Ouanaminthe (Jean Calvin) Primary School is located in the town of Cite Lapaiz in Nord-Est, Haiti. 400 students attend the school, and the proposed borehole well with hand pump will be able to serve 450, according to the World Health Organization.
Currently, there is no clean water access in this area. The water from this well is intended primarily for human consumption. People will collect water to care for their animals sometimes, but they will mostly use the water closer to their home which could be from a hand-dug well or surface water.
Regarding any conflict in the area, there are issues in the country of Haiti, but the conflict has not affected the work of our national team. We have stopped sending teams there but work is continuing.
The students must bring money with them each day to purchase water for the day from vendors or go looking for some. [They] never know if it’s clean water or contaminated and it’s costly. It is not uncommon for students to get Typhoid, cholera, or other waterborne illnesses from hand-dug wells and collecting water from open water sources. The younger kids have bloated bellies full of parasites. Money is spent on medical visits. The government is supposed to supply them with water, but it only comes every 3 months. The school latrine doesn’t have water to use, so the children must go behind the buildings or out into the wooded areas to relieve themselves. Women in the community must go in search of water daily too. Life is difficult.
LIVING WATERS INTERNATIONAL’S PROGRAM
Our program implementation through WASH Program Areas is unique in that it aims to bring lasting physical and spiritual development in communities through a multi-year program focused on specific regions, thoughtfully integrating and contextualizing principles of water access, sanitation, hygiene, church mobilization, gospel proclamation, and sustainability.
This will be a simple project, providing the school with a new borehole well and hand pump, plus hygiene training for the students.
SPECIFIC COSTS AND FUNDING INFORMATION
Total Project Cost: $5,000
Funding Requested from Ingomar Living Waters: $3500 – covering the labor and well-drilling expenses
Health and Hygiene Activity
WELL MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
Living Water International will provide training and backstopping support during the first 6 years until the local water committee and community have gather[ed] enough fees to build a reserve for funding future maintenance. Water users will pay small monthly water user fees by household, and these funds will be collected and managed by the water user committee for future repairs and maintenance of the system. The well-caregiver will be assigned and equipped to do the ongoing general care of the project.
Living Water employs a pastor within each country’s staff. Their purpose is to engage with the local churches/pastors/church members, speaking about unity, spiritual growth, and how to be health advocates within their communities. Bible storying training is coordinated within the WPA at several locations and outreach evangelism events such as the Jesus film, family activities with spiritual influence, or rallies to name a few. Bibles are given out to new believers or believers who do not have access to a bible in their own language. Other pastoral trainings or pastoral fellowship activities to unit Christians throughout the WPA in sharing the gospel and uplifting believers.
Once the children have access to a well at the school, they will have access to drinking water whenever they need it. The toilets will have access to water for daily use. Dignity restored. Women will collect the water near their homes, allowing them time to be with their children, plant gardens and potentially have a small business. They will no longer be spending money on medication for waterborne illnesses but instead, have extra income to buy food or other needs the family may have. Hope restored.
In the heart of the Cite Lapaix community, the local school struggled to access water. When their hand pump broke due to poor upkeep, the residents relied on a hand-dug well that was open to the elements. However, the water from this well was contaminated with dirt and debris, making it undrinkable. This desperate situation forced the students into a daily ritual of scrounging for money to purchase safe water from vendors. However, some students couldn’t afford to purchase water, so they resorted to risking their health and consuming water from the open well. Their precarious situation was further exacerbated by the absence of water in the school’s sanitary facilities, leaving them without defense against bacteria. One by one, many students fell ill as a result of the contaminated water. The diagnosis was alarming; typhoid and other waterborne illnesses were running rampant throughout the student population.
In the absence of access to safe water for handwashing, drinking, or even preparing food, a vicious cycle of sickness began to grip Jean Calvin School. The lack of basic sanitation facilities became a breeding ground for diseases, transforming the school premises into a precarious environment where sickness perpetually loomed. Without the means to wash their hands properly, students and staff inadvertently exposed themselves to a multitude of harmful pathogens every day. The school staff knew that having safe water at the school would halt their cycle of sickness.
When the school principal heard about Living Water’s work in the region, he felt hopeful for the first time in months. He reached out for assistance and invited the Living Water staff to visit the school and witness their desperate need for safe water. The staff found a united community ready to steward a new safe water source. They returned later with a drill rig to construct a brand-new well on the school grounds, one that the students could trust for years to come.
This hand pump is rusted beyond use, forcing the students to wander the wider region in search of water to drink.
Many times, they resort to dangerous surface water sources.
|Previous water source:
Main water collectors:
Depth of well:
33 m (108 ft)
Students and their family members gather at a sanitation and hygiene activity, where they learn how to prevent disease spread. The community members are now equipped with the knowledge to safeguard their health.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Mr. Jean Kerby is a 34-year-old teacher at Jean Calvin School. He shared the struggle his students faced: “We had a hand-dug well that was not sealed. We cannot drink the water. The children were obligated to bring money every day to get water from vendors or to use the outside well. Some children used to drink water from the open well, and they all became sick. They went to the hospital, and the doctor said they had typhoid. Then, they could not come to school for many days. We had a latrine block, but we did not have water, which made the latrines useless.”
He and his students look forward to having a safe water system they can trust: “We expect the situation will be changed because of this project. We will have plenty of water at the
school, and the children will not go outside to look for water.”
Ingomar Living Waters, safe water truly has changed everything for the Cite Lapaix community. Thanks to you, the school now has safe water in abundance right outside of their classrooms. The students no longer fear not having the water they need for daily life or becoming sick with waterborne diseases. Your gift has provided them with the means to escape reaction-based patterns of living and [to] pursue education and bright futures! Sustaining their new well has instilled hope and confidence in the community members. Your gift also serves as a reminder of God’s great love for each person in the community, evidence that He cares both for their physical and spiritual needs.
Thank you for giving water, for life, in Jesus’ name!
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