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Look Out for Snakes!

Ken Hulme - 700 Club International Managing Director
M. Zuniga - 700 Club Producer

Jacinta and her two daughters live in a remote jungle community on top of a mountain in Honduras. Seven days a week, twice a day, Jacinta and her older daughter Carol made their way down a steep, sometimes dangerous slope to collect water from a stagnant pond. One day Jacinta fell as they climbed back up the mountain.

“My mom hurt her back,” Carol said. "I ran and tried to help her, but she could not stand up for a long time."

While her back healed, Jacinta sent Carol by herself to collect water. Carol now made four trips a day instead of two. She didn’t mind the extra work, but she was afraid of snakes, like poisonous mangroves that often sun themselves on the road near her house.

“I am always afraid a snake will come out and bite me on the path or at the pond,” Carol said. “I am always watching. Mama told me that Grandpa Jose died when a snake bit him.”

Jacinta is a single parent working hard to support for her girls. She works picking coffee on several plantations on the side of the mountain. Her greatest challenge has been finding clean water for the family. What they collect has always been dirty, discolored, and filled with bacteria.

“Sometimes when I drank the water I got sick and threw up. I didn’t like to drink it. One day my little sister also got really sick,” Carol recalled.

“Every time my girls got sick, I had to borrow money to take them down the mountain to the doctor,” Jacinta added.

Operation Blessing offered to help. First, working with members of the community, we uncovered an underground source of water. We then purified it and pumped it into a 10,000 gallon tank. Now, there is fresh water available for everyone in the community, including Carol and her family.

“When I saw the water I thought we will never go back and carry water from the pond again!” exclaimed Carol. "Thank you Operation Blessing for bringing us clean water."

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