Over the last year, Project Milagro has certainly lived up to its name: Project Miracle. By God’s grace, we have seen many barriers fall, barriers that for decades have stopped the people of Las Delicias from gaining access to clean water.
In 2008, ADSA, the local water board, was elected and legalized thus providing project oversight and cohesion to future progress as well as transparency to spending and planning.
The Assemblies of God Women’s Ministries of Southern California chose Project Milagro as its 2009 Project Hope. We are extremely grateful for their partnership. see video
After seeing the momentum building in the Las Delicias communities as they dug their own wells, excavated a one-mile ditch, and rallied around each other through various setbacks, ANDA, the national ministry of water, agreed to donate the distribution piping that will carry water to residents’ homes.
ADSA Shines in 2009
ADSA continues to show excellent leadership by spearheading petitions campaigns, which provide legal permission to excavate certain roads and other sections of private property for piping. Legal face-offs can be potentially disruptive, and the diplomacy efforts of ADSA in these matters has made a huge difference to the project's success.
Pumps and Infrastructure
As ADSA worked with local residents to get permission to construct the redistribution tank something incredible happened. A local woman was so enthusiastic about the project she decided to donate the property needed for the tank. While this is incredible, such donations of land and volunteer labor has actually been the norm for Project Miracle.
Regarding construction, it is steadily moving forward. More sixty-six percent of the electrical infrastructure is in place and we are waiting for the industrial pumps to be installed. Two of the six pumps have been purchased ($25,000 each). Transformers, circuit breakers, power lines and poles ($18,000 worth of equipment) are now at the well site ready to be installed. Once the pumps are in place, water will be pumped up the mountain at 432,000 gallons per day. From there the water goes to a redistribution station that has also been completed.
Building Relationships with Local Government Officials
Miguel Durán (a local pastor and president of ADSA) had been working with the San Martin mayor’s office for years. After recent elections in March 2009, a new administration was installed. Pastor Miguel was emotionally prepared to start over from scratch. After months of trying to connect with the new administration, Miquel was able to establish a relationship with the new mayor.He even invited the mayor to his house for a traditional Salvadoran meal of pupusas (tortillas stuffed with beans andADSA draft a grant proposal to ANDA cheese), Pastor Miguel shared about the experience the he and the community had been through trying to get water. From that time of fellowship and from that conversation the mayor decided to waive the road re-construction fees which would normally amount to $20,000. Additionally, the mayor has begun to seek further funding for the project from the Spanish and Korean embassies for this project!