Since moving further up the mountain to our permanent home it’s been a battle to have our regular water company travel the extra 25 minutes to deliver water to our new home for the older kids.
We have been taking down contact details of other water trucks we have seen in the area. After multiple phone calls and negotiations we contracted one of the other water companies to deliver us the water required. Though we must pay the extra transport fee for being further away. At 100$ a truck it is adding up, we are looking forward to the raining season.
Where is the Rain?
We have moved our oldest kids up to a newly build orphanage with the transitions going very smoothly with our kids back in routine with school and enjoying the large spaces they now have to play in both inside and out.
Our water collection tanks are getting low we rely heavily on rainwater, All our building roofs are set up for collection of rainwater. We have not seen the rain for almost two months now, Yes it’s the dry season however the average rainfall is down significantly over the last year.
It’s a dry and dusty land, we need rain!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
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.
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