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 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.
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