Today is World Water Day and a perfect opportunity to celebrate the 70+ HWP water projects providing clean water to communities in Haiti. Children are often the ones given the task of carrying water and often the ones to fall ill from contaminates in the water, and they are also often the biggest beneficiaries of clean water resources. Children at Martissant are one example.
Before the HWP well was drilled in 2009, their options were to either purchase small packets of water from street vendors or risk illness from contaminates in available free water sources. Now there is a well on the property of a Nazarene church and school open to the community. One teacher from the school said, “Thank you for this. Students now drink more water throughout the day because they can just walk outside to the well. Before, they had to buy the water or they just wouldn’t have water to drink.”
Not only are students able to avoid contaminates found in other nearby sources of free water, they are also more prepared to learn. The human body is made up of about 60 percent water and the brain is composed of 70 percent water. Without enough water, the body functions poorly and learning is difficult.
Along with health, wells also provide time for children. When a young girl at the well in Martissant was asked what she does with her extra time now that she doesn’t have to spend hours of her day walking for water, she answered shyly, “Well…I can do my homework now and when I come to the church to get water, I can play with my friends.”
Stories like this can be found across the country and with your help, the Haiti Water Project will be able to provide more communities with clean water resources in the years to come. The recent earthquake has further strained the already extremely limited resources in Haiti. Clean water is one of the most basic resources children need. This World Water Day let’s celebrate children and decide to do our part to provide water resources that allow children to spend their time worrying about other things–things like homework and playing.