Children
 Haiti
Project #9174

Clean Water for Haitian Orphans

by God's Littlest Angels Inc
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Miss D. loves water and is so photogenic!
Miss D. loves water and is so photogenic!

Water is precious in Haiti.  We conserve every drop but sometimes when it's hot and humid and spirits are low, a pool party is what lifts the spirits of the children and makes the day a good one!

Most children have access to a bathtub.  So even when you cannot go to the pool, you can take a bath and pretend you are in an olympic size pool just floating in the water!  But in Haiti, bathtubs are not common.  The children do not know what it is to go under water and let it drip off their bodies to help them cool off in the summer heat.

Occasionally, we blow up our plastic pools and put some water in them and let the children play!  They love laying back and just enjoying the coolness of the water running across their bodies.  They play with their friends and make up games to play.

Yes, water is precious and we need it to drink and bath, but sometimes we just need to lay back and enjoy a few hours of cool, refreshing water to refresh our spirits and make us appreciate God's gift to us through the rain He sends...

To be able to lay down in the water is a treat!
To be able to lay down in the water is a treat!
Loving the water and playing with his friends!
Loving the water and playing with his friends!
Racing across the pool!
Racing across the pool!
how refreshing water can be!
how refreshing water can be!
Friends and a pool party!
Friends and a pool party!

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One of the orphanage children loving the water.
One of the orphanage children loving the water.

For the last few months, we had rain daily which helped fill our cisterns with water.  All new buildings at GLA have large holding cisterns for the water that comes off the roofs during the rainy season.  You would be surprised at the amount of water you can collect from a two hour rain! Hopefully as we build more water cisterns, we will have to buy less water for drinking and bathing.

Unfortunately, the rainy season is mostly finished for now.  We still receive occasional rain but not daily like we were getting last month.  In the Caribbean during hurricaine season which is April through October, we can get rain any day but usually April and May and September and October are the main months for rain. 

Because we were able to save more water during April and May, the children were able to have pool days on the balcony and find some relief from the high Caribbean temperatures.  The children love to splash and get wet all over.  Even when bathing, most times the children take baths out of small buckets, so getting in a small blow-up swimming pool is a huge treat to them!

Thank you so much for supporting the Clean Water for Haitian Orphans Project.  Without your help, clean water for the children would be difficult to provide.

Claudette laying back and enjoying the pool!
Claudette laying back and enjoying the pool!
actually sitting in water!  Whoo Hoo!
actually sitting in water! Whoo Hoo!
Look at me!  I
Look at me! I'm in the water!

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We are heading into the rainy season in Haiti.   What does that mean?  That means more water everywhere. That’s a good thing in that we can catch more of it in our cisterns to filter and use.

The water we catch and buy is used in many different ways around the orphanage to keep our children staying healthy.

Some of the ways the water is used an the orphanage

 

-       Drinking

-       Bathing our children

-       Cooking food for the children

-       Cleaning the children living environment

-       In our NICU mixed with formula for our sick babies.

-       Doing our children laundry

 

The need is ongoing, thank you for anything you can do to help us provide for the kids.

During the rainy season
During the rainy season

Here at GLA we are in the process of building our own facilities up on the mountain,  each building that we build has a water storage built  underneath.

At the moment we have the capability of storing approximately 90,000 gallons of rain water, during the rain season that water we have in storage allows is not to have to purchase truck loads of water. 

 

During the dry season without the consistent topping up of our water tanks we are forced to buy water by the truckload. We are now in the dry season and this means having to find several thousand dollars weekly to pay for the water.

 

Thanks for your ongoing support in helping to provide water for our kids. 

During the dryseason
During the dryseason
The dry land
The dry land

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After 3 days of rain - Site of the new main house
After 3 days of rain - Site of the new main house

This time of year we are blessed to have a steady flow of rain, which equals a steady water supply for those of us who are living up at the new property. When building on the new property we focused very heavily on water catchment and collection we have over 100,000 gallons of water storage capacity.   

 Over the last month, our water bill has gone down slightly however we have had a wave of failed equipment and power that we rely on to move our water so it flows out of our taps.  

We would greatly appreciate any donations that can help cover the cost of our equipment needed to continue to keep our clean water flowing. Thank you for you’re on going commitment to God's Littlest Angels.

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God's Littlest Angels Inc

Location: Colorado Springs, CO - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.glahaiti.org/​
Project Leader:
Dixie Bickle
Colorado Springs, Colorado United States

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