BRISAS DEL VALLE, Honduras – There’s a sound of crashing coming from the village of Brisas del Valle. It’s not an act of rage, but rather one of celebration.
Clean water has finally arrived.
After years of walking long distances along dangerous paths to collect water from a mountain spring, these Honduran families now have safe access to clean water—without ever having to leave their homes.
Operation Blessing teams completed the 6-month project which included building a large water tank a mile-and-a-half uphill that serves as a reservoir to collect the water from the mountain spring. The water is then treated with chlorine and piped down to the village, where teams built access points at the local school and in every home.
To commemorate the completion of the project, villagers gathered together for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebratory meal with Operation Blessing staff.
Then Maria stepped forward with a clay pot on her head filled with water.
As villagers gathered around, she carefully clasped the pot with both hands before hurling it to the ground and smashing it into pieces—the water spilling out and quickly getting soaked up by the dry, dusty ground.
It was a symbolic gesture to say: never again. Never again will the villagers have to face danger to collect water. From now on, every family will have access to safe, clean water.
And that’s something worth celebrating.