Haiti: Day 3

By Julie Rearick

Today was a day of significant accomplishments, with the team digging more than 50 holes.

We mixed and poured concrete assembly-style like my good friends at KaBOOM!  Our playground has two bays of swings, a Playworld PupTent, a Vaquero swing, and PlaySimple#5.  With the help of 20 or more men from the tent community, we worked hard all day in 100 plus degree heat.  Since water must be ordered and delivered we worked many hours with no water to drink.  Dr. Berger from Lifechurch who runs the clinic, said the children are lucky to have one or two cups of water per day.   He also said when they register in his clinic many report they only eat every other day.  Such living conditions are so difficult for someone like me to imagine.

Comments

  1. Kathy Weemer | September 20, 2011

    Those sound like some of the harshest living conditions that a child can endure. I would suggest that perhaps during the next trip there that someone bring a portable water filter of some sort there for the children. 2 cups per day is definitely not enough, and I am sure that they could make the water that they have potable with a filter that costs less than $100.

  2. Sam Jahor | September 22, 2011

    I like your ideas Kathy. Another thing that seems like it needs to be done is to figure out what foods will grow in the region and be sure to implement a farming system there.

    Also, to get fresh water, typically a manually placed well and generator could bring untapped fresh water to the surface. I am not sure if there is fresh water exactly where this is at in Haiti, but the Haitian almanac says that the island is basically floating on a pool of fresh water, at least at the furthest points inland. There is a water supply there for the people if they can be shown how to tap into it, and transport it as necessary.

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