Our 25th deep water well is underway in the community of Chaupisuyu, Bolivia. Chaupisuyu, population of about 600 people, lies in the moderately high Andes at an altitude of approximately 8,000 feet above sea level. Essentially all of its residents are Quechua-speaking subsistence farmers, and have waited for nearly two years for their well to be next in line on our long waiting list of requests.
All Mano a Mano projects begin with a partnership agreement that define contributions and assignments. Once Mano a Mano Nuevo Mundo engineers and Chaupisuyu farmers agreed on the well site, farmers began to measure and clear it of brush and debris.
The drilling process has begun in earnest, which should take about a month to complete. Nuevo Mundo staff prepared the residents of this community to expect drilling to start during the summer. However, as any of them would have told us, that will happen only when “Dios quiere” – when God wants it to happen. We’re grateful that, after a four-month delay to overhaul the engine, we’re back on track.
As of January 5th, the drill has reached a depth of 80 feet. Farmers, confident that their well will yield “sweet” water, prepared for their traditional “koa” ceremony, the burning of incense as both an expression of gratitude and a plea for bountiful, fresh water.
Learn More About Mano a Mano Water Projects
- Laguna Sulti Reservoir Filling with Water – After a Very Dry 2023 (January 2024)
- Thank You For a Busy and Successful 2023!
- Traveling to Peru For Well-Drilling Parts – to Be Able to Complete Water Projects in Bolivia
- Dedicating a Deep Water Well in Villa Rosario, Bolivia (September 2023)
- Dedicating a New Water Well in Islas Malvinas, Bolivia (May 2023)
- Dedicating the Mamanaca Water Well on March 14th, 2023
- Celebrating 15 Years of Laguna Sulty Reservoir and Progress on Mano a Mano Airport in Punata (May 2023)