Makilina preparing a meal for her family.
Water was so scarce at times that tensions would rise, and women in the Chawa community would fight with each other at the riverbed while collecting just a small amounts for their families. To make matters worse, Makilina’s husband did not understand how difficult the water situation was, and he would often get angry with her for not having enough water at home. Makilina was incredibly stressed by Chawa’s water situation. She knew the water she was collecting was not clean compared to the well water she was used to. She worried constantly about the health of her family and knew it was only a matter of time before someone got very sick. She didn’t know that person would be her.
Makilina enjoys a laugh with one of our Education Coordinators, Sara Hara.
Makilina (right) and another member of the community show us how they used to collect water from the local river, which caused her to become ill and be rushed to the hospital before the Sonder well.
Fortunately, a few months later, The Sonder Project drilled a deep-water well in Chawa. Immediately, Makilina felt like she had her life back. She could wake up any time to go collect water, and she no longer lived in constant fear of falling sick. Things at home with her husband were more peaceful, and she no longer fought with other community women over water. Most of all, Makilina hasn’t had a running stomach since. The new well completely transformed water from a source of fear that controlled her life, to water being her human right!
Makilina (right) and other women from the community collect water from the Sonder well, any time, any day, and free from contamination and bacteria.
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