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A bucket for water

Indonesia, March 11, 2011

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    Iswanto JA/Mercy Corps  </span>
    Our emergency response team has been distributing buckets, hygiene items and other supplies to tsunami-affected families living on Indonesia's Mentawai Islands. Photo: Iswanto JA/Mercy Corps

Recently, the Mercy Corps Indonesia emergency response team distributed plastic water buckets in Muntei and Baru-baru sub-villages in Betumonga Village, Pagai Utara. Much of the road is pot-holed, and the bridges that connect the road from Sikakap to the villages were destroyed in the tsunami. Our team used local fishing boats to get to the sub-villages.

As we arrived in the village of Muntei, the rain started falling.

"Wow, this bucket is just perfect…and right on time because of the rain now. We can use this bucket to harvest rain water to use in our homes," said a middle-aged mother while receiving the bucket.

“Mercy Corps, this is the exact bucket we need for water collection. Surak Sabeu (thank you),’" she said.