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|The Haiti Well Project|
GOD DID IT!!
There is now a well in Pierre Brizard Haiti!
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Here is a video of the village before the well (link to YouTube)
And a video of the new well (link to YouTube)
In the first video you will see us leaving Port-au-Prince on a nice road, past a beautiful lake. After traveling 3 hours to Hinche, it is another 1 hour trip up a narrow path to the village. We were able to see where they currently get their current water (a hole by a mostly dry creek, the water isn't clean but they drink it), and interview those who live in the village who are helping with the project.
In¬† the second video you will see the new well working. It is 140' deep. There is a second well on the property now as well, around 30' deep for washing clothes and bathing. God is so good, we asked for one well, and He gave us two!
We will continue to have needs in order to keep the well pump operational. Below you can read about the current problems in Haiti. If you give to our Haiti missions outreach using the PayPal link on the right, the money will go towards well maintenance or Maranatha Children's Ministries in Haiti. Please put "Haiti" on the "purpose" line when it comes up. Otherwise the money will go into the general church account.¬† We are OK with that, but would like to use your money as you have designated!
Here are the reasons we became involved. Keep checking back for new Haitian opportunities!
The water and sanitation situation in Haiti is among the most dire in the Western hemisphere. According to the WHO/UNICEF 2008 Joint Monitoring Program report, only about 70% of urban residents and 51% of rural residents have access to improved water services. Sanitation coverage is also very low in both urban (29%) and rural (12%) areas of the country.
Haiti has the highest infant mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere. More than half of all deaths are due to bad water. Hepatitis, cholera, and chronic diarrhea are carried in the water. Haiti now has the highest rate of cholera in the world.
The town of Pierre Brizard, where a member of Cottonwood Church grew up, is still lacking clean drinking water.¬† The closest clean drinking water to Pierre Brizard is 18k (about 11miles) away.¬† Walking 22 miles, half of it with full water buckets is too much for many people.¬† For that reason most dig holes in the ground a short distance from a stream hoping and praying that the water is clean.¬† Often it isn't.
¬†¬† * If this Christmas is normal, Americans will spend between 450 and 500 billion dollars on Christmas this year, or around $1000.00 a family.
¬†¬† * To solve the water problem on the entire planet would cost between 10-15 billion dollars.
Something is messed up here. We can help change this!
Thank you very much for your support of Cottonwood Church.