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During the recent deployment to aid victims of the Chiapas Earthquake in Mexico Disaster Aid members Helene Bo Morse and Peter Newton visited the Town of Nueva Palestina.

The town had been identified by our hosts the Rotary Club of  Gutierrez as needing assistance to get safe water.

The town has a population of 8691 persons, including 4990 children living in 1952 dwellings.

Almost all of the local population is indigenous with 34% of the population speaks one of the indigenous languages, but not Spanish.

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A secure site was identified at the local Church Capilla Santa Maria Guadalupe by our interpreter Rocio Cruz Garcia

The local  parish priest Luis Eduardo Beltran was happy to give us permmission to install the skyhydrant and agree to access for the townspeople can access the water for their personal use.

A nominal charge was agreed with local residents to employ a  person to ensure regular maintenance.

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