WATER FOR LIFE began as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 1983 in Iowa, USA, as a response to the very real need for water in a desperately dry area of Haiti, the Aquin Valley.
Willis Miller, co-founder with Ken Grimm, after working with numerous other well drilling organizations, observed that few had any maintenance programs for these wells; so when the pumps broke down, it was the same as if there were no wells at all. His desire was to remedy that problem.
From that time on, developing a plan to drill a well approximately every mile along the road, and installing and maintaining the only central pivot irrigation system in Haiti was the mainstay of our physical work. In the beginning, the people of the area were looking to us for possible employment and further development of their community. Today, the people are self sufficient, growing a good percentage of food needs in their own community, thanks to the flood irrigation now in place, and selling to other communities.
Today, there is an array of services we’ve made possible:
- Maintaining the wells we’ve drilled over the years
- Maintaining the community irrigation wells in Pasbwadòm
- Supporting the Divine Help School, also in Pasbwadòm
WATER FOR LIFE has six irrigation wells which are used to flood irrigate around 600 acres in the surrounding area of Passe Boisd’Orme and one pump at Olivier, Petit Goave. These irrigation wells are a blessing to many, many people. Now they have food to eat and water to drink. This is one way they can help provide for themselves. Soil samples show that the soil is rich and needs only additional phosphates to maintain good fertility.
WATER FOR LIFE has drilled over 1,800 working wells in the South of Haiti, with Haitian employees trained to service them. Generally, one well supplies water for about 350 people and 50 livestock. If you personally or your church or organization would be interested in sponsoring a well, click here.
The WATER FOR LIFE Board of Directors that was later formed is also keenly desirous that our presence in Haiti be a light fo
r the Lord Jesus Christ, a Godly example to all, doing what we can to promote the Gospel as we work to relieve physical suffering. Little by little, we live, learn and grow! Today, these services are in the hands of nationals along with a few American personnel.
Water For Life is incorporated as a non-profit organization in the state of Iowa since 1983. We are recognized by the Haitian government as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) providing aid for the development of Haiti. Water For Life is governed by a board of nine members and is managed in Haiti by the Senior Administrative Team of five members. As a non-profit organization, we believe in transparent accountability. WFL is a member of Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). We are audited yearly by an independent CPA from the United States as well as by the Haitian government.