Walter Alexander Lopez Dolmus started working at Amigos for Christ when he was 17 years old. As the warehouse boy, Walter ensured that all of the Amigos supplies were checked out and returned as needed each day. Shovels, pickaxes and cement were carefully tallied and marked. Walter has come a long way since his days in the warehouse. As the years passed, he earned a degree in Community Social Development. He has worked on various teams within Amigos, making his way up the ranks. Walter currently works on the Strategy and Innovation Team, and he, along with his team, are playing a huge role in reaching Amigos’ newest dream: Water for Chinandega.
So what is it Water for Chinandega? Amigos has set a goal to supply running water and a modern bathroom for every family, in every community, in the department of Chinandega. We believe that this is a basic human right.
Yes, you read that right.
Every Single Community.
Every Single Family.
As a definition of an understatement, we will state the obvious – this is a vast undertaking, but one that will dramatically alter the fabric of this area. The Amigos Plan 7 is still the best model, and we are committed to implementing this in every possible community. However, the reality is that what people need NOW, is water and basic sanitation. Water for Chinandega is a smaller partnership with communities that facilitates faster results so that families do not have to wait.
So why this and why now?
When asked Walter what is the one thing he wished people knew about this project in the USA, his answer was elegant:
When asked what is the one thing he wished people knew about this project here in his own country, he was just as honest. “We can ALL do something. Sometimes we have limited thinking- we believe we don’t have the resources to change things. But we can help in small ways that, added together, turn into big ways. We can dig with communities and use our talents here to change things. This is what I am doing. I call to action others.”
“I love my job, especially getting to know families, and seeing the spark in them … when they realize that they can be a partner in this process and change their lives.”
If you didn’t know this, big dreams require big doses of hope and people who are dedicated to changing their worlds. People like Walter in Amigos dream big. God loves it when we dream big. He loves to show us what He can do and what WE can do when we jump in and join Him on this crazy ride of life.
So, our dream is water for all. A dignified bathroom for all.
We can’t wait to see how God surprises us and all of Chinandega in the next 10 years.