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100 Degrees in Class and No Water to Drink

Ken Hulme - 700 Club International Managing Director

Even when the temperatures reach a hundred degrees inside their temporary classroom, 8-year-old Ariela and her classmates still must attend school.

The walls are made of black plastic sheeting with no widows for ventilation.  It’s the only material the community could afford in this extremely impoverished area of Honduras.   “It was so hot in our school that I couldn’t even study.,” said Ariela.

“Our classes are supposed to go from 8 till 3,” added Ariel’s teacher. “But we can’t stand the heat.  I have to send them home early.”

To make matters worse the school had no clean water. So they have to get water from a nearby pond that’s polluted by both human and animal waste.

So Operation Blessing provided some help.   First we built the children a brand new school using concrete blocks with windows for ventilation which stretch across two entire walls.

“This school building is much better than the other one and the heat doesn’t bother us anymore!” said Ariela.

Next, we discovered an underground mountain spring near the village.  We ran a pipe from it to a five-thousand-gallon holding tank that we set up.  Finally we ran pipes to each home and to the school so that everyone has clean water for drinking, cooking and bathing.

“Now we have fresh clean water at home and my little girl does not get sick anymore,” Ariela’s mom told us.

Of course the kids at school are glad they have clean water too! 

“Thanks Operation Blessing because you built our school and brought clean water to us,” said Ariela. 

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