Spain ends humanitarian project benefiting 26,000 Guatemalans

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Spain culminated this week a humanitarian project that supplied water with tanker trucks during the last seven months to more than 26,000 people in Guatemala City, a diplomatic source detailed this Wednesday.

The campaign, in charge of the Spanish Cooperation in Guatemala and the Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), began in May and ended this week after delivering “a total of 956,000 gallons of water,” according to a statement from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).

The program culminated on Monday with the delivery of drinking water to 80 families from a neighborhood west of the country’s capital, in an activity with the participation of the Spanish ambassador to Guatemala, José María Laviña.

Donating water to Guatemalan families is “part of the response strategy to the emergency caused by COVID-19 that Spain has been supporting through the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation,” the press release stated.

Before the activity, Laviña had a meeting with the mayor of Guatemala City, Ricardo Quiñónez, to “dialogue on achievements and challenges in terms of cooperation”.

The water was provided as a donation for needy families in recent months in several municipalities in the country’s capital, including Amatitlán, Santa Catarina Pinula, Mixco, Villa Canales and Villa Nueva.

The delivery of the liquid was made through 298 pipes from the Municipal Water Company (Empagua).

According to data from the Municipality of Guatemala released by IUCN, the production of water in the city between 2018 and 2019 was 4 cubic meters per second, while the demand was 6.5 cubic meters per second, so there is a deficit in the city.

About 20% of Guatemalans have access to drinking water problems, according to experts.

Laviña arrived in Guatemala in September as the new ambassador to replace his predecessor, Alfonso Portabales, in office since 2015.

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