Léonel Isnady is one of 13 siblings (he has 6 brothers and 6 sisters). He is 25 and resides with his parents and siblings in the town of Ravine Seche which is located in the commune of Saint Raphael. Those who know Leonel consider him to be respectful and one who exudes a quiet, but determined resilience. He is the kind of person who leads by example rather than grandios words.
His hands are always busy working. He cultivates cane sugar and volunteers his time at a local school to help the children in Ravine Seche learn. This young man and his family used to gather water from a public stream that was a 40 minute walk from their home. To save some time, Léonel would at times spend the night at a camp in between the stream and the school where he volunteers.
One day, he became very ill with severe stomach aches and diarrhea. His symptoms were so severe that he was hospitalized for 8 days due to dehydration. He learned his illness was caused by drinking contaminated water. His community rallied together to find a solution for this issue. They approached Haiti Outreach to request a well for their community. In May of 2021, they inaugurated their well, and Léonel now serves as the secretary of their well leadership committee. Since the new well has been established, neither Léonel nor any other member of Ravine Seche has become sick from waterborne illnesses.
Now that his health is in order, Léonel can turn his attention to other matters like planning for his future. In the next two years, he plans to develop a device to turn sugar cane into alcohol. He will invest the income from that to create a small food market. Additionally, he aspires to marry and start a family. He is deeply grateful to Haiti Outreach for the change this well has brought to his life and his neighbors. He expressed, “Se pou Bondye kontinye beni organization sa.” (May God continue to make this organization grow).