Here´s an update from Alpha 5 on their gravity water system project to deliver fresh water to people's houses in the remote community of San Marqueña, Achuapa, in Nicaragua.
To give you an idea of how remote it is, the Bravo 1 landy was told to meet a woman and her son by a big tree stump along a dusty dried-up river bed. About 5 km into it we finally found them. Her son then jumped in the car to direct us another few kilometres up steep, winding rocky tracks which we thought were impassable at times. Luckily we made it. Achuapa has no electricity or running water but that doesn't stop the people of this community being friendly, welcoming and very interested in our culture.
Words: Caroline Murray, Alpha 5
Pictures: Mike Buie, Alpha 5
At the crack of dawn you are woken by the cockerels of every house in the village. Bleary eyed you brush your teeth as pigs and dogs run past your feet. Tiny chicks peck at your toes. It´s then that you say to yourself ´where on earth am I?!´
Life in the Nicaraguan mountains is very different. It´s hard to understand how a community with so little can be so happy. The food and water that can make us unwell keeps the families fit and healthy. When you pause for a breath from digging trenches you see a child half your age and size doing twice as much work!
After a long day of digging trenches amongst snakes, tarantulas and scorpions we then walk far up steep hills for fresh water to wash in.
To be able to give these families water on their doorstep makes every cut, bite and aching muscle worthwhile!