“but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14 NIV
God has allowed us to see the many ways clean water improves a community. Recently, we drilled a well at a school in La Máquina. Little did we know the impact safe water would have on this school.
Each public elementary school in Guatemala operates from January to mid-October. On a typical day, classes start at 7:00 a.m. and around 9 all children go out to the backyard to have a snack and play during recess time, which lasts approximately 30 minutes. Then, all return to each of their classrooms to receive the rest of their subjects. At noon, the bell rings, announcing that the school day has ended, and everyone should prepare to return home. This is what an ideal school day should look like at a public school.
Well, the world would be perfect if everything would run in an ideal way.
Now, let us take some steps back to high school lessons. You might recall the Maslow Hierarchy of needs. The first, foundational level is the physiological needs, which include air, water, food, and rest.
At times, in developing countries, some these “basic” needs are rather “luxuries.”
According to a report by the EFE agency, almost 4 million Guatemalans, which represents a quarter of the total population, does not have access to safe water.
One in four Guatemalans do not have access to safe water.
Many of these people are from rural areas. Understanding that Guatemala is a country with more than half of its population under the age of 18, we can conclude that the most affected by the lack of clean water are children. Statistics from the Pan American Health Organization show that 89% of public establishments from elementary school to high school are found in rural areas. This means that a large part of these schools do not have clean water to satisfy this basic need for its students.
We praise the Lord for providing the resources to serve the children of La Máquina, which serves 650 students from the community. Their water situation was so detrimental that they asked permission from the school authorities to end class at 11 am to send the children home to use the bathroom and drink water, and then start class again in the afternoon until the evening.
The well at the school is 130 feet deep and is producing around 30 gallons of water per minute. The principal of the school is now planning to have school in the morning as well as in the afternoon in order to serve more children.
The school has clean water all day and have transitioned to a normal class schedule!
We know that AguaGuate helps provide water to nourish people’s bodies. Jesus says, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again.” Join us in praying today for opportunities to share the good news of God’s grace, that God would use our lives to share the kind of water that Jesus was speaking about to the Samaritan woman. “This water,” Jesus says, “that I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)