Clean Water Gets a “Lift” In the Dominican Republic
When God calls his servants to a task, they come however they are able — by foot, mule, or wagon. And in some parts of the poorer areas of the Dominican Republic, these more primitive modes of transportation can be the only way to get around.
And with the Water@Work team, there has been an assortment of vehicles used to get volunteers and materiel to the scattered communities in need.
But, now that has changed! With a lot of hard searching and praying, the first of hopefully several trucks has been purchased to provide some of the ‘heavier lifting’ for the task at hand.
The need for a reliable vehicle has long established, since the beginning of the mission work. But, the availability of reliable trucks in the DR has been scarce. With a law in effect that makes it illegal to import vehicles that are over 5 years old, and the lower consumer demand for motorized transportation, the auto market in the DR is small. Finding a vehicle that was not too beat up, reliable and affordable was like finding ‘a needle in a haystack’, says Water@Work Executive Director, Patrick Borders.
“Our in-country team got lucky and found a vehicle near our facilities.,” Patrick went on to say. “This allowed our Director, John Bearden, and a mechanic to spend several hours with the vehicle, checking it out from top to bottom.”
This new vehicle allows the onsite team to work more effectively, bringing clean water filtration systems to the many communities on the schedule.
Water@Work plans to eventually have a fleet of four vehicles to serve the operational needs in the DR. Each vehicle costs around $20,000 to $25,000 each. If your church or organization would like to sponsor part or all of a vehicle purchase, you will be helping the mission work as much as sponsoring a community water system.