“I have in my heart many small villages”: Pandemic increases need for biosand filters
By Emma Condori Mamani, Project Leader of “Biosand filters clean 100 Bolivian families’ water” project
29 June 2020
Last year at this time, 6 out of 10 Bolivians could live well: they had food, housing and healthcare, and could support their children’s studies. Now, because of the strictly-enforced total lockdown during the pandemic, the Bolivian economy has completely stopped. Now, we can say that 6 out of 10 families find themselves in total poverty, which brings immense problems for health. We need to think about others now more than ever. I am praying to God that our project will be able to help again soon.
I am witnessing the growing poverty. More people need help. I have in my heart many small villages and towns that really need water. This project is even more important right now as more and more people are not able to pay for piped water. We are doing something good. We are supporting families in need. Many families have started using shallow hand-dug wells: they need to purify their water.
In February, we received all the 2019 year-end donations made to the project. Thank you! We immediately made plans to install biosand filters and set out to buy the materials, especially sand, needed to build the filters in March and April. We worked over the first two weeks of March. Some filters are even ready to be installed. I have two pictures from our last day working—we could say, the last day with no pandemic. It was a wonderful day. The next day the lockdown began.