Water Well Driling

 

In many areas of Haiti, people walk long distance to gain access to a water well or a water station. For women and children, carrying a five gallon buckets weighing close to 50 pounds on their head when full is the common and only way for them to transport water for their home and family.

 

This problem affects around 70% of the population in the regions outside of Port-au-Prince, while the capital city faces its own water crisis due to the enormous population boom. The public water system in Port-au-Prince is unable to provide water to all the areas of the city due to a lack of infrastructure. Due to this issue, new water well construction and maintenance programs are needed to supply the communities with life-giving clean water.

METHOD

LOCATIONS

We select locations based on geography and assessments of need. We also consider the potential for building strong Christian relationships with the community leaders. The risk of overlap with the work of other organizations and availability of spare parts may severely slow services to stressed areas. Additionally, a community's willingness to participate is important, since strong programs require buy-in and the population participation to sustain water points over time.  Additionally, a sponsor who identifies an emergent need, may request a priority work order to quickly assist the particular region. 

COST

There’s more to a project than cement, pipes and pumps. Costs include salaries for labors, assessments and community organizing and training. Non-infrastructure makes it take longer to transport materials to where they are needed over rough terrain and roads. In Haiti, supplies cost about twice their price in US costs because everything has to be imported. All of these situations make fifty five hundreds dollars the average cost to drill a water well in Port-au-Prince areas.

SPONSORING | FUNDING

Any organization, church groups or even individuals can sponsor a community water well with and through us. The crucial poverty range and unemployment rate of the population (where about 78% live under poverty line) makes the communities unable to respond to their daily basic needs including getting the most essential element in life which is water. That’s why organizations, church groups and even individual’s support plays the most important part in the execution of community projects.

RESULTS

Organizations, church groups or individuals that sponsor a water well are eligible to have their name placed and tag on the well after completion of the project. Updates and pictures of the wells with information including GPS coordinates will be sent to the sponsor to ensure them that the funds have been invested responsibly and where they have been utilized. Future updates and pictures are forwarded upon request ensuring that their investments have been properly used and that progress is the intended result.