Dreams to make the world a better place often start simple and easy. Meetings in comfortable homes, listening to motivational speakers, joining with groups of likeminded people with the desire to make a difference. The start of this project flows a similar path and every time I started to make the trip up the mountain I felt like I was taking a nice walk in a park as we crossed streams in the shade of the forest.
The solution to the need for water rested in a small mountain spring two and a half hours walk up the trail. Sand, gravel, cement and rebar were carried up the mountain from Chel.
Rebar needed to reinforce the tank was bent and strapped to the backs of the men. 56 years old Francisco never once told me how hard the work was or how tired he was but many, many times he shared his smile, his thanks and joy for a better future.
- When the ditch was finished two plastic water tanks were hiked up the mountain. The trail not only is steep but narrow, with curves, rocks and trees that make passage of something as big as the tank difficult. These photos were taken in the easier part of the trail.
Today there is joy and celebration in Xecano. This celebration and thankfulness will not stop tomorrow or the day after. For the first time in the history of the village, the men, women and children of Xecano can open a faucet and smile.
During this project we have planted fruit trees, distributed water filters, clothes, eyeglasses, garden seeds and more. The trees we planted when we first started dreaming together are already giving their first harvest of apples, oranges and peaches. 50 new trees were planted this week. Sustainability, positive change are bywords in humanitarian work. I am glad they are a reality in Xecano.