Frequent hand washing, and controlled sanitary conditions are very difficult since 30% of the Navajo families still, to this day, have no running water or indoor plumbing. The water situation was somewhat alleviated in 2006 by a well dug at the Saint Bonaventure Mission, at the initiation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. At the time the engineers estimated ten years of water supply. We thank our Good God that the fourteen-year-old well still pours out the precious liquid which is trucked to 100’s of families. Navajo Darlene Arviso, the Water Lady, drives the yellow tanker truck that brings water from this well to two hundred and fifty families once a month.* Sisters Marietta, Natalie, and Diane along with Sheila Callahan and Ann Mary Miller collectively worked with the Navajo people for a total of fifty-five years. Even today the connection continues through Notre Dame Mission Volunteers as initiated by Sister Kathleen O’Brien 25 years ago continues to be present to the Navajo people. Please remember and pray for our sisters and brothers as they address the water issues and so many other challenges during this difficult time.
* This eight minute video from CBS Sunday is well worth a viewing. https://youtu.be/hk8Rm9EsET4. It shares the story of the continuing need for water for the Navajo people and features Darlene Arviso, the incredible Water Lady and the water truck from Saint Bonaventure.