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May 21 – June 19 (30 days) | $2,500
Led By: Courtney Nash and Caroline Doughty
For the past three summers The Wesley Foundation at Louisiana Tech has served the small village of Sous A Philippe, Haiti. Sous A Philippe is on the island of La Gonave, between the two peninsulas of Haiti, and is known as “the forgotten island.” Our teams have fallen in love with the community of Sous A Philippe and are passionate about showing in love and action they are not forgotten or unseen.
Tucked away in this small village is a water desalination system that was built in the 60’s or 70’s, which operated by pumping ocean water to the system and using the unrelenting sun to evaporate the purified water from the salt and parasites into a cistern at the bottom edge of the system. The always-smiling man named Manes was the manager of the system and said it produced 120 gallons of purified drinking water…every single day. However around the turn of the century a stampede of cows pushed past the fences and shattered the system overnight. It lied in a mess of weeds, bees, broken glass, and cracked concrete from the years of hopeless abandonment of the system. The village now relies on water collected in a cistern in the center of town, which collects rain water and sometimes draws from a well up high in the mountains. However, the mountains stop most of the rain from ever getting to this coastal village, and they are usually in a drought more than 9 out of the 12 months of the year.
Through partnering with Engineers Without Borders (a campus non-profit organization) at LA Tech, Louisiana and Haiti Volunteers in Mission, local and nationwide churches, and other independent partners, we hope to unite as a body with the community of believers in Sous A Philippe to bring about the total restoration and redemption of this life-giving water system. We seek to gather resources, educate and train, and come together to fix the system and make it self-sustainable by the leaders of the village.
Along with the provision of clean water for the community, our team is partnering with other mission teams from around the US to develop and implement community awareness of the importance of clean water, as well as sanitary practices in cooking, bathing, medical procedures, sexual hygiene and child bearing. The village is assembling elders from every part of the community – fishermen, teachers, farmers, nurses and mid-wives, and more – to address the major issues in the town. The desalination system allows these classes and information to actually be put into practice, once the clean water is available.
This year a team of 14 traveled to Sous A Philippe and gutted the water system, removing old insulation, cracked pipes, and more glass than you can imagine. Along with many people in the community, our team was able to prep the desalination system to be ready for new materials, and our hope is that water could begin flowing as soon as next summer (summer of 2016). The team completely reconstructed the security wall, and also built a new sea-wall which will protect the coast from hurricane and storm waves, as well as cycle water into the area of the shore the solar pump will be installed. The community is waiting in eager anticipation of the water system being finished, as with each month the rain-water cistern  is getting lower and lower.
We need you! Whether you can undergird us in prayer, financially, engineering education, water system information, forming a team to work in Sous A Philippe…however you are able, we need you. The water system in and of itself if a huge project, one in which we need the body of Christ to come together to see it to completion. But the needs of this village are even greater. Education and unemployment, as well as a medical clinic which is under supplied, under financed, and under staffed (one nurse who does not get paid), are among the major needs of this community. Access to sanitary waste disposal is another issue the community plans to address soon.
We estimate the water system to take up to 5 years to fix – if we do it alone. Together, I believe the system can be restored beyond its former glory to give a much needed source of hope, life, and abundance to this village.
If you would like to get more information, or to get involved you can contact Kaiti Lammert at wesley@wesleymail.com or kaitibelle@gmail.com. You can also donate directly to the project by clicking the button below, then selecting “Mission Haiti.” Under the Contact Information section, in the “organization(optional)” area, put “Haiti Water Fund.” Thank you in advance for all your support!
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