The community of Yayou is located in the North Department commune of St. Raphael. There are 100 houses with approximately 500 people living in this community. Of these 100 houses, 80 of them have latrines. They have to walk over 2 miles to get to their current water source, a contaminated stream and water hole.. Agriculture is the main source of income for the members of this community. In addition to their daily water requirements, they need water to make a living.
Caring for Creation, a Virginia based environmental group, adopted the community of Yayou in September and has reached their goal of $15,000 to have Haiti Outreach build a community maintained clean water well!
The Haiti Outreach community development program is underway in Yayou. They have already completed the census and the sanitation survey, are creating the water management policies, began registering families who will use the well and selected a water guardian. Theses activities are crucial to the long-term success of the well.
These activities have been accomplished through collaboration and support of local authorities / the mayor’s office, DINEPA (a department of the national government responsible for potable water and sanitation), the Water Management Committee (CPE), Haiti Outreach and the community of Yayou.
We are grateful to Caring for Creation for all their efforts to raise funds for the clean water well for the community of Yayou, as are the people of this community. Thanks to them, this community will soon have clean water managed by their own community leaders.
This is a great example of the Haiti Outreach Adopt-a-Well Program in action. If you’d like to learn more about the program, click here. If you’d like to learn more about the fundraising efforts of Caring for Creation, please click here.