Resources for Families in the Sanctuary Region
The Mondragon Family of the Los Remedios Ejido
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800 liters of water every day to your house from a well a half a mile
away by foot! In the dry season (November to May), this is daily work
for me and my family. We need water for preparing la comida (food),
washing las ropas y los trastes (clothes and dishes), cleaning
la casa (the house), watering las plantas (the plants),
and feeding los animales (the animals).
When we plant las cosechas (the crops) in May, the greatest amount
of water is needed and carrying it to the fields can be difficult. Of course
la temporada de lluvia (rainy season) also begins in May and then
nature does the work for us. During the rainy season (May - October), we
collect as much water as possible in buckets, and store the extra water
in our cement holding tank. Our family doesn't drink from this tank but
uses the water for all other household purposes. Many people boil all of
their water before drinking it, due to questions about its cleanliness.
For the last couple of years we have wished that the bomba (community water
pump) was in working condition. With a long mangera (hose) hooked
up to nuestro rancho (our farm), we would have easier access to the
water that flows from the surrounding mountains. Yet it costs a lot to repair
the pump and so it has not been a priority, especially in the rainy season
when water resources are not such a problem.
During the rainy
season, our family needs a different system for drying clothes--it's risky
to hang them outside, so we usually hang everything in the house. In the
morning there is more sol (sun) and el aire (the air) is warmer
and drier air, so sometimes clothes can be out on the lines or under the
roof. But look out! An afternoon tormenta (thunderstorm) can almost
always be expected.
Because the rainy season comes during school vacation, children spend several
hours a day inside playing escondidos (hide 'n seek), dibujar
(drawing) and other juegos (games). The children would definitely
prefer to be outside but, like most children, they do get excited about
loud, rumbling thunderstorms.
Back in the town of Angangueo, the community is also concerned about
water resources. German Medina explains:
that live farther up the mountain have an advantage to the natural spring
water. Sometimes they are careless about turning off water pipes. This
of course makes water less available for families, such as ours, who live
below. In general, those of a higher economic-status can afford three
hours of water daily, others as little as one and a half hours every three
days. The current president of Angangueo hopes to take underground water
from the mines where the elevation is lower. This could supply the families
in the lower neighborhoods. However, the local community is concerned
about the quality of that water. Water from the mines would require chemical
treatment and to follow, an increase in everyone's taxes."