By Dale Snyder
In 2014, we completed another new Rotary funded project – a 15 community well project that was funded by numerous Rotary Clubs and a Rotary Matching Grant initiated by the Buena Vista Rotary Club of Colorado, partnering with the Rotary Club of Cap Haitian, Haiti.
The Rotary Club of Cap Haitian selected the community of Plaine du Nord to be the area where most of these wells were to be created. While unfortunately there were a few dry holes where we could not find water after drilling twice, which is not unusual, we continued to drill until we achieved 15 wells that were pumping clean water to their communities.
In addition, the Rotary Clubs of Evanston, IL and Minneapolis Uptown raised funds and adopted a well in Lagonjon that was inaugurated in February, 2015 when a group helped finish two well houses, painted them and attended their inaugurations.
Also, the German Rotary Club of Aschaffenburg-Schoenbusch funded an Adopted-a-Well in Dominik, where another group, including 3 German Rotarians, came to Haiti to complete the well house and attend the inauguration on April 7, 2015.
Rotary Clubs have been great supporters of the sustainable development work of Haiti Outreach over the past 12 years, helping raise money for many community managed wells and the building of two public secondary schools. If you are a member of a Rotary Club, Lions Club, or another service club, a church or an individual that would like to support an Adopt-a-Well in Haiti, please contact us. You would make an incredible life-saving difference in the lives of hundreds of people in rural Haiti with your support!