The TOOTHY SMILE of a young girl pumping fresh water
In Sterling, Haiti, a school of 150 students has used an open well for the past 50 years. Over time, the well builds a layer of trash and mud on top of the water, contaminating it. Haiti Water Project (HWP) cleaned out the well, purified the water, covered the top, and installed a hand-pump. Contaminates can no longer enter the well and the hand-pump makes it easy for students to get water, encouraging them to drink more and to wash their hands at the new hand washing station. The school director responded, “Thank you for this important work. The community and the country need this information and water.”
The PROUD LOOK of a compassionate pastor donating his land to the church
The small community of Boutin sits in desert-like flatlands and water is scarce. The closest source of water pours from an open gray pipe along the road nearly an hour’s walk away. The Nazarene church and school tried digging a well by hand, but found saltwater. The pastor was able to find good water on his land nearby, but does not have the resources to drill a well. In an effort to ensure wells will be maintained and stay open to the entire community, HWP only drills on Nazarene-owned land. Pastor Oriental’s response? “Water is life. Where there is no water, there is no life. I will gladly give land to the church so that our people can have water.”
The GRATEFUL HUG to a mother pouring safe water to her daughter
Hatte Grand-Mont sits in the cholera stricken Artibonite Valley. Residents were facing the epidemic alone. Families retrieved their drinking water from a spring at the nearest river, but the river was contaminated and many had fallen ill. HWP was able to drill a well to provide a source of safe water and stand in solidarity in the fight against cholera. The water committee said, “We thank God for this project and we appreciate HWP doing their best to help us get clean water.”
Without your support, Haiti Water Project would not have been able to provide clean water and the smiles, pride, and hugs would never have been shared. Your giving allowed us to nearly triple the number of wells and cisterns we provided last year. HWP also started a new educational program to promote hand washing, a vital component to prevent the spread of disease.
Piard Alcegaire, of HWP, expressed our gratitude eloquently, “We will appreciate forever, dear partners, your precious collaborations and donations because without them HWP won’t be able to progress. Hand in hand, little by little, the great need for drinking water will be relieved.” Thank you for taking our hand, standing next to the Haitian people, and compassionately reaching out to those in need with a cup of clean water.
In His love,
Haiti Water Project Team