Water…it’s necessary for every living thing. Our bodies are composed of mostly water. There are foods, like lettuce, that are mostly water with a bit of green. The earth itself is covered more in water than in land. Yet there are so many places that are suffering from lack of water. It’s hard to comprehend the enormity of how we desperately need water to live and how the really dry places survive most of the year without water.
The sand dam project is beginning. We, along with a group of people from the Christian Council of Mozambique (CCM), the local, district and provincial government, and two other MCCers journeyed to Mandie in the northern-most part of Manica province to scope out potential communities for sand dams.
We visited four communities…each with different needs but all with a similar problem—the lack of water. We visited to talk with community leaders about the possibility of building sand dams in their communities. We also looked at places where might be good locations for sand dams. We traipsed through underbrush, dry stream beds and rocks to look at spots where communities find water when they are desperate. Those who went to
But it is exciting. It is exciting to think how if this works, these communities can be transformed. That they might be able to bathe more frequently than once a week. That they will be able to raise crops to feed themselves year round. That their animals can be close to them where they can care for them. That children might grow up with clean water and not have to fight water born diseases as much. But that is all in the future.
In the meantime, so much to do…
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