Land has been purchased in Fort Jacques where a new orphanage will be built for the children. A multi-stage plan is underway to build an orphanage large enough to house all of the children from newborn to our oldest kids. The new facility will include the orphanage, pharmacy, classrooms, playrooms, guesthouse and volunteer quarters, office and storage complex, and homes for the staff.
The first phase of building is almost completed. The toddler houses are up and the school house is finished. We are very excited that we are able to move the older children to their new homes on by the 1st of December!
How does this effect our water use?
As of now we pay $ 60 USD per truck load of water with the new property further up the mountain we are charged a higher rate of $70 due to the extra travel cost. Since we live in the mountains, it has proved impossible to drill a well for water so all water must be bought and then brought by truck to the orphanage.
So more than ever we need your help with our water bill.
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Rainy Season Over
With the raining season behind us and summer in full swing our water truck deliveries are back on the on the rise. Over the four properties we average about 50 trucks a month. That water covers not only drinking but the precious water is used for cooking, making formula for our sickest malnourished children, laundry, and keeping the orphanage clean.
We have added some new photos with this update showing the chain of people it takes to get the water from a truck to the children. It all starts with a honk of the water truck’s horn as they arrive at the gate, hoses rolled out, and pumps running loudly while our water tanks are filled. The water then goes through our filtration system, bottled, and taken to the designated areas for drinking, where igloos are filled for the older children and bottles filled our babies.
The challenge of clean water doesn't get any easier.
The cost of living in Haiti keeps going up.
The equipment necessary to drill a well on our property and drill one deep enough and through hard rocks barely exists.
By barely exists, I mean that in the entire country - of a population of around 9 million people - there is only one drill that can drill that deep. When that drill bit breaks, when that equipment malfunctions there is no back up plan. They have to ship another one in from the United States.
So, while that effort is continuing to attempt to move forward, we have made some structural changes to the design plan of our property to significantly increase the rainwater run off collection. Rain water will be a significant part of our efforts to reduce the cost and increase the quality of the water that we have available.
We have one cistern built under one of our toddler houses and have another one under construction underneath our school building. In addition to that, there are rainwater collection systems going in on all of the roofs and many of the driveways to enable collection of the rainwater to help defer the cost of water.
No, we are not going to be drinking the rainwater directly but using it to avoid having to buy truckloads of water. Either way, we will be running the water through our filtration system.
The funds that are collected are going to be used for two things - to help continue to attempt to put a well in on the property and to enhance and complete a rainwater collection system that will be a substantial assistance in obtaining a less expensive and cleaner source of water.
Thank you for your support of our efforts to provide clean water for the kids at GLA.
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!
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