Papa Andre, Haiti
In the community of Papa Andre, an escalating water crisis threatened the livelihood of the residents. The community relied on a single well as their primary water source and was engulfed in numerous health challenges. This well, essential to daily life, had never been cleaned through shock chlorination. It had become a breeding ground for waterborne diseases, causing health issues such as skin illnesses, diarrhea, and typhoid fever. The deteriorating situation loomed over the community, making the already challenging lives of the people even more strenuous.
Women and children, who are traditionally responsible for collecting water, were primarily affected by the dysfunctional state of the well. The old hand pump had ceased functioning, leaving the community in despair. Women had to grapple with the overwhelming task of collecting water from distant and often unreliable sources, thus exposing themselves to further risks and vulnerabilities. Children often had to help their families gather water, which took valuable time from their education and personal development.
The severity of the water crisis in Papa Andre had community leaders searching for a solution. When they heard of our work in the region, they reached out for help. Our team responded by surveying the situation. The staff determined that rehabilitating their old well was the best solution, so they cleaned the well, treated it with shock chlorination, repaired the existing borehole, and installed a new hand pump. Papa Andre had found a solution to their water woes and now had access to a reliable, safe water source!
Saintilbert Dieudonné, a resident, shared his community’s story of transformation: “The situation was very bad. This water source is the life of the community. The community was sick. The well had never been cleaned, so it caused skin illness, diarrhea, and typhoid. Now, life has returned to the community. The rehabilitation of this water source is deliverance for community members.”