One of the things that really shocked me the first time (10 1/2 years ago) that I visited Haiti was the tragedy of clean water. If I was at the orphanage and brushed my teeth with water from the faucet, I could plan on being sick in the bathroom for at least two days.
And that was in a relatively "upper class" area of Haiti.
I couldn't tell you the number of people in Haiti who are sick or die due to water borne illnesses. The last time that I heard the statistics, over 500,000 Haitians had gotten sick from cholera (a water borne illness) with over 7000 deaths - and that's in just over 3 years time.
To say that it's important that we keep the water supply at God's Littlest Angels clean and drinkable would be an understatement. The lives of our kids literally depends on it.
A couple of years ago, a company donated a substantial (aka large) water filtration system. That is doing a great job of filtering all of our water. But we have to bring it in by truck load. And the water we bring in isn't reliably available, is expensive and requires a LOT of filtering to get it clean.
As we are building our new facility, we are putting rain water cisterns under a number of our buildings (the picture is the cistern going in underneath our new school). These will help reduce the cost and increase the availability of water that we can then filter and provide for our children.
Contributions to this effort will provide opportunities for us to help the kids in Haiti and provide them with clean water for a long time.
Thank you for helping!
Thank you for your support of our ongoing effort to provide our kids and staff with clean water! We continue to make efforts to find clean drinking water and dig a well at Ft. Jacques (our new facility) but all the while we must continue to filter the water we do collect and truck in so that we can keep our kids healthy.
A couple of things that have happened lately:
1. We broke ground on the new school building. The school building will have a 60,000 gallon cistern underneath it and will be able to collect and store the rain water that comes off our big kid houses and off the school. This will save us significant costs in having water brought in by truck. However it will still need to be filtered.
2. We just obtained a donation of literally thousands of prepackaged bottles of formula. Why is that important to clean water? Because it is ready to serve, we won't have to use up precious clean water to mix the formula. That will save us probably 3,000 gallons of clean water over the next few months.
Thank you for your support of our kids. The need for clean water remains a very important and life saving priority!
We are heading into the rainy season in Haiti. What does that mean? That means a lot more water everywhere.
That's a good thing in that we can catch more of it in our cisterns to filter and use.
That's a bad thing in that flooding can make life difficult for those still living in tents.
It's a challenging thing in that additional water flooding the streams can make disease more prevalent and harder to combat.
So what does that mean for the orphanange?
It means that having clean water for our kids (when I originally wrote the project up, we had 110 kids, now we have 145) even more important.
It means that it is even more important that our kids have enough clean water to stay healthy.
The need is ongoing, we have more kids to provide for than we used to. Thank you for anything you can do to help us provide for the kids.
I was thinking about the best way that I can show you that you are making a difference for the children at God's Littlest Angels by helping to provide for the ongoing cost of clean water and I think I figured out that showing you is going to be a lot easier than telling you.
The attached pictures are evidence of the difference that you are making. Because of your help, GLA is able to provide these children with a loving environment that also keeps them safe from a wide variety of water born diseases. Is a lack of clean water the only reason that they came to GLA? Absolutely not. But I can guarantee you that without the support of people like you, we would not be able to provide them with the clean water they need and they would not be doing nearly as well as they are.
Thank you for caring about our kids, thank you for your help with providing them with clean water. They are smiling today because of you.
Thank you for your support of our efforts to make sure the orphans at God's Littlest Angels have clean water to drink. The health of so many of our children is extremely fragile when they come in our gates. Having clean water for them to drink, for our staff to cook with and for the nannies to mix formula with makes a huge difference in the lives and the health of the children. On a daily basis, you are helping the children at GLA live and grow healthy.
In most first world countries, getting clean water is not a big issue. In Haiti, it is literally a life and death battle and it is one that needs to be fought every single day. We have, on average, 17 water trucks delivering water every week. That means that most days, it's two to three trucks on that day. And then it all has to be run through our water filtration system - otherwise the water that gets delivered would make our children sick, many of them would get sick with illnesses that they would never recover from. By helping us provide clean water, you are saving lives in Haiti.
I'll continue to keep you informed on how our children are doing. We are working on a well project at our new orphanage site near Ft. Jacques Haiti so that we can get clean water more economically. I'll keep you informed on how that works. So far, the heavy heavy rock has been more than the drilling equipment in Haiti can handle and we haven't been able to get to water yet. That means that for the foreseeable future we're going to need to continue to bring water in by truck and then run it through our filtration system so that it is safe for our children.
Every day, clean water helps our kids have a chance at a life with a future. Thank you for being part of that.
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