In 2012, Hope Springs Water funded the drilling of two wells in Mexico, one in the village of Chikue in the mountains of central Mexico and a second in the village of Samichique near Creel. Hope Springs Water partnered with Mexico Medical Missions for these projects, ensuring that many generations of Tarahumara Indian children in the Chikue region will be able to attend school, have good water to drink, remain healthy, and have an infinitely better opportunity to contribute to the well being of themselves, their families, and their community.
Hope Springs Water is placing pure water wells in the Central American country of Nicaragua. These wells benefit the Miskito Indians living along the Miskito Coast in eastern Nicaragua. The Miskito people live as subsistence farmers and fisherman in small villages of the lowland rain forest of Nicaragua and Honduras. The Miskito live in close family units in small autonomous villages and plant common field crops of rice, beans, and yucca. Many Miskito children stay home and work rather than attend school and health care is limited or non-existent in most villages. Over 1/3 of Miskito children are considered chronically malnourished and infant mortality is one of the highest in central America, while life expectancy is one of the lowest. The number one cause of infant death is intestinal parasites due to impure drinking water.
One village, Santa Rosa, has about 45 Miskito families with no source of pure drinking water. Families drew their drinking and cooking water from a small stream that runs through the village; the same stream that women wash clothes in and in which animals and children play and bathe. The new well was funded through Hope Springs Water by a gift from the Student Senate of Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas.
Hope Springs Water also partnered with Palmer Ministries to provide a new well in the community of Kisalaya, located along the banks of the Coco River in Nicaragua. Kisalaya is a community of about 150 families. The Coco River, which is polluted by animals and waste from villages up-river, was also the villager’s only source of water. The new well is located in the front yard of the church and behind the public elementary school, allowing access for all of the villagers.
Belize is a small country in Central America whose primary source of income is tourism, and that is virtually exclusively located along the coast and the outlying islands just offshore. The inland areas of the southern region of Belize is inhabited almost exclusively by Ketchi Mayan Indians, who are subsistence farmers that live in poverty off what they can raise in their fields and gather in the jungle. They have little access to medical care and even less access to safe drinking water and sanitary facilities.
Hope Springs Water partnered with members of Community Vision Church in Athens to drill a water well in Punta Gorda in 2011.
In 2013, Hope Springs Water embarked on an ambitious program to reclaim some of the hundreds of abandoned wells built in the early 2000s. In each case, rusty, deteriorated pipes are removed and replaced with long-lasting PVC pipes, bore holes are flushed out and sanitized, and then new pump mechanisms are installed. To date, seven wells have been reclaimed in the villages in this region.