Dale Snyder, Haiti Outreach Executive Director, visited the community of La Fontane in July. This community of 500 needed to walk ¾ mile to get water prior to contacting Haiti Outreach regarding their need for clean water.
As you can see from the picture below, the river was very unsanitary as it was used for washing clothes, bathing, swimming and by animals in the area.
People – usually children – needed to make the journey to get water several times a day. This need prevented kids from attending school regularly and adults from tasks needed to earn a living. The community development training and well drilling took place in 2010.
Today, the well is open twice a day and is about 5-10 minutes away from the homes within the community, which makes it much easier for kids to attend school and adults additional time to perform more productive labor for their families.
In addition, community members would acknowledge that the clean water well has impacted the health of their children in a significant manner. Their children were ill on a regular basis in the past but now are healthy. The community of La Fontane is thrilled with their clean water well and the impact it has had on their community. In their words, “Mesi Haiti Outreach”.
To learn more about La Fontane, and how you can make an impact in Haiti, join us at the Annual Fall Gala where this community is profiled in a short video. Click here to register.