Rain Water Collection Project
Haiti Plunge Inc (HPI) serves nine bush villages in Haiti's central plateau. They do not have access to running water or electricity. There are 38,000 people living in the area of these villages which span a 25 mile radius. Well rigs cannot reach these villages because there are no roads. HPI has started the Rain Water Collection project by installing gutter along buildings which run inot storage tanks so that the people can have drinking water. The people can draw the water from the tank and pass it through bio sand filters to purify it.
The 2020 goal is to build twelve rain gutter units in the remote village of Brely. When the tanks are filled, the overflow is channeled into in ground cisterns. This type of water system is the only solution to getting potable water into the villages high in the Haitian mountainside. During the rainy season, the rains are very heavy and storing the water for the dry seasons will help the farmers grow a third crop using the cistern for irrigation.
At this moment the population HPI serves has to walk 3 to 4 miles daily to the nearest spring to collect their water supply. Each bucket weighs 50 lbs. The Rain Water Collection Project is in the center of the village and accessible to more of the population. HPI staff will be collecting data for future use as the project moves forward.
So how can people help?
We need donations to "Give the Gift of Water". Each unit will cost $1,145 to install, bringing the project cost in Brely to $10,050 with two units that are already installed. Every donation brings this village closer to having clean drinking water and closer to having a sustainable farming village with the possibility of a third crop. Please consider helping this very worthy cause.
Click here to watch the video produced by team member, Daniel Warren.
Haiti Plunge is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit which receipts all donations for tax purposes.
Checks can be made out to Haiti Plunge Inc. and mailed to:
The Haiti Plunge, Inc. • P.O. Box 376, Adams, MA 01220
Donations can also made through our website's Paypal Account:
Current water source is this capped spring 4 miles south of the village.
Here a girl, age 8, carries water upon her head and more in her hands to bring water to her family.
The second image is of the second team after installing the first 650 gallon tank.
The town leader and an HPI employee ensure that the tank is properly lined up.
With additional tanks, collecting the rainwater will provide much needed water for the people to drink, cook, clean and even have a third possible crop each year.
January 29, 2019: The second tank was installed in Brely. Here is a collage of images
The first draw water from one of the storage tanks.
There was a heavy rain the night before, which filled the tanks. The smiles on the kids faces are not only for the clean water but also that they did not have to walk 3 to 5 miles to get it and carry it back. The people are very grateful to the donors who made this happen for them.