Bois-de-Lance, located in about 150 km driving distance of Port-Au-Prince, the capital city of the Republic of Haiti, is a tiny community in Pichon, the 6th communal section of Belle-Anse, a commune in the Southeast department. Its lack of road and mountainous terrain requires a four wheel truck to get there.
Joblessness rates in Haiti are around 40% and it is no different in Bois-de-Lance, even though some of the inhabitants grow beans, corn and most of them are retailers and practice breeding. This leaves families with hard decisions to make when determining how to afford basic needs like food, water, and their children’s education.
At the end of 2013 the Haiti Water Project by NCM has implemented the water project which is providing water (two water points) to the Bois-de-Lance community. This is done by connecting the pipe to the main pipe feeding by the spring capping in the mountain of Cascade Pichon.
Before Haiti Water Project was able to implement the water project in Bois-de-Lance, residents had a lot of difficulties such as:
- They used to get water from a spring for laundry, cooking, etc. Nearby people used to openly defecate;
- For drinking, they used to get water from a water point located in about twenty minutes walking distance. But the problem was, after work when they get back home tired, late in the afternoon and there is no water, because of the distance they unfortunately spent the night out of water, which is difficult for them.
- Students, instead of doing homework, spend some of their time to walk to get water.
- There where cholera cases in Bois-de-Lance.
Now the water project is a great advantage for many reasons:
- Now people are able to walk just a few minutes to get water from the water points.
- More than 500 people get water daily from both water points. And they use the water for drinking, cooking, laundry, watering garden, construction, etc. And one of the greatest thing, church members in Bois-de-Lance said in the past they used to have difficulty for water when they host missionaries, now the water project brings the solution.
- People get a relief from getting water, even for laundry, from the spring where people used to open defecate nearby.
- Students can set more time to do homework because the water points are closer.
- As you know, water is life. The water points are providing clean water to people in Bois-de-Lance. There is no concern about cholera.
- People from even Bel-Air, the 5th communal section in Belle-Anse, Nan-Loulou, Boucan-Negre, Ka-Dubois, Grand-Ravine, Camelon, etc. are getting water from the water points.
- This water project is not only providing clean water to people, but it’s also being used as an outreach tool for promoting the gospel to the people in Bois-de-Lance. It is like a bridge, which draws people to the church. A man recently accepted Jesus as his Savior. He testified that he came to the Bois-de-Lance Nazarene church because he got to understand God, and because of that he started to dislike the ways of his old denomination, since his father was engaged in voodoo. He also sees the way that the Nazarene denomination is working in the community through the Bois-de-Lance church; so the water project is a blatant example.
Other people who were interviewed confirm that even though they don’t accept Jesus as their Savior yet, whenever they will decide to do so, they will go to the Bois-de-Lance Nazarene church because of the way that Nazarene denomination is working in the community.
Students, retailers, planters, the Nazarene pastor, church members and other people in the community are taking great interest in the water project. This is the ONE providing clean water in Bois-de-Lance.
The people have said that they want to contribute, no matter what it takes, for repairing the water system whenever it would break down. So they agreed to form a water committee and set a plan to get some monthly fees per family.
The Bois-de-Lance Nazarene pastor, the church committee, the members and people in the Bois-de-Lance community said, “We won’t be able to reward donors for this helpful water project because we do not have money and gold; however we won’t stop praying that God bless them abundantly.”