Nearly half the population in the commune of Circa Carvajal is under 20, and this reality is bitter-sweet. One on hand, it’s concerning to think about how short the life expectancy rate is for many Haitian natives. Often the culprit is so simple, it’s astounding that it has not been completely remedied yet! The issue is that people lose their lives due to lack of proper understanding of, or access to, safe drinking water.
On the other hand, these promising young members are eager to impact change for the better in their communities! Indeed, these youthful Haitians have the desire to see their country and their people flourish. But, if they are going to be successful in creating a better life for upcoming generations, they will need to be equipped and empowered with the right education and tools to carry out this ambitious desire.
Mr. Florvival Umene serves has his communities water point committee President. His community is currently undergoing the training to receive a well in a few months. He expressed his disappointment with the lack of advancement in his native homeland.
He stated, “In this 21st century, we [still] do not have access to health care because there is no hospital or health center. If we have a serious illness, we have to travel to Hinche or Pignon, but they are far away. We still lack access to potable water, and we are exhausted.” He shared with a somber stare, “We do not know which saint to turn to, and sometimes we have the impression that even God has forgotten us.” He went on to say, “my commune has remained in this condition since my youth and even now, 20 years later, nothing has changed.”
This community has experienced a severe drought, and their land has been infertile for a long time. As a result, food is sparse, and they mainly live off of pistachios and bananas. These conditions have led many in the community to feel hopeless, to the point of despair, as they have not seen fruitful changes for their people. Fortunately, their situation is about to change! The entire demeanor of Mr Umene transformed as he mentioned, “It is with a sense of joy that we welcome the arrival of Haiti Outreach in our community here in Rang Zorangé. This opportunity will allow us to have clean water closer to our homes. We hardly have the words to express how much we appreciate the animators who have guided us along the way. Thanks to Haiti Outreach, our hope has been renewed.”
* Rang Zorange is located in the commune of Circa Carvajal