Water is life’s most basic need.
In the United States, we often take water for granted. Here, we can turn on our faucets at anytime, and clean water just runs out whenever we need it – whether it’s for showering, cleaning, cooking or drinking. But, in developing countries, like Haiti, there are communities where no one has running water. Communities like Grand-Bois have little safe water for drinking, let alone showering or cleaning. Even agriculture is affected because the water used for irrigation is not always safe to use on growing food. Without water, everything suffers.
- Contaminated water causes infections and disease.
- Rises in disease and infection increases health care costs.
- Children have little to no access to an education since time spent collecting water is time away from school.
- Families earn less overall because time spent collecting water is time away from work.
Gift of Water (GOW) Filtration Systems:
Access to clean water means more lives are saved, health care costs are lower, less families are impoverished and more children have access to an education. We believe access to water is a human right. But, in Grand-Bois people live without this basic human right. There’s no indoor plumbing, no municipal water supply, no wells and no electricity to pump water. Families collect water in buckets from streams, lakes, springs or cisterns –water that’s often contaminated and swarming with germs. To help change lives, ServeHAITI is currently sponsoring a point-of-use water filtration program under the direction of Gift of Water. Gift of Water provides bucket-based water filtration systems and trains technicians who monitor water quality and proper operation of the units. ServeHAITI is striving to make a difference in Grand-Bois with sustainable water programs. Over 5,000 Gift of Water buckets have been distributed to date, providing safe drinking water to over 45,000 Haitians.
Not only does ServeHAITI assist in water purification efforts, but we know that water accessibility needs to be addressed. Collaboration between Atlanta and Iowa volunteers and donors has helped introduce several new water wells to Grand-Bois. As of July 2015, two new drilling sites have been identified in Zorange and Lamothe, but we are still waiting to find a well driller that will travel to these locations. In November of 2015, we were able to find water in an area called Jakace. This well is now providing more than 200 families clean drinking water! While we celebrate this victory in Jakace, there are still many areas that lack clean water. The biggest challenge is getting the rig to the regions that need it most. The road is narrow, treacherous, and sometimes completely obstructed by boulders. If we can make the necessary repairs to the road, we hope to complete many more proposed wells. ServeHAITI is currently working with contractors to identify rigs and access roads capable of approaching the sites. These wells will increase the distribution of water to the area, providing local Haitians much needed drinking, cooking, and cleaning water. After completing the well in Kamac, and seeing the immediate benefit to the locals and those whom previously walked countless hours for water, Dr. Leo wrote: “Dear ServeHAITI members in the States:
You can make a difference too.
How You Can Help the Water Program
Give a donation toward the purchase of point-of-use water filtration units. $50 covers the cost of one filtration system plus maintenance support for 5 years. Donate Now!
Sponsor a well. Water is hard to find. ServeHAITI digs wells to help reduce the time and effort it takes to locate water sources. Each well costs about $15,000. Churches, groups and individuals can contact Danny Ritt at firstname.lastname@example.org about sponsoring a well. Take Action Now!
Lend your expertise. Join the water committee based in the United States. This group comprises experts in community health, engineering, well construction, water works and other specialties that oversee the water program in Haiti. Take Action Now!