”We used to collect water from the river. We walked half an hour back and forth. However, the water that was collected from the spring was not always clean as there were insects and during rainy season sludge was blended into water. We don't have to walk far away anymore. From now on we can get clean water whenever we choose to. Now we can wash our clothes and have enough water to drink. We could have never believed that our lives could change in such a radical way."
- Doña Valentina from the village of Vityo, where a new water system was build in 2017 with the help of Caritas.
This year Caritas Finland's Lenten Collection supports improving water supply through building a brand new water system in the village of Jaruma in Bolivia.
Over 50 per cent of the population of the village don't have access to clean water and less than 5 per cent of the region's households have a toilet in their daily use. The region's people live in extreme poverty and suffer from severe lack of clean water. The lack of clean water and poor hygiene cause serious health problems. For this reason especially children are in poor health and different diseases, such as diarrhea, are widespread.
In this Caritas project a new water supply system will be build in the village and a water committee run by the villagers themselves will be established. In addition, villagers will get more information about water usage, hygiene and information concerning the committee's activity will be shared.
Here is where you can read more about our water project in Bolivia. You can read the whole story of Doña Valentina's family on our blog.