micro-organisms feeding off the balls and water toxins ó the best form of “litter” we could find on the planet!

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