We just wanted to let you know whats going on in Haiti this summer.
We are super excited that we have installed 24 new filters this quarter and followed up on several communities. Part of the development of our staff is practicing education, especially when families who have received a filter are having issues or are not using the filter correctly. Junnot identified some filters this month that needed to be cleaned and re-educated family members on safe use. This sometimes happens when many family members live in one household or if the person who was previously in charge of the filter is away at work. We are super proud that we are at a place that our staff can not only identify problems, but also fix them without the help of any of our outside staff or volunteers!
We also have done some maintenance on some of our Water Houses. We had a faulty wiring issue as well as a pump issue and it was really cool to see our staff not only fixing these issues but teaching community guides and other Haitians about our systems and problems that can arise. With Chelo's help, one of his neighbors helped identify the wiring issue while testing the pump at Chelo's compound. We believe this kind of leadership and education for communities and families is exactly why our Haitian staff are so special and so critical to what we do.
Besides that, we are gearing up to do some new Water House projects and excited to engage new communities in similar ways!
Thank you so much for your support of this important work and for recognizing the value of our staff like we do!
Just wanted to give you an update on what's happening at Poured Out with our amazing Haitian staff. On our last trip to Haiti in April 2023 we took down more supplies for our staff to complete another Water House all on their own! This one is being installed at a new clinic that Chelo built! Chelo saw a need in this mountain community for basic healthcare and saved up money from working at Poured Out and selling land to build the clinic. He then asked Poured Out to help him get clean water to the area! The Water House is quite the challenge since the water source is over 300 feet from the clinic itself but the team successfully built it all on the training they learned over the last few years!
We have also recently enlisted them in the hard work of finding equipment to install our systems that is easily located in Haiti. We are having increasing challenges with being able to take equipment from the US to Haiti and so we left lists with different parts for them to find ways to install Water Houses completely without the aid of supplies from the US as well. This is a huge undertaking, but one that we fully trust the team is capable of because of their training, competence, and passion for the work. In the midst of many struggles, they continue to serve in amazing ways.
We will keep you updated with all that our staff is up to in the coming months. Thank you for your support of our staff! They really make us work!
Thanks for your support of our development and training program. This continues to be an ongoing program to support our Haitian staff in learning about all our water systems and manage them on their own!
This month we were able to support two staff members virtually while they did maintenance on our Water Houses! One is Renaldo, who is our newest member and needs the most continued training. He was able to do a well clean out and change filters. This was a learning experience for both of us because this was our first well that needed this type of care. We did alot of googling and phone calls but we were able to get this system up and running again in a few days and the community is so grateful! Our second staff member, Chelo, was able to do some maintenance on his own this week including changing out a leaking piece of pipe. He did all the troubleshooting on his own and we were so excited to see the development we have already put into him the last year really pay off!
You can check out a few pictures from the systems on this report and thank you again for supporting this important endeavor!
As you know we have been transitioning our Haitian Staff to be able to complete Water Houses on their own. Our most recent challenge in that transition has been getting supplies to Haiti. We are unable to travel as an American staff as frequently, which is also one of the reasons for the training, and therefore we don't have supplies there to do more Water Houses. This month we are doing a trial run on shipping filters to Haiti to gauge cost, timeframe, safety, and feasibility in the unpredictable environment that is Haiti. If it goes well and costs remain less than compared to American staff traveling, we will move forward with shipping an entire system worth of equipment and give our staff an opportunity to do a Water House on their own from start to finish without any American staff present.
This would be a big step forward in the communities we would be able to reach with clean water! We are very excited about this chance to make a bigger impact and thank you for your support through this project!
We have some really exciting updates on the Haitian staff training front! Our American staff was able to travel to Haiti in April and spend two weeks training our Haitian staff to complete a WaterHouse installation all on their own!
They have been trained to do maintenance and filter changes but the heavy set up work has only been observed so far. We did one WaterHouse installation where our team observed, asked questions, and we did some intense teaching. Then we did a second system where our team did the entire installation themselves. We were available for questions and problem solving but overall we were hardly needed!
Our team did an amazing job and we are ready for them to take over this BIG task and reach more communities because of it!
Check out a few photos from the trip below. And thank you for your support of our team development!
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