In a country where the average age of the citizens is just shy of 23 years old and average life expectancy is 64 years old, Ulrick Romelus has experienced a great deal in his 70 years as a resident of Krebalye 1 (a small town in the town of Pignon) where he was born and has resided for his entire life.*
As a husband, father of 6, and respected member in his community, Mr. Romelus works hard in many areas; he is a skilled mason, cabinetmaker and farmer. He cultivates sugar cane, cassava and potatoes.** During the rainy season, he enthusiastically mobilizes his team to help him cultivate his fields. In the off season, he relies on his masonry and cabinet work to support his family. Those who work for and alongside him cannot help but be positively impacted by his radiant enthusiasm and work ethic.
His notable character has earned him the honor of being the well guard for the community of Krebalye 1. He has taken his responsibility to guard the well very seriously for the past five years. It has not always been an easy task. Ulrick shared, “While guarding this well, I have endured a lot of verbal abuse. Subscribers who do not want to pay for water disrespect me and make abusive comments.*** But I still remain respectful and courageous because I know that I’m doing it for their good. The well must be guarded and maintained by someone for it to serve the community.”
Ulrick Romelus leads an exemplary life with his wife and children,and remains devoted to helping his community thrive.
**casava is a potato-like starchy vegetable that is eaten in many latin american countries
***every family in this community has agreed to pay 30 goudes (about 50 cents US) per month to have access to water