More than 40% of Dominicans live below the poverty line, meaning many families lack access to clean and safe water. Without clean water, families are prone to disease and farmers cannot adequately support their livestock and crops.
Cross Catholic Outreach is partnering with Bishop Jose Grullon Estrella at the Catholic Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana to build clean water systems in the rural areas of the Dominican Republic. These new systems will reduce waterborne illness, ease the labor burden on women and children, and help farmers irrigate their land to improve the volume and variety of their crops.
The water systems in the Dominican Republic will use a combination of gravity and solar power to collect water from a spring or well. Pumps and tanks are installed, and miles of trenches are dug to lay the PVC pipes that will bring clean water to over 800 Dominican families across 15 communities.
Sunilda keeps burning the family’s meal of beans. It’s not because she’s a bad cook. She just doesn’t have enough water to fill the pot.
Sunilda’s lack of water isn’t for lack of her laborious efforts to gather it. Several times a day, the mother of four straps her youngest on her back and goes out to fill her containers with water from the nearest creek
During the dry season, the situation is much worse. The water table drops, and Sunilda and her neighbors are forced to dig holes in the dry creek bed and wait for murky water to seep up and fill the cavity. After all this work, the amount of water is still too little for cooking, cleaning or farming — and it’s contaminated and risky to drink.
Sunilda’s community will be one of the beneficiaries of a new water system. Her family and her neighbors will soon have clean, safe water right in their home.
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He split rocks open in the wilderness, and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep. He made streams come out of the rock, and caused waters to flow down like rivers.
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