Our first official Hydromissions expedition was in June, 2005, to a remote part of Venezuela to work with the Waraos indigenous people. This was a joint effort between Hydromissions International and S.W.I.M (Safe Water International Ministries).
Situated deep in the jungle of the Orinoco River Delta (very close to Guyana), Jotaida is a small community of open-sided log huts. There is no electricity and no running water, and the people live on what they find in the jungle or in the river. Food consists of shredded yucca and an occasional fish. The only water source was straight out of the stagnant river inlet (black water) – until this well was put in.
The Waraos are an almost forgotten people group (in fact, one Venezuelan guy we talked to in Caracas was shocked to hear we were working with them – he’s only seen them on the Discovery Channel). The government doesn’t want much to do with them, and their location makes it difficult to contact them.
There are at least 35 such villages that Vida Cristiana hopes to reach within the next few years, so please be praying for them.
Remote area in Venzuela
Our first official Hydromissions expedition was in June, 2005, to a remote part of Venezuela to work with the Waraos indigenous people.
Hydromissions returned to the islands off the coast of Panama to continue to support the village of Ngobe people adjacent to the Wood family missionaries from the state of Washington. In the past, Hydromissions provided a well, latrine, hygiene education and additional well drilling training. The homes in the village are spread around two different terrains. One cluster of homes is built over the water, mixed in with the mud and mangroves. The other cluster of homes is built on the hills, out of the tidal flood zone. The homes on the hill have closer access to the well built in 2014. The particular cluster of houses built in the mangroves has a man who is bedridden (paralyzed) and his daughters paddle their cayuco (canoe) over every day to get water. In addition, a new school was constructed in the village.
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