The community of Koupeyal has 216 people living in 46 houses. Their water source was a pot hole where water collected from a contaminated stream (pictured above).
The main source of income for this community is agriculture. They grow sugar cane, manioc, maize, peas and millet.
Pictured here is a sugar cane processing facility.
They also raise cattle, horses and donkeys that are used for help with transportation and farming. Pictured here is a community member transporting cane syrup to sell at the market.
Pictured here is millet drying in the sun and millet being ground for use in cooking or to sell at the market.
The community of Koupeyal came to Haiti Outreach requesting a community managed well. They began the community development program in April, 2013. There were 13 homes that needed latrines. Pictured below are community members constructing one of these latrines.
As you can see, the community of Koupeyal uses water in many different ways – for daily use and also as a source of income to grow crops and provide for the animals.
We are happy to say that, while it took this community a longer than average time to organize and be 100% prepared for managing the well after it was done, their well was inaugurated on February 7, 2014!
The pictures below are of the inauguration event. This photo shows the water management team which includes the new well guardian and representatives from DINEPA (the government agency that controls water and sanitation in Haiti) along with community members and local government representatives.
The inauguration was was held at the local school so many children were able to attend the event as well. Notice how interested and excited they are to be a part of this special event.
Now the people of Koupeyal has a community managed clean water well to support their needs. Haiti Outreach is pleased to be a part of their future, the future of a more healthy community with a clean, community-managed water source close to where they live .