Where is Haiti?
Located on the western third of the island of Hispaniola, its closest neighbor to the west is Cuba, only about 50 miles away at the very closest points; to the east and sharing the island is the Dominican Republic.
Living Conditions in Haiti
Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere and one of the most disadvantaged in the world. Eighty percent of the population lives in deep poverty. 8,000 persons have died since October 2010 due to cholera, an infectious and often fatal bacterial disease of the small intestine, typically contracted from infected water supplies and causing severe vomiting and diarrhea. For more information on cholera, click here.
Haiti’s Water Problem is part of its Hunger Problem
Even if enough food were available, the parasites from contaminated drinking water breed inside the intestinal tract, robbing a person of the nutrition needed to develop a healthy body. In fact, 80% of the diseases that kill children and devastate families are not caused because they lack food and medicine, but rather because they lack a source of safe drinking water! Every day, over half of the people in Haiti drink contaminated water.
Water for Life in Haiti
The sad irony is this: often there is enough water just 50-150 feet away, underground, to save these hundreds of thousands of lives. Only the lack of technology and funding stands in the way.
WATER FOR LIFE gets down to the root of the problem in a poverty-stricken country such as Haiti. We do not want to just make the people dependent upon generous “gifts,” thereby turning them into a society of helpless beggars continually waiting for someone to give them another bowl of rice to get through another day. Our goal is much more far-reaching.
By drilling wells to provide clean water for the Haitian people, we provide them with an opportunity to plant crops, feed their livestock, and improve their living condition. Clean water has the power to completely transform a village, infusing it with new hope and potential. We’ve seen the Haitians’ cry of joy in open-air services dedicating a new well to the Lord. For over 30 years, WATER FOR LIFE has been drilling and maintaining hundreds of wells in rural areas of Haiti to reverse the health problems caused by lack of clean water. Irrigation wells have been drilled to water farming lands so people can provide food and income for their families in the rural areas.[unitegallery haiti]