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    Blessed be filtered water / 14ymedio, Elvira Fernandez
    Posted on October 5, 2014

    14ymedio, Ciego de Avila, Elvira Fernandez, 26 September 2014 – “This
    water will satisfy you for today. Jesus will satisfy you for eternity,
    do you accept him?” it reads above the two taps, in one of the most
    useful and widely appreciated places in Ciego de Avila today. It is the
    people’s filtered water service point opened by the Pentecostal
    Evangelical Church in its Voice of Jubilee Assembly of God Church in the
    La Guajira neighborhood.

    It rains frequently here, but the city suffers a scarcity of potable
    water. People are afraid to drink the water from the aqueduct network
    because it is almost always contaminated with sewage waste, due to the
    abundance of cracks and leaks in the pipes. For the people, in addition,
    in an environment where hygiene isn’t front and center, this water is
    one of the few chances to prevent contagious diseases such as cholera,
    which seems to be here to stay.

    The modern filtration equipment has been donated by an evangelical
    congregation in the United States, which is dedicated to providing this
    type of assistance to countries facing humanitarian crises, such as
    Haiti. In Cuba they keep about forty similar pieces of equipment
    running. In Ciego de Avila province there is another in the Pentecostal
    church in the Venezuela municipality.

    The modern filtration equipment has been donated by an evangelical
    congregation of the United States

    Four days a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) the doors of
    the side yard of the church open to all, believers and non-believers,
    between 2 pm and 11 pm. At first they came with small bottles, but most
    have already made tanks, tanks and big jugs because, with a single trip
    and after waiting so long, they are trying to accumulate the water for
    several days. And the lines are getting longer again. The people waiting
    when the sun shelter in the doorways all around.

    The church can not cope and, lately with very little water falling in
    the tank, they have to pay for water from the Communal Company’s pipes.
    A woman carrying several bottles says: “I have two children and I feel
    very safe when I can be assured of this water. In my house, no one wants
    to drink any other. But I’m worried, what if this disappears?”

    Given the shortage, the increasing demand and the difficulties, expands
    fear of a reduction in service. A new sign has appeared on the church
    gate has caused general concern, as it heralds drastic rationing:

    “We have little water, but we want to continue helping with filtered
    water, therefore, during this situation, we can only give you 5 liters
    per person. We expect your cooperation, thank you. God bless you.”

    Source: Blessed be filtered water / 14ymedio, Elvira Fernandez |
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