We are living in the mountain village of Kallikratis, Sfakia, Crete, Greece. Maybe you know it, coming by either through the gorge,the Kalikratiani, maybe you came by the road, newly done with asphalt..
Maybe you are a friend, having spent time here with us. Maybe you have seen the name on a map. Its a village, 750 meter above sealevel, traditionally connected with the villages of Patsianos, Frangokastello, Vouvas and Argoules..
Its a village without water. People here carry water everyday,from the coastal villages of Patsianos, Frangokastello, an hours journey one way, for their animals and for the absolute basics of human survival. There are no bathrooms, no water closets for the people here. No water for washing themselves, let alone for gardens, well- no water-
It is true, the village is only inhabited in summer, when people come up with their animals and families, from May to November. We are just 3 houses inhabited in the winter, from November to May.. but in the winter, there is no problem with water, as every house has a cistern. In the summer though, there is absolutely no water. And we are many families.. Amazingly, even in 2010, in Europe, there are still villages which have no water supply whatsoever..
Over the last decades few attempts have been made to solve this problem... there is some water above the village, they call it the 'acrid water', not fit for drinking, a water full of heavy minerals.. but even that water has not found the way to the village. Sometimes now, a truck comes with some cubic meters of water, fills it in a cistern full of mud. The shepherds get it for their animals...
Its quite amazing, that Sfakia promotes itself as a tourist destination, its beaches, its famous Samaria gorge.. while at the same time its original inhabitants, like the people of Kallikratis, do not even have a drop of water, live in a village, where they have no water supply whatsoever.
Well, we went to all the relevant authorities to find a solution, and they dug up the acrid water some years ago... but no results whatsoever. So now, we decided to take it into our own hands.. we privately paid for a drilling for water here in Kallikratis.. we drilled for 4 days, from 25 to 28th of August, we all had such hopes...we went down to 150 meters, and we did not find any water in the end- but we did what we could do ourselves here..
Have a look at our blog, where the story is documented...at www.wildherbsofcrete.blogspot.com .
So, now we really need to get the authorities involved, we need to file a demand.... WATER FOR KALLIKRATIS must become a priority for the Sfakian region, for the prefecture of Chania... We do not ask much, no luxury, no swimmingpools, no parkingplaces, no aspalt, no cement walkways, no subsidies...not even drinking water.
we just ask for a final solution for a basic watersupply, basic human need, for Kallikratis, a village in Sfakia, Crete, Greece, Europe...
The villagers have started a local petition, and signatures are being signed every minute. This online petition will support their demand, and hopefully press the relevant authorities finally to take action, to finally solve this basic problem.
Thank you, for supporting the basic needs of a whole forgotten village with your signature