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Healthy Well: Clean Water Changing Lives in El Salvador
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New water wells are being built in rural El Salvador that are safe from contamination by floodwater. Maintained by local people, they are impacting everything from public health to the ability of children to attend school—an example of how something as basic as clean water can be the basis of change for a whole community.

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Funded by Oxfam America.

Produced by Alan Grazioso and Patricia Alvarado Núñez.

Originally featured in the ViewChange Online Film Contest.

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Segment 1

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Healthy Well: Clean Water Changing Lives in El Salvador
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A film by Alan Catello Grazioso, Patricia Alvarado Nunez
ELVIRA [Student]
Hi, I'm Elvira. The water from the old, hand-dug well had little creatures in it. We couldn't drink that water because we would get stomachaches. With this clean water we do not get stomachaches anymore.
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El Salvador, San Salvador
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El Salvador is both the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America.
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San Salvador, Capital of El Salvador
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Many Salvadorans have struggled to overcome historic inequities. The long civil war and natural disasters have made things more challenging; almost half of El Salvador's population now lives in poverty, and more than 90 percent of the country's surface water is contaminated. Increasingly erratic rainfall and floods, caused by climate change, threaten El Salvador's water supply even further. Especially in the Zacatecoluca area about 35 miles outside the capital.
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El Salvador, San Salvador, Zacatecoluca
FLORENTINO DIAZ CRUZ [Community leader]
During the wet season, it rains day and night, day and night. The rivers swell, then the water gets contaminated.
KARINA COPEN [Oxfam America]
So what generally happens here is that, when it floods, the water gets extremely contaminated: latrines overflow, this an area with a lot of cattle, all of that waste goes into the hand-dug wells that are found in most of the homes here.
MARIA LUISA PORTILLO [Resident]
I get our drinking water from a hand-dug well. We use this water to, clean the dishes, cook and drink. When it rains, a lot the water comes out muddy, but, because we do not have other options, this is the water we drink.
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Oxfam and local partner Pro Vida built five healthy wells. Lined and outfitted with filters, these wells provide a clean source of drinking water.
KARINA COPEN
The proposal of these healthy wells is to build a sealed well that not only gives them higher quality water all year round, but, in the case of flooding, which is happening more and more as we're seeing changes in the climate, this is going to provide a safe water source during emergencies and throughout the year.
FLORENTINO DIAZ CRUZ
We all have the right to water but not to the bad water we used to drink. Quality water. Water that helps us stay healthy.
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In the town of El Recuerdo in Zacatecoluca, the healthy well is located in the schoolyard, the heart of the community. The well provides many families with clean water.
BLANCA CALERO DE CATIVO [Teacher]
This healthy well has changed the lives of all the kids here. Before the healthy well, the kids used to get sick, and they were often absent from school.
CINDY MELISA [Student]
My name is Cindy Melisa. I drew my mom bringing water to the house. The water that comes out of the tank is drinkable and healthy.
DR. CRISTINA SALAZAR [Doctor, Pro Vida]
The community has responded in a very positive way. Therefore, they are involved in its maintenance, in trying to keep the healthy well in good condition.
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Village of Agua Zarca, Zacatecoluca
ANA FRANCISCA REYES [Local water committee member]
We have learned how to clean the wells inside, how to put chlorine in the water. Pro Vida and Oxfam America have taught us how to do it.
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As the climate changes, increased flooding puts thousands in this region at risk.
DR. CRISTINA SALAZAR
We are talking about approximately 50 communities and only five healthy wells. Our short-term dream is to bring quality water to as many communities as possible. This is the way I would like to see all these communities getting a better quality of life. This is what we would like to see.
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oxfamamerica.org/climate Oxfam America