The community at El Almendro has a lot of obstacles to face in daily life, but according to Merce, founder of the El Almendro, they have two good things going for them: clean water and a nursery.
After taking things into her own hands and opening a water store that runs in conjunction with her school, Merce has watched clean water transform the lives of students. They no longer have skin infections, stomach problems, or diarrhea, but instead live healthy lives that allow them to take advantage of the amazing education that they are offered. When a class of 5-year-old children was asked what they knew about clean water, their answers were impressive! “Drink safe water and do not drink unclean water.” “Water is a natural resource.” “If water is not safe, do not drink it.” “You should not waste clean water.” “Water from the pipe is not safe to drink.” “Water is life.”
Water is life!
Water in the Dominican Republic is full of pesticides and is often expensive to purchase. Merce has been able to reduce the cost of water at her store and the result has been outstanding. The community members not only drink safe water, but are able to use it for tasks such as bathing and food prep as well. She has also seen a mental change in the people and noticed their lives improving.
Thanks to the water site at El Almendro, 3,000 people are now drinking clean water. On top of that, Merce has committed to providing free clean water to The Municipal Center, University, and other community organizations. Her hope has been to make an impact in her community and that is exactly what she has done. Thanks to her generosity, kindness, and dedication to overcoming obstacles, communities that are far from El Almendro have noticed the impact that clean water has made and are seeking opportunities to establish their own water systems.
At Healing Waters Headquarters, it is easy for us to get caught up in answering emails and making sure our social media posts are up to date, but when we get to experience stories like these, God brings us back to the things that truly matter. The people who we are blessed to partner with, the lives that we have an opportunity to be a small part of, those are the things that truly matter and that bring us joy.