WATER STATIONS

NEWS FOR June 29, 2015

Dear Friends,


 

The mission statement of the South Texas Human Rights Center is to end death and suffering among migrant border crossers through community initiatives.  The placement of water stations in the desert is the main way that the STHRC and its volunteers attempt to prevent death.

 

A complete water station placed on an access road.
  • It takes $50 to build a water station.
  • The goal is to place 100 water stations in and around Brooks County.
  • Today 80 stations are in place because of wonderful volunteers!
Ryan, Justin and Amanda from UINDY prepare flag poles for water stations.

 

Since March 2015, we have been tracking water station data.  We are in need of a full time volunteer to take over this work.  To prepare, place, repair, fill, and maintain records/maps of the water stations is an important but time consuming task.

 

Bluffton College students help to prepare flags for water stations.
  • Each station needs to be visited once a week during summer.
  • This past week, 61 water jugs were taken from the water stations.
  • Water is taken most frequently from stations located on ranches.
Jake, Roman and Sherri pound in a stake for the flag poles..


 

A frequently asked question is whether or not I have ever met a border crosser at a water station.  I have not.  However, there has been evidence that border crossers have found our stations.  Near one station in a shaded resting spot we found a baby bottle and clothing.  At another barrel, our one-gallon water jugs were replaced by four darkened and used water jugs.


 

Darkening the jugs makes them less reflective of light. Each one had a name inscribed on it.

 

We have had some vandalism of stations or calls to the sheriff to request that we take them down.  A few are knocked down and we rebuild them (three this week). I believe that the majority of persons are in favor of having the water stations in place.  

 

At this station we found only 4 slit water jugs. All of the pieces of the station were stolen.

 

You never know who you are going to meet at a water station.  Roman and I were checking a route and we noticed that a van had stopped and two persons were approaching the very same water station we were approaching (in the middle of nowhere no less).  As it turned out the man was Lic. Juan Jos? Rodr?guez Alvarado, Director General of the Mexican State of Tamaulipas and the National Coordinator of CONOFAM, and his assistant, both of whom were on their way to a meeting with some Consulates when they started seeing the water stations.  Their curiosity won and they got out to look.  They were delighted with our work and couldn't wait to share their pictures at their meeting.

 

A meeting that only God could plan!
  • We have five routes to tend the water stations.
  • Just to get to our farthest station takes 70 minutes driving at 70 mph.

Most water stations are on access roads (roads between ranch fences).  We hope that more and more ranchers will allow water stations to be placed on their properties. 

 

Special thanks to each one who has helped in any way to build or fill a water station!

 

Thank you for your support and prayers.

Sr. Pam

 

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Pins mark water stations.
Pins mark water stations.