Ba Bwapen Kaw, Haiti
In the community of Ba Bwapen Kaw, collecting water was a tremendous challenge. Every day, community members, including children, traveled long distances for water. This water is essential for drinking, cooking, and maintaining basic hygiene practices such as bathing and washing hands. Unfortunately, there were days when they came back empty-handed, unable to find enough water for a single bath. This scarcity made it very difficult for residents to maintain good hygiene and stay healthy, as proper hygiene is a crucial defense against diseases and infections.
The hardships the Ba Bwapen Kaw community faced due to this water crisis had profound consequences. Without reliable access to water, the community was vulnerable to the spread of diseases due to the lack of hygiene. The long journeys to gather water also exposed residents to various risks and dangers, making their daily lives perilous. One heartbreaking incident highlighted the severity of the water crisis. A young child from the community, carrying a bucket, went on an arduous walk to collect water. Tragically, the child stumbled during the long trek, resulting in the bucket breaking and the child suffering severe damage to one hand. Such unfortunate accidents underscore the dangers the community, especially the children, face in their relentless quest for water.
Community leaders recognized that a solution to this dire water crisis was needed so that community members could have easy and reliable access to safe water. When they heard about our work in the area, they immediately reached out for help. Our team responded by rehabilitating the existing borehole and installing a new hand pump. Finally, because of your gift, the Ba Bwapen Kaw community had access to safe water!
Joseph Jean Soule, a 52-year-old teacher in Ba Bwapen Kaw, shared his community’s story of transformation: “It was a great difficulty to get water. Sometimes, we did not find water at all. Once, one of my kids went out to gather water for the day. He fell, broke the bucket, and sustained serious damage on one hand.” Now, Joseph is relieved about the many benefits of safe water to the community. The lives of his students and their families in the community will improve greatly. He said, “[The renewed access to safe water] is a big satisfaction. The situation will be better. We are very pleased.”